Fatigue, pathological fatigue and severe fatigue: how to identify and differentiate them

11.11.2021 0

Lack of energy, bad mood, apathy... These are some of the symptoms associated with fatigue, which goes to another level when we talk about pathological fatigue or extreme fatigue. Each of them has its own characteristics and it is important to identify and detect them in order to eliminate them.

Fatigue - the medical term for which is called asthenia - is a feeling of lack of energy to perform normal activities, both physical and mental functions of life. It is normal to feel tired, for example, after intense exercise that we are not used to. Hence the importance of regular exercise.

When does fatigue turn into pathological fatigue?
There are many causes of pathological fatigue. However, not all of them are necessarily associated with the disease, and usually it happens without an objective reason, extraordinary efforts that prompted it.

"Some of the reasons may be anemia and other blood diseases. Or vitamin and nutrient deficiencies, such as vitamin D deficiency. Also neurological deficits, in which the nerves cannot send appropriate commands to the muscles. Or autoimmune diseases that affect nerves, muscles or connective tissue"

On the other hand, prolonged stress over time can also be the cause of pathological fatigue, which can lead to general fatigue and also alter our rest periods. Or emotional disorders such as dysthymia (extreme personality disorder) or depression.

The importance of rest and sleep for daily work
Changing rest periods or lack of sleep is another of the most important reasons underlying pathological fatigue. "While we sleep, our body is very actively restoring cellular structures and preparing the body, including the brain, for the next day" And one of the most urgent causes of fatigue is the lack of physical activity, no matter how paradoxical it may seem.


  • Severe fatigue: symptoms, risks and early detection
    We talk about extreme fatigue when it is of such intensity that it does not allow us to perform simple basic daily activities, as well as a duration that does not give way to normal rest. "In these situations, any simple activity gives rise to a feeling of heaviness in the body, sometimes muscle pain, as well as a feeling of mental fog (brain fog), which does not allow us to focus on activities that require us to concentrate" Moderate or intense exercise, food rich in antioxidants and certain dietary supplements can help us increase muscle mass, activate mitochondrial activity and overcome fatigue. "And all this should be accompanied by daily rest, in which we combine relaxation techniques when stress threatens us with a good night's sleep. We must go to bed early and get up early so that the hormonal cycle is as physiological as possible"
  • Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue in SHA
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    Treating fibromyalgia is difficult. That is why specialized help from experts who are familiar with the disorder and its treatment is important. It can be treated by general practitioners or rheumatologists who specialize in arthritis and other conditions affecting the joints or soft tissues. Thanks to our team's experience in treating fibromyalgia, many patients have regained their health. Everything should start with an evaluation and identification of the possible origin before choosing the right treatment.