What Does Chronic Fatigue Feel Like?

When you tell people you have chronic fatigue, do they assume you just mean you always feel tired? Most people do not know that chronic fatigue symptoms can significantly affect your quality of life. If you experience these symptoms, the team at Cutler Integrative Medicine has the tools to help. 

What is Chronic Fatigue?

People with chronic fatigue feel constantly exhausted no matter how much they sleep. When the condition lasts six months or more and disrupts your daily life, you may be diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Many people with chronic fatigue become frustrated when trying to explain this condition’s physical effects. Those who assume chronic fatigue is “all in your head” can benefit from learning more about how debilitating the condition can become. 

What Does Chronic Fatigue Feel Like? 

Fatigue may be the most common and defining symptom of chronic fatigue, but not the only one. Along with persistent, relentless exhaustion, people also experience

  • Muscle aches
  • Joint pain
  • Sleep problems
  • Immune system disorders
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Enlarged lymph nodes 
  • Memory and concentration problems

Chronic fatigue can become a cycle where symptoms cause stress, which makes symptoms worse and increases your stress even more. Naturopathic physician Dr. Doug Cutler can help you break the cycle and regain control of your life. 

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What Causes Chronic Fatigue?

Scientists have not determined the exact cause of chronic fatigue. The condition probably originates from a combination of factors, but not all inclusive list, including:


A high-stress environment exhausts your mental and physical resources. Under chronic stress, your body never gets a chance to repair itself. Your environment may also contain toxicants that can cause many symptoms similar to chronic fatigue. 


Chronic fatigue appears to have a strong genetic component. You may inherit a sensitivity to specific exposures or a tendency to develop autoimmune disorders. Specific genetic variants have been potentially associated with chronic fatigue. 


Chronic fatigue symptoms often begin with a viral infection. This can be as mild as a cold, but it causes stress on the body and activates the immune system. These viral infections seem to play a significant role in triggering the condition. 

Immune System

The immune system seems to play a role in chronic fatigue. Immune system imbalances can cause chronic inflammation and stress. The immune response to chronic fatigue may combine a genetic predisposition and a viral trigger. 


Long-term stress affects the adrenal glands. These glands control the body’s response to stress with hormones like cortisol. High-stress environments create a “fight or flight” state that never switches off, causing the glands to malfunction. 

How is Chronic Fatigue Treated?

Dr. Cutler will conduct a series of tests to determine the possible causes of your chronic fatigue. He will develop an individualized treatment plan that may include treating underlying infections, correcting nutritional imbalances, and detoxification. 

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 well-being. 

Cutler Integrative Medicine is a premier award-winning wellness clinic that provides patients with unparalleled individualized naturopathic healthcare. Dr. Doug Cutler is a nationally renowned expert in Naturopathic medicine and has the highest training in his field, as well as in Environmental Medicine, IV Nutrient Therapy, and Detoxification. His ClubIV™ is one of the most extensive IV Nutrient Clinics in the country.

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