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Alternate Names : Weariness

Fatigue | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the condition?

Specific treatment for fatigue is directed at the cause. For example, a person may need antibiotics to treat an infection or thyroid pills to treat low thyroid levels. Those with depression often need drugs to treat their condition. Those with cancer may need surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy. Regular exercise without overdoing it, getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, and decreasing stress levels can often help.

What are the side effects of the treatments?

Side effects depend on the treatments used. All medications have possible side effects. These include allergic reactions, stomach upset, and headache. Surgery carries a risk of bleeding and infection.

What happens after treatment for the condition?

What happens after treatment depends on the cause of fatigue. If the fatigue goes away, a person may not need further treatment. Those who were "overdoing it" may need no further treatment once they get some rest. Those with diabetes generally need further treatment and monitoring even if their fatigue goes away.

How is the condition monitored?

A person can monitor his or her own energy level and fatigue at home. Any changes in these levels can be reported to the healthcare provider. The underlying cause of fatigue may or may not need further monitoring.

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Author: Adam Brochert, MD
Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
Date Reviewed: 07/27/01

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