It’s not unusual to feel tired from time to time. But if you continue to feel exhausted after getting the rest your body needs, you may be suffering from chronic fatigue. Board-certified OB/GYN and functional medicine physician, Leon Baginski, MD, FACOG, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic fatigue to alleviate your symptoms and improve your quality of life. To schedule a consultation, call the office in Mission Viejo, California, or use the online booking tool.(949) 276-6266
What is chronic fatigue?
Chronic fatigue, also called chronic fatigue syndrome, systemic exertion intolerance disease, and myalgic encephalomyelitis, is a serious and chronic health condition that affects many body systems. The complicated condition causes you to feel extreme fatigue even after you’ve gotten sufficient rest.
Though the exact cause isn’t certain, researchers theorize that certain people may be genetically predisposed to developing chronic fatigue, which may be triggered by a viral infection, hormone imbalance, or an impaired immune system.
Women are more likely to develop chronic fatigue than men.
What are chronic fatigue symptoms?
Chronic fatigue symptoms can vary and be unpredictable. In addition to fatigue that doesn’t improve with rest, you may also experience:
- Sleep problems
- Difficulty concentrating
- Loss of memory
- Sore throat
- Enlarged lymph nodes
Those who suffer from chronic fatigue may also experience a worsening of their symptoms during mental or physical activities.
How is chronic fatigue diagnosed?
Chronic fatigue can be difficult to diagnose because there’s no single test that can diagnose this chronic and complicated condition.
Dedicated to helping his patients live their best life, Dr. Baginski conducts comprehensive evaluations to determine the most accurate diagnosis to explain your symptoms.
To determine if you’re suffering from chronic fatigue, Dr. Baginski asks detailed questions about your symptoms, medical history, family history, diet, and lifestyle.
He also conducts a physical exam and may recommend diagnostic tests, such as blood work and urinalysis, to rule out other causes of your symptoms.
Dr. Baginski may also suggest a food sensitivity analysis, which is used to help create your treatment plan.
How is chronic fatigue treated?
No single treatment works for all those suffering from chronic fatigue, and Dr. Baginski works one-on-one with you to develop a plan that alleviates your symptoms and improves your quality of life. Your treatment plan may include:
- Diet modification
- Exercise program
- Cognitive training
- Sleep routine
- Hormone therapy
Dr. Baginski may also utilize a combination of traditional medicine and alternative therapies to help you get the relief you need, such as prescription medication to improve mood or assist with sleep, as well as acupuncture and massage therapy.
Chronic fatigue is a serious health condition, but with care from a compassionate physician like Dr. Baginski, you can feel more like your usual self.
For an appointment, contact the office of Leon Baginski, MD FACOG, office by phone or online today.