You may have heard of chronic fatigue syndrome. In recent years, this condition has been receiving more media attention. At Blossom Clinic, some of our clients have been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. So, what is this condition?
You might be diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome if you have been experiencing extreme tiredness, along with aches and pains, for at least six months. It’s important that the fatigue is not caused by a lack of sleep.
The diagnosis process can take a while, as there is no test to confirm chronic fatigue syndrome directly. It’s also important to look at other possible causes of these symptoms, to ensure that the resulting treatment is right for you.
Fatigue can have many different causes, ranging from thyroid issues to depression, and chronic fatigue syndrome is only one of these possible causes. Because the cause of chronic fatigue syndrome has not been confirmed by research, the focus is on treating symptoms. So, when you see a health professional about chronic fatigue syndrome, they will look at ways to reduce fatigue and pains that are suitable for you.
To address chronic fatigue syndrome, some people turn to natural or complementary medicine, as part of their treatment. From a natural medicine perspective, your diet, environment, and behaviour patterns can help to inform a treatment approach.
For example, as part of a treatment plan, your naturopath might recommend reducing caffeine intake. This can be a difficult step if you are experiencing fatigue, but caffeine can interfere with your sleeping cycles, worsening your fatigue. Instead, your naturopath might recommend an alternative way of gaining more energy through your dietary choices or your lifestyle.
If you believe you may be suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome, it’s important to seek professional medical advice. A health professional can assist you to gain a diagnosis, and to put together an appropriate treatment plan that suits your body and lifestyle.