Fatigue

Fatigue Specialist
If you constantly feel a tiredness that doesn’t go away after a good night’s sleep, you may have a condition known as chronic fatigue. Chronic fatigue can disrupt your life and make it difficult to perform your job or handle your other responsibilities. At West Houston Internal Medicine in Katy, Texas, Dr. Karen Thampoe offers comprehensive diagnostic testing to determine the root cause of your fatigue. She also offers a variety of treatments to help restore your energy and reduce symptoms of chronic fatigue. Schedule a consultation online or by calling the office.

Fatigue Q & A

West Houston Internal Medicine Associates, LLC

What is fatigue?

Fatigue is a condition that causes excessive tiredness and a persistent lack of energy. It can also create a lack of motivation and an inability to get through your daily routine without disruption.

Chronic fatigue symptoms can range from mild to severe and may be the result of improper nutrition or a lack of exercise. Fatigue can also be a symptom of an underlying medical condition, such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Emphysema
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • An immune disorder

Mental health conditions, including depression and anxiety, can also lead to chronic fatigue that worsens mental illness.

When should I see a doctor about fatigue?

Feeling tired and lacking energy may be the result of poor sleeping habits and other poor lifestyle choices. However, if your fatigue is persistent, even when you get enough sleep, you should schedule an appointment to see Dr. Thampoe.

Other signs your fatigue needs treatment include:

  • Insomnia
  • Feeling depressed
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Increased sensitivity to cold temperatures
  • A consistently higher than normal body temperature

How is fatigue diagnosed?

Dr. Thampoe performs a full physical evaluation and reviews your medical history. She asks you questions about your general health and habits to determine if your fatigue symptoms are the result of an underlying medical condition. She also reviews any medications you’re taking and environmental factors like increased stress or being overworked.

To rule out medical conditions, Dr. Thampoe may request blood work or a urine sample for additional testing to determine the root cause of your fatigue.

What treatments are available for fatigue?

Once Dr. Thampoe diagnoses your symptoms, she creates a customized treatment plan to help you manage fatigue symptoms. She provides guidance with a healthy diet and exercise plan to boost your energy. She may also suggest lifestyle changes to improve your physical health, including quitting smoking, improving sleep patterns, and managing stress.

Dr. Thampoe may prescribe medications to address medical conditions that are contributing to your fatigue. She may also recommend low-dose antidepressants to resolve depression issues that can result from chronic fatigue. Antidepressants can also improve your quality of sleep.

Schedule a consultation online or call West Houston Internal Medicine to learn more.

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