Focus on Fatigue: Part 3 – Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

By |2017-08-03T12:44:22-05:00August 4th, 2017|Health, Lifestyle, Wellness|

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a major health problem. Not only in the United States but in many other countries as well. CFS is characterized by a severe persistent fatigue that does not respond to rest and is exacerbated by moderate exertion. There are no infectious or chemical agents consistently associated with it and no indication of it being hereditary. CFS is only considered after all other causes of fatigue have been ruled out. There currently exists no medical test capable of diagnosing chronic fatigue syndrome. Because of this, some physicians have even been skeptical that it is a “real” disease.  [...]

Focus on Fatigue: Part 2 – Persistent fatigue

By |2017-08-03T12:45:25-05:00July 28th, 2017|Health, Lifestyle, Wellness|

Fatigue associated with mental or physical exertion is usually of short duration. However, there are many medical conditions in which persistent fatigue is a symptom.   Fatigue can result from result of poor diet, viral or bacterial infections, lack of exercise and other factors. But in these cases, medical intervention or a change in lifestyle can make all the difference. (see our previous post to learn about the causes of fatigue). Persistent Fatigue Chronic or persistent fatigue is present in a variety of different conditions. At times that fatigue is mild, but it is often severe enough to be debilitating.  Unfortunately, [...]

Focus on Fatigue : Part 1 – Characteristics and Causes

By |2017-07-25T17:38:59-05:00July 21st, 2017|Health, Lifestyle, Wellness|

What is fatigue? Fatigue is a highly complex condition. It can occur or intensify due to increased physical activity, long periods of elevated mental performance, lack of sleep, poor nutrition, disease, or other factors. Most people think of "fatigue" as a feeling of physical or mental tiredness or a general lack of vitality. This feeling can be mild or it can be extreme enough to qualify as exhaustion.  In the case of physical or mental exertion, fatigue is usually of short duration and goes away with adequate rest. However, it is sometimes severe and persistent enough to negatively impact everyday [...]