Friday, April 25, 2014

Fatigue can be described as the lack of energy and motivation, both physical and mental. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill discusses fatigue and some of its causes.

Dr. Hill:

Fatigue is a feeling of weariness, tiredness or lack of energy. Fatigue can be a normal response to physical work, stress, poor nutrition or lack of sleep. But fatigue that is out of proportion to these stresses may be a sign of an underlying medical problem.

Fatigue that is present when you first awaken may have a different cause than fatigue that worsens during the day or after minimal exertion.

When fatigue is not relieved by enough sleep, good nutrition or a low-stress environment, it should be evaluated by your doctor.

Some common causes of fatigue include:

Sleep disorders like sleep apnea

Anemia, or low blood counts

Allergies to certain environmental triggers

Under active or over active thyroid

Untreated depression

A side effect of prescription or over-the-counter medications

Alcohol or drug abuse, and

Undiagnosed diseases such as diabetes, infection, lupus or cancer

Some people suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome that as yet, has no specifically identified cause. See your physician for symptoms of persistent fatigue.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.