Fatigue is perhaps the most common complaint we hear from new patients, and it has become increasingly prevalent in our society. People are working longer and harder than they ever have. The stress of life, from jobs to family to finances, have the ability to zap our energy. Add to that the fact that the quality of our food, water, and air are not what they used to be, and you have a recipe for a host of health problems which can manifest as fatigue.
When we see a new patient who is battling fatigue, the list of potential causes is virtually endless. Fatigue can be due to many things, including hormonal imbalances, stress, prescription medications, poor sleep, and poor diet. On most occasions, the cause of fatigue for a given patient is multi-factorial. Sadly, most physicians do not know about the potential causes, nor are they knowledgeable in how to diagnose it or treat it. Most patients who come to me have already been to at least one other doctor – usually their primary care physician – who had nothing to offer them other than asking them about their sleep, checking their thyroid function and perhaps prescribing an anti-depressant. It is much more complicated than that. And to us, fatigue is so crippling for people that a more thorough work-up is warranted.
At The Center for Advanced Medicine, we approach fatigue by first getting to know you. We must start with your lifestyle – how well you sleep, what you eat, what your occupation entails, what your family life is like, etc. That will lead us down the correct path toward ordering the appropriate lab tests. Armed with a thorough understanding of you and your body, inside and out, allows us to target the cause of your fatigue. In doing so, we will focus on natural treatments which are designed to work with your body rather than against it. Our goal is to help you feel dramatically better, and that is almost always the case.