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Extremely Fatigued
November 2001

Q. I am a 33-year-old male. I do not smoke or drink. I am in good physical shape and I get around 6-9 hours of sleep a night. The last couple of years, I have been exhausted most of the time. I am having trouble staying focused at work because I am just plain wiped out. I feel like I could sleep for a month. But when I get home after work I seem to get a second wind and do not feel so tired. Could this be diet related or lack of something in my system?

A. Fatigue is a very common reason for persons seeking medical care. Almost any medical condition can cause fatigue as one aspect of a problem. As this has bothered you for some time, you should definitely seek medical evaluation from your doctor. A physical exam and some basic laboratory tests will give a good assessment of your general health and screen for any readily apparent condition such as anemia, or an underactive thyroid gland. Stress factors such as anxiety and depression are common causes as well. Call your doctor today and set up an appointment.

WEB REFERENCES:

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/cfs/index.htm

http://www.familydoctor.org/handouts/031.html

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