Conditions & Treatment

Chronic Fatigue

CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME

WHAT IS CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME?


Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a disease that causes you to become so fatigued & tired you can't perform normal daily tasks. The main symptom of CFS is chronic fatigue that lasts more than 6 months. Physical or mental activity often make the symptoms worse, and rest usually doesn't improve the symptoms.  CFS is complicated and difficult to diagnose. Some people have a hard time accepting CFS as a disease. It's important to remember that your fatigue is real and there are a variety of therapies available that can help improve your symptoms.

WHAT ARE THE COMMON SYMPTOMS?

People with CFS experience fatigue that lasts a long time. Symptoms may include headaches, sore throat, tender or painful areas in your neck or armpits, unexplained muscle soreness, pain that moves from joint to joint without swelling or redness, loss of memory or concentration, trouble sleeping and extreme tiredness after exercising that lasts more than 24 hours. These and other symptoms often won't go away or keep coming back for 6 months or more. CFS may occur after an illness such as a cold or it can start during or shortly after a period of high stress. It can also come on slowly without any clear starting point or any obvious cause. In some cases, CFS can last for years.

WHO IS MOSTLY AFFECTED BY CFS?

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome affects females more than males by a ratio of 4:1.  Most commonly, it affects people in their 40's & 50's.  However, anyone can have it.

WHAT CAUSES CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME?


No one is certain about what causes CFS.   The symptoms may be caused by an immune system that isn't working well. Or they may be caused by some kind of virus.  The latest research indicates a linkage between CFS symptoms and accumulated body toxins that come from a poor diet as well as heavy metal toxicity.   

Poor Diet: People suffering from CFS typically have a poor diet.  They consume too much sugar, white flour, processed foods, junk food, fast food, soda pop, food loaded with MSG, high fructose corn syrup, and other foods completely void of any real nutritional value.  

WHAT CAN BE DONE TO TREAT CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME?


Improved Diet:  The very best diet is one which focuses on “whole foods”.   A whole food is one which is in it’s most raw, natural form.  Think of fresh, organically grown produce, organic meats, and range free chicken.  

Additionally, your new diet will feature the following:
  • Unrefined whole grains
  • Devoid of food additives/colorings / artificial sweeteners
  • Gluten free/casein free / and lactose-free
  • Very low in dietary yeasts
  • Very low in glutamates
  • Generally hypoallergenic
  • Devoid of caffeine and alcohol

Chiropractic Adjustments:  Chronic fatigue syndrome patients respond well to chiropractic adjustments because of the adjustments active the brain and cerebellum (which are intimately involved in chronic fatigue syndrome).  By activating the brain & increasing the frequency of firing to the cerebellum, we can improve the neurological function and reduce CFS symptoms.   

Concentrated Oxygen: The brain needs fuel which comes in the form of glucose and oxygen.  People who aren't getting enough oxygen to their brain (a condition called "hypoxia") often suffers chronic fatigue symptoms.   The solution is to give the brain what it wants and needs to function properly.   The air you breathe in the atmosphere is approximately 21% oxygen.   An oxygen concentrator delivers about 94% pure oxygen which helps the brain & nervous system to function at a considerably higher level.    

If you’ve been suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, contact Dr. Curt White, Chiropractor, at White Chiropractic in Mooresville to see what we can do to help you.  704-799-1416