Tired All the Time: Sinusitis and Chronic Fatigue

sinusitis and chronic fatigueWe have all experienced fatigue.  Between long work hours and the demands of family, many find themselves exhausted at the end of each day.  However, the pace of modern life may not always be to blame.  If you are having symptoms such as feeling exhausted after walking two blocks, having chronic sore throats and muscle pain, or feeling heavy and sluggish rather than rested after a night’s sleep, you may be experiencing chronic fatigue.

Chronic fatigue syndrome disrupts work and family life for hundreds of thousands of people. The causes of chronic fatigue remain a mystery, but some research suggests that for many sufferers the answer may be right under, or more accurately inside, their noses. People who suffer from sinusitis often list chronic fatigue as one of their most troubling symptoms, equal to facial pain and a blocked nose.  If you have symptoms of chronic fatigue, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you have a history of sinusitis?
  • Do you feel facial pressure or have frontal headaches?
  • Do you have unexplained body pain?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, it may be time to explore sinus treatment. For those who have been living with symptoms of chronic fatigue for years, sinus surgery options may offer much needed relief.  Procedures such as balloon sinuplasty are minimally invasive and have a quick recovery period.  A study in 2008 showed marked improvement in chronic fatigue patients following sinus surgery. Patients who reported fatigue before surgery said their energy had returned to normal levels an average of one year later. If you’re tired of being tired, we may be able to help. Give our office a call for more information and treatment options.

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