Causes of Chronic Fatigue


Paraphrasing the Mayo Clinic website::

Scientists don't know exactly what causes chronic fatigue syndrome. It may be a combination of factors that affect people who were born with a predisposition for the disorder. Some of the factors may be:

  • Viral infections. Because some people develop chronic fatigue syndrome after having a viral infection, researchers have wondered if some viruses might trigger the disorder. No conclusive link has yet been found.

  • Immune system problems. The immune systems of people who have chronic fatigue syndrome appear to be impaired slightly, but it's unclear if this impairment actually causes the disorder.

  • Hormonal imbalances. People who have chronic fatigue syndrome also sometimes experience abnormal blood levels of hormones produced in the hypothalamus, pituitary gland or adrenal glands. But the significance of these abnormalities is still unknown.

So, they don’t know…period.

Here’s where the nerve system and chiropractic fit in and make sense…for an answer, see the Bottom Line below:

What if stress on the diaphragm puts tension on the last ribs (the so-called floating ribs) which, in turn, cause the 12th Thoracic (see Spotlight above) to move slightly forward and out of its normal position?

Then, this may cause the diaphragm to remain in a compromised state, and in so doing, reduces your ability to take a deep breath. Not putting enough oxygen in the blood leads to fatigue (its why we yawn).

So what if…correcting the T12 relaxes the diaphragm?