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What You Didn't Know About Fatigue

Sunday 17 March 2019


From Australian newspaper The Sydney Morning Herald:


This is what you need to know about fatigue.
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What you didn't know about fatigue

March 15, 2019
Copyright © 2019.

We can feel tired for a number of reasons: an underlying illness, a mental health issue, or a new baby in the house. But fatigue is more than just tiredness.

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) or myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) commonly affects the nervous, gut, cardiac, endocrine and immune systems, causing a range of symptoms including aches and pains, chronic tiredness, concentration difficulties, mood instability, headaches and a susceptibility to infection.

Someone doesn’t have to be experiencing CFS/ME to feel the pain of fatigue. Sleep and respiratory physician Dr Linda Schachter said people who are chronically sleep-deprived can have similar symptoms.

“The symptoms for CFS/ME are quite similar to obstructive sleep apnoea – so we often check to see if we can treat for a sleep problem, even if it is only mild as it may be contributing to the patient’s symptoms,” Dr Schachter said.

“When treating a patient for CFS/ME, a good sleep specialist will always ask about sleep. We do know that people who have CFS/ME have poor sleep quality. When we treat the sleep problems of people with CFS/ME it doesn’t necessarily fix their fatigue, but it often helps."


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