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There symptoms-symptom-sorter are many diseases which give rise to fatigue.

Despite most patients fears, not all the causes are life threatening.

However detailed medical knowledge is needed to help diagnose the cause of your fatigue.

About 20% of Americans claim to have fatigue that interferes with their normal life. symptoms-symptom-sorter

Physical causes are estimated at be around 20-60%, and emotional causes are estimated to around 40-80%.

Causes of fatigue include:

Sleep disturbances like not enough sleep, too much sleep, changing shifts, night shifts and consumption of alcohol can lead to fatigue.

Pain can also lead symptoms-symptom-sorter to fatigue by not letting the patient to fall asleep or preventing the patient from sleeping well and eventually leading to fatigue.

How do you find out what is causing your fatigue? Doctor's diagnose the causes of fatigue by taking a comprehensive medical history by asking you a symptoms-symptom-sorter series of detailed questions about the fatigue, your general health, your family history, your health risks, and much more.

Based on this they then order a series of tests to further investigate what the think might be the problem, known as their differential diagnosis.

Now you can symptoms-symptom-sorter do this online using YourDiagnosis.com

You can store all your Personal Health Information securely online and access your medical records 24 hours a day 7 days a week from anywhere in the world using MyNetRecord.com

For sharing and discussing your health concerns with people around the symptoms-symptom-sorter world use YourHealthForum.com

Click here to go to the previous page

YourDiagnosis takes a very comprehensive medical history online using easy to understand questions which you can answer by just clicking on the relevant answers.

Once completed it provides a comprehensive list of differential diagnoses symptoms-symptom-sorter as well as a detailed Personal Health Summary which you can take to your physician.

You can also use it to store your medical history and symptoms history that can be used by your physician (s) at a later date.

This would help you as you will not symptoms-symptom-sorter miss providing important information to the different doctors you visit.

CONNECTIVE TISSUE DISORDERS

Connective tissue disorders that can lead to fatigue include:

Acromegaly: Is a condition that is characterized by increase in Growth Hormone (GH) secretion.

The most common symptoms of acromegaly include enlarged hands symptoms-symptom-sorter and feet.

Patients with this disorder notice that they can no longer fit in rings that used to previously.

Patients also notice that their shoe size has increased.

Fatigue is also an important symptom of acromegaly.

It most commonly affects middle aged people and can result symptoms-symptom-sorter in serious illnesses.

Gradually, bony changes change the patient's facial features which includes: the brow and lower jaw protrude, the nasal bone enlarges, and spacing of the teeth increases.

Overgrowth of bone and cartilage leads to arthritis.

When tissue thickens, it traps nerves, causing carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms-symptom-sorter which is characterized by numbness and weakness of the hands.

Other symptoms of acromegaly include thick coarse skin, skin tags, enlarged lips, nose and tongue; deepening of the voice, snoring, excessive sweating, fatigue and weakness, headaches, impaired vision, period abnormalities, breast discharge in women, and impotence in men.

symptoms-symptom-sorter The consequences of acromegaly include diabetes, hypertension and increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

Fusion of the long bones occurs after puberty so the excessive GH secretion in adults does not result in increased height.

Exposure to excess GH before fusion of the growth plates causes increase in height. symptoms-symptom-sorter

Oral glucose tolerance test is used to diagnose acromegaly.

Ingestion of 75 g of glucose lowers GH levels to less than 2 ng/ml in healthy people, while this does not occur in patients with GH over secretion.

IGF-1 levels in patients can also be measured as they symptoms-symptom-sorter are more stable over the course of the day and often a more reliable measure than GH.

Although a pregnant woman's IGF-1 levels are two to three times higher than normal and that IGF-1 levels decrease as one ages and may also be low in patients with poorly controlled symptoms-symptom-sorter diabetes.

CT and MRI scans should also be performed to visualize the tumor.

Surgery is a very effective means for treatment and that if surgery is successful, facial appearance and soft tissue swelling improve in a few days.

Surgery is more successful in patients with blood GH symptoms-symptom-sorter levels below 40 ng/ml and with pituitary tumors not larger than 10 mm.

Complications of surgery include cerebrospinal fluid leaks, meningitis and damage to the normal pituitary tissue, requiring lifelong pituitary hormone replacement.

Medical therapy is sometimes used to shrink large tumors before surgery.

Most patients with symptoms-symptom-sorter acromegaly respond to medication.

In some patients GH levels fall within one hour and headaches improve within minutes after the injection.

Radiation therapy can also be used as it causes a gradual loss of production of other pituitary hormones with time.

Fibromyalgia: Characterized by chronic muscular symptoms-symptom-sorter pain.

Due to the pain the patients do not get adequate sleep and hence resulting in fatigue.

The location of Fibromyalgia tender points include:

Attachment of neck muscles at the base of the skull

Midway between neck and shoulder

Muscle over upper inner shoulder symptoms-symptom-sorter blade

Two cms below side bone at elbow

Upper outer buttock

Hip bone

Just above knee on inside

Lower neck in front

Edge of upper breast bone

Patients can have pain almost anywhere and it is not limited to just 18 diagnostic tender symptoms-symptom-sorter points as are described above.

The chance that of siblings inheriting fibromyalgia is 50% as it is autosomal dominant type of inheritance.

Osteoarthritis: Is a joint disease resulting in histopathologic and radiologic changes.

It is a degenerative disorder resulting from the biochemical breakdown of articular cartilage. symptoms-symptom-sorter

Osteoarthritis can lead to fatigue.

It is caused by the wear and tear that joints are subjected to over time along with the fact that some chemical and genetic factors also play a role in the development of osteoarthritis.

Risk factors for developing osteoarthritis include overweight, poor symptoms-symptom-sorter posture, congenital joint or bone deformities and injury.

Weight bearing joints of the body are more prone to be affected by osteoarthritis and these include the neck, hips, knees and lower back.

The symptoms of osteoarthritis include pain, stiffness and swelling of the joints.

Creaking or crackling symptoms-symptom-sorter sounds can also be heard when the affected joint is moved in some cases.

In osteoarthritis, the cartilage becomes irritated and inflammed and eventually the cartilage becomes soft and wears out unevenly hence becoming rough and breaking off.

If enough damage is done to the cartilage the bone symptoms-symptom-sorter is left unprotected and outgrowths of new bone form.

These new growths cause pain and reduced movement in the joint.

Rheumatoid arthritis: Is a chronic systemic inflammatory disease that affects the peripheral joints in a symmetric pattern.

Rheumatoid arthritis can lead to fatigue.

The features symptoms-symptom-sorter of Rheumatoid Arthritis include

Tender, warm, swollen joints.

Fatigue

Symmetrical joint involvement.

Pain and stiffness lasting for more than 30 minutes in the morning.

Joint inflammation

Symptoms that can last for many years.

Symptoms in other parts of the symptoms-symptom-sorter body besides the joints.

Patient education, arthritis self management programs, support groups, help people to become better informed about their care.

Treatment includes lifestyle modification.

Rest helps to reduce active joint inflammation, pain and fatigue.

The length of time needed for rest varies but generally symptoms-symptom-sorter shorter rest breaks are helpful than longer periods of bed rest.

Exercise is important for preserving joint mobility and maintaining flexibility.

Some patients find that using a splint for a short time around a painful joint reduces pain and swelling.

Disease modifying antirheumatic drugs, or DMARDs are symptoms-symptom-sorter used to slow the course of the disease.

Surgery is also useful in some patients with the primary purpose of surgery being to reduce pain, improve the joint function, and improve the patient's ability to perform daily activities.

Surgical procedures performed include joint replacement, tendon reconstruction, and synovectomy. symptoms-symptom-sorter

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) : It is an inflammatory connective tissue disease with varying degrees of presentation.

SLE can lead to fatigue.

Lupus is caused by autoimmune disease.

Lupus can cause disease of the skin, heart, lungs, kidneys, joints, and nervous system.

SLE is symptoms-symptom-sorter more common in women than men and can affect all ages, but it is present more commonly in people between the age group of 20 to 45 years.

Genetics, viruses, ultraviolet light, and drugs are thought to play a role in SLE.

Sometimes symptoms of lupus can be symptoms-symptom-sorter precipitated by only a brief period of sun exposure.

Female patients with systemic lupus may experience worsening of symptoms prior to their periods.

Common symptoms include fatigue, fever, muscle aches, arthritis, ulcers of the mouth, facial rash also known as butterfly rash, sensitivity to sunlight, inflammation of the symptoms-symptom-sorter lining of the lung and the heart, and poor circulation of the fingers when exposed to cold which is also known as Raynaud's phenomenon.

About half of the patients with systemic lupus develop a characteristic red facial rash over the nose which is painless and not itchy.

Arthritis symptoms-symptom-sorter in systemic lupus involves swelling, pain, stiffness, and deformity of small joints.

Inflammation of muscles can cause pain and weakness.

Vasculitis in SLE is characterized by inflammation of the lining of the blood vessels leading to blockage of the circulation and injury to tissues.

Pleuritis and pericarditis symptoms-symptom-sorter can cause sharp chest pain.

The chest pain is aggravated by coughing, deep breathing, and certain changes in body position.

Kidney affected with systemic lupus can leak protein into the urine, cause high blood pressure, and even lead to renal failure.

Brain involvement also known as lupus symptoms-symptom-sorter cerebritis can lead to personality changes, psychosis, seizures and coma.

Involvement to the nerves can cause numbness, tingling, and weakness of the involved parts.

Patients with systemic lupus can also suffer from alopecia.

Criteria's used for diagnosis of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus are:

Butterfly rash

symptoms-symptom-sorter Discoid skin rash which is patchy redness that can cause scarring

Photosensitivity

Ulcers on the lining of the mouth, nose or throat

Arthritis involving two or more swollen, tender joints of the extremities

Pleuritis/pericarditis

Renal abnormalities

Brain involvement

Blood count abnormalities

Immunologic symptoms-symptom-sorter findings: anti-DNA or anti-Sm antibodies, falsely positive blood test for syphilis, anticardiolipin antibodies, lupus anticoagulant, or positive LE prep test

Antinuclear antibody positive

Patients with systemic lupus need more rest during periods of active disease and carefully prescribed exercise is important to maintain muscle tone and range of symptoms-symptom-sorter motion.

Nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs are useful in reducing inflammation and pain in muscles and the joints.

Corticosteroids are more useful in reducing inflammation and restoring function when the disease is active.

Hydroxychloroquine, an antimalarial medication is found to be very effective for lupus patients with fatigue, skin, symptoms-symptom-sorter and joint disease.

Other medications for skin disease include dapsone and retinoic acid.

For more severe skin disease, immunosuppressive medications are used.

In systemic lupus patients with brain or kidney involvement plasmapheresis is used to remove antibodies from the blood.

Some systemic lupus patients develop very symptoms-symptom-sorter low platelet levels, so as to increase the risk of spontaneous bleeding.

As the spleen is the site of platelet destruction, surgical removal of the spleen is sometimes done to improve platelet levels.

End-stage kidney damage from lupus requires dialysis or kidney transplantation.

It is important to symptoms-symptom-sorter understand that most patients with systemic lupus lead full and healthy lives and that the successful management of systemic lupus is regular doctor visits so as to allow regular monitoring of symptoms.

Pregnant women have an increased risk of miscarriages and can have flare ups during pregnancy.

The symptoms-symptom-sorter presence cardiolipin antibodies or lupus anticoagulant in the blood denotes an increased risk for miscarriages.

Other treatments include the use of intravenous gamma globulin for patients with histories of miscarriage and those with low platelet counts during pregnancy.

How do you find out what is causing your symptoms-symptom-sorter fatigue? Doctor's diagnose the causes of fatigue by taking a comprehensive medical history by asking you a series of detailed questions about the fatigue, your general health, your family history, your health risks, and much more.

Based on this they then order a series of tests to further investigate symptoms-symptom-sorter what the think might be the problem, known as their differential diagnosis.

Now you can do this online using YourDiagnosis.com

You can store all your Personal Health Information securely online and access your medical records 24 hours a day 7 days a week from anywhere in symptoms-symptom-sorter the world using MyNetRecord.com

For sharing and discussing your health concerns with people around the world use YourHealthForum.com

Click here to go to the previous page

YourDiagnosis takes a very comprehensive medical history online using easy to understand questions which you can answer by symptoms-symptom-sorter just clicking on the relevant answers.

Once completed it provides a comprehensive list of differential diagnoses as well as a detailed Personal Health Summary which you can take to your physician.

You can also use it to store your medical history and symptoms history that can be used symptoms-symptom-sorter by your physician (s) at a later date.

This would help you as you will not miss providing important information to the different doctors you visit.

ELECTROLYTE DISTURBANCES

Electrolyte disturbances that can lead to fatigue include:

Low Calcium

High Calcium

Low Magnesium

symptoms-symptom-sorter Low Potassium

Low Sodium

How do you find out what is causing your fatigue? Doctor's diagnose the causes of fatigue by taking a comprehensive medical history by asking you a series of detailed questions about the fatigue, your general health, your family history, your health risks, and much symptoms-symptom-sorter more.

Based on this they then order a series of tests to further investigate what the think might be the problem, known as their differential diagnosis.

Now you can do this online using YourDiagnosis.com

You can store all your Personal Health Information securely online and symptoms-symptom-sorter access your medical records 24 hours a day 7 days a week from anywhere in the world using MyNetRecord.com

For sharing and discussing your health concerns with people around the world use YourHealthForum.com

Click here to go to the previous page

YourDiagnosis takes a symptoms-symptom-sorter very comprehensive medical history online using easy to understand questions which you can answer by just clicking on the relevant answers.

Once completed it provides a comprehensive list of differential diagnoses as well as a detailed Personal Health Summary which you can take to your physician.

You can symptoms-symptom-sorter also use it to store your medical history and symptoms history that can be used by your physician (s) at a later date.

This would help you as you will not miss providing important information to the different doctors you visit.

ELECTROLYTE DISTURBANCES

Electrolyte disturbances that symptoms-symptom-sorter can lead to fatigue include:

Low Calcium

High Calcium

Low Magnesium

Low Potassium

Low Sodium

How do you find out what is causing your fatigue? Doctor's diagnose the causes of fatigue by taking a comprehensive medical history by asking you a series of detailed symptoms-symptom-sorter questions about the fatigue, your general health, your family history, your health risks, and much more.

Based on this they then order a series of tests to further investigate what the think might be the problem, known as their differential diagnosis.

Now you can do this online symptoms-symptom-sorter using YourDiagnosis.com

You can store all your Personal Health Information securely online and access your medical records 24 hours a day 7 days a week from anywhere in the world using MyNetRecord.com

For sharing and discussing your health concerns with people around the world use YourHealthForum.com symptoms-symptom-sorter

Click here to go to the previous page

YourDiagnosis takes a very comprehensive medical history online using easy to understand questions which you can answer by just clicking on the relevant answers.

Once completed it provides a comprehensive list of differential diagnoses as well as symptoms-symptom-sorter a detailed Personal Health Summary which you can take to your physician.

You can also use it to store your medical history and symptoms history that can be used by your physician (s) at a later date.

This would help you as you will not miss providing important symptoms-symptom-sorter information to the different doctors you visit.

EXERCISE DISTURBANCES

Exercise can lead to fatigue:

Excessive workload

Excessive exercise

How do you find out what is causing your fatigue? Doctor's diagnose the causes of fatigue by taking a comprehensive medical history by asking you a symptoms-symptom-sorter series of detailed questions about the fatigue, your general health, your family history, your health risks, and much more.

Based on this they then order a series of tests to further investigate what the think might be the problem, known as their differential diagnosis.

GYNECOLOGICAL CONDITIONS

symptoms-symptom-sorter Gynecological conditions that can lead to fatigue include:

Menopause: Menopause leads to fatigue due to the hormonal changes that occur in the body.

How do you find out what is causing your fatigue? Doctor's diagnose the causes of fatigue by taking a comprehensive medical history by asking symptoms-symptom-sorter you a series of detailed questions about the fatigue, your general health, your family history, your health risks, and much more.

Based on this they then order a series of tests to further investigate what the think might be the problem, known as their differential diagnosis.

HEART symptoms-symptom-sorter DISEASES

Heart conditions that cause fatigue include:

Cardiomyopathy: Is a condition which involves disorders of the myocardium.

It can lead to fatigue due to the inadequate pumping of the blood by the heart.

Congestive Cardiac Failure: It is a condition in which fluid fills into symptoms-symptom-sorter the lungs as the heart is unable to pump blood efficiently resulting into breathing problems and fatigue.

Around 4 million people in the U.S.A.

are affected by congestive heart failure.

There are two types of heart failure viz.

right and left sided heart failure.

The symptoms-symptom-sorter right side of the heart receives oxygen poor blood from the body and pumps it into the lungs where it is given oxygen.

The blood then flows from the lungs to the left heart which pumps the blood to the body.

Left sided heart failure occurs when the symptoms-symptom-sorter heart does not contract effectively due to which the heart cannot pump a sufficient amount of blood into the circulation.

The excess blood remaining in the heart goes back up into the lungs and causes the fluid to go into the lungs.

This results in congestion and impairs symptoms-symptom-sorter the ability of the lung to perform its functions.

In right sided heart failure the heart fills incorrectly and blood backs up in the veins and edema occurs in the legs and ankles.

In some cases the heart tries to compensate for the increased need of oxygen by symptoms-symptom-sorter pumping faster and increasing in size to generate greater force e.g.

in hyperthyroid and severe amenia patients.

The heart is unable to meet the increased oxygen demands and heart failure occurs.

Heart failure can also be associated with a defect in one of the heart valves.

symptoms-symptom-sorter The sympathetic nervous system is stimulated in heart failure due to the decrease output by the heart.

It generally causes an excitatory effect in response to perceived danger or stress by releasing adrenalin.

It compensates for the decreased output of the heart by retaining salt and water, increasing symptoms-symptom-sorter heart rate, and constricting the blood vessels.

Different medications are used to increase the force of contraction of the heart by decreasing excess water, increasing blood flow or by widening the blood vessels.

INFECTIOUS CAUSES

Infectious causes that can lead to fatigue include:

AIDS

symptoms-symptom-sorter Chronic diseases

Chronic fatigue syndrome: It is not well understood but a set of criteria's have been setup by the CDC to help medical practitioners to diagnose the condition.

Hepatitis

Infectious Mononucleosis: Also called as mono is characterized by sore throat, fever and lymph nodes.

symptoms-symptom-sorter

Tuberculosis

Urinary tract infection

LUNG DISEASES

Lung diseases that can lead to fatigue include:

COPD: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease which includes both chronic bronchitis and emphysema can lead to fatigue.

Pneumonia an infection of the lung can also cause fatigue.

Asthma symptoms-symptom-sorter

MEDICATIONS

Medications that can cause fatigue include:

Antipsychotic Medications

Blood Pressure Medications

Depression and Anxiety Medications

Heart Medications

Muscle Relaxants

Pain Medications

A few of the medications that can cause fatigue are listed below (please note that it not a comprehensive symptoms-symptom-sorter list) :

Lanoxin, Cordarone, Pacerone, Promine, Rhythmin, Valium, Zolpidem, Ambien, Tylenol with Codeine, Vicodin, Percocet, Darvocet, Flexeril, Soma and Norflex.

NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS

Neurological conditions that cause fatigue include:

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: Is a disease of no known cause and characterized by slowly progressive degeneration of symptoms-symptom-sorter lower and upper motor neurons.

Multiple Sclerosis: It is an inflammatory process involving different areas of the Central Nervous System.

It lead to the destruction of the nerves of the CNS.

Stroke: It is caused by the decreased blood supply to the brain.

symptoms-symptom-sorter OTHER CAUSES OF FATIGUE

Other conditions that cause fatigue include:

Anemia: It is due to reduced hemoglobin in the body resulting in the lack of oxygen carrying capacity of the blood, leading to fatigue and tiredness.

Anxiety

Depression

Cancer

Stress

Kwashiorkor: Is symptoms-symptom-sorter a condition that is characterized by Protein deficiency, it leads to fatigue due to the lack of energy.

Marasmus: Is a condition that is characterized by total calorie deficiency, it leads to fatigue due to the lack of energy.

Thiamine deficiency

B6 deficiency

B12 symptoms-symptom-sorter deficiency

Folate deficiency

Vitamin C deficiency

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