Root causes of chronic fatigue syndrome

Do you feel tired all the time? Are you unable get up in the morning? You may have chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS).

Firstly to get a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome you will need to undergo multiple testing. After all avenues have been ruled out then you can be diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. According to NHS Choices (2017), when you have chronic fatigue syndrome, you have a group of symptoms including:

  • Debilitating tiredness
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Brain fog
  • Poor concentration
  • Muscle aches
  • Headaches
  • Digestive problems
  • Dizziness
  • Fast or irregular heartbeat
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Poor exercise recovery

According to the ME Association (2017), currently around 250,000 people suffer with the illness in the UK. NHS Choices (2017) state that women more commonly get this chronic illness, especially between the ages of 20-45.

What are the root causes of chronic fatigue syndrome?

There are many root causes of chronic fatigue syndrome, which is a complex condition. It is caused by a combination of factors that over time have weakened your body. Furthermore many people with chronic fatigue syndrome find that a very stressful event triggered their illness. According to Courteney (2008), the common triggers to chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) include:

  • Unprocessed emotional trauma e.g. divorce
  • Physical trauma e.g. car accident
  • Chronic stress
  • Adrenal exhaustion
  • Viral infections e.g. Epstein Barr virus / glandular fever
  • Candida overgrowth
  • Parasites
  • Exposure to a lot of electrical equipment (EMFs)
  • Sleeping on a geopathically stressed site
  • Heavy metal toxicity, especially mercury exposure
  • Liver congestion
  • Poor diet deficient in minerals such as magnesium
  • Food intolerances

You may find it is helpful to write down your triggers on a timeline. This can help you to understand when your chronic fatigue symptoms began.

For further advice and recommendations for chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), contact a qualified nutritional therapist.


  • Courteney, H. (2008). 500 of the Most Important Health Tips You’ll Ever Need. 3rd edn. London: CICO Books. pp. 236-237.
  • ME Association. (2017). What is ME/CFS? Available at: (Accessed: 3 December 2017).
  • NHS Choices. (2017). Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME). Available at: (Accessed: 3 December 2017).

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