You are likely to take fatigue to mean lack of energy, a feeling of exhaustion (tiredness), weariness and a feeling of being down. This makes defining fatigue very confusing. Generally, feeling of fatigue is a symptom rather than a sign of a medical condition. In this respect, you cannot see feeling fatigue on someone or vice versa. A feeling of fatigue is what you express to your doctor or health care provider. He or she cannot physically see the feeling of fatigue.
A feeling of fatigue can be mental or physical. In addition, your feeling of fatigue can be because of a health condition (disease) or it can simply occur because of body exertion, in which case such a feeling should clear away in hours. A feeling of fatigue can persist to a point that it becomes chronic, whether it is because of disease or exertion. Persistent feeling of fatigue is referred to as chronic fatigue syndrome.
You are bound to experience various symptoms with chronic fatigue. Chronic fatigue symptoms can last for several weeks or months, regardless of whether your feeling of fatigue is physical or mental. Such symptoms include:
- Lack of concentration and occasional loss of memory.
- Muscle pain.
- Disturbed sleep.
- Joint pain.
- Sore throat.
- Occasional mild headache.
- Lack of motivation.
- Lack of energy.
- General body weakness.
Fatigue causes are varied and include the following:
- Medical conditions – Medical conditions such as hypothyroidism, kidney disease, liver disease and anemia amongst others will make you feel fatigued.
- Infections – HIV infection, colds and flu, malaria and many other infectious diseases cause fatigue.
- Disease – Such diseases as coronary artery disease, asthma, pneumonia and congestive heart failure are major causes of chronic fatigue.
- Medications – Using antidepressant, anti-anxiety, sedative and steroid medications for a long time cause fatigue.
- Lack of sleep – Lack of adequate sleep is a major cause of fatigue. Lack of adequate sleep is common in those who work in shifts, a few days working during the day and a few days at night. Alternatively, you may have no sleep because of a poor lifestyle involving the use of illicit drugs, excessive consumption of alcohol, stress and or depression.
There is no standard treatment for fatigue. Treatment depends on the cause and how severe your case of feeling fatigue is. Treatment may mean treating or managing the actual cause by use of appropriate drugs. For fatigue that occurs because of exertion, a change in your lifestyle is the best treatment. Because chronic fatigue can lead to serious health problems if not managed, it is very important to prevent the same. You can do this by:
- Medical Checkup – Going for medical check up to ascertain your overall health condition. This is important in order to manage any health condition that may cause you fatigue.
- Avoid Stress – Avoid stress and stressful factors.
- Medications – Ascertain side effects of any medication before use. This is why it is vital to avoid complex over-the-counter drugs and instead receive prescription from your doctor.
- Exercise – Make it a routine to perform exercises for the apparent benefits, which include stress relief.
- Stop Smoking and Drinking – Stop smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and use of illicit drugs in case you do.
- Have regular sex – Unbelievably, having regular sex with your partner not only increases the bond between you but also has the effect of relieving stress and fatigue.
- Drinking Options – Consider the beverages you drink. Avoid caffeine beverages including tea and coffee a few hours before retiring to bed.
- Get adequate sleep daily.
Tackling the feeling of fatigue really depends on the quality of life you live. Pay attention to your diet, hygiene and overall lifestyle. Simply put, strive for a healthy living.