For too long, chronic fatigue was not considered a real disorder. People who suffered with these symptoms were thought to be lazy, faking or depressed. Finally, CFS has been recognized as a clinical entity.
“Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a serious, long-term illness that affects many body systems. People with ME/CFS are often not able to do their usual activities. At times, ME/CFS may confine them to bed. People with ME/CFS have severe fatigue and sleep problems. ME/CFS may get worse after people with the illness try to do as much as they want or need to do. This symptom is known as post-exertional malaise (PEM). Other symptoms can include problems with thinking and concentrating, pain, and dizziness. According to an Institute of Medicine (IOM) report published in 2015, an estimated 836,000 to 2.5 million Americans suffer from ME/CFS, but most of them have not been diagnosed.” – CDC
The problem is that most doctors have no idea as to why this is happening or what to do about it.
CFS has many possible causes including: thyroid/hormone imbalance, nutritional deficiencies, anemias, methylation issues, mitochondrial problems, sleep apnea, and Sunlight deficiencies to name a few. This condition and the symptoms it can cause can be totally disabling and the lack of clarity around getting a straight answer from doctors can create depression in many of these patients.
A functional approach to identifying a clear cause is the first step in resolving these problems.