We are all sometimes tired or exhausted. Fortunately, after a night of good sleep or a relaxing weekend, fatigue and tiredness quickly pass by in many people. But what if we no longer recharge our batteries and no longer draw new life energy? Persistent fatigue and exhaustion make you sick. Read more about the symptoms, causes, therapy and prevention of fatigue.

Woman with child is exhausted from everyday life

Fatigue and fatigue are very common after serious illnesses. In medicine, exhaustion is a condition associated with a feeling of physical weakness, listlessness, and fatigue.

Symptoms

Those who are constantly exhausted and tired do not feel up to the demands of everyday life and lose interest in hobbies and social contacts. Women with families in particular often strain themselves beyond the point of physical and mental exhaustion. Often there are physical side effects such as becoming black in front of the eyes when standing up, sweating and cold hands, sensitivity to the weather and an accelerated pulse. Very often there is an increased susceptibility to infectious diseases. Psychological side effects include poor performance and concentration, sleep disorders , feeling overwhelmed, listlessness and joylessness.

Causes

The body is weakened by the processing of an illness, and there are often deficiency states in vitamins, minerals or trace elements. Doctors, especially in the elderly, often observe that a flu infection persists for weeks and months beyond the acute symptoms and manifests itself in fatigue and lack of drive. On the other hand, exhaustion can also be the first symptom at the beginning or before the onset of various diseases (e.g. infectious diseases, tumor disorders). Chronic fatigue syndrome , CFS for short, is becoming increasingly common .

Fatigue can have many causes, here are the main causes

  • Aftermath of serious illnesses
  • Low blood pressure
  • stress
  • Burnout syndrome due to permanent overload
  • Depressive moods or depression
  • Psychovegetative complaints
  • sleep disorders
  • Deficiency diseases such as iron deficiency , iodine deficiency
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Initial symptom of various diseases
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

Examination

The diagnosis of exhaustion initially focuses on excluding diseases as the cause. A wide variety of processes can be considered.

Treatment

Illness-related exhaustion requires therapy for the triggering disease.

self-help

  • Against after effects of serious illnesses: Support the physical regeneration with vitamin B12 preparations in capsule or drinking ampoule form and prevent a vitamin deficiency in the recovery time by the administration of multivitamin preparations.
  • With low blood pressure: get up slowly in the morning, use a brush massage and alternate showers, use invigorating shower or bath products with rosemary, drink coffee or black tea in the morning. Sport and lots of exercise in between. Drink enough during the day. Best herbal teas and sodium-rich mineral water.
  • When stressed: Don’t always want to do everything perfectly, hand in tasks. Allowing yourself to do nothing at all. Avoid overstimulation, eg by radio, television.
  • For depressed moods: mild depressed moods respond well to treatment with St. John’s wort. In the winter often stay outside in daylight, because on shorter days the organism switches to gentle gear for many people and this often causes a mood depression.
  • For sleep disorders : Check sleep rituals and sleeping place, for example not too much alcohol before going to bed and a quiet room to sleep are important prerequisites. Take warm baths with sleep-promoting herbal additives.

Prevention

Balanced, wholesome diet, sport and exercise, no smoking, little alcohol, enough sleep, sensible change between stress and relaxation.

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