What Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

What Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Get the fact about chronic fatigue syndrome.

There is an energy crisis in the US and by that, we mean that Americans seem more exhausted than ever before. In fact, a 2021 survey by OnePoll found that three out of five Americans feel more tired than ever despite getting enough rest. If, in the words of Dr. Steven Gundry, “your get up and go has got up and gone” then you may be wondering whether you could be dealing with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). If you’re looking for answers, you may just find them by turning to our St. Louis, MO, board-certified environmental medicine specialist Dr. Tipu Sultan MD.

What is chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)?

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a condition that we’ve been hearing about more and moreover the last decade or so. This condition is marked by intense exhaustion that occurs regularly throughout the day. We see this condition in women more often than men and some of the common symptoms include,

  • Sleep disturbances
  • Exhaustion
  • Brain fog
  • Concentration and memory issues
  • Aches and pains
  • Sore throats
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness

How is chronic fatigue syndrome treated?

Here at Environmental Health & Allergy Center, our physician Dr. Sultan MD takes a holistic and integrative approach to treating health problems and their symptoms. This means that we try to get to the root cause of your symptoms whenever possible so that we are treating the underlying cause and not just managing your symptoms. Here are some of the ways in which our St. Louis, MO, integrative medicine team treats chronic fatigue syndrome,

We’ll evaluate your gut health

It’s not surprising that unhealthy guts can wreak havoc on our health and cause other health problems. A leaky gut is a common culprit that can leave people battling extreme fatigue. That’s because everything from bacterial overgrowth to environmental toxins can lead to a leaky gut. Our practitioner will identify the cause of your gut issues and then provide you with ways to fix this problem to see if your chronic fatigue improves.

We’ll provide nutritional guidance

The typical American diet is chock full of sugar, starch, and processed foods, and often lacking in the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients we need to stay healthy. As a result, your diet could actually be making brain fog and chronic fatigue worse. Certain vitamin deficiencies could also be causing your CFS. We will learn more about your current diet and then recommend supplements and dietary changes to improve your CFS symptoms.

We’ll treat chronic infections

Did you know that many people with chronic diseases such as Lyme disease are also more likely to deal with CFS? This may have something to do with chronic inflammation in the body, but we can determine if other chronic conditions could be to blame and then treat those problems to improve your energy levels.

Dr. Sultan MD and his team have been providing renowned medical care to the St. Louis area since 1975. If you are experiencing symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome, call Environmental Health & Allergy Center at (314) 921-5600 to schedule a consultation with our medical team.

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