What is Fatigue?

Occasional, temporary tiredness or exhaustion is normal. However, a nearly constant state of weariness is called fatigue or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). It is also known as systemic exertion intolerance disease (SEID) or myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), sometimes abbreviated as ME/CFS.

Chronic fatigue can be devastating, impacting your emotional and psychological well-being, reducing your energy, motivation, and concentration.

What are the symptoms of fatigue?

Chronic fatigue usually begins suddenly, and it may last as little as a few days or you may experience it for weeks, months, years, or even decades.

You may feel these symptoms immediately or over time such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Back spasms
  • Chills
  • Depression
  • Digestive disorders
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Headaches
  • Joint pain
  • Loss of memory or concentration
  • Mood swings
  • Muscle pain
  • Night sweats
  • Panic attacks
  • Sore throat
  • Unrefreshing sleep

You may feel just 1 of these symptoms or many of them. Because chronic fatigue mimics many other health problems, it may require patience to reach this diagnosis.

In general, you should see a doctor if you feel you have persistent or excessive tiredness.

What are the causes and risk factors of fatigue?

This unrelenting exhaustion can be challenging to diagnose and find the underlying condition. There is no single test to confirm a diagnosis.

Some people may have a predisposition to chronic fatigue, and it might be caused by a number of factors such as viral infection, immune system disorders, and hormonal imbalances.

Risk factors include age, sex, and stress. Chronic fatigue most often affects women in their 40s and 50s.

What does BackFit do for chronic fatigue?

At BackFit Health + Spine, you have access to our interdisciplinary team of Medical Doctors, Chiropractors, and Massage Therapists. Each patient with CFS is unique, and we create a custom treatment plan for each patient. Our aim with you is to find the root cause of your chronic fatigue and treat you as an individual.

Your treatment may include a combination of chiropractic, medical care, massage, or more at BackFit. A combination of adjustments for the musculoskeletal system, stress relief from massage, and medical intervention can provide a conservative treatment alternative to more invasive drugs and procedures.

Do you have or think you have chronic fatigue syndrome?
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