Navigating Undiagnosed Health Challenges Like Chronic Fatigue

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In this edition of my ‘Ask Me Anything’ series available on my social media channels, I explore how to navigate undiagnosed health challenges.

“What do you do when you can’t get a diagnosis for health problems? I’ve been to like 6-8 physicians within the last 7-8 years for fatigue, unrefreshing sleep, etc. and no one has been able to help. I had mild obstructive apnea but even after using CPAP, BIPAP, MAD, etc. I still can’t sleep restfully. I feel like it could be CFS or extreme food sensitivities or something, but I’ve basically given up on going doctors.”

The way I see this is you have two options.

First, you can continue a journey to find a doctor or health practitioner that can help you diagnose your specific issues. This will eat up more time and money, but may be worth it to give you peace of mind about what, specifically, is going on in your body.

The second option is to make moves yourself. I’m guessing by your question you’ve ruled out most serious things with allopathic medicine, right? If you clearly have a set of symptoms that are causing you problems, do you even need an official diagnosis to start taking action to improve your quality of life?

I don’t think so.

You think you may have chronic fatigue, which sounds reasonable based on your description, and receiving any type of formal diagnosis wouldn’t change how you approach treating the problem. You can always read more about chronic fatigue online to see if it truly fits with what you are going through, which is what a doctor would do anyway.

To reduce fatigue the synopsis is to adopt these key lifestyle changes: maintain a consistent sleep routine while optimizing your sleep environment, eat a protein rich whole foods-based diet for better energy, engage in regular exercise to boost mitochondrial energy and sleep quality, practice stress-reduction techniques like mindfulness, yoga, or meditation, stay hydrated, moderate caffeine and reduce alcohol as much as possible. These strategies can significantly enhance your energy and lessen fatigue.

There’s a lot of things you can do to start improving your energy levels, mitochondrial health, and sleep quality though and my list was by no means comprehensive. I strongly recommend purchasing the Energy Blueprint program from my friend Ari Whitten, as that is the best chronic fatigue treatment plan currently available. It covers everything you need to know and do to start feeling better.

Hope that helps!

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