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    Health    Fatigue
    Also called: Tiredness, Weariness

    Everyone feels tired now and then. Sometimes you may just want to stay in bed. But, after a good night's sleep, most people feel refreshed and ready to face a new day. If you continue to feel tired for weeks, it's time to see your doctor. He or she may be able to help you find out what's causing your fatigue and recommend ways to relieve it.

    Fatigue itself is not a disease. Medical problems, treatments, and personal habits can add to fatigue. These include

    • Taking certain medicines, such as antidepressants, antihistamines, and medicines for nausea and pain
    • Having medical treatments, like chemotherapy and radiation
    • Recovering from major surgery
    • Anxiety, stress, or depression
    • Staying up too late
    • Drinking too much alcohol or too many caffeinated drinks
    • Pregnancy

    One disorder that causes extreme fatigue is chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). This fatigue is not the kind of tired feeling that goes away after you rest. Instead, it lasts a long time and limits your ability to do ordinary daily activities.

    NIH: National Institute on Aging

    Symptoms of Fatigue

    The following features are indicative of Fatigue:
    • feeling of tiredness
    • lack of energy
    References: 1, 2

    Common Causes of Fatigue

    The following are the most common causes of Fatigue:
    • anemia
    • use of alcohol
    • mental stress
    • jet lag or active recreation
    • depression
    • lack of sleep
    References: 1, 2

    Other Causes of Fatigue

    The following are the less common causes of Fatigue:
    • poisoning
    • vitamin or mineral deficiencies
    • chronic blood loss
    • autoimmune diseases
    • cancer
    • chronic fatigue syndrome
    • drug and alcohol abuse
    • depression
    • eating disorders
    • endocrine diseases
    • fibromyalgia
    • Gulf War syndrome
    • heart disease
    • HIV
    • inborn errors of metabolism
    • infectious diseases
    • irritable bowel syndrome
    • leukemia
    • liver failure
    • lyme disease
    • neurological disorders
    • physical trauma
    • sleep deprivation
    • spring fever
    • stroke
    • uremia
    References: 1, 2

    Risk Factors of Fatigue

    The following factors may increase the likelihood of Fatigue:
    • physical activity
    • emotional stress
    • boredom
    • lack of sleep

    Prevention of Fatigue

    Yes, it may be possible to prevent Fatigue. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
    • get enough sleep every night
    • eat a healthy and well-balanced diet
    • drink plenty of water
    • exercise regularly
    • change or reduce your stressors
    • avoid alcohol, drug and nicotine use
    References: 2

    Occurrence of Fatigue.

    Degree of Occurrence

    The following are number of Fatigue cases seen each year worldwide:
    • Very common > 10 Million cases

    Common Age Group

    Fatigue most commonly occurs in the following age group:
    • Can happen at any age

    Common Gender

    Fatigue most commonly occurs in the following gender:
    • Not gender specific
    References: 1

    Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Fatigue

    The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Fatigue:
    • Physical exam: To diagnose fatigue
    • Blood tests: To check for anemia or infection
    • Urinalysis: To detect the signs of diabetes or liver disease
    References: 1, 2

    Doctor for Diagnosis of Fatigue:

    Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Fatigue:
    • Primary health care provider

    Complications of Fatigue if Untreated

    It is not know if Fatigue causes complications if left untreated.

    Self-care for Fatigue

    The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Fatigue:
    • Avoid excessive physical activity: Lowers fatigue
    • Adopt healthy eating habits: Reduces the chances of fatigue
    References: 3

    Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Fatigue

    The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Fatigue:
    • Do yoga or meditation: Relaxes your body and reduces fatigue
    References: 2

    Patient Support for Treatment of Fatigue

    The following actions may help Fatigue patients:
    • Talking with a counselor: Helps in lowering fatigue
    References: 4

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    1. Wikipedia Fatigue (medical) - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
    2. MedlinePlus Fatigue - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
    3. Mayo Clinic Fatigue - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
    4. American Society of Clinical Oncology Fatigue - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
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    This page was last updated on 8/07/2018.
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