What Causes Chronic Fatigue?

Cutler Integrative Medicine uses a holistic, “whole body” approach to diagnosing and treating chronic fatigue. Chronic fatigue manifests as a host of symptoms that vary from person to person with fatigue being front and center. Keep reading to find out what causes chronic fatigue and why it’s important to assess the “whole person” before diagnosing and treating this condition.

Chronic Fatigue Overview

Chronic fatigue, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), develops from prolonged periods of high-stress, whether from work, or emotional trauma, or mental strain. Each person responds to stress differently so symptoms of chronic fatigue can take different forms. 

For these reasons, accurately diagnosing and treating can be challenging, especially within a traditional treatment setting. Cutler Integrative Medicine takes a holistic treatment approach, meaning each patient receives individualized care based on their physical, mental, and emotional condition. 


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What Is Chronic Fatigue?

Experiencing high-stress levels over prolonged periods takes a tremendous toll on your body’s ability to function normally. Prolonged stress also taxes your adrenal glands, which regulate the release of stress hormones. 

Before long, your adrenal glands enter an exhausted state and can’t function properly. These conditions set the stage for chronic fatigue syndrome to take shape. 

Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue

Since stress affects different people in different ways, symptoms of chronic fatigue tend to vary from person to person. Symptoms can also vary in severity from day to day.

Here are a few common symptoms to watch for:

  • Headaches
  • Random muscle or joint pain
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling tired, even after a full night’s sleep
  • Swollen lymph nodes along the neck or armpits
  • Cognitive difficulties, such as memory or concentration problems
  • Physical or mental exertion brings on extreme exhaustion
  • Dizziness, especially when going from lying down to sitting or sitting to standing


With no clear cut way to diagnose and treat CFS, traditional treatment approaches can easily miss the mark. Dr. Cutler of Cutler Integrative Medicine takes a holistic, “whole body” approach to diagnosing and treating symptoms. In this way, we provide the type of individualized treatment approach that’s most needed when diagnosing symptoms that look like chronic fatigue. 

Causes of Chronic Fatigue

Chronic fatigue typically manifests as a syndrome or group of symptoms. To date, no known single cause for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) exists. Consequently, it can be difficult to diagnose CFS since several other conditions can produce similar symptoms. 

However, certain conditions do appear to co-occur with chronic fatigue symptoms on a frequent basis, including:

  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Viral infections
  • Trauma (physical or emotional)
  • Immune system problems

Risk Factors for Chronic Fatigue

Besides high-stress levels, other factors can make you more susceptible to to developing chronic fatigue syndrome, such as:

  • Women are two to four times more likely to develop CFS than men
  • Being in your 40s and 50s
  • Allergies
  • Environmental factors, such as diet
  • Heredity 

Treatment for Chronic Fatigue

When left untreated, chronic fatigue leaves you open to developing other serious problems, such as depression, work absences, and isolating more and more from friends and family. In other words, the sooner CFS can be treated and diagnosed the better since it only gets worse with time

The focus Cutler Integrative Medicine places on developing treatment plans specific to their patient’s needs offers the most efficient and accurate way to properly identify chronic fatigue at the outset. Dr. Cutler will run individualized lab work and a nutritional panel, to pinpoint the cause and treatment of your specific condition

Take the Next Step

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Doug Cutler and his team of expert naturopathic providers to learn more about chronic fatigue. Call us at (248) 663-0165 today! Cutler Integrative Medicine is dedicated to your health and wellbeing.

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