Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is defined as having extreme fatigue that lasts at least six months and does not improve with rest. CFS often perplexes both patients and doctors alike. No two chronic fatigue patients are the same. There are a myriad of causative factors that play into this syndrome, however, a consistent finding is the down regulation of the HPA axis.

The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA axis) primes the body’s stress response. In Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, the signalling decreases after going through a trauma or chronic stress. It can get turned down significantly, and stays off, but it can be reset.

Many patients with chronic fatigue have been exposed to trauma earlier in life, which can change the fear response in the brain. Some other factors include having a perfectionist personality, mold exposure, Epstein Barr virus or other viral exposures, Lyme disease, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, other thyroid disorders, unhealthy microbiome, gut bacteria, mitochondria dysfunction, or chronic stress. Even maternal stress can be genetically passed down and affect the stress response of the child for the rest of their life. All of these factors need to be ascertained for the chronic fatigue patient.

At Gates Brain Health, we facilitate a full neurological exam, as well as a neurology of eye movement exam. The eyes are the windows to the brain and tell us a lot about brain function. We work to restore the patient’s physiology naturally through diet, targeted supplements, and neuroplasticity based eye exercises.