Chronic fatigue the plague of millions of people with long term illnesses. Chronic fatigue is more than a passing tiredness. This is a bone deep, life altering, more than 6 months long fatigue. There is also a difference between chronic fatigue or chronic fatigue syndrome. I suffered from bouts of fatigue most of my life not truely understanding what was happening to me. I was often told by others, or by little nagging voice in my head that all I needed to do was push through the tiredness. If I only got up and moving I would be fine. Now that I have some clarity as to what was happening to my body I realize that pushing through a bout of chronic fatigue was not possible.
Fatigue happens to all of us at some time in our lives. The tired, weak feeling you get after the flu. This should be transient and get better after the problem has been corrected.
Chronic fatigue is a more persistant fatigue. It lasts more than six months. Often this will be the result of other diseases like lupus, rhuematoid arthritis, or fibromyalgia. The fatigue is often the result of sleep disturbances, chronic pain and depression. This is a vicous circle the lack of sleep causes more pain and depression which causes more lack of sleep. Yikes now I know why at the end of the night I feel like I was boxing a kangaroo.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is persistant fatigue plus other medical symptoms. To be diagnosised with CFS you must have:
-fatigue that lasts more than six months
-substantial memory or concentration impairment
-tender lymph nodes
-joint pain with or without swelling
-headaches of new type or pattern
-aching after exercise lasting more than a day
Treatment of chronic fatigue is based around finding the cause or causes and removing as many as possible. In the end though many cases of chronic fatigue are there to stay. There are some medications that are used to help with sleep particularly Anti-depressants, Cymbalta, Savella, and Lyrica.
There are also some alternative methods that can help. Try a warm bath before bed use aromatic oils or candles if possible. Talk your hubby into a gentle massage. Use a white noise CD to tame the odd noises that can awaken a light sleeper. Try to exercise moderately several times a week. Okay so I don’t get that one often myself, but I do find that if I stretch out before bed it helps with the night time cramps.
Chronic fatigue is real! You have a medical problem that needs to be treated and monitored. Go gentle on yourself. The Lord has a plan for you where you are today. He knows your limitations and He know your strengths.
My soul finds rest in God alone;
my salvation comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
God bless friends, my your day be filled with the Lord’s grace and beauty.