Fatigue

Generalized fatigue is far more than a hectic day, or week, that leaves you exhausted. As a medical issue, fatigue is a condition that no amount of rest seems to cure, and it affects your ability to perform your normal activities. The health care team at Men’s Health Chicago has extensive experience in dealing with the causes and effects of fatigue, allowing you to return to your daily routine with more energy. Call one of the four offices in Schaumburg, Barrington, Naperville, or Chicago, Illinois, to learn more or book an appointment online.

Fatigue Q & A

What are the symptoms of fatigue?

Fatigue that goes beyond a temporarily busy period in your life is characterized by unrelenting exhaustion, which persists regardless of how much rest you get.

Fatigue saps you of your energy, motivation, and concentration, impairing your ability to tend to even the simplest of tasks. Fatigue at this level is typically more than physical weariness; it also affects your mental health, leaving you:

  • Anxious
  • Moody
  • Irritable

What causes fatigue?

There are many reasons that you may experience fatigue, which fall into three categories:

Lifestyle

Often, lifestyle habits contribute enormously to the presence of fatigue, such as:

  • Too much or too little exercise
  • Excessive alcohol or drug use
  • Sleep issues
  • Poor nutrition

Physical health

There are hundreds of conditions and illnesses that affect your energy level. Some of the main culprits are:

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Organ failure
  • Poor cardiovascular health
  • Respiratory illnesses
  • Diabetes
  • Lyme disease

Mental health

Fatigue is one of the most common byproducts of many mental disorders or conditions, including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Grief

Since some of these conditions may be present simultaneously, it’s often tricky to find a single source of your fatigue. Fatigue is rarely a primary condition, but a symptom of something else, and getting to the bottom of the primary condition is paramount.

How do doctors treat fatigue?

Because of the sheer number of possible causes of fatigue, it’s imperative to have a comprehensive medical work up to begin finding the root of the problem.   Chronic fatigue can be caused by  

Doctors use treatments for fatigue that range from lifestyle changes — like better diet and more exercise — to aggressively correcting the underlying medical issues causing the condition. Usually, effective treatment is a multipronged approach that includes addressing the cause, as well as treating the symptom by every means possible.

The team at Men’s Health Chicago works hard to diagnose the origin of your fatigue to come up with a treatment plan that best suits your situation. If fatigue is wreaking havoc on your life, call Men’s Health Chicago or book an appointment online.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At Men's Health Chicago, we accept most major insurance plans and sel pay. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

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