Understanding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Dr. Chris Heimlich DC, Phoenix Metro Chronic Fatigue Doctor Comments:

Like most doctors, the most common complaint among patients seeking my care is chronic fatigue.  Often the fatigue is described as a vague complaint with low energy, lack of motivation and inability to do more than absolutely what has to be done.  Other times the fatigue causes the patient to become irritable and lash out verbally to those closest to them (with subsequent remorse and unfortunately harmed relationships).

Patients tell me how the housework piles up, proper meals aren’t prepared, dreams and goals have been thwarted, promotions passed by, even books that can’t be read due to the fatigue various patients present with.  One patient had to hire a nanny to fix the bottle for her child because she could not do it.  She could not even fill out the initial paperwork for our office.  Her husband had to do it for her.

I used to suffer from fatigue issues.  I would take a nap at lunch daily.  I would also nod off while driving for what I considered long distances.  I am lucky I did not get seriously injured and also thankful I never hurt anyone.

Due to my never-ending desire to help people I constantly am learning and growing in my clinical and diagnostic skills I discovered functional neurology and functional endocrinology.  This enabled me to find the cause of my fatigue.

As a result of this discovery (and others) about my body’s reactions to foods and nutrients and how it can impact health, I have been able to assist many hundreds of patients eliminate or significantly reduce their chronic fatigue.

Patients present to our office with several conditions that cause chronic fatigue:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hypothyroidism and autoimmune thyroid
  • B Complex and other micronutrient deficiencies due to poor diet (Standard American Diet or S.A.D.)
  • Hypoglycemia and insulin resistance
  • Gluten sensitivity and the resultant malabsorption of nutrients
  • Liver congestion
  • Parasite infestation
  • Food allergies
  • Adrenal fatigue

Each of these conditions or situations can be helped.  Through a specific process of investigation and then treating the underlying cause(s) revealed by that investigation is the key to long-term success in dealing with chronic fatigue.

I use a customized, multi-pronged approach with chronic fatigue sufferers that may include:

  • Diet changes
  • lifestyle changes
  • Specific supplementation
  • Brain-Based Therapy

Every case is unique.  Trying to apply a one-size-fits-all approach fails most of the time.  We take a look at the body as a whole and develop a treatment strategy based on proper in-depth testing and individualized treatment that has proven clinically successful.

You, too, can reclaim your energy and zest for life!

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