Fatigue and Sleep FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE OF TEXAS
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The answer to the question is to find out why the patient is so tired and can’t get any rest. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can be caused by a number of factors and each variable has to be looked at and determined if any one or combination is the underlying cause of the patient having such a debilitating condition. Adrenal fatigue is a condition that has recently been discovered that can cause chronic fatigue.
There are many causes of fatigue to include: Stress, food intolerance, heavy metal contamination, mold, etc. Recent studies have shown that many patients are tired because of adrenal fatigue. Other causes of chronic fatigue may also be related to thyroid hormone levels, micro-nutrient deficiencies or gut/GI disturbances, to name a few.
As stated on other pages, when chronic fatigue is an issue and the patient can’t sleep, then other major problems can occur such as inflammation. This is because the body does most of its repair work at night while asleep. During the day, when most stresses occur and the body is being bombarded with stressors, and the body is busy defending against these body stressors, so each night, the body should be in repair mode. But if the person isn’t sleeping, that repair process will be hindered and like a smoldering fire, inflammation continues to burn and burn.
Now we have a multi-system breakdown that can eventually lead to cellular dysfunction, organ dysfunction, and system failure, and further enhance the disease process.
Remember the body wants to be healthy and will do what it can, it will accommodate, for as long as possible, but at some point, too many cells will cease to function properly, disease starts, and shortly after, symptoms occur and by then, the body is sick.