Tired All of The Time? 4 Real Reasons To See Your Doctor
Last updated on March 18th, 2017 at 10:12 pm
simple tasks.” Though being tired can only be felt by the sufferer, there is hope in finding out the real reasons behind it as it can be objectively assessed by a medical practitioner.
tiredness, a decrease in comfort in performing the mundane acts of daily
living.The danger of this pedestrian dismissal lies in failing to promptly identify and subsequently manage common but life threatening medical conditions.
First, it is worth noting that this article aims at informing you the patient as a partner patientcentric care with the aim of increasing the overall value that you derive from your doctor’s visit.This is essentially because the individual often fails to grasp their primary role in managing their health. The first rule learnt in clinical medicine is that “Patients are their own best doctors.” This is so, as patients are the ones best placed to recognize any changes to their well-being, an important initial step in management of disease as it is the heart of good health seeking behavior.
However, depression is the commonest psychiatric condition in this high pressure, fast paced age of wanton self indulgence as eloquently described by former Uruguayan president Jose Mujica. Depression should therefore be readily identified and managed accordingly by a qualified mental health professional as it is one of the leading causes of suicide not only in teenagers but also in the adult population). Appropriate health seeking is encouraged on the back of sustained unfamiliar notable tiredness in a loved one.
The haematological system concerns itself with blood components and blood forming organs such as the bone marrow. Red blood cells, biconcave shaped cells that form part of the cellular components of blood, are important in the transfer of oxygen and carbon dioxide to and from body tissues.
When the mass of these red blood cells or the heme pigment which it carries (haemoglobin) reduces to a point below the lower cut off for a particular age, sex and race; the individual is said to be suffering from anemia. One of the cardinal symptoms of anemia is unusual tiredness that may be accompanied by awareness of the heartbeat (palpitations) or frequent headaches.
More About Anemia: The cause of anemia varies across age groups as evident in increased prevalence of anemia among women of the reproductive health group as a direct consequence of blood loss through cyclical menstrual bleeds.This condition which can be reliably picked by examination of the tounge, palms, inner cheek and eyes for paleness (palor). Once the health provider confirms palor, it should be thoroughly be investigated via a detailed history querying various aspects ranging from nutrition to lifestyle habits such as smoking.This is then followed by a thorough physical examination so as to elicit the physical signs of disease and concluded by performing a battery of both radiological and laboratory tests such as haematological, microbial, endocrine and tumor maker detection as the causes of anaemia are varied.Anemia is common finding in most chronic diseases like various forms of malignant cancers , HIV infection and tuberculosis. Quite often, anaemia acts as a surrogate marker for underlying serious pathological processes.
Severe forms of heart failure are indicated by breathlessness (dysponea) at rest while milder forms present with dysponea on activity such as walking.The cardiovascular system is of particular interest in investigating tiredness in diabetic, hypertensive or in individuals who are at risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
The cardiovascular system is also actively assessed where peripheral artery disease is suspected such as in young male chronic smokers (Berger’s disease) and chronic suffers of metabolic diseases like diabetes.
Nipping it at the bud
It is also prudent to seek the opinion of a trained health professional. Remember self medication is dangerous.