What is Chronic Fatigue?

Chronic fatigue is “a disease characterized by profound fatigue, sleep abnormalities, pain, and other symptoms that are made worse by exertion.” This specific disease can make it hard for anyone to be able to enjoy day-to-day activities because of the toll it can take on him/her physically, mentally, and/or even emotionally. One moment he/she may feel excited to engage in the plans that he/she had made prior, but then when the time comes he/she may feel too tired to the point where he/she may have to cancel.

As a result, this can cause depression to arise among several other symptoms such as “pain in the joints or muscles, fatigue, inability to exercise, malaise, confusion, forgetfulness, or lack of concentration, excess sleepiness or sleep disturbances, anxiety or apprehension, headache, muscle weakness, sensitivity to pain, or sore throat.” Consequently, it may be hard to determine – and/or confirm – if one is diagnosed with this particular disease because “there’s no single test”, so most factors are commonly ruled out one by one.

Fortunately, there are treatment options available once it’s been confirmed. A couple of these are stress management and relaxation techniques which can both help the individual if he/she experiences a high amount of stress, and/or struggles to relax throughout the day as a result of the environmental factors that he/she has been subject to. In turn, stress management involves “pursuing an enjoyable activity or verbalizing frustration to reduce stress and improve mental health” while relaxation techniques consist of “deep breathing, meditation, yoga, rhythmic exercise, and other activities that reduce symptoms of stress.”

As a person undergoes treatment, he/she may begin to feel better as he/she continues in it and makes it a permanent part of his/her lifestyle. In doing so, he/she will not only experience improvement in his/her sleep health, but also in his/her overall health as well, since an overwhelming amount of exhaustion will no longer weigh him/her down. In response, he/she will then be able to enjoy the daily tasks of his/her life without feeling as though he/she is too tired to do so – and/or without having to put his/her life on the backburner because of his/her condition.            Therefore, when symptoms arise – that are linked to chronic fatigue – and fail to go away, it’s important to make sure that you follow up with your local doctor so that he/she might be able to further assist you, and better determine whether or not you are diagnosed with the disease itself. It’s only then that action be taken – and certain techniques implemented – so that you can get back living a happy, healthy life.

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