Chronic fatigue is a condition where a person does not have energy for most daily activities. Many reasons may lead into chronic fatigue such as hormonal problems like low Thyroid function which can induce fatigue. Some viral, bacterial or parasitic infections can cause fatigue in chronic form as well.
Chronic pain can reduce the ability to function and lack of function can lead into body de-conditioning, weakness and fatigue. This becomes a vicious cycle. In many cases of chronic fatigue we cannot find the real origin. Fibromyalgia patients commonly complain of fatigue. In fact, Fibromyalgia can be considered a spectrum of different signs and symptoms including fatigue.
The fact of the matter is that we don’t really know the reason for this spectrum of symptoms and we don’t know the progress but one thing is certain: lack of activity feeds into more fatigue. To combat this fatigue consider incorporating small amount of regular exercise into your daily routine as even a small amount can recharge your source of inner energy. Do not be dissuade by your chronic pain and fatigue, take it easy. Set a goal. Start slow and gradually increase your tempo.The only problem is that we expect too much of ourselves and when we can’t achieve what we expect, disappointment and depression sets in.
|Exercising brings on more energy and
has tangible benefits.
Exercising only a few minutes a day can help combat fatigue and depression. When we exercise our body goes through some metabolic changes with multiple biological effects. It has major physical benefits and positive psychological effects. It is far more than just strengthening the muscles. It changes everything in our body if done on a regular basis.
The old myth of if you are tired you should rest does not really work long-term. The secret of life is that doing activity brings on more energy. Again, we should not forget: A LITTLE BIT OF ACTIVITY GOES A LONG WAY. There are many types of activities like sitting Tai Chi that are designed for patients who are not able to do standing or running type of activities, also consider swimming as this exercise is easy on your joints and you go at your own pace. You can modify and adapt your activities to your abilities.
You don’t have to get it perfectly right, you just have to get it done. So get started and you will feel better, physically and mentally, as you continue exercising. Oh, and have fun along the way!