Fatigue is an extremely common complaint that people have. Obviously, the most logical way to deal with this complaint is to approach it from the underlying cause. There are many reasons for people to have a lack of energy – I will concentrate on the major offenders.
Since hormones control every system in the body, it is not surprising that a hormonal imbalance can create fatigue. For example, a deficiency of progesterone, an extremely common occurrence in both men and women, can lead to an over-production of insulin. When insulin rises, blood sugar drops. Insulin peaks between 3-4 PM and after people eat, which are very common times for people get sleepy.
Another hormonal issue is excess adrenaline – the fight-or-flight hormone. This is an anger and stress hormone, two emotions that can result in muscles to tense up, even while sleeping. Keeping muscles tense can use up a tremendous amount of energy, which can explain why people with fibromyalgia always complain of fatigue and why people can wake up and not feel rested.
A low functioning thyroid can be an additional hormonal issue. Along with fatigue, a low thyroid can result in dry skin, cracked heels, poor nails, weight problems, etc. A low testosterone level in men can result in fatigue as well.
Certain medications can also create problems with fatigue. Examples of these would include: antidepressants, sedatives, beta-blockers like metoprolol, a hangover from sleeping pills, anti-histamines, statin drugs like simvastin and lipitor which can result in a thyroid slowdown because they reduce CO Q 10 levels.
There are certain medical conditions that can cause fatigue. These include: anemia, congestive heart failure, and chronic lung conditions – i.e. illnesses that can result in a decrease oxygenation of red blood cells which carry oxygen to all tissues of the body. Perhaps the most common condition resulting in a complaint of fatigue is depression.
One can readily see that in order to determine why a patient has fatigue, it is necessary for a doctor to sit down and talk to them. This will lead to a diagnosis 90% of the time. Unfortunately, doctors often do not allow themselves enough time to fully evaluate their patients. They have been bewitched by pharmaceutical companies who have ingrained them with the idea that drugs are the answer. Statistically, when a doctor walks into a treatment room to see a patient, within 18 seconds he/she knows what drug they will be prescribing.
As I have mentioned in a prior blog, getting patients well represents the art of medicine. There are hindrances to this from drug companies who tell doctors how to practice medicine, and insurance companies, that tell doctors what’s covered and what isn’t. But perhaps the greatest blockage to doctors who wish to provide true wellness to their patients is from state medical boards and their “experts” that, ironically, have been mandated to protect consumers. They purposefully seek out to destroy those doctors who represent any progress in medicine, in their effort to protect the status quo. I know this because I was one of those doctors.
I have the luxury of spending at least 90 minutes with those people who wish to consult with me by Skype, phone, or in person. I can work with your own doctor to get you on a program of wellness. Please check my website: www.plattwellness.com for more information. You will have the opportunity to get a free e-book copy of my book, “The Miracle of Bio-identical Hormones”.
As a reminder, my wellness manual for healthcare practitioners will be ready in less than a month. This manual goes beyond what you can learn about hormones at a seminar.
In conclusion, I would like to apologize about my occasional rants. But please understand, I am concerned with the status of our health care and nothing will change until the public becomes aware that the system needs help and they should not have to settle. I chose the topic of fatigue because it is a common problem and those with it can judge for themselves if they have been adequately assessed.
Important Note: All materials in these blogs are provided as opinion only and should not be construed as medical advice or instruction. No action should be taken based solely on the contents of this information; instead, readers should consult appropriate health professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being.