Comparing Tiredness and Chronic Fatigue

Tired vs chronic fatigue how to explain

It can be incredibly challenging for Lymies to verbalize the intensity of the chronic fatigue they live with each day to their loved ones. The problem stems from the fact that the people listening to them tend to confuse chronic fatigue with normal tiredness. However, as anyone suffering from chronic fatigue knows, there is a vast difference between the tiredness people feel after a long week of work and the debilitating fatigue an individual who suffers from chronic Lyme disease experiences daily.

Many studies report that chronic fatigue is one of the most commonly experienced Lyme disease symptoms. About 80 percent of those Lyme patients surveyed said that they consider fatigue to be the most severe symptom they experience daily. With such a strong prevalence amongst those who suffer from Lyme, it is crucial for the people around them to understand the differences between tiredness and fatigue. Here are a few ways Lyme disease patients can better explain their plight to those around them:

Normal Tiredness:

Everyone has experienced normal tiredness at some point in their life. Whether it was because of a hard day at the gym, a long week of work, or a day full of traveling, everyone gets tired at some point. Sometimes we feel more tired than other times, so we say that we feel exhausted or completely “fatigued.” Those kinds of statements, however, are inaccurate.

One of the most important characteristics of normal tiredness is that it can be alleviated by simply getting some rest. Dr. Karin Olsen, a Canadian researcher studying fatigue, explains that individuals who are simply tired still have a fair bit of energy, but maybe a little more forgetful than usual. Dr. Olsen continues to say that they may also feel gradual heaviness or slightly weaker than normal. Still, again, this can easily be alleviated with rest, a little caffeine, or even a quick exercise.


Fatigue, on the other hand, is much more intense. Individuals who suffer from any sort of continued fatigue struggle with intense difficulty managing their concentration and anxiety. These people will also see a gradual, yet significant, decrease in their stamina along with increased sensitivity to light and sleeplessness. As a result, they often slowly withdraw from social events and family time as their fatigue grows stronger.

Fatigue, when experienced as a symptom of Lyme disease or any other chronic illness, can be described as being “sick-tired.” For individuals fighting chronic illness, fatigue is similar to constant, crippling, flu-like exhaustion. As debilitating as the flu can be, people fighting chronic illness must battle that level of exhaustion every day for weeks, months, and sometimes even years. The fatigue gets so bad that their muscles and joints are not only chronically sore, but on some days, they won’t even function.

The individuals suffering from chronic fatigue wake up feeling shackled to their beds because of how fatigued their bodies feel. Sometimes just picking their head up from the pillow or reaching for their phone can be a task. Some say that it used to be an excellent day for them if they even had the energy to put their makeup on.

So, what do you do if your adrenals aren’t functioning as they should, causing your nervous system to go so haywire that you suffer from daily, chronic fatigue?

This is precisely the crossroads many patients find themselves at before they come to Sponaugle Wellness. They know something is wrong, but no matter how many doctors they visit, there seems to be no solution. Some patients may be prescribed an antibiotic to fight some infection, and others might be prescribed a stimulant, but that only tricks the body into thinking it has more energy than it does. Either way, patients still find themselves worn out and even more sickly months later.

At Sponaugle Wellness, Dr. Rick Sponaugle uses his expert knowledge of brain science and ground-breaking discoveries in the medical field, to reach a more precise diagnosis through quality forensic medicine. He does so by performing analysis and studying the correlation of approximately 400 numerical biomarkers. This extensive evaluation enables Dr. Sponaugle to diagnose the underlying cause of his patients’ illnesses.

As Dr. Sponaugle famously discovered, toxin-induced suppression of killer cells and antibodies prevents many patients from killing tick-borne and mosquito-borne infections such as Lyme disease, Bartonella, Babesia, and Protomyxoa Rheumatica. Subsequently, the lipophilic biotoxins produced by these bacterial and parasitic infections further increases the toxic load in patients who are already suffering from environmental toxins.

By utilizing specialized intravenous neurological protocols to detoxify the brain of Lyme disease treatment patients, Sponaugle Wellness can dramatically increase the brain activity of their patients. Then, by reversing the toxin-induced reduction of brain activity in chronically ill patients, the patient’s slow and ineffective immune system triggers. It then begins to effectively kill the Lyme spirochetes that the immune system struggled with for so many years, causing the patient’s intense fatigue symptoms.

At the end of the day, fatigue can be debilitating when your body is completely drained from ineffectively fighting off diseases and infections, which are a result of conditions such as chronic Lyme disease, mold toxicity, and industrial toxicity. While many doctors fail to fix the underlying issues effectively, Dr. Sponaugle looks at the whole picture to create a comprehensive treatment protocol, built on a patient-by-patient basis. Sponaugle Wellness can use their expertise in this unique area of medicine to help patients finally regain the energy that’s been so evasive for years. It is one of Dr. Sponaugle’s many missions, to make it so that tasks like putting on your makeup or having a meal with your family, won’t take a whole day’s energy anymore.

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2 thoughts on “Comparing Tiredness and Chronic Fatigue”

  1. Avatar for Signe

    Has anyone been treated successfully for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis without Lyme sequelae as part of the illness picture?

    I find that many treatments that help Lyme do not help my severe ME.

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