Fatigue is an extreme feeling explained to be deeper than drowsiness and is characterized by a lack of energy, hence making it hard for one to get out of bed. Lawrenceville fatigue is managed by an experienced team offering individualized and comprehensive evaluations and treatments for fatigue, ensuring that their desired goal is met.
What is Fatigue?
Generally, fatigue is very different from sleepiness; where you can feel tired after having poor rest or from extreme physical activities. However, sleepiness is usually short-term. Fatigue is described as a feeling of exhaustion or tiredness that does not go away after sleeping or resting. Fatigue can also be an ongoing problem that can inhibit you from performing your daily tasks, such as taking showers, going to work, and preparing meals. Similarly, depending on the cause and type of fatigue, one may experience the following symptoms:
- Slowed response
- Muscle pains and aches
- Difficulty concentrating
- Lack of motivation
- Daytime drowsiness
- And vision problems
Fatigue can be a burden in cases where it causes safety concerns, such as problems focusing while driving.
What Causes Fatigue?
A wide range of things can cause fatigue including mental and physical health conditions, lifestyle factors, exercise, and diet habits. The health care team is responsible for treating many causes of fatigue, including too much or little activity, being underweight or overweight, chronic pain like fibromyalgia, a medical condition like hypertension and diabetes. Other causes are:
- Forms of arthritis-like rheumatoid and lupus arthritis.
- Consumption of caffeine or alcohol.
- Hormonal imbalances such as pregnancy and thyroid disorders.
- Lung and heart conditions like asthma and coronary heart disease, respectively.
- Certain medications like anxiety drugs and antidepressants.
- Nutritional issues like mineral and vitamin deficiencies.
- Mental problems including depression, stress, and anxiety.
Additionally, fatigue can also be its own condition, referred to as chronic fatigue syndrome or myalgic encephalomyelitis.
How is Fatigue Diagnosed and Treated?
Our care providers begin by conducting a thorough review of your symptoms and medical history, combined with a physical examination. Certain diagnostic tests can be performed to determine the specific cause of fatigue, these tests include mental health questionnaires, urine and blood tests, along with imaging tests like x-rays and ultrasounds. However, in case the specialist suspects a sleeping disorder, he or she may refer you to another specialist to have a sleep study test. After diagnosing the cause of your fatigue, the health care provider comes up with a customized and personalized treatment plan. The treatment for fatigue may include multiple options depending on your needs, such as hormone treatments, changes in your sleeping patterns, getting regular physical activity, changing your drinking and eating habits, or alternative therapies like mindfulness and yoga meditation.
Suppose you or someone close to you has been fatigued for a while, visit Performance Pain and Sports Medicine today and receive your treatment. The health care providers are trained and experienced in diagnosing and treating different causes of fatigue. Similarly, effective treatment options, including engaging in daily activities, changing your sleep patterns, hormone treatments, and many others are offered.