Chronic Fatigue and Pain
Chronic Fatigue and Pain was Written by Dr. Diane Mueller
Chronic fatigue and pain can be debilitating and frustrating for those who suffer from these conditions. In recent years, research has revealed a correlation between these symptoms and Lyme disease, a tick-borne illness that can have long-lasting effects on the body. (Although limited studies are now finding that Lyme Disease can actually be spread by mosquitos and flees).
In this blog post, we will explore the relationship between chronic fatigue, pain, and Lyme disease, shedding light on the importance of early detection and treatment.
Chronic fatigue is a complex disorder characterized by extreme fatigue that lasts for at least six months and is not relieved by rest. It is often accompanied by various symptoms, including muscle pain, joint pain, headaches, and memory issues. The exact cause of chronic fatigue remains unclear in the conventional medicine community, but we see links in research and clinically to hidden infections and toxins.
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Chronic pain is defined as pain that persists for more than three months. It can be caused by numerous conditions, including fibromyalgia, arthritis, and nerve damage. With Lyme Disease ( as well as other things such as environmental toxins), the way the body senses pain changes. We actually lower our threshold to pain so that a little bit has a bigger impact on our nervous system. This is part of what is happening with fibromyalgia. The body begins to identify a small amount of sensation as pain, thus causing a lot of distress to the individual.
Post lyme syndrome is a term used to label those that had Lyme Disease, had treatment and yet still have symptoms. In a study on post Lyme Disease patients, 30% of them had fibromyalgia post Lyme, 13% had chronic fatigue, and a large 43% had a combination of symptoms that were similar to pain and fatigue, but could be completely classed as either one of them.
Now you might be thinking, “wait, I never had Lyme Disease”.
Even if you have never been bitten by a tick or never traveled to a Lyme endemic place, you may still have Lyme Disease. Lyme Disease, caused by an infection of a bacteria called Borrelia, is frequently missed. Even for those who do get tested for Lyme disease, the most common test done has a 66% chance of a false negative. That is crazy! So even if you have had a test done for Lyme, it does not mean that it was a proper test.
When you have have chronic fatigue and pain, it is your body talking. We do not manifest symptoms like this for no reason at all. It is important to get to the root cause of what is creating these symptoms in your body.
Chronic fatigue and pain are many times caused by neurological inflammation in the body. Let’s talk a bit more about neurological inflammation here:
Neurological inflammation, also known as neuroinflammation, is a complex process involving the activation of immune responses within the central nervous system (CNS). This phenomenon is a crucial component of the body’s defense mechanism against infections, injuries, and other harmful stimuli. However, when neuroinflammation becomes chronic or uncontrolled, it can lead to various neurological disorders and negatively impact an individual’s health. In this blog post, we will explore the causes, consequences, and potential treatment options for neurological inflammation.
Causes of Neurological Inflammation
Remember that the body manifests symptoms due to underlying causes. So if neurological inflammation is part of your underlying disease process, we need to look at why your nervous systems is inflamed. Some of the most common causes of neurological inflammation are as follows:
- Infections: Viral, bacterial, or fungal infections can trigger an immune response within the CNS, leading to inflammation. ( Lyme Disease is one of the most common ones here)
- Autoimmune disorders: Conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS) involve the immune system attacking and damaging the CNS, causing inflammation.
- Traumatic brain injuries: Injuries to the brain can initiate an inflammatory response as the body tries to heal the damaged tissue.
- Aging: The aging process can lead to increased inflammation in the brain, potentially contributing to age-related neurological disorders.
- Environmental factors: Exposure to certain toxins, pollutants, or other harmful substances can cause inflammation in the CNS.
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