More than just drowsiness, fatigue is a feeling of extreme weariness and lack of energy that can make it hard just to get out of bed. The caring team at Performance Pain and Sports Medicine offers comprehensive and individualized evaluation and treatment of fatigue at six locations in Houston, Texas; Newtown, Pennsylvania; and Raritan, Bordentown, East Brunswick, and Lawrenceville, New Jersey. If you experience persistent fatigue, call the nearest office today.
Fatigue is different from sleepiness. While you may feel tired after a period of poor rest or extreme physical activity, sleepiness is usually short-term.
Fatigue is a feeling of exhaustion that doesn’t go away after resting or sleeping. Unlike sleepiness, fatigue is more likely to be an ongoing problem that can prevent you from carrying out daily tasks like going to work, taking showers, and preparing meals.
Depending on the type and cause of fatigue, you may also experience the following symptoms:
Fatigue can become a public health issue if it causes safety concerns, like difficulty focusing on driving.
A broad range of things can cause fatigue, including physical and mental health conditions and lifestyle factors like diet and exercise habits. The team at Performance Pain and Sports Medicine evaluates and treats many causes of fatigue, including:
Fatigue can also be its own chronic condition, known as myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS).
First, the team at Performance Pain and Sports Medicine conducts a thorough physical exam and reviews your symptoms and medical history. They may take a variety of diagnostic tests to determine the specific cause of your fatigue, such as:
If they suspect a sleep disorder, they may refer you to a specialist to get a sleep study.
After they diagnose the cause of your fatigue, the team creates a customized treatment plan. Depending on your needs, treatment for fatigue may include one or more of the following:
If your fatigue is due to an underlying medical issue, such as fibromyalgia or high blood pressure, treatment may begin with addressing that condition.
For expert care in treating fatigue, call the nearest Performance Pain and Sports Medicine office today.