Understanding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Are you, at this very moment, tired? If you’re like most Americans, that answer is probably yes. A 2018 study by staffing firm Accountemps found that nearly three quarters of Americans arrive to work tired. All that yawning and sleeping adds up monetarily, as the study further estimated that employee exhaustion costs the economy $411 billion annually. With work, family, and friend obligations, chores at home, and social obligations, it can often feel like you haven’t gotten a full night of sleep in weeks. Add in children or other dependents, and you’re likely feeling even more exhausted.

Luckily, most adults can recover from their exhaustion with a nap or a relaxing weekend spent sleeping late. But what happens when rest doesn’t improve your feelings of fatigue? If you can never seem to fully wake up, and it’s reached the point that you’re confined to bed or can’t complete normal activities, you may have chronic fatigue syndrome.

When you have sleep issues and severe exhaustion, come see us at Wayne Bonlie, MD. Dr. Bonlie and the rest of our team with work with you to create a highly customized care plan designed to improve your overall wellness and reduce your chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms. We’ll help you get back to feeling refreshed and energized.  

Chronic fatigue syndrome basics

There is no known cause of chronic fatigue syndrome. Doctors have been able to create a basic framework for those the develop the syndrome, however. People who have chronic fatigue syndrome appear to be hypersensitive to even normal amounts of exercise and activity. Why this occurs in some people but not others is unknown. Some believe that certain people are pre-dispositioned to develop the syndrome, which is then set into motion by a trigger. Triggers include:

The true cause of chronic fatigue syndrome may be a combination of all the above factors.

Chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms

This disorder is more than just chronic fatigue. In addition to mental and physical fatigue and weakness, other symptoms include:

You may also experience physical problems, including headaches, sore throats, stomach problems, and unexplained muscle or joint pain.

Risk factors include age, sex, diet, and stress. Chronic fatigue syndrome most commonly affects people in their 40s or 50s, and the vast majority of sufferers are women. Poor diet and difficulty managing stress also make you more susceptible.

Treating chronic fatigue syndrome

After evaluating your symptoms and performing tests to confirm a diagnosis, Dr. Bonlie creates a customized, integrative treatment plan designed to relieve your symptoms, while also improving your overall health. Your treatment plan will center on the SHINE protocol, which includes sleep, hormones, immune support, nutrition, and exercise. Dr. Bonlie will tweak each element of the protocol to create a custom treatment plan aimed at your specific symptoms. Your body will be able to return to a state of overall wellness, and your symptoms should subside.

Chronic fatigue syndrome can disrupt your life with exhaustion and weakness. Dr. Bonlie can help you get back on track. Call or message our Timonium office today. 

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