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What Causes Fatigue Along With Headaches?

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Posted on Wed, 8 Nov 2017
Question: I slept for 9 1/2 hours. Had breakfast cereal. Sat down in easy chair for a few minutes and slept for 2 1/2 hours more. Still very tired. Male age 80. This a typical day recently. I have always been active, traveled widely, live on a small farm. No livestock for past 3 years.

Forgot to mention having a constant all-over headache.
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Answered by Dr. Shoaib Khan (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
A few possibilities, have you eaten since before your first sleep of 9hours

Detailed Answer:
Hello Sir and welcome.

Thank you for writing to us.

I have gone through your query with diligence and would like you to know that I am here to help. I would like to bring to your attention that there could be quite a few causes for your presentation, which sounds to be more acute than a chronic (developed over time) condition.

Some of the possible causes could be:

+A drop in blood sugar levels which could be secondary to possible diabetes or even just a poor oral intake. If you think this is a possibility, then a check on your blood sugar levels will be required, but for the time being, you could try making up for all the time you slept without consuming anything and have something to eat

+Simply chronic conditions like hypertension, diabetes, anemia, etc. can also cause such a presentation (however from your details, I believe they must've been ruled out already)

+Side effect of medications: Some medications can cause you to feel drowsy for a long period of time
+Heart diseases
+Thyroid abnormalities
And a few others.

For now, why don't you try to eat and drink something and see if you feel better? I hope you find this helpful.

Please feel free to write back to me for any further clarifications, I am always here to help.

Best wishes.


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What Causes Fatigue Along With Headaches?

Brief Answer: A few possibilities, have you eaten since before your first sleep of 9hours Detailed Answer: Hello Sir and welcome. Thank you for writing to us. I have gone through your query with diligence and would like you to know that I am here to help. I would like to bring to your attention that there could be quite a few causes for your presentation, which sounds to be more acute than a chronic (developed over time) condition. Some of the possible causes could be: +A drop in blood sugar levels which could be secondary to possible diabetes or even just a poor oral intake. If you think this is a possibility, then a check on your blood sugar levels will be required, but for the time being, you could try making up for all the time you slept without consuming anything and have something to eat +Simply chronic conditions like hypertension, diabetes, anemia, etc. can also cause such a presentation (however from your details, I believe they must've been ruled out already) +Side effect of medications: Some medications can cause you to feel drowsy for a long period of time +Heart diseases +Thyroid abnormalities And a few others. For now, why don't you try to eat and drink something and see if you feel better? I hope you find this helpful. Please feel free to write back to me for any further clarifications, I am always here to help. Best wishes.