If you find yourself struggling with an overwhelming sense of being tired throughout each day, you may be suffering from fatigue.

The functional medicine physicians at FoundationMED in Raleigh, North Carolina, understand the complexities of fatigue and can help you find answers about your condition and explore treatments that can help. The process begins with a personal consultation, which you can book in just moments online or over the phone.

Everyone feels tired from time to time, and there are days when you might feel like doing little more than crawling back into bed for a few hours. Fatigue, however, is different.

Fatigue involves a persistent lack of energy or motivation. Most men and women think about the physical aspects of fatigue, but the condition can also be mental. You might feel drowsy, apathetic, or indifferent to things you once cared about.

Other terms used to describe fatigue include:

  • Exhausted
  • Weary
  • Listless
  • Run down
  • Brain fog
  • Malaise

If you experience these symptoms for more than a few days, schedule a diagnostic exam at FoundationMED to begin a path toward relief.

Diagnosing the cause of fatigue isn’t always an obvious or straightforward matter. Many of the symptoms can be related to a wide range of conditions.

The process begins with a face-to-face consultation. Your practitioner reviews your personal and family health history, as well as any medications or supplements you take. Be prepared to discuss details about your sleep patterns and the times when your fatigue is most pronounced, as well as what helps relieve your symptoms. You can assist the diagnostic process by creating a written record of your nightly sleep and how you feel throughout your waking hours.

A full exam helps your doctor check for conditions that might cause your fatigue. You’ll also discuss your lifestyle habits to search for areas where improvements can be made.

Some of the potential causes of fatigue include:

  • Chronic toxin overload
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Neurobiochemistry issues
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Mitochondrial issues
  • HPA axis dysregulation
  • Methylation problems
  • Gut microbiome disruption

Very often, fatigue is caused by a combination of factors. That’s why a thorough diagnostic work up plays such an important role in crafting a customized treatment plan.

The team at FoundationMED has a wealth of functional medicine training and expertise. Functional medicine looks for the root cause of illness and doesn’t simply address individual symptoms as they arise.

Your diagnostic evaluation guides your treatment path. If specific areas of concern are discovered, those issues are addressed first. If your fatigue persists, additional steps are taken to boost your health and energy levels.

Lifestyle modifications go hand-in-hand with all treatment options. Your practitioner discusses areas where you can make meaningful and sustainable improvements to support your overall health and wellness.