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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. ...Read more

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What factors may contribute to fatigue in ms?

What factors may contribute to fatigue in ms?

Maybe non-MS reasons: It is important to look carefully for non-ms factors contributing to fatigue. The list may include poor sleep quality, mood disorder, additive medication side effects, abnormal blood chemistries, hormone imbalance, anemia. Fatigue as exhaustion versus excessive sleepiness must be distinguished. Fatigue with walking may be a specific concern. It is important to see what on the list is treatable. ...Read more

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Bloating and lethargic all the time?

Bloating and lethargic all the time?

See a doctor: More information than this will be needed to parse out what is causing your symptoms. See a physician, answer their questions, tell them your story and follow up with recommended tests and interventions. Then you will hopefully have a diagnosis and treatment plan. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Why is my mom lethargic IV the only thing that perks her up, help?

Why is my mom lethargic IV the only thing that perks her up, help?

I am sorry to hear: This but I don't know enough about the situation to be able to answer this question. Take care. ...Read more

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Am I not getting enough oxygen? Lethargic and difficulty solving problems

Am I not getting enough oxygen? Lethargic and difficulty solving problems

Get seen: You can get simple test: pulse oximeter test in doctors office. ...Read more

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I feel very lethargic due to weather change, what's the best way to feel active?

I feel very lethargic due to weather change, what's the best way to feel active?

Stay active: I agree with my colleagues that we need more information regarding specifics of your symptoms I have a couple of suggestions. 1: make sure you don't have an underlying medical problem/depression 2: get out and try to stay active - even as simple as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, a 30 min walk everyday 3: watch your diet- carb heavy foods increase lethargy 4: monitor for work burnout ...Read more

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Why do I feel so lethargic after a nap? My body feels so heavy and I have 0 energy. :/

Why do I feel so lethargic after a nap? My body feels so heavy and I have 0 energy. :/

Best thing to: Do is make an appointment with your doctor who will do a comprehensive history, physical exam and order a battery of tests to help make a diagnosis. Stress and depression can drain you out too. Eat healthy and do exercise. ...Read more

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My vit D3 level is 5 I feel lethargic, tachypneic, and dyspneic. Is it because of vit d?

My vit D3 level is 5 I feel lethargic, tachypneic, and dyspneic. Is it because of vit d?

Probably not: Your d level is low, but probably not the cause of your symptoms. Supplement your d with at least 2000 units of d3/day and recheck level in several months. Symptoms are much more likely due to anxiety, less likely due to physical problems, very unlikely due to d deficiency. ...Read more

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Lethargic, waterwater retention, don't care about love activities, concentration very low, ?

Lethargic, waterwater retention, don't care about love activities, concentration very low, ?

Get evaluated: Please contact your primary care doctor to address your symptoms. Good luck! ...Read more

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My teenage son rarely gets out of bed. He's not always sleeping. But he seems very lethargic. Is this normal?

My teenage son rarely gets out of bed. He's not always sleeping. But he seems very lethargic. Is this normal?

Teenager: I would recommend having him seen by family physician to check his health status & do blood work, also rule out illicit substance use. ...Read more

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I take luvox (fluvoxamine) at night and feel lethargic during the day. Should I take it in the morning instead?

I take luvox (fluvoxamine) at night and feel lethargic during the day. Should I take it in the morning instead?

Luvox (fluvoxamine) lethargy: Luvox (fluvoxamine) itself can cause a feeling of sedation, tiredness, or lethargy. Taking it in the morning could make this worse during the day. Please discuss this with your prescribing physician. A review of all your medications is warranted, along with possible dose adjustment as needed. Some people also use additional medications specifically for sleep, and these could result in lethargy too. ...Read more

Dr. Todd Zimmerman
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Listlessness (Definition)

Means something like unanimated, having poor energy and feeling apathetic. For example if it is a very hot day and you are tired and don't feel you have the energy to do things, you might say that you are feeling listless. In mental health, having a strong sense of listlessness not related to hot weather, etc., can indicate a sense of hopelessness, ...Read more