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Motivation and ME/CFS

Discussion in 'Cognition' started by Hip, Jul 23, 2013.

  1. SOC

    SOC Back to work (easy, part-time work)

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    I suppose not. :) Looks like we just need to dump the word from the name entirely. I'll take Chronic Syndrome over Chronic Fatigue Syndrome any day. ;) I mean, heck, I've got chronic all kinds of things -- chronic immune dysfunction, chronic autonomic dysfunction, chronic infections -- I'm just all around chronic. ;)

    My impression of the word "fatigue" as it applies to ME/CFS is more consistent with this definition from The Free Dictionary than "lack of energy and motivation". I particularly like the Physiology definition.

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  2. MeSci

    MeSci Activity level: 6

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    Yes, that's better. I don't rely on generic search engines for definitions (or anything else - I look for reputable sources, which generic search engines can sometimes find). They can just throw up common misconceptions. But I expected better of MedlinePlus!
  3. Hip

    Hip Senior Member

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    I think it just means that some people use the term fatigue to mean lack of energy and motivation.

    If you look at the Wikipedia article on fatigue (in the medical sense), there is no mention of loss of motivation occurring in connection with fatigue. So definitions vary.


    Just came across another ME/CFS patient who talks about the "crushing lack of motivation that accompanies CFS" — see her blog article here. So it would appear that some ME/CFS patients can relate to low motivation symptoms.
  4. taniaaust1

    taniaaust1 Senior Member

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    I have both kinds of fatigue which can go on.. I dont know why it can vary so much for me. I can have extreme fatigue and feel highly movitated still or even "wired" (which is very annoying when I feel like that as Im sooo much wanting to do things and find I still cant.. usually will fall over or start to accidentally injure myself in other ways or start dropping things everywhere the moment I try, so have no choice but to force myself to stay in bed or just sit or things become disasterous eg oven burns etc).

    other times I get the fatigue and have my motivation missing too. I think with the last one, I may be suffering more mental fatigue along witth the physcial fatigue.

    Im an A personality and often can be too motivated in doing things (which does cause me then issues.. guess who was painting cupboards yesterday as they didnt match a room (I still have a sore toe where i dropped a drawer i was painting on my foot due to I shouldnt have probably been doing that).
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    Firestormm Content Team Lead

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    Before I go and rest on the couch - not through lack of motivation to do more - but because I am a realistic and accepting buggar these days; I had a quick flick through the thread thus far and seem not to have found any definition of motivation.

    Lots about motivation maybe being associated with fatigue; but not of motivation itself. Seemed a little odd - so I wondered if we are all thinking the same about what motivation is considered to be; what it is defined as; indeed how it is defined.

    Anyway, here's the definition from the Wonderful World of Wiki :balloons:

    So. I am motivated to rest now because I know that I need to in order to better manage my health restrictions and maximise my wellbeing. Catch you all later dudes and dudettes :)
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