Exhaustion is one of those symptoms that can make life feel really, really tough. When we say exhaustion, we’re not talking ordinary fatigue, mere tiredness, or the habit of snoozing through your alarm clock a few extra times. This kind of exhaustion is the complete lack of vital energy that overwhelms you when you wake up in the morning, keeps you stuck at home, and makes doing anything seem totally impossible. Your exhaustion might be a passing phase, or it could be caused by a whole number of things, including autoimmune diseases, anemia, hormonal problems, kidney disease, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), and cancer-related fatigue. Plus, there’s always the exhaustion that comes with burnout (aka too much work stress). The good news: there are many practical, no-cost ways to try to battle exhaustion, including eating regular meals (healthy food, of course!), making sure you get plenty of good-quality sleep, staying active, maintaining a healthy weight, and reducing your stress. Additionally, the meditative martial arts practice qigong may help improve the fatigue of cancer, and just 5 to 15 minutes of exercise, 3 to 5 times a week, can help ease CFS. One question you might have is whether or not your exhaustion could be due to adrenal fatigue, a condition some have linked to chronic stress. Believe it or not, this is a controversial topic! There is a LOT of conflicting research and a lack of evidence for the condition’s existence. What is known is that exhaustion and other symptoms are often caused by a dysfunctional hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, which plays a role in your response to stress. Adrenal glands don’t literally burn out, but if your body is dealing with a dysfunction, it can be, you know, exhausting. One thing is for sure: your fatigue is not just “in your head”—and if you don’t yet have a diagnosis, your medical team will have to work a little harder to find the root of the problem. And hey, we know that searching for a diagnosis when you’re already exhausted is hard. But the hope is that you’ll find a cause, and that your exhaustion will ebb as you treat the problem. You’ve got this!
Recent posts about Exhaustion
I just got kicked out of my parents house and have recently started living with my boyfriend. I have always had really bad anxiety but it feels like it's so much worse now. I'm always tired and exhausted, having fun feels draining. I know it sounds dramatic but I'm just so tired of everything. like I'm happy to be with my boyfriend and moved out but I can't help that all of these issues have increased or worsened. I need some help what can I do? do any of you have self care tips?
any other parents around? I'm having a hard day with balance. I'm EXHAUSTED and usually I would sneak in a nap, but this afternoon I had to go see a new doctor which is also a hard experience and really draining, plus he did blood work. I feel so bad because it's not the kiddos' faults... I'm trying so hard not to be cranky!
Depression and disassociation have been really bad over the last few days. Husband nearly left me. my acne has gone rampant, my I.C. is flaring so im curling up in a ball in pain. im absolutely exhausted all the time. trying to function and be a mom and manage to get up in the morning and stay out of the bed all day.
New here. Feeling horrible. Sick since Nov. Exhausted, sweating off and on, drenching night sweats, horrible asthma/productive cough. Then last 2 weeks pupil issues, double vision. Went to primary dr who has me coming back for a TB test Tues, referral to eye dr & neuro, and blood labs tomorrow. I have a horrible headache/neck pain neuralgia issues last 3 days & the word TB was not on my check list today. 😑🙃😕
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