If you are constantly tired and asking yourself Why am I always tired? you should find out if you have chronic fatigue. This is a condition which causes excessive tiredness, but not everyone who deals with fatigue on a constant basis is suffering from this syndrome. The first step to determining whether you are or not is to understand what the syndrome is and compare your symptoms.
Introducing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:
Chronic fatigue syndrome is one of the newer illnesses recognized in the medical profession and it tends to be something that many people think they have prior to discovering something else is wrong with them. The general description is feeling tired and exhausted most of the time, but there are actually a variety of other symptoms which must be present in order to officially have a diagnosis of the syndrome.
The problem with diagnosing yourself with this syndrome is that fatigue symptoms are shared by many other illnesses and medical conditions. That is why you need to consult with a doctor if you suspect your symptoms do match those of chronic fatigue syndrome.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Symptoms:
Chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms that everyone is familiar with include extreme tiredness that doesn’t get better even when you get in adequate amounts of deep, restorative sleep. Many people identify with that symptom, but there is much more to chronic fatigue syndrome.
This chronic fatigue must continue on for a matter of months with most doctors refusing to treat it until five or six months have passed without the fatigue letting up. The fatigue must also be severe enough that it interferes with your daily life in some aspect.
Besides being tired, symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome include difficulties focusing or concentrating mentally and a variety of physical symptoms, including:
- Sensitive lymph nodes (neck, armpits, or both)
- Sore Throat
- Muscle pain
- Joint pain
Many people report experiencing headaches that are stronger or longer lasting than headaches they may have experienced prior to developing chronic fatigue syndrome. Some also get light headed when they stand up quickly or feel sick after exercising or participating in sports.
Comparing Your Symptoms:
If you are just feeling tired without any of these other symptoms, then chances are you are not suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome, but may have other medical conditions that need to be dealt with.
If you have at least 3-4 of these other symptoms, then chances are you could be suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome but will need to consult with a doctor to know for sure. In order to officially be diagnosed your symptoms should have started occurring about the same time that you started feeling tired all the time and they should be ongoing for six months or longer.
Before you go in for medical treatment try to regulate your sleep schedule so you are going to bed and waking up at the same time every night. Set your bedroom up so you can get deep, restorative sleep without interruption from the television or other distractions. If you continually wake up feeling exhausted or as if you haven’t slept at all, then chances are you do need to seek treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome.