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Chronic Fatigue: Learn to fight it

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Chronic Fatigue: Learn to fight it

Known as chronic fatigue syndrome, this is a debilitating disorder characterised by profound fatigue that does not improve with rest and usually worsens with physical and mental activity.

Currently, we live in a fast-paced world and forget our limits, requiring us to put in more effort every time. It is now often thought that feeling worn out and tired is part of everyday life, and is completely natural. However, we must be informed in order to avoid chronic fatigue syndrome.

What is it?

Basically the feeling of exhaustion, tiredness, lack of energy, fatigue, which is not related to lack of sleep or apathy.

To be considered chronic physical and mental fatigue, it must be prolonged. Sometimes we can feel like this, especially in difficult days, but our body usually recovers after the break. Something that characterises this syndrome is that despite the physical rest, the symptoms usually do not improve. In addition, chronic fatigue syndrome is disabling, preventing us from performing our daily activities.

Causes

Although often associated with stress, chronic fatigue syndrome usually comes as a result of our lifestyle. An unbalanced diet, sedentary lifestyle, poor sleeping habits and smoking and alcohol together are the main causes of this disorder.

Symptoms

It is mainly characterised by physical and mental fatigue that is not improved by bed rest, and often worsen after physical exertion or exercise that, under other conditions, would not pose a problem. Other symptoms that have been identified are:

  • Headaches, throat and joint aches
  • Sensitivity in the lymph nodes in the neck and armpits
  • Impaired memory
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Mild fever
  • Muscle weakness all over the body, or in different parts with no apparent reason
  • There may be other symptoms, including flu-like symptoms and chronic pain.

Treatment

Today, this illness is "incurable" as specific causes are still debated and there is not a medication that specifically attacks the disease, yet the symptoms are treatable , i.e. they can be combatted. The best strategies are the following:

A balanced diet: Healthy eating is a key factor, including fruits and vegetables. Avoid fast food, simple sugars and refined flours: If your diet is healthier, your body will also feel good and can cope more effectively with fatigue.

Medication: In some cases, it may require the use of antidepressants. Pharmaceutics, non-steroidal analgesics, NSAIDs and medication that strengthens the immune system are also often prescribed to combat the symptoms.

Relaxation techniques: Yoga, relaxing massages and acupuncture are often recommended to combat this illness, since the disease can be aggravated by stress.

Therapies: For many patients, Cognitive Behavioral therapy may be a useful treatment and is highly recommended.

Sleep Management Techniques: Although a good sleep is no guarantee to improve symptoms, when it comes to this disorder, it is certainly important to combat it.

General recommendations

  • Practicing regular exercise prevents developing a sedentary lifestyle
  • Watch your diet: Try to eat a healthy, balanced diet
  • Consume plenty of water and fluids a day
  • As far as possible, try to avoid stressful situations or try to control your stress levels
  • If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please consult a psychologist for advice
  • Avoid alcohol, nicotine and caffeine in excess
  • Try to get used to a routine of sleep where you are sleeping for a good number of consecutive hours

Practical ways to relax, such as yoga, help us to maintain our physical and mental balance. We can also implement reiki or tai chi as alternatives.

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7 Reviews “Chronic Fatigue: Learn to fight it”

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on 24/02/2016
This, to me, seems a relatively new phenomenon that people race to diagnose themselves with. I do not doubt that there are many people in pain and suffering with this type of illness, but I also think there are many people crashing and burning due to a super-busy lifestyle, bad diet, etc. who, instead of changing these aspects of their life and accepting this fatigue as a natural bodily reaction to something seriously out of balance in their life, they instead slap a label on it and begin taking pills that are then very difficult to stop taking further down the line. We as humans aren't meant to live like this, and as a result people are chronically TIRED!
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on 14/01/2015
Sometimes I feel like I experience chronic fatigue, but I think the trust is, this only happens when I'm stressed, or when I'm not in a good state of mind. I think a lot of people look past the impact that psychological factors play in our experience of fatigue, and all too often we try to attribute it to something physical.
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on 07/07/2014
what can I do if my fatigue is related to my breathing, I think,,, should I consult a doctor before anything?
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on 10/11/2013
I'm not sure if the drugs are the best option, I do respect the people who opt for that, but lately that become very bad if then you just want to have a healthy life without drugs, probably you won't get that, and of course the fatigue has a inner meaning especially in the mind and the feelings of a person
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on 15/11/2013
kjust like the webpage recommend, it is not advisable to have a life based on drugs to maintain the stability, when the body is very used to the easy path, then we cannot fin the solution by ourselves, this is pretty important if you consider that the body is a whole being and all the organs are connected between them
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on 08/11/2013
I'm not sure if I have this, but something similar, I tend to have some of the symptoms like the headaches and the difficulty to stay tunned in one thing when I work, sometimes my eyes hurt or I feel them very tired, I hope those recommendations work for me cause I am tired of being tired lol
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on 06/11/2013
It sounds like a pretty bad thing to have, I mean, how awful can be living all the days with a mental and physical wear and tiredness, all the things you do during the day may be boring and tedious and even hard to do, so I am so glad of not having this!

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