Chronic fatigue is more than just feeling tired. It is often accompanied by symptoms of insomnia or “un-refreshing” sleep; depression and inability to focus; headaches; digestive problems; muscle and joint pain (in the case of fibromyalgia, which is very close to chronic fatigue), and more. Chronic fatigue is disruptive to everyday life, and since it has so many different symptoms that are experienced in varying degrees by each person, it can be difficult to treat by medications only. The cause of chronic fatigue is not completely understood, which means that when the conventional approaches of pain meds, antidepressants, sleeping pills and anti-inflammatory pills don’t work, patients are often left to “fend for themselves.” Fortunately, there are in actuality many very effective ways to alleviate chronic fatigue and get patients back to living full and satisfying lives.
In the Amen Method, we see every patient as a product of his or her whole being, including biology, psychology, social connections and spiritual life. We have always taken a biomedical approach, looking for physiologic and environmental factors that may be adversely affecting a patient’s mental health.
Since chronic fatigue is often co-occurring with conditions like depression and insomnia, at Amen Clinics, we take the necessary time and do thorough testing to really understand each patient’s challenges and get to the root of the problem. When chronic fatigue is the diagnosis, we offer several noninvasive, brain healthy treatments such as:
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
The superior method for bringing critical hormones into balance. People who suffer from chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia often show a low level of DHEA, the “precursor” hormone to many other hormones. Hormones control a multitude of functions throughout the body, and can have significant impact on energy levels.
A powerful way to detoxify the brain and body and boost energy by delivering concentrated levels of key nutrients straight into the bloodstream.
Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes
Guided support in changes to diet, exercise and stress management that instills brain-healthy habits and improves the body’s systems overall.
Supplements / Medication
Targeted supplementation with key nutrients or judiciously prescribed medications can be critical to improving many of the body’s systems and functions, including those of the brain.
It is important to get to the root of chronic fatigue with accurate diagnostics. Brain SPECT imaging (which stands for single-photon emission computerized tomography) is a special kind of study that helps us better understand how your brain works. SPECT can specifically help people with chronic fatigue by:
Dr. Amen’s own SPECT scans look healthier than they did 20 years ago. But he’s not the only person who has benefited from a healthy brain program – there is no shortage of people who have seen dramatic results.
At the Amen Clinics, we treat each patient as an individual, and take a full personal history before beginning SPECT imaging or recommending any treatment program. Call us today at 1-888-288-9834 or tell us more to schedule an appointment.