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Fatigue: A Warning Sign You Shouldn’t Ignore

Published : June 29, 2024
a warning sign you shouldn’t ignore

Most people often ignore fatigue because it can be difficult to justify a visit to the doctor “just for fatigue.” But while fatigue can be normal, that doesn’t mean you should let it go on without treatment. The tiredness you’re feeling may be a symptom of something worse or your body’s response to external stressors that need to be managed.

Being tired after exhausting effort is a natural reaction. What matters is whether the tiredness is proportionate to the effort. If you didn’t do much or performed an activity that requires only minimal effort but are feeling extremely tired, then that is a sign that something is wrong with your health.

The Many Causes of Fatigue

Regardless of the cause, you shouldn’t ignore fatigue. While you may not need to be alarmed, fatigue is still debilitating and will continue to affect your life if untreated negatively.

Fatigue as a Symptom of An Illness

Fatigue can be caused by an autoimmune disease such as Myasthenia Gravis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, or Immune Thrombocytopenia.

Additionally, some illnesses linked to autoimmune dysfunction but not universally classified as autoimmune diseases are also characterised by fatigue. These include Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome).

Certain blood disorders such as Anaemia, Leukaemia, and Iron Deficiency Without Anaemia also list fatigue as a likely symptom.

Meanwhile, several metabolic disorders are closely associated with fatigue. Some common examples include Hypothyroidism, Type 1 Diabetes, and Type 2 Diabetes.

Fatigue may also be indicative of a chronic organ disease, such as:

Fatigue as a Reaction to Lifestyle Habits

Other lifestyle habits that may be causing fatigue include:

  • Not getting enough good sleep or having sleep disturbances like apnea
  • Eating foods that you are actually allergic to or gluten when you have coeliac disease
  • Engaging in repeated and highly strenuous physical activity or not exercising at all

Fatigue Without Cause: Chronic Fatigue

How Can I Manage My Fatigue?

After consulting with your doctor and verifying that your fatigue is not caused by any major underlying illness, the first step you should take is to eliminate any potential fatigue-causing lifestyle habits. In addition to the ones mentioned in the previous section, you should refrain from drinking excessive amounts of alcohol and using drugs for recreational purposes.

If you’ve been getting enough good sleep, sufficient exercise, and nutritious meals containing ingredients that aren’t harmful to you, then it’s possible you have Chronic Fatigue.

Since the cause of Chronic Fatigue is difficult to determine and, therefore, remove, the next best thing you can do is to manage the fatigue. A fatigue management plan can include:

Reduce Fatigue with a Holistic Approach

If you need help with fatigue, chiropractic care can certainly help. Aside from being part of the fatigue management plan, chiropractic care uses a holistic approach to treating fatigue.

Chiropractors can recommend specific lifestyle changes to alleviate fatigue. Chiropractic techniques, such as spinal adjustments, also promote the function of the nervous system.

Effects of fatigue such as headaches and muscle discomfort, can be treated with chiropractic care as well. If you’re looking for a Craigieburn chiropractor or a Geelong chiropractor to help with fatigue, Chiropractic Health has a team of professional chiropractors in those areas. Call us today or set up an appointment online to book a consultation for reducing fatigue.

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