Common Reasons for Extreme Fatigue
Fatigue is something that affects a large percentage of the population at some point in their lives. There are many things that can cause it, and it can be passing, or it can be chronic.
Common reasons for extreme fatigue include traumatic injury, stress, recovery from a virus, and hormone issues.
While doctors do have an understanding of the common reasons for extreme fatigue, we are not yet at the stage where we can predict that someone will get it, or how to cure it. Some people suffer from an extremely bad case of influenza then recover with a bit of bed rest. Some people find that for a long time after their illness they feel fatigued and unwell, and there is little that they can do to make themselves feel better other than rest, eat right, and wait.
Hormone issues can cause low energy. In men, the most common issue is low testosterone. In women, the issue could be due to their monthly cycle, or to estrogen / progesterone balance, or any number of other issues. Both men and women can have fatigue as a symptom if they have an under-active thyroid.
Your weight can affect your energy levels. Someone who is underweight or someone who is not eating enough may feel constantly tired and cold. Someone who is overweight could also have fatigue – caused in part because of hormone levels, and also potentially by the fact that at a certain level those who are overweight often start to suffer from disturbed sleep patterns.
Poor sleep over a long period of time can leave you feeling fatigued in a way that is far worse than just “I was up late last night”, as anyone who has ever had children, or known a parent of a new baby, would vouch.
When fatigue strikes it can be frustrating for the sufferer and for their friends and family. Currently, there is little to do other than take good care of yourself while you wait it out. Some people try light exercise when they can face it. Some people try lots of sleep. Some try taking supplements, but there does not appear to be any one great magical cure.
If you are worried that you are suffering from fatigue, the most important thing is to talk to your doctor first. They may recommend scans or blood tests, especially if they have reason to believe that you could have a thyroid issue or something else that could be a serious threat to your health. With luck, the tests will find that there is nothing of that nature wrong with you but that you do have a vitamin or mineral deficiency which is serious enough to show itself in the way that you feel. Vitamin D deficiencies are a common enough reason for people to feel tired and drained, and are something that can be quite easily treated with doctor-prescribed and manged doses. With luck, you will be able to beat your fatigue and get back to a normal life.