Fatigue is a lingering tiredness that is constant and limiting. With fatigue, you have unexplained, persistent, and relapsing exhaustion. It's similar to how you feel when you have the flu or have missed a lot of sleep. If you have chronic fatigue, you may wake in the morning feeling as though you've not slept. Or you may be unable to function at work or be productive at home. You may be too exhausted even to manage your daily affairs.
Some of the most common causes of fatigue are:
- Allergic rhinitis (allergies, hay fever). Symptoms can include fatigue, headache, nasal congestion, and drainage.
- Anemia. Symptoms can include fatigue, dizziness, feeling cold, and irritability.
- Depression or anxiety. Symptoms can include sadness; feeling hopeless, worthless, and helpless; and fatigue.
- Fibromyalgia. Symptoms can include chronic fatigue, deep muscle pain, painful tender points, sleep problems, anxiety, depression.
- Food allergies. Symptoms can include fatigue, sleepiness, and feeling continually exhausted.
- Heart disease. Symptoms can include fatigue during an activity that should be easy.
- Rheumatoid arthritis. Symptoms can include fatigue, morning stiffness, joint pain, and inflamed joints.
- Sleep apnea. Symptoms can include chronic fatigue, feeling exhausted upon awakening, and snoring.
- Type 2 diabetes. Symptoms can include extreme fatigue, increased thirst and hunger, increased urination, and unusual weight loss.
- Underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism). Symptoms can include extreme fatigue, sluggishness, feeling run down, and depression.
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Archived: March 20, 2014
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