Causes of Fatigue
There are many causes of fatigue.
It may be caused by a physiological issue such as impaired thyroid function, lack of nutrition, hormone imbalance, lack of sleep, chronic pain or allergies among others.
Emotional stresses and past traumas can also be a part of the causes of fatigue.
Whether the reason is physiological or mental / emotional, or, more often, a combination of both we can all benefit from some help to identify and resolve the underlying issues.
Physiological Causes of Fatigue
The first step might be to investigate any physiological issues.
Family Doctors and Western Medicine.
Your family doctor can order various tests to rule out certain diseases and to identify nutritional deficiencies such as Vit D, B12 deficiency and anaemia (low iron). It is important to remember that they are most often testing for symptoms, not the root causes of fatigue. They are not always able to get to the cause of your fatigue but can help to alleviate it.
For example, if tests show that your fatigue is the result of an under-active thyroid, the next question should, to my mind, be “why is my thyroid low?” There is always a reason…
I am a good example of this. I was diagnosed in 2001 with low thyroid and given replacement hormones (synthroid). This certainly made me feel way better, but it did not resolve the reason why I had low thyroid. In 2010 I started to change my diet (grain and dairy free, reducing inflammation in my body and improving digestive function), and to address nutritional deficiencies such as iron and Vit D. In 2011 I was able to reduce and then stop taking the synthroid.. and I still do not need it in 2019. Read more about this in my blog “Can you Heal Hypothyroidism?
The same goes for nutritional deficiencies.. why are you not absorbing what you need? Perhaps you are vegetarian / vegan and need to supplement with omega oils, iron and B vitamins; or perhaps your digestion is not working as it should and you are not digesting / absorbing nutrients.
Naturopathic Medicine or Functional Medicine. These doctors work with your family doctor. They look deeper, at root causes of ill health, and address issues such as lifestyle, diet, hormone imbalance, insomnia, allergies, celiac disease and digestive health. They use natural healing methods including diet, nutrition, lifestyle modification, acupuncture, homeopathy and herbal remedies.
Allergies and intolerances can affect sleep, digestion, mood, inflammation in the body and energy levels. Medical doctors and Naturopaths can requisition or refer you for allergy testing to determine whether this is a part of your fatigue. In addition there are alternative methods such as NAET and Natural Allergy testing.
Physical / Structural Causes of Fatigue
Misalignment and imbalance in your body will upset the correct functioning of many of the body’s systems. In addition, living with chronic pain can lead to fatigue, so reducing pain levels can go a long way towards improving energy levels.
Chiropractic, Massage and Osteopathy all work with the physical body; the muscles, ligaments, spine, joints and organs, releasing tensions and bringing balance to your structure. This will allow your body to work in the most optimal way and healing to take place.
Emotional Causes of fatigue
Once physiological causes have been dealt with or ruled out you may wish to consider emotional causes of fatigue. Whether it is from past traumas, genetic memories from previous generations or current stresses in your life, we can all benefit from some help to release these.
Some modalities to consider are as follows:
Counselling and Psychotherapy can approach these emotions from the conscious mind. Make sure to choose someone that you are completely comfortable with, and that is suitably experienced in your type of issue.
Hypnotherapy works with your subconscious mind. During a session, you work together to access the subconscious, let go of the restrictions and limitations provided by the conscious mind, and bring about the release and shift of those trapped emotions. The majority of people will remain aware of their surroundings to some degree during the process, this is normal.
CranioSacral Therapy accesses these traumas and emotions from the body level. A good CS therapist will sense the shock and trauma resonating in your body even after your conscious mind thinks it has been resolved. They work extremely gently, facilitating the release of these emotions and bringing the body back into balance.
Reiki, Chakra Balancing and Energy Healing all work with your body’s energy to rebalance, release trapped emotions, bring calm and deep relaxation. During a healing session the body enters a parasympathetic state, also called the rest and digest state, which is responsible for long-term health, improved digestion, conservation of energy, and maintenance of a healthy balance in your body’s systems
Emotional Blueprint Reflexology. A unique combination of reflexology to identify and release emotions from the body and counselling / journeying / coaching to work with the mind.
Acupuncture is one modality that can help both physiological and emotional issues. It is an ancient method that rebalances the body, allowing correct function of all your body’s symptoms and healing to take place. It can be used initially for symptom relief and longer term to bring lasting healing.
There can be many causes of fatigue. You may wish to simply address symptoms or to look deeper into those causes. One thing is for sure, unless we do deal with causes we will be stuck addressing symptoms over an extended period of time, possibly our whole lives.
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