Chronic fatigue syndrome typically can’t be explained by another underlying medical condition. It involves extreme, lasting fatigue that often worsens with physical or mental activity, but doesn’t usually improve with rest.
Chronic fatigue syndrome is a complicated disorder that’s sometimes referred to as systemic exertion intolerance disease (SEID).
Numerous factors can cause fatigue, including habits, medical and psychiatric conditions, and sleep disorders.
Inactivity can also lead to fatigue, since inflammation can build up when you’re inactive. Exercise can help disperse the fatigue-causing inflammation.
An excellent first step in uncovering the cause or causes of your fatigue is to assess your lifestyle and look at factors such as:
Chronic fatigue is often a parallel condition caused by another underlying medical condition or complication, such as:
Chronic stress might also cause your chronic fatigue.
There are treatments available that offer symptom relief from chronic fatigue. Some of the procedures include:
An array of medications, including low-doses of antidepressants, can help to improve your sleep and combat your fatigue. They also work well if you’re depressed and have inflammation.
Many people with chronic fatigue find that discussing their condition with a counselor helps to improve their outlook. They can also experience symptom relief if cognitive training reduces their anxiety and depression.
Working with a physical therapist to develop a consistent exercise program can help you to determine what exercises are best for improving your range of motion. Improving your range of motion can allow you to move better and increase muscle strength.
Exercise can help relax tight muscles, release toxins and stress, release positive chemicals in your brain, relieve pain and tension, and help you sleep better as a result.
Some alternative therapies are also used to treat chronic fatigue, including:
If you’re feeling excessive fatigue, one of the Sound Sleep Health specialists can help. Call or book your appointment online.