Chronic fatigue syndrome causes the kind of tired feeling that refuses to go away no matter how much you rest. It sticks around for a long time and impairs your ability to perform even the most basic daily tasks. What confounds the issue even more for chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers is that diagnosis proves to be a difficult road. There are no tests for it, and other conditions and illnesses that can cause symptoms that are very similar must be ruled out.
Looking for Answers
While some patterns are emerging amongst people with chronic fatigue syndrome, its cause remains unclear. It is most common in women in their 40s and 50s, but it can affect anyone. A new study looks at gut health as an indicator of chronic fatigue syndrome risk and diagnosis. Researchers looked at 48 people with chronic fatigue syndrome and 39 people without it and found that the chronic fatigue sufferers had a significantly lower diversity of gut bacteria than their healthy counterparts. The chronic fatigue sufferers also had higher levels of inflammatory molecules in the blood, which might explain various symptoms of the disease.
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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Your Spine
With a lot of unknowns surrounding chronic fatigue syndrome, the treatment options have remained limited mostly to various medications that aim to treat each symptom individually. As an upper cervical chiropractor, I look at things a bit differently. The spine is designed to protect the brainstem and spinal cord, integral parts of our central nervous system. The central nervous system coordinates everything in our bodies, including hormone balance, the sleep-wake cycle, how our bodies perceive pain, and many other functions. The goal of upper cervical chiropractic is to correct the root cause of dysfunction in the body that might be causing it to function improperly.
When the uppermost vertebra in the neck, the atlas, misaligns, it can cause a disturbance in normal nervous system function. Using the Atlas Orthogonal technique, we are able to determine if an atlas misalignment has occurred and if it is interfering with your body’s natural ability to heal and function. If that is the case, we are able to adjust the atlas gently and precisely to restore normal head-neck alignment. This can bring much-needed relief to chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers who are tired of chasing down their symptoms.