What is it?
Fatigue isn't the same thing as sleepiness, although it's often accompanied by a desire to sleep — and a lack of motivation to do anything else.
In some cases, fatigue is a symptom of an underlying medical problem that requires medical treatment. Most of the time, however, fatigue can be traced to one or more of your habits or routines. Chances are you know what's causing your fatigue. And with a few simple lifestyle changes, it's likely that you have the power to put the vitality back in your life.
Taking a quick inventory of the things that might be responsible for your fatigue is the first step toward relief. Three general areas cause most cases of fatigue:
- Lifestyle problems. Feelings of fatigue often have an obvious cause, such as sleep deprivation, overwork or unhealthy habits.
- Psychological problems. Fatigue is a common symptom of mental health problems, such as depression and grief, and may be accompanied by other signs and symptoms, including irritability and lack of motivation.
- Medical problems. Unrelenting exhaustion may be a sign of an underlying illness, such as a thyroid disorder, heart disease or diabetes.
Common causes of fatigue include:
- Acute liver failure
- Alcohol use or abuse
- Caffeine use
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Depression (major depression)
- Excessive physical activity
- Heart disease
- Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
- Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)
- Chronic kidney failure
- Lack of sleep
- Medications, such as antihistamines, cough and cold remedies, prescription pain medications, heart medications, blood pressure medications, and some antidepressants
- Recovery from major surgery
- Restless legs syndrome
- Sleep apnea
- Type 1 diabetes
- Type 2 diabetes
- Unhealthy eating habits
How do you treat it?
Like any disease, even if there is no cure, there is almost always something you can do to manage it and take control. There are three main areas involved in the treatment of any disease:
How do you live with it?
Certain adjustments may be needed to get on with your life, and often, some simple tips and advice can go a long way to making these changes.
When you come to a Lynch's Pharmacy Clinic, we give you all the necessary information available to make your life more manageable and allow you to better live with your condition.
Fatigue, a comprehensive overview http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/chronic-fatigue-syndrome/DS00395/DSECTION=symptoms