Chronic fatigue is a condition that can be explained as extreme exhaustion that does not go away even after taking rest. Chronic fatigue is often accompanied by muscle pain and aches, low grade fever, chills, headaches, poor concentration and mood swings.
Causes of Chronic Fatigue
What exactly causes chronic fatigue is not known. Possible cause of fatigue can be a symptom of some underlying diseases like anemia, infection, thyroid problem, inflammatory disorders, sleep disorder or depression.
For getting your energy back to a healthy level, it is necessary to address the underlying health problem. According to some experts, chronic fatigue can result from a combination of various factors. Some people experience chronic fatigue after a viral infection.
Those with immune system disorder may also develop chronic fatigue. People with sedentary lifestyle and excess weight may also develop chronic fatigue.
Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue
Chronic fatigue syndrome can be a complex disorder in which a person feels extremely tired along with some other symptoms like lethargy, poor memory and concentration, unexplained muscle pain and aches, disturbed sleep, enlarged lymph nodes, sore throat, depression and change in appetite etc. Some people may also experience morning stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, bloating, chest pain, dizziness and diarrhea.
A person may feel extreme lethargy and may be unable to perform his/her daily activities. Lack of energy manifests itself in the form of mental and physical weakness. The person may not be able to concentrate on his/her daily activities. Some individuals with chronic fatigue have been found to sleep for more than 10 hours. Unusual appetite is another symptom of extreme fatigue. Sometimes they may feel extremely hungry and sometimes they may not feel like eating. This dramatic shift in appetite may result in noticeable weight gain or weight loss.
Chronic fatigue syndrome can affect people at any age but women above the age of 40’s and 50’s are more vulnerable to chronic fatigue syndrome. Inactive lifestyle can be another major risk factor for chronic fatigue syndrome.
Treatment for Chronic Fatigue
No test is available to diagnose chronic fatigue syndrome. Patient may undergo a number of medical tests to confirm the underlying health problem causing chronic fatigue. The treatment for chronic fatigue is usually given to provide symptom relief.
Doctors often prescribe antidepressants to fight chronic fatigue because individuals with chronic fatigue often feel depressed. Anti-depressants contain mood boosting chemicals that help cope with the symptoms, relieve pain and help the patient to sleep well.
Vitamins and Supplements
Vitamins and supplements can work as energy booster and help you fight fatigue.
The main function of vitamin A is to increase the production of red blood cells and T-cells that helps to fight off diseases, particularly anemia. By strengthening the immune system, vitamin A energizes your body to fight off fatigue.
If you are experiencing severe fatigue, eat foods rich in vitamin A like carrot, spinach, cantaloupe, mangoes, sweet potatoes and broccoli. You can also take vitamin A supplement after consulting your physician as overdose of vitamin A can cause toxicity.
Taking daily dose of vitamin C can also be help to fight off fatigue as vitamin C boosts the immune system and also works to produce adrenal gland hormones. Vitamin C is especially useful for those undergoing physical and mental stress which often triggers chronic fatigue. You will feel less stressed and less exhausted when your adrenal glands are healthy.
Recommended daily dose for an adult person is 500mg. There are abundant fruits and vegetables that are enriched with vitamin C like all berries, mango, papaya, watermelon, pineapple, tomatoes, green pepper, broccoli, squash, cauliflower, cabbage etc.
Deficiency of B vitamin can also cause fatigue. Vitamin B12 and vitamin B6 deficiency can cause anemia. Using vitamin B complex supplement can be beneficial to recover from chronic fatigue. Take supplements or eat B vitamin rich foods like eggs, meat, poultry, fish, leafy green vegetables and dairy products.
Gentle exercise program and psychological counseling may also help to overcome chronic fatigue.