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Excessive tiredness even after good night's sleep, headache at the back of head. Anemia ruled out. Root cause?

I lead an active life, gym and dancing, and always up and down at work but I am feeling so so tired most of the time. I had my blood tested again a few months ago and the only thing that showed up was a slightly low red blood count - borderline anaemic 11.something I think it was - it has been at this level for a few years so it must be the norm for me! Doc said not low enough to treat it so is it something else causing my tiredness? I get about 7.5 - 8 hours sleep a night, wake up a couple of times usually but feel drained in the morning, wake up a bit, slump at about 11.15am, sometimes by 7pm I feel like I could go to bed. Sometimes a headache at back of head.
Thu, 20 Dec 2012
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Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

Tiredness is a non-specific symptom and can be seen in a variety of conditions. Some of the medical conditions which can cause tiredness are:
- Anaemia
- Other nutritional deficiencies
- Diabetes (due to fluctuating blood sugar levels)
- Thyroid disorders
- Depression, et.

You have mentioned that you've been found to have mild anaemia, which could very well be a cause for your tiredness. It is also important to rule out other possible medical conditions for which, I would advise you to have a detailed evaluation. You can also take an iron plus multivitamin supplement for your anaemia and other possible vitamin deficiencies.

Best wishes,
Dr. Sheeba Stephen
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