“I don’t know why, but I feel very tired,” is one of the most common complaints that doctors receive. Most of the times, this complaint stems off from a separate, bigger issue that the patient might or might not be aware of. First, it is important that the patient figures out what kind of fatigue this is. It could be that a patient is both mentally and physically tired. Furthermore, the patient must be able to clarify if being tired means experiencing fatigue and sleepiness, or merely lacking motivation to do anything. Usually, practicing a change of lifestyle for a week or two does the trick and eliminates tiredness. However, if this does not seem to work for you, you may have to seek a doctor’s help to figure out what really ails you to bring in all the weariness.
Some of the common reasons behind persevering tiredness are:
- Anemia: The tiredness you experience due to anemia is a result of the lack of red blood cells in your body. This lacking means that your tissues and cells are not receiving sufficient oxygen. Anemia might be the result of some internal or external bleeding, iron deficiency, kidney failure or even cancer.
Some of the symptoms include shortness of breath, headaches, extreme levels of weakness, severe tiredness after just a little bit of physical strain, such as walking up one or two flights of steps.
- Type 2 Diabetes: Type 2 diabetes patients cannot make use of their glucose properly in their body. What results is the collection of glucose in the body until the patient experiences high levels of fatigue. Some of the symptoms include feeling hungry and thirsty quite often, urinating more than before, loss of weight, etc.
- Thyroid Problems: A person’s thyroid gland can be found at the front of their neck. This gland is responsible for the production of a hormone known as thyroid, which controls the person’s metabolism. If there is less thyroid produced, it is known as hypothyroidism, and if there is more thyroid produced, it is known as hyperthyroidism.
The most common symptom is feeling fatigue and weakness.
- Sleep Apnea: This is a condition where your sleep gets interrupted several times due to your pattern of breathing. For instance, in obstructive sleep apnea, the patient’s upper airway collapses for some time every now and then. This could happen as many as a hundred times in a single night. As a result, the patient keeps waking up to breathe properly again.
Snoring and tiredness are the two most common symptoms of sleep apnea. It is of utmost importance that you test yourself for apnea, if you suspect you suffer from it. This is because this condition has been linked to the likes of high blood pressure and stroke.
- Depression: Often not treated as instantly as a physical illness, depression is a form of illness that could stay for days, weeks, months and even years. This not only affects the way we see ourselves and feel about ourselves, but also affect how we sleep, eat and function on a day-to-day basis.
Symptoms vary from patient to patient. While some may find themselves with low levels of energy, others begin to have problems with their memory. At the same time, others may experience hopelessness or overwhelming sadness.
- Eating Less than Necessary: It is a bad idea to start your day with food items that will only make your movements and your day seem sluggish. For instance, instead of starting your day with greasy, dense food, you can opt to have a full and filling breakfast – some carbohydrates and protein, such as toast and eggs. Having insufficient amounts of proper food can cause your body to crash. Quite unsurprisingly, the common symptoms of this problem are weakness and tiredness.
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: If your tiredness has been lasting for over six months at a stretch now, and it is so bad that you cannot get yourself to perform normal, daily activities, you might be suffering from a condition known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This is also recognized as Myalgic Encephalopathy. One can overcome this by trying certain sleep patterns and beginner level exercise.
The most common and persistent symptom is the high levels of fatigue. Other symptoms consist of joint pain, headaches, overall weakness, etc.