Fatigue involves more than just tiredness. It is the feeling of intense exhaustion and low energy that can make you feel like not getting out of bed. The expert and caring team at Performance Pain and Sports Medicine provides complete diagnosis and treatment of fatigue in Lawrenceville, NJ. If you are suffering from continued fatigue, the specialists at Performance Pain and Sports Medicine can help you regain your usual vigor.
What is fatigue?
Fatigue differs from sleepiness. While you might get tired after working for a prolonged period without enough rest or after extreme physical activity, the sleepiness only lasts for a short time. Fatigue involves feeling tiredness that does not end even after sleeping or resting. Fatigue differs from sleepiness in that it is more likely to be a persistent problem that can stop you from undertaking your everyday tasks like preparing meals, taking a shower, and going to work. Depending on the cause and type of fatigue, you might also feel these symptoms:
- Daytime sleepiness
- Vision issues
- Reduced response time
- Concentration problems
- Mood swings and irritability
- Muscle pains and aches
Fatigue can be a public health problem if it results in safety concerns, like when someone experiences difficulty in concentration while driving.
Causes of Fatigue
A wide range of factors can result in fatigue, including lifestyle factors like exercise and diet habits and mental and physical health issues. The specialists and physicians at Performance Pain and Sports Medicine diagnose and treat the various causes of fatigue, including:
- Consuming caffeine or alcohol
- Nutrition problems, including mineral and vitamin deficiencies
- Lung and heart problems, including coronary heart diseases or asthma
- Mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, and stress
- Sleep issues like jet lag or sleep apnea
- Medications like anxiety drugs and antidepressants
- Hormonal imbalances, including pregnancy and thyroid disorders
- Too little or too much physical activity
- Chronic pains like fibromyalgia
- Different types of arthritis, including rheumatoid and lupus arthritis
- Medical conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes
- Being underweight or overweight
Fatigue can also be a chronic condition on its own in the form of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS).
Diagnosis and Treatment of Fatigue
The team at Performance Pain and Sports Medicine undertakes a comprehensive physical examination and assesses your medical history and symptoms. They can conduct various diagnostic tests to establish the specific causes of your fatigue and your symptoms. These include:
- Mental health assessments
- Imaging exams, such as X-ray or ultrasound
- Urine and blood tests
If they speculate a sleep disorder, they can refer you to a professional to get a sleep assessment.
After diagnosing what causes your fatigue, they create an individualized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs. Depending on your specific needs, fatigue treatment might include one or more of these:
- Getting regular physical activity
- Hormone therapies
- Changes in drinking and eating habits
- Changing sleeping habits
If you are suffering from fatigue due to an underlying medical problem like high blood pressure or fibromyalgia, treatment can start with tackling the condition.
For professional care in dealing with fatigue, contact the nearest Performance Pain and Sports Medicine office today to schedule an appointment.