An article by Adrienne Dellwo in About Health.
A morning shower — it helps you start the day invigorated and refreshed, right? Um, no, not so much for many of us. A shower seems like a basic, simple thing, but it can pose major problems for someone with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome.
I’ve seen a lot of comments here about how exhausting a shower can be. Why would a shower make us tired, sometimes even wiping us out for the rest of the day?
Several of our physiological abnormalities could be playing into it.
- Exertion: Especially for those with chronic fatigue syndrome, even small amounts of exertion can be too much. A shower takes more energy than we tend to recognize — you’re standing the whole time, doing a fair amount of bending, stretching and reaching, and vigorously lathering up your head and body. When you consider that we often have to start an “exercise” routine with 2 repetitions of a simple movement, you can see how much work showering can be.
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