Chronic fatigue is complex in both its causes and its treatment, as individual response varies.
Factors that may be involved include:
- Viral — commonly Glandular fever, Influenza A, Herpes A or B, Papovavirus, Measles, Hepatitis B, Cytomegalovirus, Epstein-Barr virus (glandular fever, Ross River Fever, or Barmah Forest virus
- Low immune system — related to stress, illness, toxin exposure, or nutrient deficiency.
- Lymphatic system — is almost always swollen, and requires specific therapy to resolve or lymph nodes may remain permanently enlarged.
- Liver function — a third of sufferers have raised liver enzymes in their blood test results, indicating liver abnormalities.
- Food reactivity — is a common related factor. I recommend screening for your individual reactive foods for targeted treatment and prevention of Leaky Gut Syndrome.
- Chemical toxicity and allergic reactions — often there are exaggerated responses to chemicals such as in paints, new carpet, cleansers, perfumes, or pollution.
- Stress — decreased ability to cope may lead to depression or adrenal exhaustion. This may be quantified via a simple Saliva Stress Hormone test.
- Chronic inflammation — may occur as result of abnormal immune response. This may lead to muscle spasms and fatigue. Blood test screening for Homocysteine is important as this marker of inflammation is often an issue.
- Insomnia — about 50% of sufferers experience significant insomnia. This may be due to liver, digestive issues, or nervous system imbalance.
- Digestion — is the most significant problem area. Inability to metabolize protein results in the body becoming overloaded with toxins. There may be a leaky gut or irritable bowel syndrome as contributing factors.