Has Your Get Up And Go Got Up And Left You?
Are do you feel tired all
Do you fell washed out? Fatigued? Short of energy?
you have difficulty in getting through the day without having a rest?
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
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
And most of the rest have a social or psychological
A bottle of tonic will merely paper over the cracks. It won't
deal with the underlying problem.
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
doctor solve your problem permanently.
Meanwhile, here is a list of some
of the commonest causes of tiredness - together with other symptoms and possible
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 you should try this simple
* Think through your day's problems. Write down your worries in a
* Spend 15 minutes in a soothing bath.
* Go to bed with a
2. Poor eating habits
Your 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. 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 under-active 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 weather.
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.
Vernon Coleman 2003