Chronic fatigue syndrome is a serious health issue that affects up to 2.5 million Americans, but it often goes undiagnosed. Dr. David Chen, DC, can treat chronic fatigue syndrome utilizing upper cervical chiropractic care. Located in South Pasadena, California, and serving the greater Los Angeles area, Dr. Chen can diagnose your condition through extensive testing and provide treatment to give you relief. To get started, set up a consultation today by calling or using the online booking tool.
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) — also called myalgic encephalomyelitis — is an illness that causes severe fatigue and tiredness. Chronic fatigue syndrome can be severe enough to confine you to bed and may prevent you from doing your normal activities, including going to work or school, doing chores, or caring for yourself effectively. Common symptoms of CFS include:
Chronic fatigue syndrome can also cause post-exertional malaise (PEM), in which you try to keep up with your normal daily life, but you become excessively tired after normal activities.
Unfortunately, there is no known cause for CFS, and there are no diagnostic tests to identify the condition. In most cases, CFS is a diagnosis of exclusion, meaning a diagnosis is made when all other possible causes of your fatigue are ruled out. Since there is so little known about the condition, medical treatment options are limited.
There is currently no defined treatment program for CFS among primary medical care providers. In most cases, CFS treatment focuses on managing the condition, supporting healthy lifestyle activities, and developing strategies to maintain activity levels. These treatments may include:
In some cases, your primary care doctor may recommend medications to improve your sleep or reduce your pain, though these medications may have unwanted side effects. Dr. Chen utilizes natural, drug-free methods to help you feel better.
Chiropractic care can offer complementary therapy aimed at helping your body function optimally. Dr. Chen uses upper cervical chiropractic care to restore the normal motion and function of the first two vertebrae in your neck — called the atlas and axis.
These two vertebrae are located near the base of your brain stem. They regulate sleep and wakefulness and protect the top of your spinal cord. If these vertebrae are out of alignment — which can be caused by trauma, abnormal posture, and tossing and turning in your sleep, they can interfere with your sleep and wake cycles.
Dr. Chen provides gentle adjustments to restore the normal motion to these vertebrae. Over time, this may help reduce physical irritation and functioning problems in the area of your brain stem.
To learn more about upper cervical chiropractic care for chronic fatigue syndrome, schedule a consultation online or by phone with Dr. David Chen, DC.