If you have a chronic illness, this symptom probably needs no introduction. Whether you have chronic fatigue syndrome (which some researchers believe may be triggered by a virus like Epstein-Barr) or fatigue related to mold illness, fibromyalgia, or Lyme, this symptom can really throw a wrench into your routines. Fatigue can manifest itself in many ways, from muscle weakness to chronic tiredness to depression. It’s basically the mother lode of symptoms that makes you want to crawl back into bed and never leave…except that doesn’t usually help either! Factors associated with fatigue include taking certain medications (such as antidepressants, antihistamines, and medicines for nausea and pain), having medical treatments like chemo or radiation, a lack of certain vitamins and minerals in your diet, consuming too much alcohol or caffeine, or the obvious culprit—staying up too late and/or not getting enough sleep! (And hey, we know that sleep is sometimes hard to come by, so no shame.) Since fatigue is a symptom, treatment depends on what’s causing it, so try to tackle the root cause. There’s some positive news here: a lot of natural treatments can soothe fatigue and promote overall healing. If you want to go the supplement route, you can try replenishing your body with the vitamins and nutrients it might be lacking by taking iron, vitamin B-complex, magnesium, or potassium. Massage, infrared saunas, ginseng, and BEMER mats may also be helpful (and funnily enough, many of these treatments involve lying down—woohoo!). You might also find comfort by using essential oils, avoiding caffeine and stimulants, and making sure you get enough rest and social support. That last one is super important, given how isolating invisible illness can be. But social support is critical for healing, and that’s why we’re all here.
Recent posts about Fatigue
I'm tired I've turned into a totally different person and I'm emotionally not there for my family and friends and self anymore I want to love but every time I get close I go right back to being an empty void
I was just diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome I can sleep 12 hours get up with a struggle still tired. the fatigue is debilitating. anyone have any medicine or any idea what helps with this fatigue?
I have had Covid—19 symptoms for 4 weeks, was tested 2 weeks (positive), symptoms go on and off, 23 years old, they include fatigue, shortness of breath, dhiarrea, difficulty sleeping, and tiredness, any one else has had the symptoms for a long period of time and would like to share experience ? Thank you, stay safe and prayers for all of you
Has anyone else experienced sharp chest pain, shortness of breath, increased heart rate, heart palpitation, fatigue, body aches, weakness in arms and legs, weird leg pain, headaches, and cough? I've been dealing with this for two and a half months. Doctor believes its acid reflux but I havent had any heart burn. Covid came back negative twice and antibody test came back negative. Please let me know if you've experienced this as well. Trying to get answers. Thank you!
My depression throws out every medication they give me after a while. just stops being effective. My psych is getting me on name brand Cymbalta instead of generic, but I don’t think it’ll help. she’s talked about trying to get the ketamine nasal spray into clinics up here, but the closest is hours away so far. I’m so tired of the up and down. Feels like it’ll be this way forever.