Do any of these comments sound familiar?:
“I’m tired of waking up tired“, or “I can’t remember the last time I had enough energy to go to the gym” or: “I’m just dragging my heels every day by 2 pm”
These are the concerns naturopaths hear in the office almost every day as patients seek answers for why they are feeling fatigued. After hearing a comment like this, your ND will need to put on his or her detective hat and get to work because this one symptom of fatigue could have many underlying causes.
If you’re feeling fatigued, your naturopath will likely ask questions about sleep hygiene and sleep quality, the nutritional content of your food, any digestive concerns or mood changes, the role of stress in your life and your stress management strategies. Based on your responses, your ND will develop a treatment plan that is targeted at treating the underlying cause.
Your naturopath may also want to investigate hormonal or immune causes to your fatigue. For example, your naturopath can recommend tests to evaluate whether you may be experiencing a thyroid or adrenal insufficiency and then provide appropriate treatment.
When your immune system is compromised, it can have an impact on your energy levels as well. An undetected chronic infection, for example, can leave you feeling drained and lethargic. Natural immune support and anti-microbials can get you back on your feet.
Some people with fatigue end up with a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) or fibromyalgia. These conditions are characterized by significant fatigue (with other associated symptoms such as brain fog or muscle pain) that has lasted more than 6 months and have no identifiable medical or psychological problems to account for it. Fortunately, your naturopath also has tools to manage these conditions.
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