Has Your Get Up And
Go Got Up And Left?
Has your get up and
go got up and left you?
Do you fell washed out? Fatigued? Short of
energy? Do you have difficulty in getting through the day without having a rest?
You aren't alone!
On an average sort of day in an average sort
of town the average sort of doctor will see at least one patient complaining of
Drug companies and patent medicine manufacturers sell
millions of pounds worth of tonics and potions designed to help overcome these
Go into your local pharmacy and you'll see row upon row of
bottles and packets full of medicines and tablets designed to give you energy.
But buying a bottle of magic "tonic" from your local chemist isn't
necessarily the best answer for tiredness.
Nearly half the patients who
complain of tiredness are suffering from a specific, genuine physical problem.
And most of the rest have a social or psychological problem.
bottle of tonic will merely paper over the cracks. It won't deal with the
If you are for ever feeling tired then you really
should go and see your doctor and get a check up. A simple physical examination
and a few blood tests may well provide the answer - and help your GP solve your
Meanwhile, here is a list of some of the commonest
causes of tiredness - together with other symptoms and possible treatments.
We recharge our batteries when we're
asleep. If you're not sleeping properly then you're bound to feel tired. And
sleeping pills aren't the answer - if taken for more than a couple of weeks they
can cause sleeplessness. Get your doctor to find out why you aren't sleeping.
And if you have difficulty sleeping maybe try this simple regime:
Exercise gently for 10 to 20 minutes. (Do this indoors unless you live in a
totally safe neighbourhood.)
* Think through your day's problems. Write down
your worries in a notebook.
* Spend 15 minutes in a soothing bath.
to bed with a relaxing book.
2. Poor eating habits
blood carries food and oxygen around your body. If your diet doesn't contain
enough iron then your blood will be "thin" and won't do its job properly. You
can avoid this problem by eating a good, healthy diet which includes plenty of
dark green vegetables. But if your think you could be anaemic don't try treating
yourself - see your doctor.
3. Post viral fatigue
After a viral infection - such as 'flu or hepatitis - many
people feel tired and washed out. Some people stay washed out for months. They
may be suffering from "post viral fatigue syndrome". This is especially common
among men and women in their 20s and 30s. It causes mental and physical
tiredness. Patients complain that they can't remember things and that they are
clumsy and uncoordinated. There is no specific treatment - but patients who rest
when they are at their weakest may get better quickest. Get medical advice if
you think you could be suffering from this or any other cause of tiredness.
4. Hormonal problems
Two specific hormone problems cause
tiredness - diabetes and an underactive thyroid gland. Suspect diabetes if you
feel thirsty, need to pass urine often, notice a weight change or suffer
frequently from boils - though many other symptoms are possible. Remember
diabetes runs in families.
Suspect thyroid problems if your other
symptoms include: poor memory, hoarse voice, thin hair, muscle cramps, poor
appetite, weight gain, constipation, low sex drive and a hatred of cold
Your doctor will probably be able to treat both these conditions
If you work too hard - and
constantly push yourself to your limits - then you'll feel tired! The answer is
obvious - you need to rest occasionally. And make sure that when you rest you
really do rest. Try to get away completely every few months.
Copyright Vernon Coleman 2006