Causes of Tiredness and Exhaustion

If you often find yourself complaining about being tired and exhausted, it is time you take these complaints more seriously, before they try to ruin your health further. Fatigue and exhaustion is quite common nowadays and with hectic schedules, people often dismiss them as part of their routine and not a medical condition that needs to be taken care of. Doctors, who have worked with cancer patients, factory workers, marathon runners, and patients, who were diagnosed with depression or chronic fatigue syndromes, identified exhaustion as a serious medical condition.

Many patients are simply unable to take part in extracurricular activities simply because they are “too tired” to do so. With busy schedules, people have stopped taking notice when someone says “I’m too tired”, but they should! Not only can it be a dominant cause for anemia, but it can also cause of complications for women during pregnancy and childbirth. Most women of childbearing age don’t give a second thought to fatigue, however, when the body is suffering from anemia or iron deficiency, the human body begins to show signs of decreased energy.

Other symptoms of fatigue and exhaustion are dizziness internal bleeding, pallor, shortness of breath and cold feet and hands. Fatigue or exhaustion can be caused by iron deficiency, but there is another cause for feeling tired all the time. Hypothyroidism is another condition that can cause a person to feel tired all the time. This conditions happens, when your thyroid stops making enough thyroid hormones, that can cause depression, a feeling of coldness over the skin, dry skin, brittle hair and nails, constipation, irregular menstruation and trouble thinking clearly. What patients think is a little exhaustion, can increase cholesterol levels if left untreated, and can increase the chance of a person of having a heart attack or a stroke.

If you don’t have either of the above mentioned conditions and you are still tired and exhausted all the time, then you might be suffering from Candida overgrowth or fibromyalgia. A high carbohydrate and high sugar diets can cause candida overgrowth and a person can display symptoms like repeated infections (UTIs, vaginal yeast infections, jock itch, ringworm, oral thrush), headaches, postnasal drip, poor concentration, depression and intense sugar cravings. Fibromyalgia can also cause a person to be tired all the time. It is most commonly found in women in their 30’s to 50’s. Most common symptoms are brain fog, muscular strains, pain in joints and ligaments and gastrointestinal problems.

If you have any of these symptoms, it is time to consult a physician or a doctor, because all these are a sure sign that you are dealing with chronic exhaustion or fatigue syndrome. Detecting signs of fatigue in early stages can help you deal with it and help the physician diagnose a proper treatment for it. If left untreated, exhaustion can decrease how well an individual cope and react to stress. Individuals, who are exhausted, can show signs of being irritated, forgetful, and impatient, and can complain of strained muscles or gradual heaviness during work or other activities.

Exhaustion can also cause a person to show an increased sensitivity to light and sound, symptoms of insomnia, decrease stamina and a desire to limit their social interactions. Another thing, which is quite common among fatigued individuals, is a sudden loss of energy, a frank confusion that resembles delirium and emotional withdrawal. Most individuals have a hard time differentiating between tiredness and exhaustion. When the body is exhausted, it is unable to keep up with balanced energy levels. Most individuals fail to interpret the difference between tiredness and exhaustion and try to increase their energy levels by an enhanced caffeine intake.

Adopting stimulants to deal with exhaustion is counterproductive; because they only “fool” the body into thinking that it has more energy reserves than it actually does. Delaying the progression of exhaustion from shutting down bodily functions, by introducing the body to stimulating interventions, is less productive than finding ways to reduce stress. Most students or people who have a habit of staying up late or sleeping less than 7 hours a night can also suffer from burn-out syndrome. Improving the diet, increasing exercise, sleeping regularly, and scaling back on caffeine, stimulants and stress can help individuals deal with exhaustion and fatigue, thus improving the overall quality of their health and life.

You can find out more information on this subject a the NHS Choices website.