Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a condition that somewhat sneaks up on sufferers. There are not necessarily pre-indicators that it is developing. Nor does CFS have a unique symptom that makes it obvious that it is affecting a person’s health.
Extreme tiredness, the main symptom of CFS, is also a symptom that can be associated with many other illnesses. Due to the somewhat silent and elusive nature of this condition, there are a few steps to accurately diagnosing and healing CFS.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome may wreaking havoc on your health if you are experiencing extreme tiredness that:
- You have been enduring for more than six months
- You have never experienced before
- You cannot recover from even after slowing down your lifestyle and getting plenty of rest
- Keeps you from engaging in regular activities that you would if you were not so tired.
If you find that these four indicators are in play, contact Dr. Elena Klimenko, an integrative and functional medicine physician in New York City, or go to a similar doctor in your local area. Functional physicians like Dr. Klimenko will investigate the full state of your health and help you determine if you have CFS by ruling out other possible illnesses. The U.S. National Library of Medicine reports that CFS sufferers tend to have abnormal results for brain MRIs and white blood cell count, so these tests may also prove to be helpful for diagnosis.
Traditional medical scientists say there is no certain cause or cure for CFS. It is clear that lifestyle stressors and poor health habits play a role in the condition. In functional medicine this condition is related to mitochondrial dysfunction. Mitochondria are the intracellular structures responsible for energy production. This process of energy production relies on many factors and is vulnerable to many disruptors. Functional medicine evaluation may help to identify the underlying cause of the CFS. Therefore, getting relief from CFS can be achieved by a functional medicine approach that includes health evaluation and follows the trail of all the things that have led to your current state of health. Along the way, as you address underlying illnesses and behaviors with both traditional and alternative methods you should see the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome have less impact on your life.
Dr. Elena Klimenko, MD is an integrative and functional medicine physician in New York City. She specializes in helping unhealthy people get well, and healthy people stay well, through the power of traditional and alternative medicine. At her practice, Healthy, Wealthy & Wise Medical P.C., you will get compassionate, preventive care. Dr. Klimenko provides the attention you deserve, real answers about your health, and personalized treatments for your total wellness. For an appointment call 212-696-4325.