Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
It is a bit unsettling to tell your doctor that your chief complaint is feeling tired all the time only to hear your diagnosis is called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome; which basically means you are tired all the time. Understanding why your body is lacking energy is the key to understanding this ailment. Certainly, more research needs to be done to determine the cause of this condition.
Other complaints that often accompany Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are:
- Sensitivity to chemicals and certain odors,
- Headaches, muscle soreness,
- Sore throat,
- Short term memory loss,
- Trouble concentrating, and
- Problems sleeping.
Although these symptoms vary from one individual to another, the chief complaint of fatigue is the most stated reason for the loss of work or problems with handling daily activities. While the source of Chronic Fatigue is not known, there are theories that this condition could be either allergy related or caused by some virus or parasite that infects the tissues of the body. These foreign invaders create a prolonged chronic immune reaction that gradually drains energy from your body. If you also suffer from sleep disturbance, the energy drain only worsens.
To find out if you suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is not a simple task. Medically, the diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome often involves several tests to rule out other similar disorders like Ebstein Barr, anemia, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and several other fatigue causing conditions. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is usually only diagnosed by the absence of these other disorders.
Treatment of Chronic Fatigue
At Mountain View Pain Center we have treated many patients who present with this condition. Many times, a patient will seek out a chiropractic alternative when the exhaustive trips for medical testing seem to lead nowhere or your doctor concludes you simply have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Although chiropractors do not know the cause of this ailment either, the Chiropractic approach to helping the body to help itself is often a welcome and winning approach to helping those who suffer from this condition.
Some chiropractors have seen patients with this condition improve after upper cervical adjustments. This is the area in your neck that is about an inch or less below where your head and neck come together. It is believed that long term irritation to the nerves associated with the upper cervical spine may create several of the elements found in Chronic fatigue Syndrome such as an imbalance in the immune system, chronic muscle stress, and organ and glandular imbalances.
Chiropractic care also helps improve your response to this disorder through improving the oxygen exchange in your tissues. Therapies like massage treatments, acupressure, and exercise therapy, are often utilized in chiropractic offices. Creating a good diet is also another essential measure in ridding the body of fatigue and supplying it with energy. At Mountain View Pain Center our Doctors can talk with you to discuss your particular nutritional needs.