Fight Back against Fatigue
Most of us have at least some experience with fatigue – that low-energy condition that hits us after a long day of strenuous activity. However, for some people, fatigue is not the result of overexertion or running on too little sleep, but is a chronic condition that affects their very quality of life. For those struggling with ongoing fatigue, it can be a challenge to simply get out of bed in the morning, much less be productive during the day.
What Is Fatigue?
Fatigue is the feeling of being overtired. You have low energy reserves and may experience a strong desire to sleep. Healthline explains that
Fatigue is a term used to describe an overall feeling of tiredness or lack of energy. It isn’t the same as feeling drowsy or sleepy. When you’re fatigued, you have no motivation and no energy. Being sleepy may be a symptom of fatigue, but it is not the same thing.
The Mayo Clinic expands on this by explaining,
Nearly everyone is overtired or overworked from time to time. Such instances of temporary fatigue usually have an identifiable cause and a likely remedy. Unrelenting exhaustion, on the other hand, lasts longer, is more profound, and isn’t relieved by rest. It’s a nearly constant state of weariness that develops over time and reduces your energy, motivation, and concentration. Fatigue at this level impacts your emotional and psychological well-being, too.
From this information, it should be clear that real fatigue is a chronic, recurrent condition, rather than a temporary feeling of exhaustion due to obvious reasons, such as overdoing it at the gym or working extra hours at your place of employment.
Symptoms of Fatigue
In most cases, the symptoms of chronic fatigue are the same as those of temporary fatigue, but more pronounced or severe. They include:
- An ongoing lack of energy that is not improved through rest or sleep
- A feeling of constantly being exhausted
- A strong desire to sleep, even if you have slept the entire night
- A lack of motivation
- A feeling of constant weariness
- An inability to concentrate due to exhaustion
What Causes Fatigue?
Chronic, ongoing fatigue can be caused by any number of factors. In some cases, it is related to daily activities, such as a lack of physical activity or even emotional stress. However, it may also be related to a number of physical health conditions, including:
- Autoimmune disorders
- Sleep disorders
- Chronic infection
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Kidney disease
- Traumatic brain injury
- Sleep apnea
- Congestive heart failure
In addition to physical health conditions, ongoing fatigue may be related to mental health conditions, including:
- Seasonal affective disorder
Who Is at Risk of Fatigue?
Anyone can be at an increased risk for fatigue, but those with underlying medical conditions, as well as those with mental or emotional health conditions, are at an increased risk of fatigue. If you are unsure whether you suffer from a condition that might be causing your fatigue, it is important to seek medical assistance. In addition, if you experience fatigue coupled with other factors, including the following, make an appointment with your doctor:
- Higher than normal body temperature
- Unexplained weight loss
- Feeling depressed
- Have trouble staying asleep
- Have trouble getting to sleep
- Feel sensitive to cold temperatures
How Is Fatigue Treated?
Treating fatigue correctly requires understanding the underlying causes. In some cases, it only requires determining and then treating the reasons for your lack of good sleep, such as sleep apnea. In others, it may require addressing an underlying health condition or disease. For instance, a patient experiencing fatigue, but who also suffers from IBD will be treated differently than a patient with fatigue related to anxiety or depression.
In addition to seeking treatment from a doctor, lifestyle changes can also be helpful in combatting the underlying cause of fatigue, including losing weight, stopping smoking, limiting or avoiding alcohol, practicing healthy eating habits, and focusing on getting enough sleep.
What Are Stem Cells?
Stem cells are the progenitors of every other type of cell in the human body. They are also the cornerstone of the body’s healing system, providing the ability to regenerate damaged tissue, ranging from skin to bone to connective tissue, and even brain neurons. As such, a lot of studies are being conducted on the use of stem cells in fighting a broad range of diseases and health conditions, including chronic fatigue.
How Might Stem Cell Therapy Help Fight Fatigue?
Mesenchymal stem cells, when introduced into the body, first migrate to the lungs, where they multiply. Once increased in numbers, they begin to spread throughout the body. In your bodily system, stem cells heal damage and regenerate organs, bones, connective tissue, and skin, helping to rejuvenate the entire body at one time. Marked improvements are often seen in patients experiencing stem cell therapy, including a greater range of movement/mobility, improved energy levels, and a better overall quality of life. Intravenous administration of stem cells increases rate of metabolism, activation of vital enzymes, ramping up of cell activity and increase in the number of mitochondria, powerhouses of the body.
Stem Cell Types
Stem cell therapy can include both autologous stem cells and allogeneic stem cells. However, they are not the same. Autologous stem cells are sourced from your body – they are the same age as the rest of your cells and they suffer from mutations and other damage. As such, they may not provide the necessary regenerative capabilities. Allogeneic stem cells are sourced from umbilical cord blood and tissue. As such, they are very youthful and high-energy, while also not suffering from mutations or damage that might hinder their healing/regenerative factor.
Chronic fatigue can rob you of your quality of life, leaving you exhausted and without the energy to enjoy the things you once loved. Stem cell therapy may be a viable option. However, understand that because the FDA has not approved any stem cell treatment in the US, these therapies should be considered experimental only. In addition, it’s important to work with a physician who focuses on using allogeneic stem cells rather than autologous stem cells for the most effective healing.