Fatigue describes a deep level of tiredness that doesn’t go away with rest. If you’re worried about feeling fatigued, that’s a good indication that it’s time to see a functional medicine doctor.
Lots of different factors can cause fatigue. Diet, sleep, and exercise are good places to start. However, it may also be caused by conditions such as hormone imbalances, chronic pain, inflammation, and autoimmune disease. Your doctor will help you get to the bottom of it.
What Is Causing Your Fatigue
Let’s run through some of the main causes of fatigue:
- Less than seven to nine hours of sleep a night
- Engaging in more physical work than normal
- Struggling with stress or turbulent emotions
- Reaching for calorie-dense processed foods
- Sitting still for long periods of time
These are things you can prioritize right now to reduce fatigue and feel better. Functional medicine will be able to design a personalized treatment plan to guide you along the way.
Fatigue Can Stem from Medical Issues
Once your lifestyle is back on track, your doctor will look into medical issues. This includes a physical exam, detailed history, and laboratory tests, which are designed to get to the bottom of your issue. If you have an undiagnosed condition, such as an autoimmune disease or thyroid disorder, your functional medicine doctor will help you take meaningful steps toward reclaiming your health.
Remember, fatigue isn’t just about feeling a little lazy or sleepy. It’s a deep level of tiredness that can have serious effects. For example, studies show that driving while fatigued is the same as driving while intoxicated. It can seriously impact your ability to function and make good decisions.
Fatigue Isn’t Normal
No matter how long you have been feeling fatigued, you can do something about it. You don’t have to live with this level of exhaustion forever. If you want to take the first step, call our team.Read More About When Should I Worry About Fatigue?