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Dr Becky Prince discusses fatigue, which can stem from a variety of causes. In both men and women it can be due to hormonal imbalances or deficiency. In women, it could be due to anaemia, which is when there’s a low blood haemoglobin level. This affects women of reproductive age, due to heavy periods. When it comes to men, anaemia could be due to a slow loss of blood from an ulcer, for example.
If you’re tired, feel cold and have unexplained weight gain, these may be symptoms of an underactive thyroid. If you want to check your thyroid gland function, take a tiny blood sample at home. If your thyroid gland is underactive you will need to take thyroxine tablets.
Fatigue may be a symptom of stress or anxiety. If you’re stressed or feeling tired all the time, make sure you consult a doctor – you can do this on the phone or online with Dr Morton’s medical helpline. In the winter a lack of sunlight could make you feel tired due to a Vitamin D deficiency and you also may suffer from sleep deprivation and headaches. Make sure you get plenty of exercise and eat lots of fruit and vegetables.
Chronic fatigue syndrome or ME is another possibility. When someone exerts themselves mentally or physically, they may experience a large amount of exhaustion 24 hours later, along with other symptoms such as aching and headaches.
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Dr Morton’s – the medical helpline – aims to take the stress out of the NHS, by offering a service for busy people wanting speedy access to an experienced doctor. Callers can discuss the health problems that arise in their everyday lives and in most cases avoid the need to join a surgery queue or take time off work. Our doctors are also able to prescribe for a wide variety of medical issues and arrange for medication to be sent to the customer’s door.
Dr Morton’s doctors are all UK-based and GMC registered, and are regulated by the Care Quality Commission.