It’s fairly common to feel run down at this time of year; indeed, you might have noticed that you’ve begun to feel somewhat fatigued, or unusually exhausted already. Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is particularly prevalent as the warmer summer months melt into the fall and winter, and there are typically a myriad of coughs, colds, and germs around to hamper your health. Perhaps you’ve begun to accept your tiredness as a new normal – at least for the time being. After all, these shorter, darker days offer very little stimulation for mind or body.
When the going gets tough it’s often enough to stop and take stock for a while; catch up on your rest, eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables to recuperate your energy, and drink plenty of fluids, while remaining as active as you possibly can to inspire those endorphin to flow. You’ll no doubt notice your fatigue beginning to lift, and your joie de vivre returning. However, if your fatigue persists, or is joined by new, more troubling symptoms then it’s time to seek your doctor’s advice. Although general tiredness and fatigue are your body’s way of telling you to slow down and take a load off, relentless exhaustion could be an indicator of something more sinister.
Common conditions associated with tiredness
There are numerous reasons you might be feeling tired, ranging from hectic workloads and increased chores, to general ill-health. If you’ve noticed that your exhaustion is starting to encroach on your daily life it’s essential that you seek further help and advice. Quest diagnostic appointments can test for a range of illnesses and conditions, such appointments will put your mind at rest, or enable you to receive the treatment you need.
Stress and anxiety
Stress can cause an inflammatory response in our immune systems, paving the way for all kinds of nasties that a healthy mind and body are usually able to fight off with little effort. Have you been feeling particularly worried in recent weeks? Are you losing sleep, lacking concentration, or becoming forgetful? Take some time to address the issues that are concerning you, and come to terms with those unrealistic expectations you’ve been placing upon yourself. Stress and anxiety are nothing to be ashamed of, so seek medical assistance when things become too much to handle by yourself.
Hypothyroidism, anemia, or chronic fatigue syndrome
Fatigue is a common response to all kinds of aches, pains, and ailments. Among the most commonly diagnosed are hypothyroidism, anemia, and chronic fatigue syndrome, which can render a patient exhausted, and feeling useless – alongside a host of other symptoms. Are you gaining weight, feeling cold with little chance of warming up, or experiencing dry skin? Perhaps you’ve experienced dizziness or headaches, or have particularly brittle nails. If you’ve noticed any of those symptoms, or been blighted by foggy thoughts and forgetfulness, it’s time to seek advice and request tests that could diagnose these three disorders.
Diabetes occurs when the body can no longer manage the amount of glucose that’s present in your blood. Type two diabetes, which is often associated with a poor diet and inactivity, is becoming increasingly common among adults in America, and is characterized by fatigue, frequent urination and thirst that cannot be quenched. Diagnosed by a simple blood test, diabetes can often be managed by losing weight, altering your diet, and undertaking more exercise, although your doctor will want to monitor your health closely.
Feelings of fatigue and restlessness, light-headedness, nausea and confusion can often be symptoms of other, less serious complaints. However, if you’ve been experiencing shortness of breath, chronic coughing or wheezing, and a racing heart rate you must go and get yourself checked out; such warning signs could indicate that there’s something seriously wrong with your heart. Your doctor will want to order a multitude of tests, which will diagnose your condition, and enable him or her to suggest the best course of treatment. We often don’t want to think about the implications of heart disease, but no good will come from burying your head in the sand.
If you’ve been feeling uncharacteristically tired the chances are it’s nothing to worry about. Perhaps you’ve been working a little too hard, sleeping less effectively, or worrying about Christmas preparation with little regard for your health and wellbeing. However, if your symptoms persist it’s vital that you see medical advice and treatment. Nobody wants to be feeling less than their best at this time of year – make sure you listen to your body without exception.