Sometimes it happens slowly. You just don’t have the energy to do things you used to do all the time. Even “easy” things like going to the grocery store makes you want to take a nap. Reading or even watching TV turns your brain to mush. Forget about exercising! For others, it comes on seemingly overnight. “I was fine one day, and then the next, I was on the floor and couldn’t move!” Dizziness, unremitting, day-in, day-out, sameness. Gravity becomes your enemy.
You see your doctor. They do blood tests, ask a bunch of questions, maybe give you an antidepressant, or tell you they don’t see anything wrong with you. Maybe they tell you things like, “You’re depressed, I’ll send you to a therapist.” Or, “You have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome…We don’t know what causes it…There’s no cure.” While they’re being honest with you, it’s not exactly helpful.
There are many theories about fatigue, including genetic factors, exposure to various toxins and/or infections, mitochondrial dysfunction, and, of course, emotional and psychological causes. None of them have been conclusively shown to be true and it’s easy to go down blind alleys searching for the single cause and single cure.
The treatment options vary quite a bit, depending on what we see in our assessments. We have several methods to help stimulate neural activity, mitochondrial functioning, and blood perfusion. These options include neurofeedback, supplements such as MitoQ, photobiomodulation, and pIR-HEG. These are almost always paired with psychotherapy to help provide support and structure for the treatment plan for both you and your family, as well as working with your medical provider and/or naturopath to make sure you get what your body needs.