Lack of energy in adults

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By the term “loss of energy” we usually refer to a state of pronounced fatigue, when there is no desire to get out of bed and do something. However, this concept is also applicable in medicine – it is a physiological or pathological condition in which muscle strength decreases, motor activity sharply decreases or almost completely stops. A person feels constant drowsiness, even if he slept well, and gets tired very quickly.

Of course, this also happens in the norm if you did not sleep for several nights, closing another project, preparing for a session, or doing repairs. But if the breakdown is not associated with overwork, does not go away after a good rest, and the complaints last more than 6 months, it’s time to worry. You may have what’s called chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

Usually, a sharp decline in strength in adults is formed after severe psycho-emotional overload, against the background of a constant lack of vitamins, nutrients, and constant hard physical labor. In addition, such complaints can arise if there are problems with the nervous system, you have suffered a serious infectious disease (for example, a severe coronavirus). Such complaints are possible with lesions of the thyroid gland, against the background of a weakened immune system.

Causes of loss of strength in adults
Allocate as a physiological breakdown caused by certain external influences, and pathological.

Physiological breakdown. If we mean a breakdown due to physiological processes, then most often the reason lies in overwork – both the physical body and our psyche. Everything has its own resource and margin of safety, and the body can not always cope with the loads that have piled on it – shocks, constant worries, pressure at work. By the way, “white collars” are the most vulnerable, like successful people, where responsibility for others and utmost concentration are needed. Often, a complete loss of strength in an adult can be preceded by certain triggers, some circumstances against the background of experiencing mental trauma or stress. This is, for example, a party with an excess of alcohol, cigarettes, which have become the last straw in the suffering of the body. Taking certain medications (tranquilizers, antidepressants) can lead to a breakdown, especially if we drink them without the supervision of a doctor or not following the prescribed regimen.

If, against the background of hard work or moral overload, we also do not eat well, do not get the necessary vitamins, freeze on the street, or do not sleep, often wake up at night – the body fails.

What else can lead to a breakdown or worsen its course?

Staying in a stuffy office, where there is little oxygen, constant sitting at the table, lack of ordinary drinking water, provoking dehydration. Plus, office workers suffer from a banal lack of sunlight and vitamin D, and women over 40 suffer from premenopausal hormonal imbalances. All this in combination or several factors individually depletes our body and soul, provoking a breakdown.

The state gradually returns to normal in the field of good rest, change of environment, physiotherapy.

We can roughly determine when we felt the physiological breakdown and how long it lasts.

Pathological breakdown. If we are talking about pathological fatigue with a sharp decline in strength, then these may be external manifestations of serious health problems. It is important to check if there is a sluggish infection in the body, food poisoning, or fungal pathologies.

In addition, a lack of energy can be a kind of “beacon” of anemia with iron deficiency, heart problems, especially chronic ones, as well as kidney and liver pathologies.

Endocrine disorders, a sharp inhibition of metabolism, blood problems, tumors, and head injuries, vascular lesions with atherosclerosis, bleeding, rheumatism can lead to a decline in strength.

With a pathological breakdown, a person, as a rule, cannot determine what caused him and at what point it began. A state of powerlessness – both on the part of the body, and on the part of the psyche, in this case, begins in the morning and lasts the whole day, gradually the manifestations become more and more difficult, and cold, lack of sleep, or stress intensifies the feeling of loss of strength. Sometimes a person literally cannot get out of bed and need specialized help.

Symptoms of loss of strength in adults
Most often, what we call a breakdown, including muscle weakness, can begin at the same time as colds or other infections or illnesses. But with all this, headache, general weakness, depressive thoughts, and general fatigue does not go away for 3 to 4 weeks or longer, it can be observed up to six months. Against the background of a decline in strength, we feel physically broken and morally exhausted, constantly tired. There is a desire to rest, just starting to do something, there is no desire to work.

Also, against the background of a decline in strength, cognitive function can be impaired – memory suffers, including for simple events, faces and numbers, perception is impaired, it becomes very difficult to concentrate on important tasks, muscle tone is weakened, which leads to difficulties in movement. Muscle aches or joint pain may occur. In addition, patients have a number of other complaints – the heart often beats (tachycardia), the mucous membranes of the eyes can dry out, which leads to vision problems. Some suffer from temperature fluctuations – from low to high, dizziness and headaches are typical, excruciating phobias may occur (especially fear of death or serious illness).

Additional manifestations with a loss of strength largely depend on the condition that caused the problem.

What to do with a breakdown in adults at home?
If you feel a breakdown after hard physical labor, overwork, serious nervous tension, shock, or breakdown, the most correct thing to do is to give yourself time to rest, moreover, full time, sometimes with a change of scenery, with a stay in a sanatorium. It is imperative to establish a night’s sleep, as well as tidy up the entire daily routine, including work and rest hours.

If the loss of strength is quite pronounced, it is worth delegating your responsibilities, which require emotional and mental stress, and adding fortified foods, especially fruits and vegetables, to the diet. Walking and being in nature, meditation can help in returning to normal.

If the breakdown is pathological, you need to consult a doctor – a neurologist or therapist. Of course, it is imperative to treat those conditions that provoke the problem. Plus, you may need drugs that help in restoring energy levels – B complex vitamins, drugs with a stimulating effect. Physical therapy courses, massage sessions, physiotherapy exercises can help.


2 thoughts on “Lack of energy in adults”

  1. I will be 70 in October. Keep active, mind, body and spirit and remember that you are a whole person. All of you needs exercise, not just your body. Your mind needs stimulation as well. And your spirit needs tending also. Do all this, and you have no time to be tired.

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