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I have recently been overtired and have required too much

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Posted on Sat, 30 Mar 2019
Question: I have recently been overtired and have required too much sleep.
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Answered by Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh (35 minutes later)
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Hello and welcome,

Fatigue can be due to many things. Among the most common causes of fatigue in a woman your age are anemia and hormonal fluctuations, if you are perimenopausal; poor quality sleep (from allergies, stress, apnea), and low thyroid levels.

Most illnesses are associated with fatigue, including diabetes. The aftermath of a viral infection can cause fatigue too. Overwork, stress, depression, anxiety can too. And not getting enough exercise. For some people even diet can cause fatigue such as having a lot of refined carbohydrates, high fructose corn sweetener, etc. And if a person normally has caffeinated products and stops these, there can be fatigue.

An evaluation usually starts with a complete blood count (to look for signs of infections, anemia), and a chemistry panel (which shows blood sugars and electrolytes). If the problem has been going on for weeks to months, a thyroid panel would also be in order.

I hope this information helps. Please let me know if I can provide further information or clarification.
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Brief Answer: Information Detailed Answer: Hello and welcome, Fatigue can be due to many things. Among the most common causes of fatigue in a woman your age are anemia and hormonal fluctuations, if you are perimenopausal; poor quality sleep (from allergies, stress, apnea), and low thyroid levels. Most illnesses are associated with fatigue, including diabetes. The aftermath of a viral infection can cause fatigue too. Overwork, stress, depression, anxiety can too. And not getting enough exercise. For some people even diet can cause fatigue such as having a lot of refined carbohydrates, high fructose corn sweetener, etc. And if a person normally has caffeinated products and stops these, there can be fatigue. An evaluation usually starts with a complete blood count (to look for signs of infections, anemia), and a chemistry panel (which shows blood sugars and electrolytes). If the problem has been going on for weeks to months, a thyroid panel would also be in order. I hope this information helps. Please let me know if I can provide further information or clarification.