Chronic Fatigue - When Rest is Never Enough
Fatigue plagues nearly everyone at some point in their lives. Busy schedules, family, stress, and much more all lend to feeling under-rested and run down on occasion. Usually, taking some time to recharge your batteries is all it takes to get back in the swing of things, but sometimes it doesn't matter how much R & R you get because chronic fatigue has taken your life hostage.
Chronic fatigue is a known medical condition in which the sufferer feels tired and run down for unexplained reasons. He or she may get plenty of sleep, eat a healthy diet, and stay active, and yet never feel rested, putting a damper on his or her ability to lead a fulfilling and fully happy life.
The causes of fatigue are unknown, but theories range from viral infections to psychological issues to hormone imbalances. Even though the true cause of this condition is unknown, the symptoms of fatigue are always the same. Aside from the obvious constant fatigue, there are seven other symptoms that are also used to mark the condition:
- Sore throat
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Muscle pains
- Nomadic (traveling) joint stiffness and pain
- Headaches that often change in type and severity
- Unrefreshing sleep
- Extreme exhaustion for more than 24 hours following physical activity
Since chronic fatigue symptoms often mimic those of other conditions, and also because there is so much controversy surrounding it, it may be difficult to diagnose and is often given when all other explanations have fallen through.
If you think you are experiencing chronic fatigue, consult with your health care provider to learn more about this condition, what may be causing it in you, and what options for treatment you have available.