Fatigue, or tiredness, or simply feeling run-down, may be more than simply exhaustion. It could also mean that you have an underlying disease or illness.
The expression “feeling run down” is a way of describing various experiences from feeling rather weak, to constantly feeling tired; or perhaps simply lacking energy or drive. It’s something that we here at Broadgate GP London take very seriously. If you suffer from any of these feelings often or continuously, and you live and/or work here in London, you call in without appointment to our walkin clinic for one of our GP consultations.
If there is an underlying disease that is causing you to feel run-down, you may experience a variety of symptoms, depending on what the disease is.
You may often experience shortness of breath, and may tire very easily without having done any exercise or being involved in any activity. This often happens to people who are suffering from heart and/or lung disease, or those who are anaemic.
Excessive urination can sometimes accompany feelings of fatigue. This is often the case with people suffering from diabetes. It’s a condition known as “polyuria” and may also be accompanied by excessive thirst (polydypsia) or interference with your vision.
These are all classic symptoms of hypothyroidism; having an underactive thyroid gland.
Whatever the underlying causes to your feeling run-down, in order to get an accurate diagnosis, you should seek help from a medical professional, and allow them to carry out a consultation, and if necessary, undergo a medical examination. It’s something that you can do at your convenience if you make use of the walkin medical services we provide here at Broadgate Clinic London Wall.
In most instances feeling run down is not symptomatic of another illness. When it is, one of the most common causes as we have found here at Broadgate Clinic London Wall is anaemia, which is discussed briefly above under the “Shortness of Breath” heading.
Anaemia materialises when you don’t have as many red blood cells in your bloodstream as you should have. Red blood cells contain a substance known as haemoglobin, and it is this substance that allows your red blood cells to carry oxygen to your body’s tissues and organs. Less red blood cells means that less oxygen is reaching you organs than should be; hence the feelings of fatigue or being run down.
The most common cause of anaemia is an iron deficiency. Approximately 1 in 20 men suffer from anaemia, but the figure is higher for post-menopausal women. It is also common in women who still have their periods, particularly if they are heavy.
Here at Broadgate walkin clinic London Wall you can be tested for anaemia by a simple blood test. The private doctor you see will discuss the condition with you to determine its cause. Anaemia can often be corrected by eating iron rich foods and/or taking iron supplements which you can buy over the counter at our in-house pharmacy.
Setting aside the underlying cause of feeling run down as being indicative of another illness, the more common signs that you are run down include:
Although it may seem rather obvious, tiredness can come about through lack of quality sleep. If you wake up in the morning, and instead of feeling refreshed you simply want to go back to sleep again, this is a sure-fire indicator that you’re not getting enough quality sleep. Note the use of the word “quality.”
Sleep happens in phases. There are 3 phases to non-REM sleep before you reach the REM sleep phase. If sleep is foreshortened, your body doesn’t get enough time to complete all the phases necessary for consolidating memories, carrying out muscle repair and releasing the hormones that are needed to control your growth and your appetite.
Sleep apnoea is a common cause of interrupted sleep. If affects both men and women but is more prevalent in the male.
The GP consultations that are available here at Broadgate walkin clinic London Wall can identify and isolate the causes of interrupted sleep.
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is thought to affect as many as 250,000 people here in the UK at any one point in time. The most common symptom is feeling constantly tired and exhausted. There is no ready-fix for CFS but if you live and or work here in London, you can call at Broadgate Clinic London Wall for a diagnosis. The doctor you see will probably discuss lifestyle options with you, including your eating, sleeping, and exercise routines.
Lack of quality sleep can also lead to difficulty with concentration and making decisions. Some people may not have the classic “want to go back to bed” feeling when they get up, but may still have problems with concentration.
An underactive thyroid gland means you don’t have enough thyroid hormone (thyroxine) in your body. This can lead to you feeling tired. You might also put on weight and suffer from aching muscles.
Your body needs a certain minimum amount of calories, vitamins and minerals to perform at optimum levels. If you are not eating enough, and your diet is not well balanced, you are starving your body of the fuel it needs, and this can lead to feeling run down.
It’s also important to eat the right type of food. Starting your day off with sugary, jam doughnuts for example will cause a sugar rush. As you come down from this, you body will become more sluggish.
Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are another common sign that you may be feeling run down. If you become overtired your immune system can suffer, and small annoyances like UTIs are often the outcome. UTIs can be easily diagnosed and treated by a visit to Broadgate Clinic London Wall.
As the symptoms disappear, the run-down feeling often disappears with them.
Depression isn’t only an emotional illness. It also has physical effects which can include felling fatigued or run down, suffering headaches, and losing your appetite. If these symptoms persist for more than 2 weeks, you should seek medical help.
Depression affects as many as 1 in every 20 people here in the UK and is something that we here at Broadgate Clinic London Wall see and treat regularly.