Fatigue, also known as chronic exhaustion, is a persistent state of extreme tiredness and lack of energy. The condition persists over a long period of time and can severely affect the quality of life of those affected. It is a symptom and should be distinguished from ME-CFS.

The symptoms include not only physical fatigue, but also mental exhaustion, sleep disorders and increased irritability. Fatigue can also occur in connection with various diseases, e.g. cancer, multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease.

Characteristics of Fatigue

Fatigue is a symptom and is characterized by:

  • persistent, extreme tiredness
  • high need for sleep with simultaneous sleep disturbances
  • reduced performance
  • Lack of motivation and drive
  • Depression and low mood

For many sufferers, the illness leads to an inability to work.

Causes of Fatigue

The causes of fatigue can be varied and mutually reinforcing:

  • Diseases such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, rheumatism or fibromyalgia
  • Depression
  • Sleep apnoea
  • Long-term stress
  • Inflammatory conditions such as inflammation of the jaw
  • Unhealthy diet with deficiencies in the body
  • Toxic exposure, e.g. with mercury from amalgam fillings
  • Various medications, radiation, chemotherapy

Treatment of Fatigue

Treatment options for fatigue vary depending on the causes. Special examinations are necessary to correctly evaluate the causes.

The subsequent therapy aims to treat the cause in order to get fatigue under control in the long term. This may require a combination of integrative, biological approaches. Eliminating hidden sources of inflammation, removing sources of toxins, replenishing vitamins, minerals and trace elements and changing lifestyle are just some of the possible adjustments.

The gut, as a central organ of health, should also be examined and, if necessary, rebuilt in the case of fatigue.

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A holistic approach that takes both physical and mental health into account is often crucial for overcoming fatigue. We are here for you.

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