Endometriosis can cause severe exhaustion and tiredness and this issue is very common for most sufferers at some time. It is one of the symptoms of the disease that is so often over-looked by doctors.
Tiredness with long term illness is a symptom has many causes which can come and go at different times, or for some endometriosis sufferers it can be constant and totally debilitating.
For most women the only way to escape or cope with the tiredness and exhaustion is to sleep.
Here are a few simple coping strategies to help you overcome the symptom of constant fatigue
Tiredness is a key signal from your body that it is trying to deal with an imbalance in health. When we have a virus like the flu we can feel very drained.
It is nature’s way of making us stop, so that we rest up and let the body deal with whatever is wrong with our health. We need that energy for healing, for cell repair, wound healing, killing viruses, and to repair the body.
I do think that many of us in the West are dehydrated and we do not drink enough water. This can easily lead to fatigue. There are many healing benefits to water and if we do not get enough we start to feel sluggish and lethargic. DRINKING MORE WATER will be a good start to regaining some energy.
Just trying to cope with long-term illness
Many of you will be suffering from the tiredness that comes from the sheer slog, of trying to cope over a long period of time with a debilitating illness. This is natural. You need to do things that distract you, focus you, and put your concentration outside of yourself.
I used to do this with gardening, and potter around for a few hours. It can be hard to do, but usually the hardest part is just starting. Once you have started then the brain chemicals kick in and you can get lost in the activity.
Undertaking a detox can help to reduce the tiredness symptoms. The more you detox your body and get rid of the toxins that are taxing your system, the quicker you will feel the benefits; gradually you will start to regain some energy. Some of the drug therapy for endometriosis can have side-effects that cause tiredness.
You have the choice as to whether you continue with the drug therapy route, or whether to cleanse your system of all the drugs and toxins; you will then stand a better chance to feel normal, because your body will be more normal and in natural balance.
Boredom can make us tired. When life puts us in a certain situation, and things becomes repetitive or dull or boring, that is when the tiredness drapes over us, like a cloud of dullness; a fog that makes us drowsy; and all we want to do is go to sleep. Even if you are not feeling up to it, go out and do something completely different - break the cycle. It may just help.
Depression can also make you feel tired, and for this you need to do lots of positive things. Depression is common amongst endometriosis sufferers, and I know why, I have been there. It is not down to one thing. It is the whole package that goes with the territory of having endometriosis.
Your life feels totally out of control. So you need to do things that put you back on course. You may not go steaming ahead, but again, just starting on that course builds you up for the next stage and then the next and so on.
It is well known that exercise helps with tiredness and depression because of the release of endorphins by the brain - those hormones responsible for the 'feel good' factor.
Undertaking exercise can be really hard for many endo girls due to pain or the pain and exhaustion combination. Personally, I used to literally force myself to at least go for a short walk when I had endometriosis, except on my worst days.
Some days this was very difficult and I often felt like I was 'swimming in treacle', and felt I could hardly take another step. But I would walk as far as I could manage and then return home. But I always felt better both physically, and emotionally. I felt the benefit of knowing that endometriosis had not beaten me yet again.
There have been many women who have reported that one of the unexpected benefits of following a healthy nutritious diet that is geared to help with the symptoms of endometriosis, are also finding that they have great improvement in their energy levels.
There are many levels of health benefits that can be gained by diet - reduce symptoms, tackle Candida, help with IBS, reduce weight, detox from past drug intake and toxic chemical over-load, reduce estrogen dominance, cleans the liver (the hardest working detox organ in the body), and even improved eyesight and complexion.
There is lots of advice about nutrition on the 'Diet' page - which is a good starting point.
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