Chronic fatigue

In this article I will tell you some general concepts about this condition. These are:

  • I believe that everyone knows that fatigue is the feeling of exhaustion or difficulty in carrying out daily physical or intellectual activities. This problem is a symptom and therefore a subjective sensation that the individual appreciates, which can be expressed in different ways because it is a subjective sensation.
  • Many experts call this condition “systemic stress intolerance” or “myalgic encephalomyelitis.”
  • Chronic fatigue consists of a feeling of persistent and unexplained fatigue, both from small physical and mental efforts, which are clearly disabling and annoying for the person.
  • In many cases, fatigue is confused with dyspnea, weakness or depressive symptoms or other mood disorders due to discouragement or low spirits.

Let’s see what each of these problems is:

  • This condition is manifested by a feeling of respiratory distress that is not usually present in fatigue.
  • This problem is manifested by total or partial loss of strength to perform an activity, which is usually related to muscle function.
  • Asthenia: It is a condition that has the same symptoms as fatigue; Fatigue, fatigue, loss of strength or energy. This feeling returns after a period of rest.
  • Prolonged fatigue. This is manifested by fatigue that lasts more than 1 month.
  • Chronic fatigue: If it lasts more than 6 months.

Depending on the origin and duration, the states of fatigue are different:

  • Normal or physiological fatigue. These types of fatigue occur due to intense physical or mental exercise. Recovery after these comes when people rest or stop doing these types of activities. In general, in physiological fatigue, recovery at rest is usually rapid. Some people may temporarily experience a higher degree of fatigue at moderate exertion or may require a longer post-exercise recovery time than others, without this implying any pathological situation, but simply a higher degree of fatigue.
  • Reactive fatigue. This type of fatigue occurs due to stress or lack of sleep. It improves when the cause that triggered it disappears or decreases.
  • Pathological fatigue: persists despite stopping the activity that generated it and does not improve with rest. This pathological fatigue cannot be overcome with effort or will, ie even if the patient wishes, he is unable to maintain a continuous physical or mental activity. In addition, it usually has a clear impact on the activities of daily living.