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TheIndependentAquarius 09-02-2011 01:51 AM

What kind of doctor should be sought for the problem of body fatigue?
 
I don't want to go to a general physician,
since I feel, that the problem is not general.
I have been to general physicians before,
they give general tonics etc., they work for
some time, but then again, the situation is
same.

I sleep 8 hours. Though I don't eat food too
much regularly, but still, I think there should
be a limit of getting tired too.

I don't feel energetic ever.
I eat, I am tired.
I don't eat, I am tired.
I don't do anything, I am still tired.

I don't have the energy of a rabbit!

Which is the kind of specialist doctor who
can look into this?

P.S.
Now a days, I drive scooter in crowded roads
for a total of 1 and a half hour, daily.

druuna 09-02-2011 02:07 AM

Hi,

Although I'm not familiar with the healthcare system in India, in Europe (and the US/Canada) the general physician does the preliminary work and if needed s/he points one to a specific specialist that can deal with ones specific complaints.

Being tired and out of energy all the time can be a symptom of many things. In our modern world private/work-related stress, long work hours, a general lack of healthy living and an unhealthy living environment is a common general cause.

I wouldn't take medical advise from LQ members, maybe there are exceptions but I don't think there are any qualified physicians around on LQ and I would advise you to have a good talk with your current general physician (or if s/he isn't to your liking an alternate one). Explain exactly what is wrong with you and do include your daily routines and possible other (stress related) problems, if India is anything like Europe/North America, s/he will send you to a specialist if needed.

Hope this helps.

{BBI}Nexus{BBI} 09-02-2011 02:09 AM

If this is a serious question. I'm no doctor but you could look into Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

TheIndependentAquarius 09-02-2011 02:20 AM

Thanks, I'll read in detail about Chronic Fatigue
Syndrome.

Also, I forgot to mention in my previous post, that
I have noticed that when I am under air conditioner,
(in office for example), I don't feel the same level
of tiredness as compared to when I am at home. (with
NO AC)
Now, that is not an acceptable excuse, I think.

When I am at home (with no AC), I usually have to "pull"
myself up while getting from the sofa. My general walking
is slow as compared to normal, I feel. I am a slim girl
and I have seen fatter people walking faster than me. :rolleyes:

Now I am tired of being tired, actually.

SigTerm 09-02-2011 02:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Anisha Kaul (Post 4459355)
I don't want to go to a general physician,

The correct solution would be to go to general physician. Physician might direct you to proper specialist and he/she might prescribe blood test in order to see what's wrong with you.

"Fatigue" can be caused by many things - improper diet, lack of sleep, depression, parasites(afaik) and there are probably many other possible cases. Also, asking for a health advice on computer forum is not a good idea. Health problems should to be solved face-to-face.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Anisha Kaul (Post 4459355)
I have been to general physicians before, they give general tonics etc., they work for some time, but then again, the situation is same.

I'm sure if you insist or go to commercial clinic (I'm not sure how healthcare is handled in India) they can perform a more thorough examination. This might cost you more, though.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Anisha Kaul (Post 4459355)
Though I don't eat food too much regularly

Improper diet can cause fatigue. If your diet lacks something(carbohydrates?), you'll be dead tired even if you eat like a horse.

Anyway, I'd recommend to go to specialist.

TheIndependentAquarius 09-02-2011 02:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SigTerm (Post 4459397)
I'm sure if you insist or go to commercial clinic (I'm not sure how healthcare is handled in India) they can perform a more thorough examination. This might cost you more, though.

Alright, I think I'll go this time to a hospital
with a "big name". These kind of hospitals
have an entry fees of $9, which is very expensive,
but still, lets see.

Quote:

Originally Posted by SigTerm (Post 4459397)
If your diet lacks something(carbohydrates?), you'll be dead tired even if you eat like a horse.

I eat rice, both in lunch and dinner, daily.

Quote:

Originally Posted by SigTerm (Post 4459397)
Anyway, I'd recommend to go to specialist.

and I posted this thread to know the "name" of that
specialist's type!

linuxlover.chaitanya 09-02-2011 03:08 AM

I am not sure I am not right track, but I have experienced it myself that lack of exercise can lead to fatigues. Even a 45 mins of just morning walk can make you feel good throughout the day. Though I can not say what kind of specialist would be able to help you and I think very few would be able to help on this LQ forum.

SigTerm 09-02-2011 03:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Anisha Kaul (Post 4459412)
and I posted this thread to know the "name" of that
specialist's type!

As I already said (AFAIK) "fatigue" can be caused by many REALLY different things, that are handled by different specialists, so it is impossible to guess correct specialist for you, especially without having medical education. Hence you should go to "general physician", so he can diagnose the problem and direct you to proper specialist.

Your original question is roughly equivalent to asking "my program doesn't work, what should I do?". When somebody asks something like that and you feel really generous, normally you start asking questions about program ("exactly how it doesn't work") and ask to debug the program if necessarry. In your case it means somebody with better idea of possible causes of fatigue should question you for additional symptoms and prescribe tests, if necessary. "Somebody" == "health specialist".

Quote:

Originally Posted by Anisha Kaul (Post 4459412)
Alright, I think I'll go this time to a hospital
with a "big name". These kind of hospitals
have an entry fees of $9, which is very expensive,
but still, lets see.

Well, if you really don't wanna go/pay, you could try searching for medical forum. Won't be perfect solution, but it will be a better idea than asking for health advice on a computer forum.

TheIndependentAquarius 09-02-2011 03:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SigTerm (Post 4459468)
As I already said (AFAIK) "fatigue" can be caused by many REALLY different things, that are handled by different specialists

I was somehow guessing that ONE specialist would
be handling the fatigue problem, but I think you
are right, different "causes" of fatigue may be
handled by "different" specialists.

Quote:

Originally Posted by SigTerm (Post 4459468)
but it will be a better idea than asking for health advice on a computer forum.

Posting on LQ (/General), for me, is not
always a way to get the perfect solution. Sharing
experiences with known people, listening to them,
joking around etc., is also a reason behind the
threads in /General.

brianL 09-02-2011 06:23 AM

I'm no nutritionist, but your problem may be caused by a lack of protein in your diet. I think vegetarians get their protein from all sorts of beans. Protein provides all the B vitamins. So, either find recipes that include whatever kind of beans, or start taking vitamin B tablets, or both.

P.S.
This is great advice, coming from somebody who lives on mostly ready-made microwaved meals and junk food.
:D

SigTerm 09-02-2011 07:06 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by brianL (Post 4459550)
I'm no nutritionist, but your problem may be caused by a lack of protein in your diet.

Actually, if you'll keep eating only boiled meat and nothing else (low carbohydrates), you'll also be dead tired. See atkins diet(advise - never try it).

brianL 09-02-2011 07:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SigTerm (Post 4459572)
Actually, if you'll keep eating only boiled meat and nothing else (low carbohydrates), you'll also be dead tired. See atkins diet(advise - never try it).

Yeah, definitely. You need proteins, carbohydrates, fats - in more or less the right proportions. A balanced, omnivorous diet.

PrinceCruise 09-02-2011 09:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Anisha Kaul (Post 4459355)
I sleep 8 hours. Though I don't eat food too
much regularly,
I don't do anything, I am still tired.

Okay. Do something then.
Fix some time in the morning and evening for light exercises - a mixture of cardiovascular ones and breathing. That WILL help.
About the food we Indians have on daily basis, I know it, stop eating oily and junk food, no matter how tempted you feel(If you do so).

8 hrs. is a really good sleep you getting, you're lucky.

Just my 2 cents.

Regards.

cascade9 09-02-2011 09:57 AM

Go and see a doctor. Dont expect that you will be able to walk in, discribe your symptoms, and have the doctor say 'a-ha! I know what that is, its xxxxx'. Its very hard to diagnose the sort of problem you are describing. If it was me, I'd probably ask for a blood test (and I _*hate*_ blood tests).

Going to see a 'specialist' may be possible, but without knowing (or even suspecting) what the source of the problem is, you could be spending more money than you would on GPs and getting no better advice.

I'd also consider seeing an ayurvedic medical practitioner.

BTW, I had simlar problems a few years ago, and I saw various doctors. It took ages till I found one who could actually diagnose my problem- long term exposure to lead, industrial cleaners and solvents.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Anisha Kaul (Post 4459393)
Also, I forgot to mention in my previous post, that
I have noticed that when I am under air conditioner,
(in office for example), I don't feel the same level
of tiredness as compared to when I am at home. (with
NO AC)
Now, that is not an acceptable excuse, I think.

Interesting. ;)

Maybe dehydration/heat stress related, or even-

Quote:

Originally Posted by SigTerm (Post 4459397)
depression

That was my initial guess.

Sorry about the next bit, I cant really figure out a way to say this tactfully but still be clear.

If your pissing dark, (brown through to yellow), increase your water intake. If your piss is clear/only slightly yellow, try getting some vitamin b. (I take soluable B group vitamins).

The vitamin b group has a big effect on the immune and nervous system (and also depression). If you do have a vitamin b group deficiency, even 1 dose of b group vitamins can have a big effect. If you dont have a b group vitamin problem, you'll just pee it out....

Quote:

Originally Posted by linuxlover.chaitanya (Post 4459427)
I am not sure I am not right track, but I have experienced it myself that lack of exercise can lead to fatigues. Even a 45 mins of just morning walk can make you feel good throughout the day. Though I can not say what kind of specialist would be able to help you and I think very few would be able to help on this LQ forum.

A good bit of exercise, even fairly 'low impact' like walking can do wonders for people. It can help with all sorts of ailments, helps with digestion and circulation, can really help with depression and even the endorphins can help reduce symptoms of ailments unaffected by the exercise.

IMO the lack of exercise in western countries is part of the reason why antidepressants are everywhere.

SL00b 09-02-2011 10:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PrinceSharma (Post 4459701)
Okay. Do something then.
Fix some time in the morning and evening for light exercises - a mixture of cardiovascular ones and breathing. That WILL help.

Actually, there are several possible causes of chronic fatigue related to the cardiovascular and respiratory systems where exercise will make the problem much, much worse. I'd say it's worth trying, but start slowly, listen to your body, and stop immediately if you notice a problem.

If your problems change by environment, then an obvious solution would be to change your environment, though obviously your ability to do so would be limited by your available resources. DEFINITELY you want to make sure you're staying properly hydrated in the summer heat, and do what you can to keep your body temperature down. Your mention of it occuring primarily at home with no AC raises the possibility that you're experiencing mild heat exhaustion, in which case keeping cool however possible needs to become a priority... heat exhaustion is not a large step from heat stroke.

And incidentally, heat exhaustion would be another possible cause where exercise will make the problem much worse.


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