A 51-year-old female asked:
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don't have cancer that i know of. but is fatigue a early or later symptom. difference between fatigue and tiredness?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
43 years experience Gastroenterology
Nonspecific: Fatigue is a nonspecific symptom-lots of things can cause it. A physical and/or psychological sense of exhaustion (more than tiredness); can be triggered by illness, stress, lack of sleep, lifestyle issues, medications. May or not be seen with cancer. May or not be an early or late symptom of cancer. Fatigue is a symptom worth getting evaluated by your doc.
Answered on Nov 9, 2012
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
47 years experience Radiation Oncology
Fatigue is tiredness: That does not go away with rest. It is a vvery non-specific sign. Weight loss, fever and fatigue hold hands as being signs that something is wrong, but one needs to search for the cause.
Answered on Nov 10, 2012

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