The Fatigue Trap

The fatigue trapSymptoms of fatigue  are often surrounded by many other non specific symptoms.  These can lead to confusion for the sufferer and their doctor. For the fatigued patient, multiple symptoms often remain unexplained by their doctor which in itself can lead to increased anxiety. This can contribute to a waining quality of life experienced.

For the doctor, gaining the full history of these symptoms often prolong consultations and frequently does not help and the fatigue trap occurs.

During the last 2 decades a number of changes in healthcare have occurred that have led to a treatment gap in modern medical care.

Sophistication in healthcare is improving, treatmemt of many diseases has improved and yet overall quality of life in our society has not improved significantly as a result.

When standard tests do not provide a clear diagnosis, healthcare professionals become impotent. The cultural norm in modern healthcare is set to dismiss unexplained fatigue.

It is very clear that people who suffer from symptoms centring around chronic fatigue, which results in impaired well-being, have an illness. However this seems to remain largely hidden and ignored by our current “modern” healthcare system. Many healthcare professionals and people within the general population alike are questioning why modern healthcare providers fail to validate the existence of illness in people with these symptoms.

Most people with prolonged fatigue would like to understand the cause of their illness. There are currently no answers based on scientific evidence to explain the reasons or underlying cause behind unexplained fatigue and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). However improvement or even recovery with tailored treatment approaches can occur for many people with unexplained fatigue and CFS.

Fatigue control can be more achievable than most people think, with techniques involving lifestyle and nutritional focus and detecting and treating additional medical conditions. Early treatment is also helpful. Untreated fatigue can result in an ongoing gradual decline health and well-being  Only 5% people with CFS manage a full recovery without intervention.

 

Dr Annice Mukherjee, Hormone Consultant & Fatigue Expert