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Dr. Gregg Albers
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Steroids (Definition)

Many children with croup need prescription medications. Often steroids can ...Read more


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By 14-month baby is suffering from croup. He got steroids the day before yesterday. Today he is very week, sleepy and refuse to eat. Back to ER?

By 14-month baby is suffering from croup. He got steroids the day before yesterday. Today he is very week, sleepy and refuse to eat. Back to ER?

Sounds wise: Try to see the same Dr or advise them of the recent visit. Also, ask for a referral to a Pediatric Clinic right for your needs to provide regular care and follow-up. Avoiding the germs and stress of an ER is good and baby needs a doctor who'll get to know the case. Nice parenting! I hope it goes well for you both.

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I feel sleepy n lethargy whole day even after having sleep of 10hrs?

I feel sleepy n lethargy whole day even after having sleep of 10hrs?

Need evaluation: Many, many causes of this most of which revolves around stress. However, you could have sleep apnea, restless legs, fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue syndrome and hormone imbalances. Find a doctor that can investigate these types of issues.

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What essential oils could fight off sleepiness and lethargy?

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What essential oils could fight off sleepiness and lethargy?

Essential Oil Boost: Citrus oils, such as orange, citrus, grapefruit, petitgrain, neroli & bergamot can stimulate & boost your energy. Also, peppermint & spearmint.

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Is it safe to give my 5 week old baby PediaVITD1ml/day even though he became inactive, sleepy/lethargy all day long when I gave him the med after birth?

Is it safe to give my 5 week old baby PediaVITD1ml/day even though he became inactive, sleepy/lethargy all day long when I gave him the med after birth?

Rxn to med: If you feel like your infant has a negative reaction to the formulation, perhaps it is best to avoid an additional dose

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What are common vitamin mineral deficiencies that cause lethargy (sleepy, dizzy, fatigue)?

What are common vitamin mineral deficiencies that cause lethargy (sleepy, dizzy, fatigue)?

Anemia: Low hemoglobin levels can cause the above symptoms. Get your hemoglobin level checked. If the hb is normal then other causes can be worked up for your symptoms.

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Why does prednisone and steroid shots for allergies make me so sleepy? My blood sugar and vitals are all normal. I just wondered why the odd reaction.

Why does prednisone and steroid shots for allergies make me so sleepy? My blood sugar and vitals are all normal. I just wondered why the odd reaction.

Unusual: HIgh dose of steroid often stimulates instead of sedating people. In fact, I usually warn the patient about potential insomnia on the day when steroid is given or started. Occasionally, this may cause low serum potassium level which may lead to weakness and possibly even cardiac effect. However everyone is different and I am no longer surprised from paradoxical responses in some people.

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I am taking antidepressants since 15years I feel excessive sleepiness at daytime and lethargy please suggest treatment (any herbal medicine)?

I am taking antidepressants since 15years I feel excessive sleepiness at daytime and lethargy please suggest treatment (any herbal medicine)?

Medication effects: Side effect of antidepressants can be sleepiness and lethargy. Other reasons can be: •High Dose •Time of taking medication •Continued Depression •Overwhelming stresses •Sleep Disorder •Lethargy can be due to Anemia, Diabetes, Hypothyroidism. Discuss with Psychiatrist •Diagnosis •Side effects of, antidepressants •Withdrawal effects, •Decreasing the dose •St John’s Wort •Therapy for stress

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Explain difference in tiredness and fatigue. When should I get concerned about this tired sleepy thing?

Explain difference in tiredness and fatigue. When should I get concerned about this tired sleepy thing?

Good question.: Fatigue is inability or sense of inability to initiate or maintain activity. This is quite different from being tired or sleepy or weak although these symptoms may present at the same time. Most people with chronic fatigue have a psychiatric diagnosis, but acute fatigue is more likely medical and is associated with inflammatory, infectious and neoplastic processes.

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I feel fatigue, sleepy during the day, and slower thinking. Are these due to the lithium?

Yes, very possible: Lithium can cause you to be sleepy and slower thinking. Have your doctor get a blood level to see if you are on too high a dose.

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How to fight fatigue? I am constantly tired, no energy. Usually ok when 1st get up but abt 10am like bomb drops and sleepy kicks in? Suggestions?

How to fight fatigue? I am constantly tired, no energy. Usually ok when 1st get up but abt 10am like bomb drops and sleepy kicks in? Suggestions?

MANY considerations: Make sure you are getting 7-8 hours of restorative sleep every night. Keep caffeine to an absolute minimum especially after 4pm, establish a bedtime routine, keep your room cool, have some white noise on like a loud fan. If you snore or are overweight you may have sleep apnea which will need evaluation by your physician. Do some light exercise in the morning also, this may help wake you up.

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Since last few days I am feeling fatigue and tired. I am also feeling sleepy all day. I am not abld tobe in active state. What might be my problem help?

Since last few days I am feeling fatigue and tired. I am also feeling sleepy all day. I am not abld tobe in active state. What might be my problem help?

Fatigue: Check with your doctor. Your symptoms may be due to anemia. You will need to have complete CBC for starters and possibly some other tests such as your thyroid functio.

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How is sleepiness/fatigue over sleeping perhaps, all related. Trying to explain to someone but not exactly how myself.

Sleep problems: There are many sleep disorders, and several can result in fatigue, sleepiness, and over-sleeping. Even if you have primary insomnia, the sleep debt will catch up with you and you'll be sleepy the next day. See a sleep medicine doctor for thorough evaluation -- a sleep study may be revealing and allow you to get the specific help you need.

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My dr prescribed me methylphenidate 27mg which made me sleepy. My dr then prescribed me phenylalanine 37.5mg for fatigue. Are these meds ok together?

Not phenylalanine: I think you mean phentermine. There is a risk of cardiovascular and CNS stimulatory effects between the two with possible additive toxicity. If you are getting that sleepy on methylphenidate (mp), my practice style would be to have you stop the mp, review for a primary sleep disorder such as sleep apnea as a cause for the adhd. If negative, I would try a different stimulant, one at a time.

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Can concentrated lemon help reduce fatigue and sleepiness?

Can concentrated lemon help reduce fatigue and sleepiness?

Maybe a better way: Experts suggest the following measures for reducing fatigue and recharging energy: 1) Add some exercise; 2) Treat sleep troubles (as warranted: cognitive therapy, address sleep apnea if present; some benefit from yoga, tai chi, meditation); 3) Manage pain (if present, identify what makes pain worse & what eases it). Ref. ArthritisToday2015

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HB 12% iron 32 mild anisocytosis can it cause fatigue sleepiness weakness?

HB 12% iron 32 mild anisocytosis can it cause fatigue sleepiness weakness?

Yes: Your hemoglobin is a bit low for a male! Depending upon what your genetic background is the anisocytosis along with mild anemia MAY represent a Hemoglobin abnormality (eg: Thalassemia Minor) Hope this helps DR Z

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I have fatigue issues. I am always sleepy and my energy level is way to low for my age. What can I do to have more energy and not get tired so fast?

I have fatigue issues. I am always sleepy and my energy level is way to low for my age. What can I do to have more energy and not get tired so fast?

Depression fatigue: Symptoms of chronic fatigue could also mask underlying depression. I agree with dr. Proffitt that you need to have comprehensive medical workup done first in order to rule out any underlying medical conditions, including anemia, hypothyroidism, or even a condition called "chronic fatigue syndrome". If "medically cleared", I would suggest that you talk to a psychiatrist for diagnostic evaluation.

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Dr. Marsha Davis
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