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Going to the Extreme With Fatigue

By Stephen R. Farris

It's early afternoon and you still have a few hours before it's time to punch the clock and head home. Even though you started the day full of energy, there's a sudden onset of fatigue and all you feel like doing is laying your head on the desk and catching a few winks. 

It's something you've experienced before, but this time it feels different. You feel a little dizzy when standing up, your stomach is churning and you feel nauseated. Your brain feels a foggy. All you want to do at this moment is to crawl back into bed and sleep for days.

So what might be causing this fatigue attack and why does it you feel so bad? It could be a case of POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome). 

What Is It?

It's difficult to pinpoint exactly what it is or how it affects certain genders and age groups, but research has narrowed it to the relationship of a group of symptoms (such as a few that were mentioned above) from dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system. Simply put, a loss of communication between the brain and your cardiovascular system.

What Are Other Symptoms Associated With POTS?

Besides dizziness, nausea and brain fog, other symptoms could be lightheadedness, fainting, muscle cramps and pain, shakiness, headaches, excessive sweating and some suffers have even mentioned having heart palpitations

Who Does It Affect?

POTS is commonly to happen to women more than men, usually in teens and young adults, but not limited to that age group. It has been shown to affect nearly 3 million people in the United States alone. However, it can be misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, ADHD, irritable bowel syndrome or anxiety disorder to name just a few. 

Can It Be Treated?

Not to the point where it disappears forever, but there are a few measures you can take to like exercise, although it may not help in every situation. However, it's best to consult with your physician or chiropractor before trying to self diagnose your condition. Even though there are many remedies available on the internet, it's think advised to seek advice from a medical professional since what works for one person, may make someone else worse..

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Burnsville, Minn.

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