Chronic Fatigue Specialist

Dr. Jelena Petkovic

Integrative Wellness & Age Management Specialist located in Miami Beach, FL

If you’ve been plagued with fatigue for six months or more, you may be suffering from chronic fatigue or myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). Mitigate the debilitating effects of chronic fatigue by booking a consultation with Jelena Petkovic, PAC, MMS, DHSc, at her integrative wellness practice in Miami Beach, Florida. To diagnose and treat your chronic fatigue, Dr. Jelena looks at every aspect of your health, including mental, emotional, and spiritual health. To get started, schedule an appointment with her online or over the phone today.

Chronic Fatigue Q&A

What is chronic fatigue?

You have chronic fatigue when it lasts at least six months, and you can’t pinpoint it to a specific origin. Chronic fatigue isn’t regular tiredness; while it most certainly worsens with mental or physical exertion, it doesn’t improve with rest. Chronic fatigue saps your motivation, energy, and concentration. 

Symptoms of chronic fatigue include:

  • Trouble with concentration, focus, and memory
  • Dizziness that gets worse when you sit up or stand up
  • Unrefreshing sleep
  • Headaches 
  • Sore throat
  • Sore and aching muscles
  • Enlarged lymph nodes in the armpits or neck
  • Daytime drowsiness

Separate from chronic fatigue is myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). Symptoms of this condition must include the aforementioned difficulty with concentration, focus and memory, and dizziness that worsens when you sit up or stand up.

What causes chronic fatigue?

There is no one definitive cause of chronic fatigue. It can be the symptom of countless conditions, including:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression
  • Grief 
  • Stress 
  • Cancer 
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic fatigue disorder
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD)
  • Diabetes 
  • Heart disease
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Hyperthyroidism 
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Emphysema 
  • Heart disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Sleep apnea
  • Inflammatory bowel disease 

Some people have a genetic predisposition to chronic fatigue, but they experience it only after something triggers it, like viral infections, immune system problems, hormonal imbalance, and physical or emotional trauma.

While any of these conditions don’t cause ME/CFS, they often occur simultaneously.

How can you treat chronic fatigue?

How Dr. Jelena treats your chronic fatigue depends on your personal health history and profile. She offers a wide range of solutions, including those focused on energy management. 

Energy management is the practice of striking a balance between activity and rest. This looks different for everyone, but at its core, it’s all about finding the right pacing for you so you can go about your day without experiencing debilitating exhaustion.

If applicable, to support your energy, Dr. Jelena also addresses underlying conditions with detoxification programs, lifestyle and behavior modifications, nutrition optimization, vitamin therapies, IV therapies, and more.

Are you ready to kick your chronic fatigue to the curb? With the right help, it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Start your journey back to the life you want to live by scheduling a visit with Dr. Jelena to talk about chronic fatigue online or over the phone today.