Do you ever feel utterly exhausted? Perhaps you feel like falling asleep on your feet right now? If so, you are not alone! One in four people complains of feeling tired all the time, and finds it hard to maintain a normal lifestyle as a result.
‘Doctor, I feel tired all the time’ is the single most common complaint presented by patients to their doctors. In studies in the UK and the USA, up to twenty per cent of men, and thirty per cent of women identified themselves as having the complaint.
Unfortunately, because fatigue is such a common problem and is sometimes caused by psychological factors, the complaint may not be taken seriously and the patient seeking help may be too easily dismissed.
Feeling Tired All the Time has been written for the layperson. In it, Dr Fitzgibbon explains the common and treatable causes of fatigue. Using the most up-to-date research and information available, he aims primarily to help people identify the cause of their tiredness, and specifically to help them distinguish between ‘ME’ (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) and other possible causes. Dr Fitzgibbon strongly refutes the notion that nothing can be done to help the fatigued.
Each section in the book provides checklists which help the reader to recognise the conditions that might apply to them, together with a sensible and practical approach to treatment. The text is generously complemented by real-life case histories taken from the author’s personal experience. A directory of support organisations is also included.
Feeling Tired All the Time: Table of ContentsIntroduction
SECTION 1. Putting Fatigue in Context
The Complex Problem of FatigueNormal Energy Levels
SECTION 2. The Most Common Causes of Fatigue
I. Psychological and Psychiatric Explanations of Fatigue
Social Attitudes to Psychological DistressStressDepressionAnxiety Panic and PhobiaHysteria and Hypochondriasis
II. Physical Explanations of Fatigue
Fatigue as a Symptom of Physical Disease
SECTION 3. Forgotten Causes of Fatigue
I. Fatigue and Sleep
Normal Sleep Pattern and Sleep RequirementsChronic Sleep DeprivationSleep Disorders
II. Fatigue and Diet
Diet, Mood and EnergyOverweight and ObesityNutritional DeficiencyFood Allergy and IntoleranceCaffeineHypoglycaemia – Low Blood Sugar
III. Fatigue and germs
The Truth about CandidaParasites, Bacteria and Viruses
IV. Fatigue and Chemicals
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Syndrome
SECTION 4. Chronic Debilitating Fatigue
FibromyalgiaChronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME) From Controversy to Consensus in CFSAssessing the Impact of Chronic FatigueThe Treatment of Chronic Fatigue
Appendix 1. An Effective Treatment for Allergy
Appendix 2. Useful Addresses