There are many possible physical and psychological causes of fatigue. Some of the more common are:
An allergy that leads to hay fever or asthma
Anemia (including iron deficiency anemia)
Depression or grief
Sleep disorders such as ongoing insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea, or narcolepsy
Underactive thyroid or overactive thyroid
Use of alcohol or illegal drugs like cocaine, especially with regular use
Fatigue can also accompany the following illnesses:
Anorexia or other eating disorders
Arthritis, including juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
Autoimmune diseases such as lupus
Chronic liver or kidney disease
Congestive heart failure
Infection, especially one that takes a long time to recover from or treat such as bacterial endocarditis (infection of the heart muscle or valves), parasitic infections, AIDS, tuberculosis, and mononucleosis
Certain medications may also cause drowsiness or fatigue, including antihistamines for allergies, blood pressure medicines, sleeping pills, steroids, and diuretics
Here are some tips for reducing fatigue:
Get adequate, regular, and consistent amounts of sleep each night.
Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet and drink plenty of water throughout the day.
Learn better ways to relax. Try yoga or meditation.
Maintain a reasonable work and personal schedule.
Change your stressful circumstances, if possible. For example, switch jobs, take a vacation, and deal directly with problems in a relationship.
Take a multivitamin. Talk to your doctor about what is best for you.
Avoid alcohol, nicotine, and drug use.
If you have chronic pain or depression, treating either often helps address the fatigue. However, some antidepressant medications may cause or worsen fatigue. Your medication may have to be adjusted to avoid this problem. DO NOT stop or change any medications without instruction from your doctor.
Stimulants (including caffeine) are NOT effective treatments for fatigue, and can actually make the problem worse when the drugs are stopped. Sedatives also tend to worsen fatigue in the long run
· 1 decade ago