What is chronic fatigue and which are the symptoms?
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or CFS can affect all types of people at all ages. It usually manifests itself as severe and debilitating fatigue, often accompanied by:
- painful muscles and joints,
- disordered sleep,
- gastric disturbances,
- and poor memory and concentration
Over the years CFS has ben given many different names but, more recently, it has been called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or ME. This name suggests, quite rightly, that chronic exhaustion is often linked to inflammation of the organs.
In some cases the effects of CFS are minimal but in a large number, lives are changed drastically. In the young, schooling and higher education can be severely disrupted while, for the working population, staying in employment can become impossible. For all, social life and family life become restricted and in some cases severely strained. People may be housebound or confined to bed for months or even years.
Causes of chronic fatigue
CFS or ME is usually caused by a combination of different factors. Areas of chronic inflammation (as may occur in the intestines or in dead teeth) can disturb the immunological balance, or physical and/or psychological stress can have a negative impact on the hormonal and immune system. On top of this there can be additional sources of irritation like heavy metals, certain chemicals in food, an infection or even prescribed drugs.
These factors can combine to place too much strain on the body, which loses its physiological ability to recover. Although some people experience a slow, steady onset, CFS is often triggered by a period of extreme strain, such as can be experienced through trauma (e.g. am accident or operation), stress or perhaps a viral infection.
Diagnosing chronic fatigue
To find out which factors are at work, the BMC team performs extremely thorough diagnostics.
Areas of inflammation are searched for and eliminated (for example our dentistry team can check for dead teeth or harmful metals with the help of panoramic X-Rays).
Gastroenterological inflammation can be identified by blood and stool samples, which can help exclude several other ailments, such as leaky gut syndrome, nutrition and histamine intolerance, celiac disease and dysbiosis of the intestines. Blood samples show as well whether the body has got all essential vital substances to produce hormones, regulate the immune system and regenerate destroyed tissues and empty reserves.
We can also check the mitochondria in the blood for cellular function and energy levels. Finally, we can test urine and saliva to see the level of hormone impairment and stress.
Treating chronic fatigue
Each patient is different, so each receives an individually designed treatment schedule. Areas of inflammation need to be cured, nutrition needs to be adapted, the intestines may need probiotic treatment and vital substances may need to be replaced. Depending on the degree of deficiency and the intestinal function, we will administer either oral or intravenous replacement therapy.
Chronic intoxication with heavy metals also needs to be treated with infusions. This entire treatment concept focuses on improving the mitochondrial and cellular function. It is intended to reactivate the body’s self-healing power and to facilitate the self-regulation of hormones and the immune system. Except potential dental treatment each of the therapies can be performed by the BMC team.
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