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Fatigue

Fatigue

Fatigue is a feeling of weariness, tiredness and lack of energy. It is a symptom of an underlying condition rather than a specific disease or disorder in and of itself. People who are fatigued feel tired in both body and mind. Estimates vary, but it is thought that up to 60% of patients visiting their primary health care practitioner complain of fatigue. Fatigue is twice as common in women as it is in men.

Fatigue can be categorised as either:

  • Simple fatigue: This involves temporary decline in energy levels for duration of less than 6 months, which is not severe enough to significantly impact on the patient’s normal daily activities.
  • Chronic fatigue: This involves fatigue that is sufficiently intense and significantly affects normal daily activities for a period of six months or more.

The Symptoms of Fatigue

There are numerous signs and symptoms of fatigue, some of which include:

  • Chronic tiredness or sleepiness
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Sore or aching muscles
  • Muscle weakness
  • Slowed reflexes and responses
  • Impaired decision making and judgement
  • Moodiness and irritability
  • Impaired coordination
  • Appetite loss
  • Reduced immune system function
  • Blurry vision
  • Short term memory problems
  • Poor concentration
  • Hallucinations
  • Low motivation

The Causes of Fatigue

There are several major causative factors that can contribute to the incidence of fatigue in patients, some of which include the following:

Nutritional Causes

  • Nutritionally deficient diet
  • Anaemia (iron, folic acid and/or B12)
  • B-complex deficiencies
  • Nutrient malabsorption

Hormonal Causes

  • Fatigued adrenal glands
  • Clinical or sub-clinical hypothyroidism
  • Hypoglycaemia, blood sugar dysregulation

Metabolic Causes

  • Sleep disorders
  • Chronic pain
  • Inflammatory bowel disorders
  • Cardiovascular health issues

Immunological Causes

  • Recent respiratory or gastrointestinal infection – particularly viral infections
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Bowel toxicity and dysbiosis
  • Food allergies

Psychological Causes

  • Stress
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Low moods

Environmental Causes

  • Environmental contaminants or pollutants
  • Toxic disorders such as lead or mercury poisoning
  • Medications, such as sleeping pills
  • Liver toxicity

Treatments for Fatigue

The highly experienced Naturopaths at the Melbourne Natural Medicine Clinic can provide a number of natural treatments that can reduce fatigue and improve general well-being. We conduct a thorough case history and investigation to identify the underlying cause of your fatigue. This includes cellular health measurements, BIA (cellular health assessment), and other diagnostic tests. Following this, your naturopath will support you through a tailored program to reduce your fatigue and regain your vitality.

Your individualised program may include:

  • Correction of any nutritional deficiencies
  • Assessment of any relevant allergens or toxins
  • Dietary changes
  • A comprehensive detox
  • Digestive repair
  • Liver regeneration program
  • Blood sugar regulation
  • Addressing any anxiety or low moods
  • Alleviating chronic pain or inflammation
  • Supporting cellular energy production
  • Rebuilding the immune system
  • Addressing hormonal imbalances
  • Improving digestive function
  • Improving sleep quality and quantity

Reduce Your Fatigue Today

Come in and see how our naturopaths in Melbourne can help to alleviate your fatigue and restore your energy levels. You can schedule an appointment by giving us a call on (03) 9686 2566, sending us an email, or submitting a message online. Alternatively, you can visit our clinic located at 49 Chetwynd St, North Melbourne.