Constant tiredness and fatigue that is not relieved by sleep and rest can be a symptom of an underlying medical condition that needs treatment. If that sounds like you, schedule a consultation with internist Dr. Purnachandra Yerneni at theRAO Medical Spa & Anti-Aging Clinic in Mandeville, Louisiana. Dr. Yerneni offers a range of diagnostic tests to get to the cause of your fatigue. Once he clinches the diagnosis, he tirelessly works along with you to help you get back to health again. Call or click to schedule an appointment today.
Fatigue Q & A
What is fatigue?
Fatigue is a feeling of daily lack of energy or motivation. It is a constant state of whole body tiredness that can’t be relieved by sleep. About 20% of Americans claim to have experienced fatigue.
What are the common symptoms of fatigue?
Fatigue is usually a symptom of an underlying physical or psychological illness. It often presents as a combination of emotional and physical symptoms, including:
- Lack of motivation
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty starting and completing tasks
- Dizziness and vertigo
Dr. Yernini of Internal Medicine Clinic listens to your concerns and tries to find the root cause of your fatigue.
How is fatigue diagnosed?
Dr. Yernini will begin by asking you questions about your quality of life, sleep patterns, exercise routine, stress, diet, and associated medical conditions. He also inquires about your medical and family history. He then performs a physical exam and a chest and abdominal examination.
Based on those results, Dr. Yernini will order lab and imaging tests that may include an ultrasound or MRI. Based on the data he’s gathered, Dr. Yernini determines the cause of your fatigue to formulate an individualized treatment plan.
How is fatigue managed?
The treatment for fatigue consists of treating the underlying cause.Dr. Yernini begins the with lifestyle modification, which includes proper rest, adequate sleep, regular exercise, elimination of stimulants, cessation of alcohol and other recreational drugs, diet modification and the use of balanced nutritional supplements.
Dr. Yernini also prescribes medications or plans the necessary procedure or surgery to address the medical cause of your fatigue.
How can you prevent fatigue?
Prevention of both physical and mental fatigue is possible by adopting a healthy lifestyle and working along with your doctor for optimizing treatment for the cause of fatigue. The prevention strategies include:
- Follow an exercise routine
- Manage stress and practice relaxation
- Check your medications
- Eat a healthy diet
- Get adequate sleep
- Avoid drinking and smoking
- Avoid excess coffee
- Maintain proper hydration
Lastly, undergo regular annual physical exams and screening tests to catch any illness early.
The first step in the successful treatment of fatigue is knowing the problem exists and discussing it with your doctor. If you or your loved ones are feeling an exhaustion that does not go away with adequate rest and sleep, call the Internal Medicine Clinic in Bogalusa, Louisiana, or visit the practice online to schedule an appointment today.