Now, we don’t need to tell you that today’s lifestyles are fast-paced and energized. Do you feel like you are making the most of your days? Or are you just dredging through each day completely unmotivated? Does fatigue have an unshakable hold on you?
Fatigue is different from drowsiness. In general, drowsiness is feeling the need to sleep, while fatigue is a lack of energy and motivation. Complaints of fatigue are too often ignored in general practice. Fatigue can be a normal and important response to physical exertion, emotional stress, boredom, or lack of sleep. However, it can also be a nonspecific sign of a more serious psychological or physical disorder. Fatigue that is not relieved by enough sleep, good nutrition, or a low-stress environment should raise concerns.
Chronic fatigue is characterized by at least six months of extreme fatigue that is not relieved by rest while concurrently having four or more of the following symptoms: substantial impairment in short-term memory or concentration, sore throat, tender lymph nodes, muscle pain, multi-joint pain without swelling or redness, headaches of a new type, pattern or severity, unrefreshing sleep, and post-exertional malaise lasting more than 24 hours.
There are brain chemicals, called neurotransmitters, that “excite” us and give us energy. When we use up all our stores of these excitatory neurotransmitters and don’t properly replenish them, it is logical that fatigue will follow. Prolonged fatigue may also lead to serious problems like depression or drug abuse. Neurotransmitters can be measured, and with this information, you doctor can recommend the best program for you. Be cautioned though, fatigue can also be a sign of some underlying issues like anemia, sleep disorders, pain, asthma, or an under active thyroid.
If fatigue has got a hold on you, ask us to see how NeuroScience can help you. Ignoring an important “red flag” from your body could lead to more serious problems.