Understanding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
16th September 2021
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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a long term condition where persistent fatigue effects everyday life and does not go away with sleep or rest. 

It is sometimes diagnosed as post viral fatigue syndrome (PVFS), as often infections can trigger the illness, or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)


People often have multiple symptoms alongside fatigue: 

  • Cognitive issues: difficulty thinking or concentrating, anxiety or depression
  • Digestive problems: nausea, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, cramps, diarrhoea, constipation, bloating, gas, cramps, sensitivity to foods or alcohol  
  • Pain; muscle and joint pain, headaches & flu-like symptoms
  • Nervous system issues: dizziness, poor temperature control, hypersensitivity to light & sounds, symptoms when standing up, sweating
  • Sleep problems
  • Post-exertional malaise (PEM) – severe fatigue after mental, physical or emotional exertion


There are different levels experienced; for some people they may be able to work or study but find doing daily tasks difficult and have to allow extra recovery time from activities or social engagement. Some individuals may have had to stop work or education and require regular periods of rest throughout the day. While other patients may be bed bound, unable to do any activity for themselves and have to rely on full time care.


Chronic Fatigue develops often when the body is compromised in some way, causing it to work in overdrive while also trying to perform normal bodily functions. This could be due to:

  • Digestive issues- food sensitivities or blood sugar imbalances
  • Infections- viruses/ bacteria/ parasites
  • Trauma
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Toxicity- heavy metals or detoxification issues
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Stress- emotional/physical/ lifestyle/ work 
  • Genetics e.g. Ehlers Danlos Syndrome
  • Mitochondrial dysfunction


Addressing what is compromising the body and looking at the person as a whole rather than symptom by symptom is key when helping someone with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. 

Our practitioner Phoebe Kidson specialises in fatigue based conditions. To find out more or to contact her please visit www.integrative-natural-health.co.uk

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