Fatigue, Persistent Fatigue, Tiredness, Low Energy, and Lethargy
Fatigue, persistent fatigue, tiredness, low energy, and lethargy are common symptoms that can be indicative of various underlying causes and related conditions
Common Causes of Fatigue, Persistent Fatigue, Tiredness, Low Energy, and Lethargy
Sleep Disorders: Conditions like insomnia, sleep apnea, or restless leg syndrome can disrupt sleep patterns, leading to fatigue.
Anemia: A deficiency in red blood cells or iron can result in reduced oxygen transport to tissues, causing tiredness and low energy.
Thyroid Disorders: Hypothyroidism, where the thyroid gland is underactive, can lead to fatigue, along with weight gain and cold intolerance.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A complex, long-term condition characterized by severe fatigue that isn’t improved by rest and is often accompanied by other symptoms.
Depression and Anxiety: Mental health disorders can cause persistent fatigue, low energy, and lethargy.
Chronic Illness: Conditions such as fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, or cancer can lead to ongoing fatigue.
Medications: Some drugs, including antidepressants, antihistamines, and antihypertensives, may cause tiredness as a side effect.
Dehydration: Insufficient fluid intake can lead to lethargy and low energy.
Diabetes: Poorly controlled blood sugar levels can result in fatigue.
Autoimmune Diseases: Conditions like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis can cause chronic fatigue.
Infections: Viral or bacterial infections, such as mononucleosis or Lyme disease, can lead to persistent fatigue.
Nutritional Deficiencies: Inadequate intake of essential nutrients, such as vitamin D, B12, or magnesium, can cause tiredness.
Stress: Chronic stress can lead to mental and physical exhaustion.
Diagnosing the cause of fatigue often involves a comprehensive medical evaluation, including a detailed medical history, physical exams, blood tests, and, in some cases, imaging studies. Treatment varies based on the underlying condition and may include lifestyle modifications, medication, counseling, or management of chronic diseases. Clemenceau Medical Center Hospital offers specialized care to identify and address the root cause of fatigue, helping patients regain their energy and overall well-being.