Fibromyalgia fatigue feels like a constant state of fatigue that decreases your energy and mental capacity. Fatigue can be even more debilitating than pain. Overwhelming fatigue makes our body feel heavy and weak. It helps brain fog increase memory loss and forgetfulness. Fatigue can be all the time or last for months and months.
Fatigue is the second most prominent symptom of fibromyalgia, with pain being the first. When combined with severe fatigue, pain is even harder to bear. Studies have shown that the amount of fatigue a person with fibromyalgia experiences directly affects the amount of pain they have. Fatigue also has an impact on your emotions and is related to depression.
The fatigue associated with fibromyalgia is similar to that of chronic fatigue syndrome (renamed “systemic stress intolerance disease”). In fact, many people who have fibromyalgia can also have CFS / SEID. The Arthritis Foundation estimates that between 50 and 70 percent of people with fibromyalgia also meet the criteria for chronic fatigue syndrome.
Why are we so exhausted?
For people with fibromyalgia and / or CFS, the conditions themselves cause fatigue. Other factors, such as stress, anxiety, depression, lifestyle, and medications can make fatigue worse.
Here are some reasons why you may feel exhausted:
Sleep disorders: lack of good quality sleep is an important part of the problem. Sleep problems are so common in fibromyalgia that symptoms such as waking up without renewal, fatigue, fatigue and insomnia are included in the diagnostic criteria for premenstrual syndrome.
Mitochondrial dysfunction: fatigue is a characteristic symptom of mitochondrial dysfunction. Mitochondrial inside our cells converts nutrients and oxygen into energy. With fibromyalgia, it has been shown that the mitochondria of many body cells are damaged. This means that we don’t have enough energy to nourish our body.
Stress: One of the symptoms of long-term stress is fatigue. Some experts believe that chronic stress is an important factor that contributes to the development of fibromyalgia. Many of us with fibro know that stress will trigger an outbreak of symptoms very quickly. Chronic stress is also a precursor to anxiety and depression.
Anxiety or depression: anxiety and depression can cause fatigue and make you feel exhausted. People suffering from depression are 4 times more likely to suffer fatigue. People suffering from fatigue are 3 times more likely to get depressed. People with fibromyalgia are prone to anxiety and / or depression. Everything becomes a vicious circle that can be difficult to break.
Bad nutrition: experts say that bad nutrition is a big culprit when it comes to fatigue in general. We know that there are several nutritional deficiencies related to fibromyalgia, so eating healthy and getting the right nutrients is extremely important.
Medications: Many prescription and over-the-counter medications can cause fatigue and fatigue. Some examples are anti-anxiety medications, antidepressants, medications for high blood pressure and statins for high cholesterol. The more medications you take, the more likely you are to feel fatigued.
Studies published earlier this year help explain why people who are faced with chronic fatigue syndrome / myelgic encephalomyelitis (CFS / MS) and fibromyalgia have little response to physical activity and poor energy production.
Ways to combat fibromyalgia fatigue.
Fibromyalgia fatigue is not so easy to treat. On good days, fatigue can be tolerable. However, on bad days ordinary activities seem virtually impossible.
Here are some tips that can help you cope with fatigue:
Use your energy wisely: take breaks and observe your rhythm. Even if you are having a good day, do not try to do too much, it will only cause a setback. So keep your schedule simple, know your limitations and rest when you need it.
Exercise: I know that the idea of exercising can be overwhelming, but lack of exercise can make your muscles stiff and more painful, which also helps you feel fatigued. Start slowly and choose the time of day that suits you best.
Eat well: eating a nutritious diet is good for your overall well-being. Avoid sugary, fried and processed foods that can leave you stuck. Cooking can make me feel exhausted. On the days when I have more energy, I prepare meals or at least I do part of the preparation work to make it easier.
Reduce stress: Fibromyalgia can be stressful and stress can leave you more fatigued. If you can learn to control your stress, you will have more energy. Deep breathing, meditation, yoga and listening to music are some stress management techniques that help me.
Prioritize sleep: sleep disorders are common with fibromyalgia. Lack of quality sleep can cause fatigue and worsen the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Some experts believe that disorderly sleep is the most important symptom to treat when you have fibromyalgia. I know that when I sleep well, I feel better. When I can’t sleep, I feel worse in every way.
Talk to your doctor: if your medications make you feel even more tired, talk to your doctor. He or she may prescribe an alternative, reduce your dose or try to take your medication at a different time of day.
Energy supplements: four supplements that help your body produce more energy are coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), D-ribose, magnesium and vitamin B. It is important to keep in mind that supplements can adversely affect certain health conditions . Interact with certain medications. Research and check with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure they are safe for you.
Fibromyalgia fatigue can be paralyzing. It is exhausting physically and emotionally. On bad days, you can barely get out of bed. You feel exhausted Overwhelming fatigue will not go away. You cannot concentrate, remember things or stay focused. Believe me, I know how you feel. I can’t remember the last time I felt full of energy or I didn’t feel exhausted at some time during the day …