Updated: Jul 21
It's not just being tired.
When I was first diagnosed with an autoimmune disease I was already suffering from fatigue and brain fog. After the diagnoses these symptoms were exacerbated by emotional stress, a sense of isolation, anxiety and depression. Couple that with the 7 stages of grief and I was pretty bad off. Luckily I have some really good friends who were constantly telling me "But you look great!" I know I didn't look like the happy energetic person I was but again, emotions and pain and fatigue are not a condition you can see.
Since making the many changes I have had to make in my life, my "Bad Days" are fewer. I also feel that positive affirmations and making yourself energetic in the morning can really change the rest of your day. Like Wayne Dyer puts it "Change Your Thoughts - Change Your Life!... then add in "change your" diet!
Almost all autoimmune patients suffer from fatigue.
Fatigue is a major issue and one of the most debilitating symptoms of having an out of control immune system. This fatigue is anything but normal. It can be profound and sometimes prevent people from doing the simplest everyday tasks.
This is not a 'fuzzy' symptom, it's real. Yet, for too long, it has been ignored and/or misunderstood by the medical community. It's difficult for other people to understand pain and fatigue when it can't be seen by others.
Fatigue is not just tired. Fatigue is composed of both physical fatigue and mental fatigue. Unlike being tired, fatigue is rarely resolved with rest or sleep. For many, fatigue significantly affects their daily activities, including the ability to work and spend time with friends and family. Fatigue can lead to depression and diminished quality of life. It may be because the immune system is working all the time constantly putting a drain on the body. Whatever the case may be the result is debilitating and can severely impact the persons quality of life.
To help boost your energy levels and overall health:
Practice healthy eating habits
Get enough sleep
Avoid a work or social schedule that’s overly demanding
Take part in relaxing activities, such as yoga
Abstain from alcohol, tobacco, and other illicit drugs
Green Tea is good for you and has a dose of caffeine
These lifestyle changes may help ease your fatigue. Talk to your doctor, If left untreated, fatigue can take a toll on your physical and emotional well-being. Talk to others who have autoimmune conditions as they understand.