Aspects to consider chronic fatigue

Written by: Dr. Javier Carbone Campoverde
Edited by: Anna Raventós Rodríguez

During more than 20 years I've been attending different types of immune - based diseases I could show that the extreme fatigue can affect patients, which greatly limits the development of a normal life.

Patients with primary and secondary immunodeficiencies not well controlled often have recurrent infections and inflammatory processes that can be associated with a state of chronic fatigue. Often patients are well controlled, such as patients with antibody deficiency receiving infusions of gamma globulin, relate that they "give life", "give them strength" and that when they approach the days of his next "chute defenses "begin to experience fatigue.

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Fatigue is a very common symptom in patients with autoimmune diseases such as lupus, Sjogren's syndrome (Syndrome Seco), polymyositis, vasculitis, anti - phospholipid syndrome, autoimmune glandular poly syndromes, celiac disease, Crohn's disease , autoimmune hepatitis, etc.. Clinical process stability control helps a lot to fatigue. However, in some cases it persists and is difficult to correct.

Patients with allergic diseases such as asthma or atopic dermatitis also complain of excessive fatigue, especially during periods of disease activity.

People suffering from other diseases with immune component such as those with fibromyalgia, hidrosadenitis or psoriasis equally frequently afflicting this nuisance.

Of course, this is a defining symptom of some diseases like chronic fatigue syndrome, an increasingly diagnosed disease who do not yet know good from the point of view of the mechanisms that lead to chronic disabling fatigue.


Treatment of chronic fatigue

Chronic fatigue management requires a multidisciplinary and comprehensive approach to the various pathologies that usually have it as a problem.

It will be important to control the activity of the underlying disease. It is also important adequate psychological support especially in cases of chronic and recurring processes. We will have to mobilize all personal resources to address this situation. Participation and patient training in self-care activities is essential. In addition, a balanced and proper diet and adequate physical exercise to the limitations have also. an adaptation to the development of normal business activity may be required, when possible.

In many cases this multidisciplinary approach helps the patient to recover a normal life, which is one of the main objectives to be achieved and not only control the disease.

The important thing is to go to immunologist at the first signs.



*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Javier Carbone Campoverde

Dr. Carbone is an expert in different immunological diseases including primary and secondary immunodeficiencies, repeat abortions and autoimmune diseases. Specialist in Clinical Immunology responsible for Outpatient and Hospitalized Consultations in the Immunology Service of the Gregorio Marañón Hospital in Madrid. Doctor of Medicine with 25 years of specific training in Clinical Immunology in Spain, England and the United States.

Head of the Immunology Unit at the Santa Elena Clinic in Madrid. Account with External Consultation and Day Hospital for the administration of Immunological Therapies.

Dr. Carbone was the first specialist in Clinical Immunology in Spain who was specifically hired to carry out a Hospital Clinical Immunology Unit of national reference for the direct care of patients.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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