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Fatigue is a funny old thing. Not only will it impact most people at some point in our lifetimes, but it also occasionally likes to latch onto some of us, making itself at home and well and truly overstaying its welcome.
If you suffer from chronic fatigue, you'll know what I'm talking about. It's that unshakeable feeling of utter exhaustion that clings to you, nudging its way into your daily life and impacting your ability to exercise, work, play with your kids, maintain meaningful relationships, all of the above.
Fatigue is complex. And, if not managed appropriately, it can lead to other debilitating conditions like depression and anxiety.
So, like with any chronic illness, developing the skills to understand your condition is the first step towards learning to live with it. Let’s discuss.
Definitions of Fatigue
Now, the definitions of different types of fatigue vary depending on the severity and longevity of the associated symptoms.
See what I mean about complex?
Take a look at the following definitions to help aid your understanding of the symptoms you’re experiencing.
In general, fatigue is described as an overall feeling of tiredness and lack of energy and motivation. Energy isn’t replenished by restful sleep, and it may be a symptom of another underlying condition. It may go away with proper treatment and improved lifestyle choices. If it doesn’t, you may have to start thinking about whether or not your fatigue may be chronic.
Chronic fatigue occurs when the symptoms above last for more than six months. At this point, you’ll be needing to think about whether your fatigue is a symptom of another chronic condition, like rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia or lupus.
However, if other chronic illnesses are ruled out, a Chronic Fatigue Syndrome diagnosis may be on the cards.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
If other conditions can’t be identified as the cause of your chronic fatigue, you may be diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. You may experience symptoms like memory loss, post-exertional malaise after activity and a whole host of other symptoms that can massively impact everything you do.
Living with Fatigue
Living with fatigue, at whatever stage of severity, can feel extremely challenging. When energy and motivation are so lacking, feelings of helplessness begin to creep in, and before you know it, you're stuck in a rut that’s difficult to get out of.
Luckily, there are some things you can do to help manage your chronic fatigue.
Techniques like pacing when it comes to physical activity, lowering expectations of yourself during flare-ups, allowing yourself additional time for specific tasks and managing your mental health can all positively impact your life quality while living with fatigue.
Chronic fatigue isn’t curable, but it is manageable.
Here at Rolling with the Glen, my aim is to make living with any chronic condition, including fatigue, a little easier. Whether you’re looking to try out something like BEMER therapy, are interested in CBD products or simply want to chat about how best to manage your condition, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
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