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Do You Feel Tired?

I suspect that if I asked the question:  ARE YOU TIRED?”  the majority of people answering this question would be “YES”.  The sensation of feeling tired is subjective in nature and there is really no exact method of measuring someone’s “Tired Level”.  Given the fact that most of us feel tired at various times, the major question is this:  Is the “tired” you feel appropriate and normal for age OR is the sensation of feeling “tired” a symptom of an underlying disease?

The differential diagnosis of evaluating a person’s complaint of “feeling tired” will include:

  • Exploring sleep patterns: Is the person sleeping well, does the person have sleep apnea or other sleep disorder?
  • Low red blood cell counts (anemia)
  • Chemical imbalances such as low serum potassium or sodium
  • Low thyroid levels
  • Low cortisol levels
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Diabetes and/or other metabolic diseases
  • Kidney or liver disease
  • Medication side effects (antidepressants, certain blood pressure medications and others)
  • Undiagnosed heart disease
  • Depression

There are many other bullet points that can be added to this list of causations of “tiredness”

The point of this entry:  If YOU are feeling a certain level of tiredness that has not been present previously and impacting your life, you most certainly should go in for a medical checkup to evaluate all of the possible causes of this.  There are many reversible causes of feeling tired and you owe it to yourself and loved ones to be evaluated.

Any Al Green fans out there?  He was one of my favorites from the 1970s….and he was ‘Tired Of Being Alone”…..enjoy!

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