Chronic Fatigue

Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired?

Chronically tired woman sleeping on a big bed

Do you lack the energy you once used to have? Is that extra cup of coffee just not hitting the spot? Are you starting to experience mysterious aches and pains? If you answer “yes”, then like millions of Americans you may be suffering from a very prevalent modern malaiseFatigue.

The annoying thing about fatigue is that it’s hidden. It doesn’t usually show up on our annual physical results – it’s not like high blood pressure. Unless we are confronted with really debilitating symptoms, most of us are great at covering up our feelings of fatigue. We learn to cope with it; we blame it on stress, late nights, not enough exercise, bad relationships, poor food choices, lack of sleep. There always a good excuse for feeling tired and run down.

Fatigue comes in many forms, but the three biggest hitters on the ball-park of weariness are Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and Adrenal Fatigue.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a condition of prolonged and severe tiredness or weariness (fatigue) that is not relieved by rest and is not directly caused by other conditions. The majority of CFS cases start suddenly, usually preceded by a flu-like illness severe stress.

CFS Symptoms

  • A new onset of unexplained, persistent fatigue or tiredness, unrelated to exertion and not relieved by bed rest, that causes a significant reduction in previous activity levels.
  • Fatigue that is severe enough to restrict activity.

Other Symptoms – (4 or more lasting 6 months or longer)

  • Post-exertional fatigue
  • un-refreshing sleep
  • impaired memory or concentration
  • headaches different from previous headaches in quality, severity, or pattern
  • joint pain
  • lymph node tenderness in the neck or armpit
  • muscle weakness all over or multiple locations
  • prolonged sore throat.

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia produces widespread pain, achiness, disturbed sleep, and overall exhaustion. People with fibromyalgia have pain in the muscles, ligaments, and tendons—the soft fibrous tissues of the body.   Fibromyalgia is a very real, painful, and sometimes debilitating health condition.

Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Pain – Deep muscular aching, throbbing, or intense burning. Quite often, the pain and stiffness are worse in the morning

Fatigue – Patients may feel as if their bodies are completely drained of energy.

Memory and Concentration – Difficulty concentrating and retaining new information.

Sleep Disorders – Trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, and an un-refreshing quality of sleep.

Exercise Difficulties – Moderate intensity exercise can make the pain of fibromyalgia worse.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome – 40-70% of firbomyalgia patients report constipation, diarrhea, frequent abdominal pain and bloating, abdominal gas, and nausea.

Chronic Headaches – Recurrent migraine or tension headaches are experienced by 50-70% of fibromyalgia patients and occur at least twice a week.

Jaw Pain – jaw-related face and head pain affects one-quarter of fibromyalgia patients.

Adrenal Fatigue

People with Adrenal Fatigue report feeling tired for no reason, they struggle to keep up with daily life, feel stressed all the time and very often crave salty or sweet snacks. Adrenal Fatigue is often triggered by life events such as crises at work or home, emotional trauma, major surgery, sudden change in financial status and drug and alcohol abuse.

Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms

  • Weight gain
  • Fuzzy thinking
  • Weight gain
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Difficulty in getting out of bed in the morning
  • Reliance on caffeine to keep going
  • Decreased sex drive

How We Treat Chronic Fatigue

We have treated many people with different forms of fatigue successfully at LifeWorks Wellness Center. The key is to find the underlying influences that have disabled the body’s energy producing systems. This is rarely just one thing, but more usually a number of subtle imbalances that combine to create problems.

At LifeWorks we endeavor to discover the real cause of the condition a person has. We are not treating with band-aids to cover up symptoms, but to rehabilitate the body to rightful health. We can’t promise that we do it every time, but you will find no office that works harder to help you regain your energy and pain free life.

Getting the correct diagnosis and treatment of fatigue problems has made a difference to a lot of people’s lives and it could do the same for you! Call for 727 466 6789 for more information or an appointment, or visit our alternative medicine website.

Dr. George Springer has practiced alternative medicine, nutrition, acupuncture, and chiropractic manipulation for 29 years. At LifeWorks, Dr. Springer treats all forms of chronic disease, provides functional laboratory evaluation for patients with specific individual nutrition recommendations, treats patients with chronic pain, chronic fatigue neuro-musculoskeletal problems, and provides support to other programs.

Dr. Springer will be hosting a free seminar on Fatigue at LifeWorks Wellness Center on Thursday, August 19, at 6:pm. Call (727) 466-6789 to register.

Chronic Fatigue Testimonial

“Shortly after going through menopause in my early fifties, I developed a nagging lack of energy. I resigned myself to the hard fact that I would never feel the energy of my youth again. I was growing old.

However, I turned to Life Works Wellness Center and Dr. George Springer. Thanks to his wise evaluation and the regimen of natural supplements he prescribed for me, after only four months, I feel that my aging process has reversed itself! I have so much energy that I can once again keep a fast-paced and energetic schedule all day long (no naps needed). I truly feel that I have regained the fifteen years I lost after menopause.”*
A.S

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About Dr. Minkoff, Medical Director

Dr. David Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then completed both a Pediatric Residency and a Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California at San Diego. He worked at the University of California and Children’s Hospitals in San Diego as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He also co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine. In 1992, Dr. Minkoff’s wife Sue, a Registered Nurse, became interested in nutrition and health and began to go to lectures from some of the experts in the field. At the time, Dr. Minkoff was pretty fixed in his view of traditional medicine and it took a lot of convincing to get him to come to one of these lectures. After hearing Dr. Jeffrey Bland speak, Dr. Minkoff had a eureka moment and began pursuing the alternative field with a vengeance. Based on this new knowledge Dr. Minkoff and his wife set up a small clinic in 1997 to help some friends with their medical problems. What began as an experiment blossomed into Lifeworks Wellness Center, one of the most successful clinics for complementary medicine in the United States. In the process, he gained expertise in Biological medicine, integrative oncology, heavy metal detoxification, anti-aging medicine, hormone replacement therapy, functional medicine, energy medicine, neural and prolotherapy, homeopathy, and optimum nutrition. He studied under the masters in each of these disciplines until he became an expert in his own right. Dr. Minkoff is one of the most in-demand speakers in the field and wrote an Amazon best-selling book called The Search For The Perfect Protein. The demand for the products and protocols he discovered became a catalyst for founding BodyHealth.Com, a nutrition company that now manufactures and distributes cutting-edge nutritional solutions for the many health problems of today. Dr. Minkoff writes two free online newsletters, “The Optimum Health Report” and ”The BodyHealth Fitness Newsletter”, to help others learn about optimum health and fitness. Dr. Minkoff is an avid athlete himself and has completed 43 Ironman Triathlons. To keep his fitness maximal, he lives the lifestyle he teaches to others and tries to set an example for others, so they can enjoy a life free of pain and full of energy.