Constant, disabling fatigue is the primary symptom, here are some symptoms fatigue:
- Sore throat
- Low-grade fever
- Loss of appetite
- Sleep disturbances
- Intestinal problems
- Muscle and joint pain
- Depression and anxiety
- Difficulty concentrating
- Temporary loss of memory
- Sore or swollen lymph nodes
- Upper respiratory tract infections
- Exhaustion after even mild exercise
Some of the main causes of Fatigue:
- Food allergies
- Chronic infection
- Unresolved stress
- Low blood pressure
- Immune-system damage
- Hormone deficiencies
- Poor adrenal function
- Chemical sensitivities
- Intestinal permeability
- Impaired detoxification
- Parasites and dysbiosis
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Neurological malfunction.
- Chronic fungal infection.
- Neurotransmitter deficiency.
- Sleep disorders (such as apnea).
- Environmental toxins (e.g., toxic metals).
- Side effects of pharmaceutical medications.
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See also: “Fatigue Treatments“
The following tests help assess possible metabolic reasons for chronic fatigue syndrome:
- Heart function – EKG.
- Low blood pressure.
- Blood sugar balance – blood.
- Sleep disorder – sleep study.
- Detoxification profile – urine.
- Intestinal permeability – urine.
- Toxic metals – urine or hair analysis.
- Immune system imbalance or disease – blood.
- Anemia – blood test (CBC, iron, ferritin, % saturation).
- Food and environmental allergies/sensitivities – blood, electrodermal.
- Digestive function and microbe/parasite/candida testing – stool analysis.
- Vitamin and mineral analysis (especially magnesium, B12, iron, and CoQ10) – blood.
- Hormone testing (thyroid, DHEA, cortisol, testosterone, IGF-1, estrogen, progesterone) – saliva, blood, or urine.