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Functional Medicine for Chronic Fatigue

Everyone feels tired sometimes. It is natural with contributing factors including physical, mental, and emotional components. But people who experience chronic fatigue are struggling with much more than simple tiredness, and functional medicine may be the answer. Everyone feels fatigued at times.

Symptoms of Fatigue

Fatigue is more than simply feeling tired. Chronic fatigue is exhausting. It gives one the feeling of running on empty most of the time. Besides a constant feeling of tiredness, other symptoms may include:

  • General malaise, weakness, and muscle pain
  • The ongoing feeling of tiredness, even first thing in the morning
  • Weight gain or weight loss
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest pain
  • A fever accompanied by chills
  • Diarrhea and/or vomiting
  • Anxiety and depression

Fatigue is pervasive, so you not only feel exhausted at the end of the day but also when you wake up in the morning, and you may even have a hard time sleeping at night. Most of all, you might not feel like yourself, and you may not know what to do about it. 

What Causes Fatigue?

It would be great if there was one simple answer for everyone’s fatigue. Generally, there is more than one factor for overall fatigue and there can be many. Some of these factors include a thyroid imbalance, systemic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea, or rheumatoid arthritis, menopause, hormonal imbalances, poor diet, stress, and some medications.

When one body system becomes imbalanced it can cause a cascade in the other systems, leading to symptoms including chronic fatigue that seem unrelated but that can be identified by a functional medicine practitioner. Restoring balance requires careful monitoring by a medical professional who is skilled in dealing with the interplay between different systems. 

The Functional Medicine Approach to Fatigue

Rather than focusing on a single problem, such as low thyroid function, a functional medicine practitioner will investigate the health of the entire body. Restoring thyroid levels isn’t enough if there are other problems that will continue to cause imbalances. Functional medicine for fatigue avoids addressing one symptom or disease as a solitary issue, but rather as part of the whole person, who may require overall treatment. Medicine does have its place, and we will prescribe medication when warranted. But, understanding the role of a proper diet and nutrition is one key to proper health and in the fight against fatigue.

A functional medicine doctor will work with you closely, collaborating to find the approach that works best for your unique body. The goal is not simply to see lab results that are “normal,” but to bring the patient to a state of vibrant good health. 

Functional Medicine at Apollo Medical Associates

Through functional medicine, the Apollo Medical team will look for a variety of contributing factors through the patient’s history, diagnostic testing, and physical examination. We want to evaluate all of these possibilities and see how they may relate to each other. Everyone is different, and the components leading up to your fatigue may be totally different than someone else’s.

The goal of Apollo Medical is to understand what is going on with the patient as a whole to allow for comprehensive treatment. Our functional medicine practitioner will treat your chronic fatigue by sharing with you the treatment and lifestyle choices that can help your body heal. Contact our functional medicine team to set up an appointment and let us help you evaluate just what maybe some of the underlying causes of your symptoms.

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