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Question: Unexplained Lethargy

 Jane - Mon Dec 08, 2003 11:18 am

I am in my early 30s and I am experiencing lethargy. I can fall asleep while reading the newspapers. I can barely last more than half a day at work and I feel extremely sleepy. I wish to consult a doctor but am too embarassed :oops: to do so because I am not really sick. It is affecting me because I feel lousy :( (how could I be feeling sleepy at work??). It happens even when I have an early night!!
 Dr. Russell M - Mon Dec 08, 2003 12:48 pm

User avatar Hi!

Singapore and reluctance to see a doc??!! Welcome to America, where 40% of its population cannot dream of visiting a doctor for lack of health insurance!

Now don't let that pester your doc unless you have:

1. Fatigue that comes on suddenly
2. Fatigue that is not relieved by adequate rest, adequate sleep, or removal of stressful factors
3. Fatigue that is accompanied by unexplained symptoms
4. Feeling as if you are going to pass out
5. Unexplained weight changes
6. Menstrual irregularities
7. Any new masses, lumps, or bumps
8. Mild to moderate pain in your head, chest, or abdomen

If you experience any of the following, you should go to a hospital’s Emergency Department:

1. Pass out
2. Chest pain
3. Shortness of breath
4. Bleeding - Rectal bleeding, vomiting blood
5. Severe abdominal, pelvic, or back pain
6. Severe headache
7. Irregular or fast heartbeat
8. Other people or pets in same household have same symptoms (possible carbon monoxide poisoning)

So, if your lethargy is troubling you or affecting your work, there is no harm in getting yourself examined by a doctor. Because there are many causes including anemia, sleep apnea, blood sugar, thyroid abnormalities, infections, vitamin deficiency, lack of exercise, dietary deficiencies, etc.,

Hope this helps.

Warm regards,


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