Crashing fatigue is a debilitating and complex disorder experienced as body exhaustion with extremely poor stamina that is not improved by bed rest and that may be worsened by physical or mental activity. In other words, it's an endless overwhelming feeling of tiredness.
The causes of crashing fatigue can be divided into psychological and physical. Psychological aren't as common as physical; in fact, it's normally accepted that physical causes are responsible for crashing fatigue in most women.
Psychological causes for Crashing fatigue
Anxiety and other forms of emotional daily stress, overwork and fatigue can cause crashing fatigue. If these factors are not controlled, they could make you lose emotional stability. Therefore, these could unbalance your body functioning, producing alterations that will lead to crashing fatigue. Usually these cases are temporary and crashing fatigue stops when the stressful time ends.
Physical causes for Crashing fatigue
Estrogen hormones have a definite effect on crashing fatigue since they regulate the level of cortisol (hormone responsible for tiredness). If estrogen level drops, cortisol will be uncontrolled producing to crashing fatigue. This is why maintaining a balanced hormonal level is so important for avoiding and controlling crashing fatigue. Take a look at the following articles, which explains what are the best steps to take for controlling crashing fatigue. Dr. Roby says: "crashing fatigue arises from a hormone imbalance."
Crashing Fatigue is just an indicator of the declination of estrogen hormones that menopause produces. These changes result in a hormonal imbalance in a woman's body and cause Crashing Fatigue. Therefore, the best and most effective way to treat Crashing Fatigue is to control its main cause by balancing hormonal levels.
Three approaches for the treatment of Crashing Fatigue
There are three levels of treatments of Crashing Fatigue:
- (1) Lifestyle Changes,
- (2) Alternative Medicine and
- (3) Drugs and Surgery.
You should always start with the least risky approach (lifestyle changes) and go on to riskier approaches (surgery/drugs) only if necessary.
(1) LIFESTYLE CHANGES
The first level involves no risk but may be the hardest way to go. You'll have to change many habits of your daily life. So if you are considering this approach, you will need a strong mind and a positive thinking for managing these changes.
Nonetheless, techniques for stress reduction (e.g. yoga), a diet rich in estrogenic food (soy, alfalfa, cherries, rice, wheat and yams) or even becoming more fit by doing regular exercises, will have positive effects on the treatment of Crashing Fatigue.
It's not easy to follow up this approach, that's why you might want to consider the next level of treatment, because alternative medicine is an excellent treatment for Crashing Fatigue.
(2) ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Alternative approaches involve little or no risk and can be considered as the safest way to treat Crashing Fatigue. In this level of approach, Herbal remedies are the most effective option.
There are basically two types of herbs to treat Crashing Fatigue during menopause: phytoestrogen and non-estrogenic herbs. Phytoestrogen herbs (e.g. Black Cohosh, Dong Quai) contain plant estrogens. Therefore, these herbs replace the missing estrogen; unfortunately, phytoestrogen herbs produce several side effects (like breast cancer, heart attacks and strokes) as a result from adding hormones from outside.
Unlike phytoestrogen herbs, non-estrogenic herbs don't contain any estrogen. Instead, non-estrogenic herbs nourish your hormonal glands for healthy production of your own natural hormones. This ultimately ends up in balancing overall hormones levels. Due to this, non-estrogenic herbs, like Macafem, can be considered as the safest way of natural treatment for Crashing Fatigue.
Nature & Health magazine. Dr. Chacon says:
A combination of approaches is a good route to take. Lifestyle changes combined with alternative medicine will probably take care of Crashing Fatigue during menopause in a more efficiently way.
(3) DRUGS & SURGERY
Interventions at level 3 involve the highest risk and often the highest costs. The most common drug therapy for the treatment of Crashing Fatigue in the US is hormone replacement therapy (HRT). There's no doubt that this is the quickest and strongest way to combat hormonal imbalance; unfortunately, it entails serious side effects and increases the risk of different cancer types among women.
If you still consider following this approach, take a visit to your physician, and get informed about what this treatment option involves.
Remember that these three levels of approaches are not mutually exclusive. You can use different approaches at different times or combine several at the same time. Nowadays more and more women think that the best treatment for Crashing Fatigue during menopause is accomplished via a combination of healthy lifestyle and alternative treatments.