Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue

Ten Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Conditions

Chronic fatigue conditions often co-exist with long term stress, or experiencing overwhelming emotions, like trauma or anxiety.

Not sure if you have chronic fatigue? Here are some common symptoms which occur in exhaustive conditions:

1 - Overwhelming tiredness.

The fatigue which is part of chronic exhaustive conditions is different to regular tiredness. It is usually a persistent fatigue which is not relieved by rest or sleep. It may range from mild, low level weariness, through to severe and debilitating exhaustion which impacts your everyday life.

2 - Disturbance in your sleep pattern

Insomnia is a common symptom in exhaustive conditions. Altered patterns of sleep may take a variety of forms: from an inability to actually fall asleep, to restless and disturbed sleep, waking in the early hours and feeling hyper-alert. You may also experience different polarities: either not be able to sleep soundly, which exacerbates fatigue, or you may want to sleep all the time during both day and night.

3 - Prone to minor illness or infection

You may find that you are prone to frequent minor ailments, like coughs and colds, and viral or fungal infections. This usually goes hand in hand with an impaired immune function, which is becoming less effective at fighting off threats to health. Focusing on ways to boost your immune function can be helpful -  like stress reduction, and dietary changes.

4 - Digestive problems

Common digestive issues which co-exist in chronic fatigue conditions include IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), indigestion, inflammatory problems, plus allergies and food intolerance. A nutritional therapist can help you with controlling these symptoms.

5 - Painful muscles or joints

The primary symptom associated with fibromyalgia is  pain.  This is usually muscular in origin, although joint pain is also common.  Specific trigger points are often used for diagnosis purposes, and these correlate with imbalances in the meridians of the body.  Pain may show up in different ways - as a low level dull aching sensation, or a burning sensation.

6 - Inflammatory problems

Inflammation is a natural healing mechanism of the body, but becomes problematic when it is excessive or chronic in nature. High levels of inflammation  are associated with conditions including auto-immune disorders, asthma, coeliac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and allergies.

7 - Brain fog and lack of concentration

Lowered levels of concentration are also a symptom of stress or illness. Cognitive aspects of ill health include an inability to think clearly, impaired memory recall, and a lack of focus and attention.  Cognitive issues can be affected by lack of sleep, high levels of stress, hormonal changes, medications and diet.

8 - Emotional changes

If you are suffering from any chronic health condition, then it is normal and healthy to have an associated emotional response to such a major change in your life.  Feelings like anxiety, sadness, anger, frustration or depression, are associated with loss of the life that you expected to have. But if these emotions become habitual, or problematic, then seeking professional help to process them can be helpful.

9 - Neurological symptoms

These can range from palpitations, or a racing heartbeat, to nausea and feeling generally unwell.  Other neurological symptoms include dizziness, When this occurs on standing, it can be a sign of a condition such as POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome). If you have any these symptoms, it's best to get  them assessed by a doctor.

10 - Headaches

Headaches can have a variety of causes in chronic exhaustive conditions. Migraines can be exacerbated by allergies or high levels of stress. Constant, dull headaches are often caused by muscular tension in the neck, jaw, shoulder and head areas. These can be effectively treated by regular therapeutic or clinical massage.

In summary, chronic fatigue and exhaustive conditions are complex disorders.  Fatigue is a symptom which is present in many long-term health issues, and can have multiple underlying causes. So, if you suspect that you may have chronic fatigue, its wise to visit your doctor for further testing, and to exclude other possible conditions. Once you have clarity about your condition, you can begin the process of taking steps to relieve your symptoms, and improve your well-being.


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