Investigating and managing chronic fatigue syndrome.

Dr. Katie Brown, MD provides an insider’s approach to reviving your energy and restoring hope for a happy life.

You may suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome if you have:


Persistent Fatigue

Severe, persistent fatigue lasting for at least six months.

Post Exertional Malaise

Worsening of symptoms after physical or mental exertion.


Unrefreshing Sleep

Sleep that does not result in feeling rested or refreshed.


Cognitive Impairment

Difficulty concentrating, memory issues, or “brain fog.”

How Dr. Brown can help you be happier.

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Accurate Diagnosis

An estimated 90% of patients who meet criteria for CFS don’t have a diagnosis. Dr. Brown will conduct a record review, interview, physical exam, and laboratory workup, ruling out other possible explanations and backing up her diagnosis with objective evidence. If you are applying for disability, Dr. Brown’s thorough evaluation will set you up for success.

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Root Cause Assessment

Untreated medical conditions commonly contribute to CFS and uncovering them is the first hurdle to recovery. Whether your CFS is related to a viral illness, mold exposure, unidentified celiac disease, or something else, Dr. Brown will identify and treat the underlying sources of inflammation or illness that stand as roadblocks to recovering your health.

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Comprehensive Treatment

Dr. Brown takes a comprehensive and individualized approach to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome treatment. In addition to treating underlying causes, she may also prescribe pacing, supplements, medications, physical therapy, dietary changes and more to help calm and rehabilitate the nervous systems of her patients. Follow-up appointments are available as needed.

I believe 100% of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome can be helped."

-Dr. Brown

Meet Dr. Katie

I'm a licensed physician in Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky.

Hi. I’m Dr. Katie Brown. I have a special interest in treating patients who, like myself, struggled to find the chronic fatigue syndrome care they needed in the mainstream medical system.

I want to care for those who don’t fit into the neat little box, who get shuffled from specialist to specialist and prescribed pill after pill, wondering if their doctor understands why they are having symptoms in the first place.

I want to be a partner and friend along your journey to better health. I want to be your doctor.

– Katie Brown M.D. (and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Survivor)

What's included in the consult call?


Pre-Call Questionnaire

The questionnaire will help Dr. Brown get a feel for how well your current symptoms fit with a possible diagnosis of CFS.


Tell Your Story

The first half of the call will be your chance to tell your story. Dr. Brown will listen earnestly as you paint a picture of your illness from start to finish.

Care Plan

Dr. Brown will provide an overview of what avenues of assessment and treatment she thinks might be helpful for you if you choose to become a patient.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a complex and poorly understood condition characterized by debilitating fatigue and a worsening of symptoms after doing too much (post exertional malaise).

CFS patients often struggle with:


  • Brain fog
  • Feeling worse when upright (and better when lying down)
  • Unrefreshing sleep
  • Reduced ability to tolerate stress
  • Frequent and prolonged viral infections
  • Trouble staying hydrated
  • Chronic pain
  • Sensory sensitivities
  • And more

The symptoms of CFS usually follow a “push-crash” cycle where the patient does too much, symptoms flare for days to weeks, and then they begin to feel better until they once again do too much. Symptoms usually worsen slowly over time as this push-crash cycle continues. There may also be a sudden and severe worsening of symptoms after an acute stressor such as a viral infection.

  • You’ll reserve a 45-minute slot on my calendar for your consultation. We’ll use Google Meet or phone, your choice, during which you tell me about your battle.
  • I will give a personalized assessment of your symptoms, letting you know if you meet criteria for CFS or not.
  • A curated list of other conditions that need to be ruled out before a diagnosis of CFS can be confirmed.
  • A personalized letter which you can bring to your treatment team which communicates what CFS is and why I believe you have it (given that the above conditions are ruled out). Or, if you do not meet criteria for CFS, a letter with whatever other helpful suggestions I may be able to provide.
  • An initial list of recommendations for lifestyle changes and treatments.
  • If you already have a diagnosis of CFS, I will focus less on diagnosis and more on treatment recommendations.
  • If, after this initial consult, you are interested in working with me further, I will provide you with information on becoming a patient in my CFS clinic and what that would entail.
  • Within 7 days of the consult call, I will email you your personalized assessment as well as an invitation to joint the clinic as a patient if I feel that you would be a good fit. Invitations are valid for 12 months from the date they are sent. After that, the initial consult would need to be repeated in order to confirm that I would still be a helpful resource for you.

Within 24 hours of scheduling your appointment, you will receive a relatively brief questionnaire in your email. This must be submitted at least 24 hours before the start of your appointment so that I have time to review it.

  • Make sure to submit your Consult Questionnaire. 
  • I recommend drinking lots of water as well as resting (laying down with eyes closed) before and after the appointment to reduce chances of PEM if you have any suspicion that the consult may be draining for you.
  • I encourage you to make yourself completely comfortable during the appointment, such as taking the call lying down. You may leave your camera off during some or all of the appointment if that gives you greater freedom to relax.
  • If there is anything I can do to reduce the stress of the appointment, please email me at [email protected] and let me know what accommodations I can make for you. I welcome the presence of support persons and/or recordings of the appointment if that would be helpful for you.

If you flare or crash before the appointment and would like to reschedule, email me at [email protected] and let me know. I would rather you reschedule than keep the appointment when you are not able to participate fully and safely. There is no penalty for rescheduling. I am unable to offer refunds at this time.

The initial consult will not include any treatment, including prescription medication. The purpose of the consult is to confirm that your symptoms are consistent with CFS and give you the opportunity to learn more about becoming a patient in the CFS Doc Clinic.

Patient Testimonials

I have helped many patients deal effectively with their CFS. Here are their words.

"Dr Brown is a very nice, smart doctor. I would highly recommend her as she is willing to take time and listen to your health care needs and is for the patient - not just somebody who rushes in and out. I would give her 10 plus stars on every aspect so give her a call to set up a time to meet her. You won’t regret it"
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"At 64 years old I have seen my fair share of doctors. Doctor Brown is the best doctor I have ever had. She is extremely knowledgeable, but more important than that is the fact that she LISTENS to you. She not only diagnoses your medical issues, but also looks at your life for ways to make it a healthier and happier life. I cannot recommend her enough."
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Dr. Brown has a very warm, healing presence. She is passionate about her work and truly wants to help her patients get better. She's been the best partner in my healing journey and I'm so grateful to have found her.
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