Suggest treatment for severe tiredness in an elderly person

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Posted on Mon, 12 Jun 2017 in Medicines and Side Effects
Question: What would make a man age 74 feel tired all the time when he really hasn't done anything this morning except be on his computer. Got up at 8:30 a.m. this morning and he is now lying down again said he is just tired??
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Answered by Dr. Ivo Ditah 15 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Does this happen often or just today?

Detailed Answer:
Hi and thanks so much for this query.

I will like to know if this happens often or it happened just today. Also, is he having any disease condition such as diabetes, hypertension, etc?

First thing would be to make sure he eats and drinks well. Let him get some rest and maybe the night sleep wasn't that good. Unless this persists, I will not be pushing immediately for aggressive evaluation. Most persons often feel tired on transient bases and this usually resolve with rest.

Kindly update me and I promise to weigh in further as soon as I hear from you!
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Ivo Ditah 35 minutes later
Not happening just today, it's been happening a lot lately, he mows half the lawn not that big and he is exhausted comes inside and sits for a short time: He helped me plant a few flowers on saturday and was totally wiped out which I don't feel he should be.

His wife passed away last year and he took care of her for 3 years as she had altimerzer's not spelled correctly, sorry: With her at home he would be up at 6 a.m. do all things for her, etc, and then they went to bed at 10 p.m., he did all the cooking laundry, helping her in shower, dressing her, etc, you name it he did it for her. She spent the last four months of her life in the hospital.

Yes, he is diabetic, takes medicine for it, type 2 diabetic by I am also and I am not as tired as he is all the time and do much more then he does he is only a year and two months older then I am.

Really not sure why he is so tired all the time, but he is and I really do not think he should be. All he did this morning is on his computer for two and half hours, napping now .

No hypertension that I know of.

I am not his partner and live here with him.
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Answered by Dr. Ivo Ditah 5 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Tiredness with exertion raises possible heart disease!

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Getting easily exhausted with exercise points to the heart. I will suggest that he gets his heart evaluated. Specifically, a heart ultrasound will help establish what the exact volume of blood being received and pumped by the heart is. The exam should also focus on blood examination as anemia can also explain these excessive tiredness that you have reported.

In all, let him be evaluated for anemia and heart disease.

I hope this helps. I wish you well. Feel free to follow up with me if need be.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Ivo Ditah 28 minutes later
Thank you very much and his heart is what I was wondering about it that might be the problem. Will make him call his doctor and get all checked out.

Thank you again, very helpful.

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Answered by Dr. Ivo Ditah 5 hours later
Brief Answer:
Let me know how the visit turns out!

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thanks for your kind words. Let me know how this visit to his physician for heart evaluation turns out.

I look forward hearing from you.
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