While doctors are not entirely certain what causes chronic fatigue syndrome, theories include stress, recovering from illness, environmental factors, hereditary factors, age or inflammation of the nervous system due to faulty immune system response. A chronic fatigue doctor can help you to determine whether you are in fact dealing with CFS or the problem is rooted in another issue, such as a tumor or other illness, mental illness, endocrine disease (i.e., hypothyroidism), infection, an immune or autoimmune disorder or drug dependence. CFS is distinctly different in nature from these other afflictions, and a doctor can help you determine if CFS is affecting you.
Stimulants Don’t Help Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
As anyone with chronic fatigue syndrome can attest to, it’s always a battle trying to convince your medical doctor that you truly need help. Most medical professionals advise patients complaining of fatigue to sleep more or try to consume caffeine. But we know all too well that these so-called solutions are only mere band-aids to the real problem. And in fact, consuming too much caffeine can send your adrenal glands into overdrive, leaving you even more tired. If you’re experiencing resistance from your doctor, find a chronic fatigue specialist who understands your situation.
Healing from CFS
There are a variety of ways to deal with chronic fatigue syndrome and a chronic fatigue specialist can help you to identify which treatment plan is best for you. Medications are often employed, and we also offer local electrical stimulation. In some cases, surgery may be an option for you to consider. We can help you figure out what may work for your particular situation. Believe it or not, placebos have worked wonders for some people over the course of the history of treating CFS, lessening and in some cases eliminating pain. Psychotherapy, relaxation, biofeedback and behavior modification may also be employed.