When my doctor told me that what I was suffering from was fatigue, I went home and cried. I thought he was minimizing what I was going through. I thought when he said that I had fatigue, that he meant that I was just tired.
Just tired? I was spending hours every day in bed, unable to think clearly or stand up for more than a few minutes at a time.
My life was in ruins, and I'd been laying in it for months by that time. How could he say I was just tired?
Turns out, that wasn't what he meant at all.
Fatigue is not sleepiness, it doesn't result from a couple of late nights. And overcoming it is going to take more than a few naps or early nights.
Time for a disclaimer here. Plenty of people who struggle under the burden of fatigue are not going to get seriously ill. They will drag through their years of schooling, or their time with babies and toddlers, or partying through their twenties.
They will come out the other side, eventually. Some will continue to live at the same pace, and stay fatigued ... but they will carry on.
But for some people, fatigue is an early warning sign of severe health problems.
Do you feel rested after getting more sleep? Does eating healthy make you feel stronger and more energized? Does dropping activities and stressful obligations bring you some relief?
If the answer is no, then it's time to get serious about your health. And the sooner the better. Because take it from me, a veteran in the ME/CFS wars from way back, once you've been flattened by fatigue, it can be plenty hard to come back from it.
Far better to miss that boat entirely if you can. And be prepared to go extreme in order to keep yourself together.
Here are some possible causes for your fatigue:
Anemia can cause fatigue, dizziness, brain fog and heart palpitations. A blood test will give you answers.
Diabetes can result in fatigue. It will also cause great thirst and frequent trips to the bathroom.
Hypothyroidism causes fatigue due to thyroid hormones being out of balance.