Fatigue and exhaustion are alternative terms to describe the feeling of tiredness and lack of energy that can affect a person in an episodic, transient or permanent. You should distinguish this condition from feeling sleepy. The symptom is characterized by a drastic and sometimes chronic drop motivation and energy.

The sign can be linked to physical effort and psychic intense, to deprivation of prolonged sleep, but it can also be a result of both serious and minor conditions.


What kind of diseases can be associated with fatigue?

The following diseases may be associated with fatigue:

  • AIDS
  • Anemia (iron deficiency)
  • Anxiety
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Panic attacks
  • Broncopnumopatia chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid dysfunction (hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism)
  • Eating disorders (anorexia nervosa, bulimia)
  • Sleep disorders
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Emphysema
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Indigestion
  • Infections
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Insomnia
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Liver failure
  • Kidney failure
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hypotension (low blood pressure)
  • Addison's disease
  • Menopause
  • Mononucleosis
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Tumors

Remember that this is not an exhaustive list and it is highly recommended to consult your doctor, in case of symptom’s persistence.


What is the therapy for fatigue (fatigue)?

The remedies against exhaustion depend on whether the disorder is related to transient conditions or acute and persistent. In the first case, for example, if it is caused by stress or anxiety it may be enough to rest, drink a glass of water and relax. If the condition comes from a stressful lifestyle is necessary to reduce the pace, conduct a balanced diet, drink enough, avoid smoking and alcohol.

In all other cases, you must be referred to a physician for diagnostic tests that can be useful in identifying the cause and planning the most appropriate therapy.


When is most likely to contact your doctor in case of fatigue (fatigue)?

When the problem occurs without any apparent cause and with persistent characteristics that affect the quality of life you must consult your doctor and perform any necessary diagnostic tests. If the fatigue is extreme and sudden, associated with mental confusion, profuse sweating, dizziness and fainting, it is associated with depression, rectal bleeding, severe headache, pain in the chest, abdominal pain, pelvic pain it is necessary to resort to the emergency room.