There are many other causes of CFS some of which are obvious, but some are hard to detect and that is why it is vital to see a medical doctor who is thorough and does not give up. Regular doctor visits with follow up are required. So, you can see that blood tests are required to check the immune system, nutritional status and the hormone levels.
I have not mentioned the more esoteric and rarer causes of CFS such as mitochondrial disorders and genetic polymorphisms, but they need to be considered by the treating doctor if more common causes are not found.
Treatment of CFS
Once we find the cause, or often multiple causes, we can start to treat the CFS with specific and accurate therapies. It takes time to overcome these causes and patience is required.
We may need to administer different types of thyroid hormones such as Porcine Thyroid Extract or triiodothyronine which is known as T 3 and is 10 times more active than regular synthetic thyroid hormone known as Thyroxine (T4).
We may need to administer adrenal hormones such as adrenal glandular extract, hydrocortisone and DHEA to treat adrenal exhaustion.
We may need to administer natural testosterone in the form of a cream or pump. If we can replenish very low testosterone levels, the energy of the body can rise dramatically. All of these hormones require a doctor’s prescription.
It is always important to assess liver and gut function in someone who is excessively tired. The liver is the major producer of energy and proteins in the body, and if your liver is fatty or inflamed, you will have less energy produced in the liver. I have also found that people who are overweight and tired, and cannot seem to lose weight no matter what they try, need to focus on improving their liver and gut function. This is the starting point and the key to a successful and sustained journey to increased energy and healthy weight loss.