Fatigue, weakness and decreased stamina

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.

Fatigue can occur in healthy people as a normal response to physical, emotional or mental exertion.  But this normal type of fatigue is transient and resolves fairly quickly with rest and recuperation.

When fatigue does not resolve with normal rest and recuperation, it is time to get medical evaluation and help.

What are common signs and symptoms of fatigue?

  • chronic tiredness or sleepiness
  • sore, painful to touch, or aching muscles
  • muscle weakness
  • slowed reflexes and responses
  • impaired decision-making and judgment
  • moodiness, such as irritability, depression, or anxiety
  • lack of physical, mental or emotional stamina
  • emotional numbness or blunting
  • impaired hand-to-eye coordination
  • appetite changes
  • reduced immune system function
  • blurry vision
  • short-term memory problems
  • poor concentration
  • sleep disturbance
  • headache
  • balance problems or dizziness
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Conditions that can cause fatigue – I can help with most of these

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Please note that this is not a complete list of potential medical causes of fatigue.  Hundreds of disease often list fatigue or malaise as possible symptoms.

    • Anemia and other blood disorders
    • Post Sepsis Syndrome
    • Post serious illness recovery
    • Nutritional Deficiencies – micronutrients and macronutrients.
    • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    • Chronic Infections like EBV or Lyme
    • Mental Health conditions like depression, anxiety, PTSD
    • Burn out from work and other stress-related conditions
    • Autoimmune Disorders
    • Hormone Imbalances
    • Chronic Conditions
    • Heart and lung problems
    • Neurological problems
    • Lifestyle-related causes like chronic alcohol or substance use
    • Physical body overuse including athletic overuse
    • Sleep disorders
    • Medication Side Effects
  • Please note that unrelenting exhaustion may be a sign of a serious underlying illness such as cancer or serious infections like TB.  It is important to get evaluated.

My approach to helping you if you are suffering from fatigue.

The goal is to improve your day-to-day quality of life, to be able to function better at home and work.  This doesn’t happen overnight, so there are a number of steps.

  • The most important thing is to find out what is causing the fatigue in order to adequately treat it. To do that, I do a thorough evaluation investigation/evaluation of present symptoms, medical history, labs, and imaging, and take the time to find out how your fatigue has come into your life and health.
  • It is important for me to look at the evaluations you have had already. I look at those records as well as any other records that are pertinent to the fatigue. I take a multi-systems approach and look at the genetic, biological, neurological, biochemical, hormonal, environmental, medications, nutritional aspects of what is going on for you and address whether they are contributing to your symptoms.
  • I will address both the acute symptoms and the underlying root cause of the symptoms. This way you can get some more short-term relief while uncovering and treating the underlying cause of the problems.
  • I integrate the best of both natural and conventional medicine for individualized treatments and care to get you back on your feet.

Discuss your health needs, our services and determine whether this is a good fit for you on your health journey