Why does asthenia occur?
Asthenia is not a disease, but a complex of symptoms that can develop for various reasons. In the international classification of diseases, conditions that can be manifested by asthenic syndrome are most often classified as an emotionally labile disorder or as a fatigue syndrome after a viral infection. It has long been noted that asthenic syndrome occurs after illnesses, often infectious. According to doctors, approximately 65% of the world’s inhabitants are found with manifestations of asthenic syndrome, and women suffer from it more often than men.
A person with asthenic syndrome cannot simply “pull himself together and pull himself together.” He quickly gets tired even from the load, which used to be feasible and familiar. The most ordinary things become difficult for him, and constant mood swings and the inability to concentrate further complicate life. Due to the spread of coronavirus infection and the huge number of recovered cases of asthenia after suffering covid, it is becoming more and more.
It is clear to doctors and scientists that covid is not just a disease that affects the respiratory system. Coronavirus infection affects the entire body as a whole, affecting all organs and systems. Even after the actual recovery, when the virus is not detected in the body, many patients continue to feel unwell. Even those who have had a mild illness or have had no symptoms at all face problems. According to experts, every third patient who has had covid is faced with an asthenic condition. Sleep problems, a drop in productivity, fatigue, the inability to live in the usual rhythm can provoke even more serious disorders – for example, depression, become a trigger that increases anxiety.
But not only covid causes asthenia – a deterioration in well-being can also occur after a severe flu, long-term treatment for another disease, against the background of severe stress and nervous exhaustion.
How to recognize asthenia
As a rule, a person himself begins to notice that something is wrong with him. Despite the fact that the acute phase of an infectious disease is far behind, and the stress does not seem so heavy, patients feel constant fatigue, tension, and anxiety. It is difficult for them to concentrate on things that used to be familiar and easy for them, they note memory problems, complain of depression.
A feature of asthenia is constant, chronic fatigue. If normally the condition improves somewhat after rest, vacation, a pleasant weekend, then with asthenia, fatigue does not disappear anywhere, and the person feels exhausted in the morning. A therapist can help to understand the causes of the appearance of asthenic syndrome. The specialist will analyze the symptoms, identify the causes of their appearance, prescribe examinations and, if necessary, refer them to doctors of other specialties. Among the examinations that may be needed: blood tests, ECG, ultrasound and others. Their list will be individual for each patient.
How is asthenic syndrome treated?
In some cases, asthenic manifestations disappear on their own within a few weeks after the illness. However, the body can be helped – it is important to increase the load gradually, adhere to the sleep and rest regimen, eat a balanced diet, and do not forget about physical activity.
An important step in the fight against asthenic syndrome is the elimination of all the consequences of the disease. To do this, after the illness, it is advisable to undergo an examination to determine exactly how the disease affected the patient. If severe abnormalities are detected, supportive treatment can be prescribed to improve the condition.
You should not self-medicate, as well as try to improve your condition by taking a multivitamin complex. It is best to take care of your health under the supervision of a doctor – such therapy will be more effective.