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It is important to remember that fatigue is actually a symptom and not an actual condition or disease. Everyone feels tired from time to time, especially in the afternoon. Usually this type of fatigue has a specific cause and an easy remedied by rest. However, daily exhaustion that lasts longer or throughout the day and cannot be relieved by sleep or rest is not normal.
There are a multitude of reasons why a person could be fatigued. They can be related to both health conditions as well as lifestyle factors.
Common conditions contributing to fatigue include:
Metabolic/Endocrine related diseases such as: anemia, hypothyroidism, diabetes, kidney disease, liver diseas
Other health issues such as cancer, rheumatology, arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia, obesity, etc.
Common lifestyle issues may include:
Because fatigue is actually a symptom of an underlying condition it is important to note any known conditions which may be causing your fatigue as well as any symptoms that accompany the fatigue.
People who experience any of these symptoms in addition to their fatigue should seek medical help immediately:
People with medical conditions may experience symptoms specific to their condition such as:
Other things to consider:
It is important to find the correct underlying cause of a person’s fatigue in order to treat it correctly. A complete medical history is necessary in order to rule out possible conditions. It is also important to know what other symptoms the patient has as this provide information as to what is causing the fatigue and what organ system is involved. Other pertinent information will be gathered as well such as what time of day a person is fatigued, how long it lasts, does it come on suddenly, etc.
In addition to a physical examination and medical history, your doctor may also order other tests to rule out possible conditions. Blood tests are usually ordered to rule out various diseases or vitamin deficiencies. Diagnostic imaging may also be ordered if your doctor feels it necessary.
Because fatigue, especially chronic fatigue syndrome affects people in many different ways, treatment is customized to a patient’s specific symptoms. At SCU we take a holistic approach to treating fatigue. Through treatment options such as acupuncture, massage and Ayurveda, we aim to help patients reduce stress, improve their sleeping habits and help with lifestyle changes that may help patients suffering from chronic fatigue. SCU may also incorporate yoga and tai chi into a patient’s lifestyle to help with pain that may be associated with chronic fatigue syndrome.