Fatigue is a very common complaint – it is a symptom and not a disease. In a recent survey – 57% of office workers said that they had “fatigue”. Fatigue can be caused by physiological or psychological conditions, and sometimes it may be a mixture of both. When we are fatigued, we feel exhausted and lethargic all the time. Fatigue can also affect our physical and emotional states.
Fatigue doesn’t just affect our energy levels, it can also affect our moods, motivation, ability to think clearly and concentration. You may find that you feel very low in energy after completing a task, or after exercise. Fatigue is a symptom and is diagnosed when for more than 2 weeks you are constantly tired, despite being well-rested.
Fatigue occurs gradually, and you may not realise how much it has been affecting you until you begin to realise that you are not achieving as much as you used to be able to do.
Fatigue may be an underlying cause of other conditions, so it is important that you see your Doctor or Allied Health professional so that we can assist you and investigate further the causes of your fatigue. In general – the first place to start with is blood tests, so that we can get an overall picture of how your body is functioning.