Feeling Tired And Exhausted? 4 Treatable Illness That May Be Causing It

Everyone feels tired from time to time. However, you shouldn't feel tired all the time. If you're battling symptoms of fatigue, exhaustion, lack of motivation, etc., your doctor wants to know about it. Don't worry that you're overreacting or complaining. Your doctor needs to know about all of your symptoms in order to diagnose you accurately. There are multiple illnesses that may be causing your symptoms, including depression, anemia, hypothyroidism, and heart disease. On the upside, all of these illnesses are treatable. 


As much as 18 percent of the population has depression, a sometimes debilitating illness that can cause symptoms of fatigue, sadness, lack of motivation, difficulty concentrating, and more. In many cases, depression can cause physical symptoms without causing emotional symptoms. If you don't feel sad or depressed, your fatigue could still be caused by a depressive chemical imbalance also known as clinical depression. 


If your'e a woman, you're at an increased risk for developing anemia, a condition in which the red blood cells are depleted. Anemia can occur along with your menstrual cycle, or it can be chronic. Without enough red blood cells, your body isn't able to provide enough oxygen for your body to operate efficiently. Fatigue, inability to concentrate, and weakness are all symptoms of anemia. Fortunately, all it takes is a simple blood test to diagnose anemia. The treatment course often involves taking vitamin supplements. 


Your thyroid gland, located in your neck, is responsible for producing and regulating a plethora of hormones in your body, including your thyroid hormone. If it doesn't produce enough hormones, you may experience symptoms of fatigue, weight gain, dry skin, hair loss, etc. The symptoms of hypothyroidism are often progressive, so you may feel worse over time. Thyroid problems are uncovered during routine blood testing, but your doctor may not order the test for it if you don't tell them about your symptoms.

Heart Disease

When your heart isn't pumping adequately, your body doesn't get the oxygen it needs, which can leave you feeling exhausted. Multiple heart conditions can cause your heart not to work properly, including heart failure and blockages. When you have heart disease, the symptoms are often pronounced when you try to exert yourself, so you may feel more tired than usual after doing activities. 

If you feel tired all of the time, tell your doctor about it. There may be something they can do to alleviate your symptoms. 

For more information about your health, talk with a primary care physician, such as those at Rural Health Services Consortium Inc..