When to See a Doctor About Fatigue

Feeling tired or exhausted is a common problem. In fact, approximately 43% of Americans report being too tired to function at work. But just because it’s common doesn’t mean it’s normal.

At Sonoran Endocrinology, Dr. Rohit Dwivedi can help you get to the bottom of persistent fatigue. Whether you feel physically weak and tired or you struggle with brain fog, he can help get to the root of the problem and help restore your quality of life. 

Here are a few things that could be causing your fatigue and when to schedule an appointment.

Sleepiness versus fatigue

First, it’s helpful to differentiate between sleepiness and fatigue. They may seem similar, but they’re not interchangeable terms.

When you feel sleepy or drowsy, it describes an extreme desire to fall asleep. This urge develops because of adenosine, a chemical in the brain. The longer you stay awake, the more builds up in your system, which is why the desire to sleep increases by the end of the day. In most cases, you can resolve sleepiness by getting enough quality sleep.

Fatigue, on the other hand, describes a lack of energy, tiredness, or exhaustion — sensations felt deep inside muscles and bones. Think of it as how you’d feel if you just ran a marathon. This type of exhaustion can make it seem impossible to find the energy to physically and mentally tackle daily tasks.

If you have fatigue, feeling sleepy or drowsy can occur as an additional symptom. However, unlike sleepiness, fatigue can be a sign of an underlying issue and typically isn’t relieved by sleep.

Causes of fatigue

You can experience fatigue for a variety of reasons, ranging from lifestyle factors to physical and mental health conditions.

A few medical conditions that lead to fatigue include:

Fatigue is also a common sign of an endocrine disorder. These conditions involve the system that produces and secretes hormones. Hormones control your bodily functions, so any disturbance can trigger uncomfortable symptoms, including fatigue.

Common endocrine problems that cause fatigue include diabetes, thyroid disorders, and Hashimoto’s disease.

When to schedule an appointment

It’s normal to have ebbs and flows in your energy. However, there are signs that indicate a more serious problem, such as:

Don't wait to schedule an appointment if your fatigue comes on suddenly or if you have additional symptoms, like shortness of breath, loss of appetite, or fever.

To determine if a medical cause is behind your symptoms, Dr. Dwivedi performs a comprehensive evaluation with extensive screenings to look for underlying issues. After reaching a diagnosis, he can make personalized treatment recommendations to help resolve your symptoms.

Are you tired of feeling tired? Contact one of our Sonoran Endocrinology offices in Surprise Lake Havasu City, Prescott, or Gilbert, Arizona, to schedule an appointment today. You can give us a call or use the booking tool to make an appointment right now.

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