Fatigue has become an integral part of everyone’s life. Any exertion both physical and mental can cause a feeling of fatigue. What are the types of fatigue? How to deal with them?
Types of fatigue
Fatigue is most often associated with physical symptoms occurring after heavy physical exertion. A characteristic feature of fatigue after too much effort is soreness. These appear along with muscle twitching. Another common type is fatigue after mental work. It is characterized by problems with concentration and difficulty in remembering simple things. Another type of fatigue is emotional fatigue caused by various adverse actions in our lives. The characteristics of this type of fatigue are irritability, problems with falling asleep and mood changes.
Another type of fatigue is sensory fatigue. It occurs when one of the senses is overloaded for too long, such as a tablet or TV screen.
If the fatigue is short-lived, it is not harmful to health and rest is sufficient. However, if the feeling of fatigue occurs constantly, even after rest, it may be a sign of illness. Fatigue that lasts more than 6 months is referred to as chronic. This type of fatigue is very dangerous to health and life.
The main symptoms of chronic fatigue
Chronic fatigue is an ailment mainly suffered by women between 30 and 45 years of age. The symptoms of chronic fatigue do not go away despite rest. Drowsiness, fatigue, irritability, and trouble concentrating can make life difficult on both a professional and social level. The main symptoms of chronic fatigue are:
- unusual headache – other than a medical symptom;
- sore throat or hoarseness;
- wandering joint pain – not as a disease symptom;
- enlarged and painful lymph nodes;
- unreasonable muscle pain;
- problems with concentration and memory;
- excessive sleepiness or insomnia;
- excessive fatigue even after minor physical exertion.
If you have at least four of the above symptoms in addition to excessive physical exhaustion, you may be suffering from chronic fatigue.
Chronic fatigue as a symptom of illness
Chronic fatigue can be one of the symptoms of a disease such as but not limited to:
- thyroid problems,
- lung disease,
- urinary tract infections, among others.
Feeling tired can be one of the symptoms of a disease, but it does not have to mean it. If the fatigue does not have a mental or physical cause, then you need to go to a doctor for further diagnosis.
How can fatigue be managed?
Chronic fatigue is a very complex problem, so in order to cure it, you need to find the cause of the ailment and take the necessary steps to eliminate it. One of the known ways to deal with this ailment is rest. Sleeping at night is very important. An adult person should sleep a minimum of 9 hours. To ensure proper functioning of the body, it is essential to eat right. It is worth to eat a lot of vegetables and fruits and drink about 2 liters of water per day. It is also worth introducing physical activity into your life. Just about 40 minutes a day in the fresh air gives you energy.
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