Weakness and fatigue
Weakness – weakness is often described as a loss of physical strength, with the feeling that extra effort is required to move, but patients and weakness interchangeably.” When due to fatigue, the weakness, is usually perceived as generalized, but the profound muscle loss that can occur in cachexia also will cause a generalized weakness is invariably due to neurological lesions.
Fatigue – in contrast, fatigue is perceived by patients as more severe and persistent than tiredness. It can be accompanied by a lack of energy, exhaustion, restlessness. Boredom, lack of interest in activities, weakness, dyspnoea, pain, altered taste and itching. The concept of fatigue seems to be a combination of physical sensations, affective sensations such as lack of interest, irritability, and cognitive sensations e.g. loss of concentration. Although fatigue is different to drowsiness or weakness.
Causes of weakness and fatigue
- Myasthenia gravis
- Guillian-Barr syndrome
- Impaired electrolytes balance in the body
- Sleep disorder
- Eating disorders
- Addison’s disease
- Sexual excess
- Abuse of alcohol or tobacco
- Over exertion
- Overuse of certain medications
- Liver disorder
- Renal disorders
- Constant joints pain
Homeopathic treatment of weakness and fatigue
Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat weakness and fatigue but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available to treat weakness and fatigue that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensations and modalities of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. There are following remedies which are helpful in the treatment of weakness and fatigue:
Acetic acid – great debility, intense thirst; great uneasiness due to ulcers in stomach
Anacardium – great nervous debility; weakness of all senses; rapid loss of memory; loss of sleep; prostration after seminal emission
Ambra gresia – great prostration and weakness; loss of muscular power; impaired memory; impotence; long continued fatigue after lingering fever.
Arnica Montana – general weakness and fatigue with sleeplessness; bruised feeling all over; must lie down; slowness of thinking.
Arsenic album – great debility and prostration; patient is too weak to move; physical weakness is associated with mental restlessness; patient is very fastidious; he is so weary that he cannot even sleep.
Baptesia – weak feeling as if recovering from an illness; no desire for to do anything; parts rested on feel very painful.
China – weakness and fatigue from loss of animal fluids or after severe exhausting disease; paralytic weakness of the affected parts; weakness with excessive irritability and sensibility; patient is very sensitive to draughts of air.
Cimicifuga – great debility between the menses; exhausted feeling in students; Atony in nervous and muscular system.
Coca – nervous depression, due to overwork, after exhausting disease; sexual excess; mental worry; find himself unable to do any exertion; ailments after abuse of tobacco; loss of energy; inclination to sleep with constant weariness.
Cocculus – bad effects after sleep and mental excitement; weakness with trembling; slight exertion causes prose sweat all over the body; amelioration from lying down.
Coffea – great mental and physical exertion; general debility; fainting from sudden emotions; patient is oversensitive to pain.
Ferrum met – great weakness and lethargy due to anemia; weakness due to faulty nutrition and assimilation; weakness of muscles or muscular system easily exhausted from slight exertion; fainting attacks due to marked debility.
Phosphorous – great prostration due to exhausted nervous system; after sudden shock or blow.
Phosphoric acid – nervous debility from loss of seminal fluid; from exhausting illness; weakness of back and lags, finds himself unable to walk; burning in spine; dizziness as if he would fall down.
Selenium – great nervous debility and exhaustion from severe acute diseases, inability to perform any kind of physical or mental work; debility after sexual excess; mental and physical weakness is aggravated in hot weather; amelioration from sleep.
Veretrum album – great weakness and prostration after loss of vital fluids; after cholera; muscular and nervous debility with blue hands and cold feet
Zincum met – it is an excellent remedy for exhaustion of brain.