Fatigue is one of the leading presenting complains that patients report to their primary care physician, with up to 35% unspecified fatigue. “ The unspecified fatigue” – Those are the cases that come to see me. Fatigue is a general and often vague symptoms with many possible diagnosis. It takes time, knowledge, an open mind and the ability to think outside the box to arrive at an accurate diagnosis and a treatment that will work.
In my clinical experience I have found that chronic fatigue, usually has a peri onset event. In other words an event that triggers a cascade of actions that lead to the fatigue state. Recent epidemiology study published in the journal of Frontiers in Pediatrics (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6370741/#B41) reports just that “ The most common peri-onset events reported by subjects were infection-related episodes (64%), stressful incidents (39%), and exposure to environmental toxins (20%).”
I tell my patients it is important to determine the root cause of chronic fatigue. When we know the underlying cause, we are able to offer conventional and natural therapies to support the body.