In our clinic we practice functional medicine in the management and support of chronic illnesses.
We are more interested in uncovering and addressing the underlying causes of chronic pain, fatigue and illness than we are in giving them names.
There is neither a lab test nor imaging procedure that can be done to arrive at the diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Adrenal Fatigue or Fibromyalgia.
Chronic fatigue (CFS) is characterized by several symptoms:
-Fatigue that is not alleviated by rest
–Extreme fatigue with even light exertion
–Cognitive decline and poor memory
What leads to CFS?
Fatigue affects all of us from time to time; if we don’t get enough sleep or have jet lag we expect to be tired. CFS, on the other hand, is not alleviated by sleeping in or resting more. Those suffering from CFS have often tried everything you can imagine to improve their energy. Although the root cause can vary from patient to patient, there are many similarities. The battle is not only exhausting but the diagnostic tools that are used by most doctors fail to address the root cause the of the problem, mitochondropathy.
Guess what? Mitochondropathy is not even tested in 99.99% of doctor offices. Often, patients are left to their own devices, prescribed depression medications or told that they are crazy! This may sound familiar….
What is Mitochondropathy?
Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only change forms. Energy, in this case, is extracted from our food and then turned into a usable form known as ATP. The energy that comes from our food is measured in calories but the body must convert it to ATP to use it. Food is digested and absorbed by the gut. Through the coordination of several glands and hormones, fats, carbohydrates, and proteins enter into tiny little engines inside our cells called mitochondria. You literally have trillions of mitochondria in your body. This is the very foundation of energy production for the human body.
How do we measure Mitochondropathy?
Through specific blood and urine tests, mitochondrial function can be evaluated. Below are the results from an actual patient at our office. This patient presented to us with extreme fatigue and was prescribed different medications constantly because her primary doctor did not know what was wrong with her and failed to order the right testing!
As you can imagine, she was pretty frustrated when she realized that she had been misdiagnosed and mistreated! When your doctor orders the right testing the problem becomes so obvious. Unfortunately, most doctors are not trained to order and interpret this advanced testing that evaluates mitochondropathy and connect it with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
The image above is an illustration of the Citric Acid Cycle/Kreb’s Cycle. You should note that the nutrients listed in green represent co-factors (spark plugs) that help drive the reaction forward. These nutrients include B1, B2, B3, Lipoic Acid, Iron, Magnesium and specific amino acids. The markers listed in red, slow down or inhibit the process. These include heavy metals like Mercury, Arsenic, Fluoride, and Aluminum.
This evaluation gives us profound insight into what is happening at a cellular level inside your mitochondria. When a specific step is not occurring fast enough the markers next to each step will accumulate. These markers are then excreted in the urine, where they can be measured, as seen below.
What is Adrenal Fatigue?
Adrenal fatigue is the common name for a set of symptoms that result from the adrenal glands being worked to exhaustion.
You can split up Adrenal Fatigue symptoms into two sets. The most common symptoms are those that are experienced by most (if not all) Adrenal Fatigue sufferers. These include symptoms like fatigue and food cravings. Then there are the less common symptoms, which are only experienced by a smaller set of patients. These include low blood pressure and frequent urination. When we do saliva testing on our patients to assess adrenal as well as sex hormone function, results can typically look like this patient below. Normal results should fall within the green lines, abnormal fall outside of this. You can see they were nearly flat-lined in the red and suffering from adrenal fatigue which was worsening their other health conditions.
Typically, an individual with Adrenal Fatigue will have most or all of the main symptoms listed here, along with a handful of the less common symptoms. Take a look and see how many apply to you.
The signs and symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue include:
• Difficulty getting up in the morning
• High levels of fatigue each day
• Inability to handle stress
• Cravings for salty foods
• Higher energy levels in the evenings
• Overuse of stimulants like caffeine
• A weak immune system
How does Adrenal Fatigue Happen?
Each adrenal gland is composed of two separate functional entities. The outer zone, or cortex, accounts for 80% to 90% of the gland and secretes adrenal steroids (cortisol, DHEA-S, aldosterone and small amounts of sex hormones). The inner zone, or medulla, comprises 10% to 20% of the gland and secretes the catecholamines (adrenaline and noradrenaline).
Cortisol, DHEA, and adrenaline are the three main adrenal stress hormones. These hormones help you to buffer stress and adapt to everyday life demands. Under stress, healthy adrenals increase their output of cortisol and DHEA to enable you to preserve health. They also secrete adrenaline, giving you a boost of energy when needed (for example- running from a bear in the woods). If this becomes chronic, the adrenals can no longer keep up with the demand, and DHEA levels begin to fall, signifying adrenal fatigue.
In addition, the over-secretion of adrenaline can cause you to feel anxious and nervous. Complaints of insomnia, fatigue, depression, irritability, and digestive difficulties are also common.
As adrenaline surges during stress, digestive enzymes are simultaneously lowered, and blood sugar levels rise. As this becomes a more chronic occurrence, the results of high cortisol and adrenaline levels from prolonged stress wreak havoc on the body. Essentially under stress, all systems that are required for rest, repair, and digestion shut down.
The adrenals are two small glands, each about the size of an almond, that are located above the kidneys. The adrenals have one of the highest rates of blood flow per gram of tissue and the highest content of vitamin C per gram of any tissue in the body.
What Is Fibromyalgia?
What Fibromyalgia really is, is a neurological problem. The neurons in your brain that have the function of “tuning out” pain are not functioning and/or the neurons that perceive pain are firing too high and are overly sensitive.
Always there are underlying metabolic reasons why this is happening.
Many of my Fibromyalgia patients that come to me are disillusioned and hopeless, thinking they have tried it all.
Our healthcare system is a pharmaceutically driven system. It does not have the answers you need. Taking supplements and herbs without knowing what exactly you need is not the solution either.
Patients often present with symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, and difficulty with sleep, anxiety, and depression. Females in the age group of 20 to 50 are the most likely to suffer from fibromyalgia.
Some potential causes include allergies to chemicals or foods, viruses, hormonal problems, poor digestion, candidiasis, stress, or neurotransmitter deficiencies. Fibromyalgia has symptoms that resemble those of some rheumatic illnesses. These are autoimmune diseases in which a defective immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s own healthy tissue, producing inflammation and damage.
Fatigue-related conditions can be related to a number of different underlying causes. From anemia to “low” thyroid to adrenal fatigue – We can help you sort through the symptoms and treatment strategies to determine the best approach that will get you back on your feet and feel your best. Below is a list of the fatigue-related conditions we treat, to name just a few:
-Food allergies and sensitivities
Give us a call today to see if we can help you regain your energy and health back.
We help patients who are suffering from adrenal fatigue and chronic fatigue syndrome all over Chicago including these suburbs:
Chicago, IL Adrenal Fatigue and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Oak Park, IL Adrenal Fatigue and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Des Plaines, IL Adrenal Fatigue and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Schaumburg, IL Adrenal Fatigue and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
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3432 W Diversey, Suite 253
Chicago, IL 60647
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