Fatigue is something most of us experience at some point in our lives. Sometimes we dismiss fatigue, or even our healthcare providers dismiss fatigue and chalk it up to just being ‘ok’ or ‘normal’.
The reality is fatigue is something that can impact our quality of life significantly and is often a sign of something is out of balance- a medical condition that needs evaluation and treatment.
- chronic tiredness or sleepiness
- sore or aching muscles
- muscle weakness
- slowed reflexes and responses
- impaired decision-making and judgment
- moodiness, such as irritability, depression, or anxiety
- impaired hand-to-eye coordination
- appetite loss
- reduced immune system function
- blurry vision
- short-term memory problems
- poor concentration
- reduced ability to pay attention to the situation at hand
- low motivation.
- sleep disturbance
Hundreds of diseases often list fatigue or malaise as possible symptoms. This is complicated by the fact that fatigue can occur in normal healthy individuals as a normal response to physical and mental exertion. But keep in mind that normal fatigue is transient and resolves fairly quickly, such as if you over-exercise or go through a very stressful period at work with deadlines that end, and then you can rest.
With that said, the following are some areas to think about.
Please note this is not a complete list.
- Medical causes – unrelenting exhaustion may be a sign of an underlying illness.
- Disease and infection
- Mental Health conditions
- Autoimmune Disorders
- Hormone Imbalances
- Chronic Conditions
- Heart and lung problems
- Neurological problems
- Weight problems and eating disorders
- Lifestyle-related causes
- Workplace related causes
- Stress-related conditions, regardless of the source of the stress
- Sleep disorders
- Acute conditions in relation to one of the conditions above, such as flu’s or colds for infections, or grief reaction for mental health, jetlag for sleep disorders.