Chronic Fatigue

Ridgway Center for Whole Health

Functional Medicine Specialist & Primary Care Medicine located in Ridgway, CO

Fatigue is more than just feeling tired and worn down; it’s complete exhaustion that doesn’t simply vanish with a good night’s sleep. Shirley Olson, NP-C, IFMCP, and her team of providers deliver personalized care for chronic fatigue at Ridgway Center for Whole Health in Ridgway, Colorado. For comprehensive testing and personalized treatment, call Ridgway Center for Whole Health or book an appointment online today.

Chronic Fatigue Q & A

What is chronic fatigue?

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a complex condition that typically causes unexplained bouts of fatigue and exhaustion. If you have chronic fatigue, an activity as simple as a walk may seem like a daunting task. 


What causes chronic fatigue?

While experts don’t know exactly what causes chronic fatigue, most believe it can develop due to factors that include chronic stress, viral infections, vitamin deficiencies, and hormone imbalances in the body. Genetics and low immune function also play a crucial role in your body’s susceptibility to chronic fatigue.


What are the symptoms of chronic fatigue?

Severe exhaustion and tiredness are the most common signs of chronic fatigue, but other symptoms include:

  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Headaches
  • Feeling tired after sleep
  • Memory problems
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle pain
  • Joint stiffness
  • Difficulties concentrating

If you have chronic fatigue, you may feel tired and exhausted after light exercise.


How is chronic fatigue diagnosed?

Ridgway Center for Whole Health follows a comprehensive approach to diagnosing and treating chronic fatigue. They use several tests to create your personalized plan, including:

Complete hormone testing

A hormone blood test can help the team identify any imbalances in your hormone levels, particularly progesterone, estradiol, thyroid, and adrenal hormones.

Genetic testing

You may be predisposed to experiencing chronic fatigue due to your genetic makeup. A genetic test can help the team identify markers that put you at risk of chronic fatigue.

Nutritional testing

Identifying nutritional deficiencies gives your provider the information they need to create a dietary plan that helps improve your energy levels while eliminating foods that may contribute to your feelings of fatigue.

Mycotoxin testing

Mycotoxins are naturally occurring toxins that certain types of mold can produce. Experts believe mycotoxins have a significant impact on chronic fatigue and immune deficiencies. They’re often found in foods such as alcohol, barley, corn, sugar, and hard cheeses.


How is chronic fatigue treated?

Ridgway Center for Whole Health can create a personalized treatment plan that includes nutrition counseling, lifestyle changes, supplements, stress management techniques, and more.

For a fully personalized treatment plan, call Ridgway Center for Whole Health or book an appointment online today.