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Dr. Michael Rothman
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Lethargy (Overview)

Lack of energy, apathy, sluggishness, lassitude, weariness.


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What could cause lethargy and a headache? My kid?

What could cause lethargy and a headache? My kid?

Kids? Sure!: Kids can definitely cause fatigue and headaches!!! If your stress level from the kids is overwhelming ask for help. Family, friends, church/ social supports. Also keep both the big picture and the thumbnail sketch in mind. Infant to toddler to kid to teen is the perfect way to grow an adult. It's been proven to work. Enjoy and laugh at the shenanigans at each stage! It goes really fast.

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Dr. Michael Rothman
1,268 Doctors shared insights

Lethargy (Overview)

Lack of energy, apathy, sluggishness, lassitude, weariness.


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My temperature is 96.6 and im very lethargic, what does that mean?

My temperature is 96.6 and im very lethargic, what does that mean?

See your PCP.: Your symptoms and slightly low temperature most likely are unrelated. However your pcp can do examination and some blood tests in an attempt to find out the cause of your symptoms.

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Is adrenal fatigue treatable?

Is adrenal fatigue treatable?

Feed your adrenals: Cortisol - as are all corticosteroids is derived from cholesterol. Studies have shown that a high saurated fat, low polyunsaturated fat diet will increase corticosteroid levels. Also supplementation with pregnenolone will increase ability of your adrenals to make cortisol, progesterone, estrogen, testosterone and other corticoids. Reduce all forms of stress. Get sleep and sunlight.

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How do I find a Dr in RI who believes in Fluoroquinolone toxicity and how to treat it. I live in constant pain and lethargy. Thanks?

How do I find a Dr in RI who believes in Fluoroquinolone toxicity and how to treat it. I live in constant pain and lethargy. Thanks?

Known syndrome: It should be known by most family docs and internists that fluoroquinolones may cause sudden, serious, and potentially permanent peripheral neuropathy. i'd recommend looking at the university hospital closest to you for an infectious disease doc and neurologist.

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How to be treated for extreme fatigue and hot flashes?

How to be treated for extreme fatigue and hot flashes?

See your: Doctor and determine the cause and appropriate treatment. Hot flashes may be an indication of menopause.

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Is Extreme weakness and lethargy a sign that the antibiotic (avelox) is actually treating me by fighting the infection?

No: A disease process may cause the above symptoms, but they are not generally a sign that any particular antibiotic is working. Please see the doctor if you are not improving or for any other concerns.

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What's the treatment for chronic fatigue?

What's the treatment for chronic fatigue?

Need diagnosis first: To assess chronic fatigue, get blood for CBC and diff, t4, tsh, blood glucose (fasting), complete metabolic profile, eb virus (mono) title. With those tests in hand, may be able to pin point the causes of fatigue. Cjglueck md.

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Treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome?

Treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome?

Treat the DISEASE: Chronic fatigue syndrome is exactly that -- a syndrome. There is a specific disease behind every syndrome. Treat the disease.

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How do you cure procrastination and listlessness?

How do you cure procrastination and listlessness?

Focus: If you are willing to write this you have already accomplished something. Maybe you suffer from severe depression or a nutritional deficiency that needs a physician to evaluate.

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How to get rid of fat acquired through junk food and lethargy with just simple home exercises?

How to get rid of fat acquired through junk food and lethargy with just simple home exercises?

Fitness blender: My favorite home workouts are free on YouTube called Fitness Blender. 100s of workouts with little to no equipment and yet very effective. All fitness levels from beginner to expert. Enjoy!

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I came off yasmin (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) 3 weeks ago after been on the contraceptive pill for 16 years. I've yet to have a bleed. Is this normal? Also I'm very lethargic. ..

I came off yasmin (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) 3 weeks ago after been on the contraceptive pill for 16 years. I've yet to have a bleed. Is this normal? Also I'm very lethargic. ..

?: If you didn't have a withdrawal bleed when you stopped the yasmin, (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) I would do a pregnancy test to rule out pregnancy. If you did have the withdrawal bleed, then we wouldn't expect another period for 5-6 weeks, since women stopping the pill typically have their next period arrive 1-2 weeks late.

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Persistent fibromyalgia for past 4 yrs, fatigue & lower backache triggered by mental/physical stress, tried allopathy for 3.5 yrs, now trying ayurveda?

Persistent fibromyalgia for past 4 yrs, fatigue & lower backache triggered by mental/physical stress, tried allopathy for 3.5 yrs, now trying ayurveda?

Frustrating to treat: Fibromaylagia patients are very frustrated as treatment is always less than satisfactory. Treating underlying psychiatric disorders is the first step. Patients who are able to stay active by swimming or other exercise seem to do better but it is hard to know if the exercise helps or just screens out the less affected. Your situation is the common experience

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Daughter 16 has headache and body aches the last 16 hrs. Slight cough, feverish and lethargic. Just flu? Is it more than a she is taking hormone pills to prevent severe cramps from periods

Daughter 16 has headache and body aches the last 16 hrs. Slight cough, feverish and lethargic. Just flu? Is it more than a she is taking hormone pills to prevent severe cramps from periods

Hello.: Hello. Her symptoms are suggestive of the flu or another viral infection. I cannot diagnose her. It could be helpful to take her temperature. Usually a temperature of 100.4 is considered clinically significant. If she has a temperature of over 104 f with headache and lethargy that would be a reason to get her seen. If she has headache with neck stiffness and confusion, that would be a reason for immediate care. If she develops difficulty breathing then she should be evaluated. Recommend rest, at least 8 - 8 ounce glasses of non-carbonated/ non- caffienated fluid per day, warm herbal teas and tylenol (acetaminophen) for discomfort. Chicken noodle soup and love go a long way too. Take care.

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What is the minimum amount of sleep per night to avoid fatigue?

What is the minimum amount of sleep per night to avoid fatigue?

Depends: Americans pride themselves in not sleeping alot but sleep is incredibly important. It is the only time the body is able to restore and rejuvenate itself. The amount of sleep each person requires is different but normal ranges are 7-9. You should feel well rested when you sleep sufficiently and will not need to chug caffeine all day.

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My 21mo daughter gets high fevers when sick. Temp gets bt 103-104 she's still pretty happy, but much higher, she's lethargic until meds work. Worried?

My 21mo daughter gets high fevers when sick. Temp gets bt 103-104 she's still pretty happy, but much higher, she's lethargic until meds work. Worried?

Typical: Some patients are particularly sensitive to different parameters, such as temperature, blood pressure, blood sugar, etc. This is an example of how if you have a derangement of one of them enough, it causes major problems. If she is lethargic for any reason, she needs to be seen, either at her physician or an emergency room.

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I have been very lethargic lately and have had severe migraines daily. I can't hardly seem to get out of bed. Cause for concern?

I have been very lethargic lately and have had severe migraines daily. I can't hardly seem to get out of bed. Cause for concern?

Seek attention: May be the flu or other virus but if the "migraines" are new and you are that weak, you should see an md. Do you have fever and chills? Have you been exposed to anyone sick? Do you have a real diagnosis of migraines or are you self-diagnosing? Things i'd worry about with those symptoms are: mono flu vascular problems tumors etc.

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Genetic causes- splenomegaly, fatty liver, seizures, fatigue, psychosis and ataxia? Neg. For np a/b/c, lupus, wilson's and ashkenazi diseases

Genetic causes- splenomegaly, fatty liver, seizures, fatigue, psychosis and ataxia? Neg. For np a/b/c, lupus, wilson's and ashkenazi diseases

This is a lot: I wish my answer was as good as your question. Some of your symptoms could be part of an immunologically mediated illness. These as you know can have a genetic basis. You have looked in some important areas. Your evaluation may be a variety of laboratory studies genetics studies and tissue biopsies to help clarify.

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Is fatigue caused by hereditary spherocytosis?

Not likely: Given most patients with hereditary spherocytosis (hs) have the disease lifelong would not likely cause a change in fatigue levels.

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Beach vacation: why do I feel lethargic after being in the sun for a while?

Beach vacation: why do I feel lethargic after being in the sun for a while?

Heat and dehydration: The sun is hot and saps you of your energy. You definitely need to pay closer attention to keeping yourself hydrated with water and other healthy beverages if you will be in the sun for extended periods of time.

Dr. Todd Zimmerman
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