Fatigue: A Growing Health Issue

Tiredness is a pretty normal part of life. At the end of a long day of work, being with the family, driving around your city, working out at the gym, and taking care of your daily "to-do's", it's normal to be ready for a good night's sleep. It's fairly easy to fall asleep at the end of a day like this.

But fatigue goes beyond just the tiredness that comes with a busy life. Fatigue is a bone-deep weariness, one that refuses to fade even after a good night's sleep or a midday nap. Sadly, it's becoming a lot more common a complaint these days. And it's not limited to just seniors or those with health issues. Even adults in the prime of their lives are struggling with fatigue.

Fatigue is a condition that is referred to as being exhausted, tired, and weak. It can be caused by a multitude of factors, both physical and mental. This makes it challenging to accurately diagnose. With fatigue there is no specific gender, age group, racial or ethnic group. All are at risk. But, studies are showing that the group of individuals that are experiencing the most of 40 to 50 years olds. It also shows that 4 out of 5 are women.

Symptoms of Fatigue

Some of the more common symptoms of fatigue include:

Sound familiar? If you are suffering from more than one of these symptoms, you may be dealing with fatigue.

But what's behind the problem? What causes us to feel fatigue? Not surprisingly, there are MANY causes of fatigue.

Some of the short-term causes of fatigue include:

Fatigue is no joke, even in the short-term.

However, if you've experienced chronic fatigue (for more than 3-6 months), there are a few more serious causes behind the problem:

The treatment of fatigue will greatly depend on how severe the problem is. Treatment could be as simple as a lifestyle change through supplements, exercise or your diet.

If the condition is long term it may take medications, along with lifestyle changes. Both short and long term fatigue may take going through a number of tests to determine the best treatment for your case.

Talking with your Doctor, sharing your how you are feeling and what your syptoms are is important. Your Doctor will evaluate what the best treatment plan is for your individual situation.



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