Fatigue

Michele Martinho, MD -  - Internist

Michele Martinho, MD

Internist located in New York, NY

Everyone goes through periods of exhaustion, but fatigue is something different. If you’re concerned about declining energy and vitality, Dr. Michele Martinho offers thorough diagnostic and treatment services at her thriving Gramercy, New York City practice. As an internist, Dr. Martinho has the skill and experience needed to get to the bottom of what’s causing your fatigue and help you find a path toward renewed health. Book an appointment online or by phone to get started.

Fatigue Q & A

Michele Martinho, MD

What is fatigue?

Fatigue is not a condition in and of itself, but is a symptom of an underlying problem. Fatigue is tiredness that persists even when you’ve had plenty of sleep. It is the constant feeling that you just don’t have the energy needed to get through the course of a normal day.

People experience fatigue differently, but some of the common signs include:

  • Lack of motivation to begin any activity
  • Inability to complete an activity without feeling overly tired
  • Mental issues like memory loss and issues with concentration

Some of the words used to describe fatigue include exhaustion, weariness, malaise, lethargy, and listlessness. If these sound familiar to you and your condition, it may be time to seek professional care.

What causes fatigue?

Everyone experiences exhaustion at various points during their lives, but fatigue differs in that it’s chronic and has no clear cause. There are many different medical conditions that can cause fatigue, including:

  • Certain medications
  • Cardiac and pulmonary disease
  • Anemia
  • Metabolic and endocrine disorders
  • Mental health issues
  • Infections
  • Vitamin deficiencies

You play a role in diagnosing the cause of your fatigue by sharing the full details of your health history, medications, and lifestyle with Dr. Martinho during your diagnostic examination. That information guides her in determining the best diagnostic tools for your unique needs.

How is fatigue treated?

Your treatment plan depends on the source of the fatigue, your overall health, and your willingness to make lifestyle modifications. In cases in which a serious medical issue is to blame, treating that condition is the first step.

For example, if anemia is causing fatigue, restoring a healthy red blood cell count through blood infusions or other therapy can almost bring an immediate end to your fatigue. Many medical conditions require lengthier treatments, and you might not notice improvements in your energy level for weeks or even months after the start of the treatment.

There are also cases in which determining a clear cause is not that simple. In those instances, lifestyle modifications, like reaching a healthy weight, taking vitamin supplements, making dietary improvements, and working with a therapist to address mental health concerns, can all help relieve fatigue.

Individualized care is a cornerstone of Dr. Martinho’s medical practice, and that approach is nowhere more pronounced than when she is treating fatigue. When you’re ready to get started, schedule a consultation by phone or online.

 

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