Fatigue

Preventive and Diagnostic Medical Center

Arun Sehgal, MD

Internal Medicine located in Ramsey, NJ

While everyone is tired occasionally, if you’re continually fatigued, it could be a sign of a more serious health issue. Arun Sehgal, MD, a board-certified internist practicing at Preventive and Diagnostic Medical Center in Ramsey, New Jersey, diagnoses the condition causing your fatigue and provides customized treatment to restore your health, energy, and wellness. Call Preventive and Diagnostic Medical Center or make an appointment online today.

Fatigue Q & A

What conditions cause fatigue?

If you’re physically or mentally worn out, you may feel tired, exhausted, lethargic, or fatigued. Usually, fatigue subsides with a night or two of quality sleep. However, if you have long-lasting fatigue, it could be a sign of a health condition such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid disease
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Sleep apnea and other sleep disorders
  • Depression 
  • Illnesses like the flu
  • Vitamin deficiencies

Other symptoms often accompany fatigue, such as muscle aches, irritability, poor concentration, and headaches. 

What is chronic fatigue syndrome?

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a long-lasting illness that causes severe tiredness that doesn’t improve with rest. It also causes cognitive fog, pain, and dizziness. Chronic fatigue symptoms come and go and are often unpredictable. 

How is the cause of fatigue diagnosed?

As there are so many potential causes of your fatigue, Dr. Sehgal provides comprehensive exams and testing at Preventive and Diagnostic Medical Center to identify the root cause of your symptoms. During your exam, Dr. Sehgal asks about your symptoms as well as your overall health and lifestyle to find additional clues to your condition.

As part of your exam, Dr. Sehgal orders a comprehensive blood panel to measure your:

  • Complete blood count
  • Electrolytes
  • Glucose
  • Creatinine
  • Thyroid hormones
  • Vitamin levels

If he suspects heart disease, Dr. Sehgal may order stress tests, electrocardiograms, or echocardiograms. Additionally, he may test your lung function and order chest X-rays or MRIs to check for signs of pulmonary problems. He may also refer you for a sleep study.

In many cases, Dr. Sehgal may need to rule out several potential causes before confirming your diagnosis.

How is fatigue treated?

Treatment for fatigue depends on the condition causing it. When Dr. Sehgal understands the cause of your condition, he works with you to create and implement a customized treatment plan to improve your health. 

Dr. Sehgal often combines therapies to optimize your health. For example, he can prescribe medicine to address heart disease, diabetes, and hormonal imbalances. However, at the same time, he supports you to adjust your lifestyle with dietary changes, additional exercise, and cutting out tobacco and alcohol if applicable. 

Dr. Sehgal wants to help you lead a healthy, active life. If fatigue is interfering with your wellness, call Preventive and Diagnostic Medical Center or schedule a consultation online today.

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