What causes fatigue?

by Selina Luo
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What causes fatigue?

There are many potential causes of fatigue. Fatigue or discomfort are commonly listed as possible related symptoms in most diseases known to humans. This is complicated because fatigue can occur in healthy people as a normal response to physical and mental strain. However, if normal fatigue turns into chronic, extreme or long-term fatigue, it may begin to become abnormal; this usually occurs when a person experiences chronic or long-term physical or mental exhaustion. For example, abnormal physical or mental exertion in a day may lead to normal fatigue, which may last for about a day, sometimes longer, depending on the level of exercise, while abnormal physical or mental exertion in a day may lead to long-term fatigue (usually more than 24 to 48 hours). The latter may develop into abnormal fatigue.

 What causes fatigue?


Mental health issues

It can result from stress, bereavement and grief, eating disorders, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, anxiety, moving home, boredom, and divorce. It can occur with clinical depression, either due to the depression itself, or because of associated problems, such as insomnia.



Active diseases

If you have inflammatory arthritis or autoimmune diseases, inflammation of joints and other tissues can lead to fatigue. Chemicals found in inflammatory tissues called cytokines, similar to those released in viral diseases such as colds and flu, can cause extreme fatigue.

 What causes fatigue?


Endocrine Metabolic Reasons

Pregnancy, Cushing's disease, nephropathy, electrolyte problems, diabetes, hypothyroidism, anemia and liver disease can all lead to fatigue.



Cardiac (heart) and Pulmonary (lungs)

Congestive heart failure; coronary artery disease; valvular heart disease; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); asthma; arrhythmias; pneumonia

 What causes fatigue?



Pain is the main symptom of most arthritis, and it can exhaust you, especially if it is constant.



Muscle weakness

Inactivity due to pain or joint problems can lead to muscle weakening, which can lead to fatigue, because more effort is needed to make the joint work. When you are not very active, you will become unhealthy, which will also lead to fatigue.

 What causes fatigue?


Sleep problems

Working late, shift work, jet lag, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, insomnia, and reflux esophagitis can lead to a lack of sleep and fatigue.



Overweight or underweight

Overweight increases the risk of fatigue for various reasons. These symptoms include weight gain, greater likelihood of joint and muscle pain, and greater likelihood that fatigue is a common symptom, such as diabetes or sleep apnea.

Likewise, people who are underweight may be prone to fatigue, depending on their physical condition. Dietary disorders, cancer, chronic diseases and excessive thyroid activity can lead to weight loss, as well as excessive fatigue.

 What causes fatigue?


There are many things you can do to reduce the impact of fatigue. Find out the possible reasons first, and then communicate with your medical team so that they can find different ways to help you manage it.

If you think your medication may lead to fatigue, talk to your doctor about reviewing your treatment. They can also look for other symptoms that can lead to fatigue and check your levels of inflammation or anemia.

There are no specific drugs to treat arthritis-related fatigue, but there are many ways to reduce the impact of fatigue on your life without requiring drugs. Changing this behavior is effective, but most of us need support to do so, so please discuss this information with your general practitioner or rheumatism team, who should be able to help you (especially your occupational therapist, rheumatism nurse specialist or physiotherapist).What causes fatigue?


Moxibustion Can Help

Chinese medicine believes that while feeling tired, there are also symptoms such as poor appetite, thin stool, white and thick tongue coating, which are due to the heavy body moisture.In this case, moxibustion can play a very good effect.


Moxibustion at Zusanli point: 
Location:Located on the outside of the calf, 3 inches below the calf's nose, the calf's nose is connected with Jiexi, and the superficial layer is covered with the lateral sural cutaneous nerve.

Moxibustion for 15-20 minutes


Using smart moxibustion device, IJOOU,  you can do moxibustion at any time and anywhere.



by Selina Luo


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