Crashing fatigue disproportionately impacts women going though menopause. Crashing fatigue can make people feel completely exhausted and lacking energy even if they haven't done a great deal of physical exertion. If not addressed properly, crashing fatigue can adversely affect a person's quality of life. Understanding crashing fatigue during menopause will help women manage it in an effective manner.
Understanding Crashing Fatigue during Menopause
Crashing fatigue during menopause is a debilitating and complex disorder that causes body exhaustion and extremely poor stamina. It is a chronic and overwhelming feeling of tiredness that is not relieved by bed rest, but is easily worsened by physical or mental activity. Not very much research has been done on crashing fatigue, but it is connected to fatigue in general and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
Chronic fatigue syndrome is a very similar condition, but it has no easily identifiable cause. However, women are much more likely to get it then men, and it is most common in women in their 40's and 50's. This means that chronic fatigue syndrome disproportionately affects menopausal women.
Signs of crashing fatigue
These are the most commonly spotted "red flags" for menopausal crashing fatigue:
- Sudden feeling of fatigue
- Tiredness during the day
- Feeling of exhaustion
- Depression and irritability
- Loss of appetite
- Lack of concentration
- The need to nap at unusual times
- Inability to focus or feel engaged
What Causes Crashing Fatigue during Menopause?
Feelings of tiredness and fatigue are commonly reported symptoms of menopause. It is hard to know if symptoms like tiredness, crashing fatigue, and fatigue in general are caused directly by hormonal fluctuations during menopause. This is because these symptoms have been other causes including stress, psychological issues, underlying medical conditions, and lifestyle habits.
Non-hormonal Causes for Crashing Fatigue during Menopause
Stress is a major risk factor for chronic fatigue syndrome. Fatigue in general can also be brought on by psychological conditions such as anxiety, depression, or grief.
Underlying medical conditions such as anemia, thyroid problems, obesity, sleep apnea, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and liver or kidney problems can also lead crashing fatigue.
Crashing fatigue and fatigue in general can be caused by lifestyle choices. This includes alcohol abuse or use, caffeine consumption, inactivity, lack of sleep, or unhealthy eating habits.
Hormonal Cause for Crashing Fatigue during Menopause
Estrogen hormones may have an effect on crashing fatigue during menopause because they regulate the level of cortisol (the hormone responsible for tiredness). If estrogen level drops cortisol is uncontrolled and this leads to crashing fatigue during menopause. It is important to talk to your doctor about your symptoms so you are able to get the treatment that is right for you. There are different treatments for fatigue during menopause. Click on one of the following articles to find out more.