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Chronic Fatigue

chronic fatigueChronic fatigue is a constant and extreme feeling of physical and mental exhaustion. Lots of people experience regular fatigue—perhaps you didn’t get enough sleep last night, or you just performed a strenuous physical task—but that’s nothing like chronic fatigue. Chronic fatigue is an overwhelming feeling of tiredness all the time. It’s not something that fixes itself after a good night’s rest or a cup of coffee.

Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Sore throat
  • Enlarged lymph nodes in neck and armpit area
  • Muscle pain
  • Not feeling rested after sleep
  • Exhaustion lasting for longer than 24 hours after physical or mental exertion

Treating Chronic Fatigue

Often, people with chronic fatigue will “self-medicate” with coffee, sugar or an energy drink just so that they can get through the day. But that’s rarely enough, and it doesn’t treat the cause. It’s just another way to mask the symptom. If you want to treat chronic fatigue, you have to treat the underlying cause, of which chronic fatigue has many. Some such causes include:

  • Sleep apnea
  • Magnesium deficiency
  • Thyroid problems
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Stress
  • Food sensitivities

Treating the above problems is likely to help with your chronic fatigue. However, some other treatment options include:

  • Sleep management
  • Healthy dieting
  • Pain and fever medication
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Dietary supplements
  • In some cases medications for depression or anxiety

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

If your health care provider has ruled out all possible causes for fatigue, you are said to have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). The differentiation from chronic fatigue is that CFS cannot be cured and the goal of treatment is only to relieve symptoms rather than eliminate them entirely. The causes that must be ruled out include:

  • Drug dependence
  • Infection
  • Immune or autoimmune disorders
  • Muscle or nerve diseases
  • Endocrine diseases
  • Other illnesses
  • Psychiatric or psychological illness
  • Tumor

As well, a diagnosis of CFS includes the absence of any other possible cause of chronic fatigue and at least four symptoms of chronic fatigue being present including long-term fatigue.

Treatment for CFS is purely based on bringing relief to the symptoms. Relaxation techniques have been known to help people suffering from CFS. As well, many of the treatment options used for regular chronic fatigue can help with CFS—they just won’t be able to completely cure it.

Suggested Reading

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Common Causes of Chronic Fatigue

Do you have trouble sleeping at night, or find yourself frequently tired even after a good night’s sleep? If so, you may be suffering from chronic fatigue. Though chronic fatigue is typically blamed on the modern American lifestyle, a lot of other factors can contribute to chronic fatigue as well. Treatments for chronic fatigue can help alleviate issues like insomnia, but it helps to have a better understanding of the reason why you are feeling so tired. [Read more]

Chronic Fatigue-Fighting Tricks

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