By Dr. Kurt Woeller
Fatigue is common problem for many people. Parents of autistic children experience it because of the ongoing pressures of caring for a special needs child, but so do many other people as well. Periodic fatigue is normal with our hectic lives these days. However, chronic fatigue is a more serious condition that often goes undiagnosed.
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a devastating disorder that is associated with a group of symptoms that manifest as severe, debilitating and unrelenting fatigue. The main problem is persistent fatigue to the level of such severity that an individual has significant reduction in their ability to function at normal activity levels. In short, symptoms such as achiness, “brain fog,” bowel disorders, short-term memory difficulties, concentration and attention issues, poor sleep, recurrent infections from weakened immunity, and exhaustion after minimal exercise or exertion are hallmarks of this disorder.
Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) which manifests as painful trigger point areas in the muscles throughout the body can also be associated with CFS, and some people feel that FMS and CFS are the same disorder.
Current statistics for FMS from the American College of Rheumatology are estimated at a conservative 3 to 5% of the United States population. CFS figures seem much more poorly defined with estimates around 25,000 million Americans who have severe fatigue (fatigue lasting longer than one month). The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has put together a criteria list for a “classic case scenario” for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. In short:
- Unexplained, persistent, or relapsing chronic fatigue that is of new or defined onset (not lifelong), is not the result of ongoing over-activity, is not significantly relieved by rest, and results in substantial loss of daily activities, i.e. occupation, social, and personal.
- Also, 4 or more of the following symptoms, all of which must have persisted or recurred 6 or more consecutive months of illness, and must not have predated the fatigue:
- Impairment in short-term memory or concentration severe enough to lead to significant reduction in occupation, social or personal activities.
- Muscle pain
- Multi-joint pain with swelling or redness
- Headaches – new type, pattern, or severity
- Sore throat
- Incomplete sleep, or sleep that is un-refreshing
- Malaise or exhaustion after exertion that lasts more than 24 hours
Many people do not exactly fit the CDC criteria, however, they still suffer with substantial fatigue and respond positively to the same or similar therapies for classically defined CFS. If you have unexplained fatigue that significantly impacts your ability to function normally, and is associated with any two of the following then you have CFS until proven otherwise:
- Bowel problems, and/or recurrent and/or persistent infections or flulike feelings/symptoms
- Brain fog
- Diffuse achiness
- Increased thirst
- Poor sleep
The following is a short list of medical issues that contribute to many people’s problems with CFS/FMS:
- Acute viral infection
- Chronic infections – viral, bacterial, parasitic and/or yeast
- Emotional/mental stress
- Years of poor sleep
- Years of poor diet
- Hormonal imbalances such as adrenal insufficiency, thyroid dysfunction, sex hormone deficiency
- Biochemical susceptibility via nutritional deficiencies, poor methylation chemistry to support cell membrane and detoxification processes; poor mitochondrial function.
There are many different products on the market that promote improvements in fatigue, but very few have clinical research to back up their claims. Researched Nutritionals NT Energy Factor is one such product with research showing significant benefits in fatigue reduction and reversal of age-related energy loss.
NT Energy Factor is a proprietary blend of phospholipids and glycoproteins whose job is to repair damage cell membranes and increase the communication capability within the cellular compartments. This is critical for mitochondrial energy production and the availability of ATP – our cell’s energy currency. Without adequate ATP we are left with deficits in cellular energy which affects every organ system of the body leading to poor immunity, poor sleep, fatigue, pain, etc.
One study of NT Energy Factor showed a 40% reduction of moderate to severe fatigue in just 8 weeks as measured by the Piper Fatigue Scale. Dosing is important for this supplement:
- Months 1 and 2: 2 tablets with each meal or 6 tablets daily
- Month 3 and Beyond: 1 tablet with each meal or 3 tablets daily
Reports are that many people start to feel improvements within the first 2 to 3 weeks of using this particular supplement.
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