Weakness and Fatigue
If you have generalized weakness and fatigue along with other symptoms, evaluate those symptoms. Home treatment for your other symptoms usually will improve your weakness and fatigue. Mild generalized weakness and fatigue that occur with a Reference viral illness Opens New Window usually improve with the following home treatment measures.
- Get extra rest while you are ill. Let your
symptoms be your guide.
- If you have a cold, you may be able to stick to your usual routine and just get some extra sleep.
- If you have the flu, you may need to spend a few days in bed.
- Return to your usual activities slowly to avoid prolonging the fatigue.
- Be sure to drink Reference extra fluids to avoid Reference dehydration Opens New Window.
If generalized weakness and fatigue are not related to another illness, follow the guidelines in the Reference Prevention section and be patient. It may take a while for you to feel energetic again.
- Listen to your body. Alternate rest with exercise. Gradually increasing your exercise may help decrease your fatigue.
- Limit Reference medicines that might contribute to fatigue. Tranquilizers and cold and allergy medicines often cause fatigue.
- Improve your diet. Eating a balanced diet may increase your energy level. Do not skip meals, especially breakfast.
- Reduce your use of Reference alcohol or other drugs, such as caffeine or nicotine, which may contribute to fatigue.
- Cut back on watching television. Spend that time with friends, try new activities, or travel to break the fatigue cycle.
- Get a Reference good night's sleep. This may be the first step toward controlling fatigue.
Symptoms to watch for during home treatment
Reference Call your doctor if any of the following occur during home treatment:
- New symptoms develop along with the weakness and fatigue.
- Reference Depression Opens New Window or Reference anxiety Opens New Window increases despite home treatment.
- Symptoms of weakness or fatigue increase despite home treatment.
- Symptoms do not improve after 2 weeks of home treatment.
- Symptoms become more severe or more frequent.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference January 12, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Reference H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine