For all newbies or those who haven’t read ‘The Chronic Fatigue Element’ topic, here’s a little intro:-
I felt the general ‘fatigue’ was getting the better of me. I’ve always been determined to get better and at one point I bought an exercise cycle’ to use at home. Although pretty useless physically, initially I could easily do more than a minute of cycling before the pain set into my muscles then, after a short rest, the pain dissipated and I could cycle a little more. I expected to slowly build up my stamina and gain endurance in the process. Well after quite some time, more than a year, I realised the opposite was happening, I could now only cycle for 20-30 seconds before the pain started. (So much for graded exercise treatment!) Apparently this pain is caused by lactic acid - like marathon runners have, when they ‘hit the wall’!! I knew this wasn’t right, I thought I should be improving but, I wasn’t.
After quite some research into ATP (Adenosine TriPhosphate) - your body’s base energy unit, I concluded there was something wrong in my body’s ‘ATP recycling’ process. Here in the UK, I found a blood test that was developed around 2009, that would look at my ‘Mitochondrial Function’ and pinpoint where things were going wrong, so I thought I’d give it a go, just to see how fatigued I was clinically, a benchmark measure, so to speak.
Well I was gobsmacked! The test came back showing lots of vitamin and mineral deficiencies, which were hindering this ‘energy production’ process - how could that be, as I was eating a good diet ? It turned out that the ‘poor gut function’ I’d developed was hampering the absorption process.
Also it seemed, my Pituitary was involved, they said that, although my mitochondrial results are poor, they are not bad enough to cause the level of fatigue I am suffering. They say this is likely to be from poor, if any, Pituitary function, as could my hair loss, dry skin and low temperature. (NOTE: the raised intracranial pressure many of us suffer eventually causes an ‘Empty Sella’, this is referring to the Sella Turcica, a little bony chamber in the base of the skull, where the pituitary sits and, over time if subjected to raised intracranial pressure, becomes flattened).
In addition, the doctor quoted “Mitochondria can be injured in many ways – the most obvious examples are viral infection and poisoning by toxic chemicals (which can be exogenous from the outside world or endogenous from within), but chronic low-grade infection, allergies, hormone disturbances also play major roles.”
Several of these issues are highlighted in The Driscoll Theory.
More to come,