What is fatigue?

Fatigue is a nonspecific term usually used to describe various symptoms including generalized weakness, difficulty in initiating or continuing day to day activities, difficulty with concentration or memory, difficulty with emotional stability and even daytime sleepiness. Some may even be given a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Symdrome. Due to its vague qualities, it can be challenging to find a cause to these symptoms and many people often go their whole life without ever getting these symptoms properly evaluated or treated.

What causes fatigue?

There are several factors that may lead to persistent fatigue including underlying kidney, liver, or heart problems, anemia (low blood count), vitamin deficiencies, and poor sleep quality. Rheumatologic causes and autoimmunity may cause rashes and joint pains/arthritis and can also contribute to fatigue symptoms. Various hormone imbalances may also lead to fatigue symptoms including adrenal problems (commonly called Adrenal Fatigue). Thyroid problems (like Hashimoto’s Disease), testosterone related issues in men, undiagnosed diabetes, and pituitary problems among several others.

When should you see a doctor?

Due to the array of possibilities that may lead to fatigue, it is important that it is investigated by an experienced professional who is trained in evaluating fatigue and its various causes. If you live in the Houston area and are experiencing any of these type of symptoms, it may be time to have it evaluated. I will use my knowledge and experience to investigate the nature of your symptoms and to determine if there is a metabolic or hormonal cause to your symptoms. If this investigation returns normal, I will direct you to the appropriate specialist/provider that can help you based upon our findings.

To schedule with myself or any of our Houston endocrinologists, please visit our website at endocrinecenter.com or call to make an appointment at 713-973-3459.

-Mohammed Qureshi MD

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