Fatigue is a symptom in so many illnesses and disorders.  That’s what makes it so very difficult to determine the cause or causes.  This article “Why Am I So Tired All The Time?” says that “Fatigue is your body’s way of calling for support.”  Unfortunately many of us (especially women) ignore those signs until we are diagnosed with a serious illness.

Many health challenges have fatigue as a key symptom.  This article says that both adrenal fatigue and stress can be a factor in one’s fatigue.  I was diagnosed with adrenal fatigue in my 20’s. Adrenal fatigue is defined as “a collection of nonspecific symptoms, such as body aches, fatigue, nervousness, sleep disturbances and digestive problems,” according to information from the Mayo Clinic’s article “Is there such a thing as adrenal fatigue?

The info in this second article though questions the validity of the condition of adrenal fatigue.  It says, “The term often shows up in popular health books and on alternative medicine websites, but it isn’t an accepted medical diagnosis.”  It goes on to say that labeling someone’s fatigue as due to something like adrenal fatigue may miss the real cause, such as depression or fibromyalgia.

This is what makes this topic so confusing and one of the reasons why it is so difficult to get to the bottom of what’s happening.  I saw many doctors over the years, but it still took me years to determine the causes of my fatigue.  The good news is I no longer struggle with fatigue — I beat it.  We’re going to explore some information next about long-term stress and some conditions that may be causing your fatigue.  Then we’ll review what you can do to start winning the battle against debilitating fatigue.

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