More and more people are complaining about constant fatigue, lethargy, and decreased energy levels, mainly due to the sedentary modern lifestyles. Despite having attained a lot of knowledge in the field of healthy living and habits, the modern lifestyle, especially the 9-5 work pattern, is causing people to face early aging and signs of fatigue in their 40s. General physicians encounter a lot of people going through the problems of feeling tired all the time and lack of energy levels, both physically and mentally.
The feeling of constant tiredness and lack of energy is also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). In medical terminology, it is termed myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) or systemic exertion intolerance disease (SEID).
Sometimes, there are some internal factors that lead to such feelings of tiredness and fatigue; the external habits and environment are not always to be blamed. Constant fatigue and uncontrollable tiredness, apparently without any illness, can be linked to chronic issues. The earlier they are detected the better.
Possible causes of chronic fatigue
Imagine a person going to the gym every day ever since he was in his late 20s. After 10 years of regular workout and fitness routines along with healthy eating, he has suddenly lost the energy to go to the gym daily. Gradually, he decreased the intensity of his workouts and even skips a few sessions. Not just this, but he is also losing enthusiasm for social events and tours. Apparently, he is physically fit and emotionally stable, then why all this fatigue?
There are some underlying reasons for these conditions, such as:
- Excess physical activity
- Instant weight gain or weight loss
- Consuming too much caffeine
- Improper sleep pattern
- Certain medications like antidepressants
- Psychological stress and constant worry
- Physical or emotional pain, a prolonged feeling of loss, hurt, grief
- Substance abuse, addiction
- Peer pressure, social anxiety, feeling of exhaustion from work
- Viral infections
- Weakened immune system
- Tumors, diabetes, genetic disorders, autoimmune disorders
- Chronic allergies
- Weakening of bones (osteoporosis), and reduced muscle mass
- Hormonal imbalance (hypo/ hyperthyroidism), early symptoms of menopause in women, or low testosterone levels in men
Treating and managing chronic fatigue
When feeling tired all the time, it is best to consult a doctor. Especially if you are in your early 40s or more, it is time to see a doctor. Sometimes, simple medication, sleep or stress management, or lifestyle changes can bring the desired results. However, in many cases, prolonged treatments or therapies might be helpful.
Some of the common treatments for controlling chronic fatigue are:
- Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN)
- Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)
- Adrenal support supplementation
- Nutritional supplements
- IV drip therapy
- Micro immunotherapy
- Sleep management
- Stress management
- Alternate treatments (tai chi, yoga, acupuncture)
Going for the above-mentioned treatments can bring positive and lasting results and can help you improve your quality of life rather than leading a dull life by feeling tired all the time.
To live a healthy and active life, one needs to stay physically energetic and mentally and emotionally positive. Sometimes, despite the efforts, one still complains about feeling tired all the time, without any apparent reason. In such cases, timely diagnosis of underlying causes can help bring the lost energy and strength into your mind, body, relationships, and everyday dealings.