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My three year old has nasal congestion, tired, and wants to be held all the time. What can I do to help her symptoms?

My three year old has nasal congestion, tired, and wants to be held all the time. What can I do to help her symptoms?

Saline spray: Saline nasal stay may help clear his secretions and make him more comfortable. He probably just has a cold. If it lasts over a week or he gets fevers call his pediatrician. ...Read more

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Can I give my 3 year old melatonin? He's 3 years old and never seems to get tired. He stays up til 11:30-12 at night. We've tried the whole routine thing. I've tried doing a visual sticker game with him, which works up to the point of going to bed... He j

Can I give my 3 year old melatonin? He's 3 years old and never seems to get tired. He stays up til 11:30-12 at night. We've tried the whole routine thing. I've tried doing a visual sticker game with him, which works up to the point of going to bed... He j

Melatonin: Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the brain which helps to control sleep rhythms in healthy people. It has been used as a supplement for years by adults with insomnia or shift-work jobs that may interfere with the body's natural circadian rhythm. The use in kids with sleep disorders have grown rapidly in the last few years because of its good safety profile. Lifestyle changes are the best ways to help a child go to sleep at night such as having a bedtime routine involving calm activities before bed, no tv before bed, no caffeine, and placing the child in a dark, quiet room. If these have been tried and do not work, then giving melatonin (1mg to 3mg 30 minutes before bed) for a few days to weeks is considered safe. This can help regulate your child's sleep cycle. If your child is continuing to require melatonin to sleep after a few weeks, then you should discuss this with your child's doctor. Your child may have a medical reason causing them to be unable to sleep such as attention deficit disorder or obstructive sleep apnea. ...Read more

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My 3? Year old? Suffers from hives and I am tired of going to doctors with no answers. Shoudl I see a pediatric allergist?

My 3? Year old? Suffers from hives and I am tired of going to doctors with no answers. Shoudl I see a pediatric allergist?

Pediatrics: I think that you should check with your pediatrician first, and they may refer you to a specialist who has completed a pediatric residency and fellowship.
There are a number of conditions related to hives, and trying to establish the triggers is an important part of the management. ...Read more

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3-year-old with hard, immovable lump behind ear. Fatigue, general malaise, intermittent leg pain for 7 months. Normal CBC, Neg EBV, elevated LDH.

3-year-old with hard, immovable lump behind ear. Fatigue, general malaise, intermittent leg pain for 7 months. Normal CBC, Neg EBV, elevated LDH.

Biopsy: There are many possibilities, the only definitive answer will be to do an excisional biopsy. I recommend you discuss these options with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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My 3 yr old gets bronchiolitis 3-6 times a year. Pediatric says normal? I want another opinion. Tired of seeing her hospitalized.! specialists?

My 3 yr old gets bronchiolitis 3-6 times a year. Pediatric says normal? I want another opinion. Tired of seeing her hospitalized.! specialists?

? Asthma: Perhaps your child has asthma or another lung issue. A pediatric pulmonologist or allergist could help. The american lung association has useful information about respiratory disorders. ...Read more

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Ok so my 12 year old daughter is always tired and mopey. How much sleep should she get? Or is this just puberty. (has breast buds and discharge)

Ok so my 12 year old daughter is always tired and mopey. How much sleep should she get? Or is this just puberty. (has breast buds and discharge)

Sleep needs: A pubertal child should never get less than 9hr sleep/night & during a growth spurt may need more. After she hits her final height /stage she can get by on 8. The sighs you mention suggest she is entering a rapid growth phase. If she is getting good sleep & is still tired she needs an evaluation. Sluggishness at this age can be caused by a variety of issues. ...Read more

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Why do I feel exhausted and what can I do to make this fatigue go away? (22 year old female) for the last few years, I am always tired no matter what I do. I have tried vitamin b-12, vitamin b complex, multivitamin, iron, sleeping 6 hours regularly, sleep

Why do I feel exhausted and what can I do to make this fatigue go away? (22 year old female) for the last few years, I am always tired no matter what I do. I have tried vitamin b-12, vitamin b complex, multivitamin, iron, sleeping 6 hours regularly, sleep

Most: Most doctors are taught that lab results that are in the "reference range" are normal, even when people don't feel well. This may have been the case with your "normal" bloodwork.
Your symptoms of fatigue, muscle pain and weakness could be related to low thyroid function, adrenal fatigue, hormonal imbalances and/or nutrient deficiencies. Especially because your symptoms are getting worse, you need to see a doctor who will run a thorough panel of lab tests, including several thyroid tests (not just a tsh), hormone levels, vitamin levels, and adrenal tests, who will interpret the results correctly in light of your symptoms, and be able to prescribe effective treatment. A comprehensive approach is the most likely to help you feel like yourself again. ...Read more

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I am 23 years old, 5 months pregnant with my second baby. I am always tired and pant/gasp a lot even with the slightest effort or a few steps.

I am 23 years old, 5 months pregnant with my second baby. I am always tired and pant/gasp a lot even with the slightest effort or a few steps.

See your OB: You need to discuss this with your OB, who knows you history. You may need your thyroid checked. Also, the stress on the heart at this time could unmask underlying cardiac disease. Talk to your OB. ...Read more

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I am 25 years old, I am always tired I have mood swings and bad anxiety. It affects my daily life. Loud noises and my children crying make me very anxious and nervous. When they are crying it feels like it's 10x louder than it really is. I am always so ti

I am 25 years old, I am always tired I have mood swings and bad anxiety. It affects my daily life. Loud noises and my children crying make me very anxious and nervous. When they are crying it feels like it's 10x louder than it really is. I am always so ti

Evaluation: An evaluation by a psychiatrist can be very helpful to manage mood/anxiety and perhaps talk about resources for stress management. Anxiety and mood changes are quite treatable and support can help manage resources and decrease stress which is optimal. ...Read more

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I am feeling always tired, muscle stretch. I am 33 years old having 106 kg weight 6.2 feet hieght, Please advise?

I am feeling always tired, muscle stretch. I am 33 years old having 106 kg weight 6.2 feet hieght, Please advise?

Healthy habits...: You fall in an overweight range, your ideal weight would be between 150-194 lbs (68-88 kgs), no more nor less. If you are not very active this may cause symptoms of tiredness and fatigue unless you suffer of any illnesses that can give you these symptoms. If you are otherwise healthy start a routine of exercise 15 mins most days of the week with a target of 45 mins each day. Eat fruits and vegetables ...Read more

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My girl 3 years old has a fever with no other symptoms. Only fever, feeling fatigue & sleepy. She also refuses eating. What's the reason?

My girl 3 years old has a fever with no other symptoms. Only fever, feeling fatigue & sleepy. She also refuses eating. What's the reason?

Viral?: Your baby most likely has a viral illness that is causing some nausea so she does not eat. She may have less fatigue after her fever comes down and you can do that with Tylenol (acetaminophen). If she still continues to refuse to eat, try to give her small sips of fluids so she stays hydrated. If she gets worse or you cannot get her to take fluids, she will need to see a doctor. ...Read more

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My children is 3 years old she is alway tired and she said foot ache and alway his body is hot and angry alway hair is weet what's reason please help?

Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
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My children is 3 years old she is alway tired and she said foot ache and alway his body is hot and angry alway hair is weet what's reason please help?

See doctor: This is not normal. Conditions such as malabsorption of nutrients, anemia, infection, heart disease, thyroid disease, immune defect, etc need be ruled out. She needs prompt medical attention. ...Read more

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Is there a medical cure for a person with obsessive compulsive disorder and if not what is the best medication? Triggers, anxiety, sleepless, always tired. Pracrastinater! Antisocial... I am 58 years old and in good health but wieght goes up and down. I t

Is there a medical cure for a person with obsessive compulsive disorder and if not what is the best medication? Triggers, anxiety, sleepless, always tired. Pracrastinater! Antisocial... I am 58 years old and in good health but wieght goes up and down. I t

No cure: OCD itself is not generally curable, but it can be managed with treatments - both a special variant of CBT therapy and a host of medication options are available. Careful assessment and accurate diagnosis are the foundations of good treatment outcomes. ...Read more

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3 yr old keep s getting spots different places on body. Sometimes little whiteheads. Been going on for about 4 months. Compains of tiredness

Difficult to say: Skin diagnosis requires a visual assessment. Recurrent spots can arise from a variety of sources from food allergy to bug bites. An office evaluation may help define the cause. ...Read more

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I think I have a metabolism problem. My dr says everything is ok. I weight 250 and 5 ft 3. I have gained 50 pounds in about a year. I'm always tired to?

I think I have a metabolism problem. My dr says everything is ok. I weight 250 and 5 ft 3. I have gained 50 pounds in about a year. I'm always tired to?

Elevated BMI: Your dr probably said all is okay based on normal labs (thyroid, etc). A 50 lb weight ain in 1 yr is clearly abnormal & a multifactorial process is likely at play. Endocrinological causes should be ruled out. Certain medications, depression, sedentary life style (enforced or not), are some of the causes. Work on your diet and instill a regular exercise program until things are figured out. ...Read more

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I've had my periods for over a year, and I'm over 2 weeks late. There's no way I'm pregnet as I'm a virgin. I've gained weight and am now always tired.

I've had my periods for over a year, and I'm over 2 weeks late. There's no way I'm pregnet as I'm a virgin. I've gained weight and am now always tired.

Weight gain: Is a common reason for abnormal cycles. As you gain weight, your hormones become increasingly abnormal. Your body can compensate for a while but then loses that ability and periods become irregular (usually longer between menstrual bleeding). You could be Insulin resistant (pre-diabetic), which contributes to weight gain. See your gynecologist to discuss. ...Read more

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I have had little to no sex drive for past year seems to have disappeared and I'm always tired. Should I get blood work done? I'm 22 male. Thanks

I have had little to no sex drive for past year seems to have disappeared and I'm always tired. Should I get blood work done? I'm 22 male. Thanks

Hhypogonadism/hypoth: Allow your physician to check for metabolic reasons that could be causing a low libido as well, like low thyroid or low testosterone (hypogonadism), but the previous physicians are absolutely correct in that those are the more common reasons. ...Read more

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I'm always tired, even though I sleep more than 8hours/night. Feeling lethargic. Have gained 15kg in the last year. Should I test for hypothyroidism?

I'm always tired, even though I sleep more than 8hours/night. Feeling lethargic. Have gained 15kg in the last year. Should I test for hypothyroidism?

Weight gain/fatigue: If you have increased calorie consumption and/or have changed your exercise habits, weight can accumulate even at age 26 over a year. There are other causes for lethargy/fatigue, but ask your doctor to check your TSH level to rule out hypothyroidism. ...Read more

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I have cronic sleep disorder, I have not slept in over a year now, can you help me please? I have tried every possible OTC sleep aide and they are ineffective, im always tired and drained, my sleep receptors are stuck in the off position. It has really ef

I have cronic sleep disorder, I have not slept in over a year now, can you help me please? I have tried every possible OTC sleep aide and they are ineffective, im always tired and drained, my sleep receptors are stuck in the off position. It has really ef

Please: Please see your physician and get a referral to a sleep specialist. They can do a sleep study and see what is happening to your brainwaves while you try to sleep. It will give them a clue as to what to do to help you. They are very successful. Best wishes. ...Read more

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For 1 year now- chronic aches all over body (just like flu aches), recurrent headaches, abdominal pains, always tired, stuffy nose-FBC normal. Causes?

For 1 year now- chronic aches all over body (just like flu aches), recurrent headaches, abdominal pains, always tired, stuffy nose-FBC normal. Causes?

Full exam needed: You need a full medical history and exam. Don't smoke drink or use drugs. I would run a complete blood count, iron studies, metabolic panel, thyroid panel, vitamin B12/folate, CMV, EBV. Just based on the odds you may have iron deficiency anemia since you are a woman of childbearing age, and your stool should be tested for occult blood, blood glucose level checked. If all tests norm *consult me ...Read more

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Why am I always tired even when I get normal amount of sleep at night? Have been this way for years now.

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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Why am I always tired even when I get normal amount of sleep at night? Have been this way for years now.

Tired?: Visit your family doctor for workup to rule out medical causes such as low thyroid or anemia. ...Read more

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I have been using a CPAP for 17 years. I am always tired because it wakes me throughout the night. How can I get off the CPAP?

I have been using a CPAP for 17 years. I am always tired because it wakes me throughout the night. How can I get off the CPAP?

Sleep study: Time for a new sleep study. Most of the time the reason for not being able to sleep with the mask on is either wrong settings or a poorly fitting mask. There are new mask devices, either mouth or nose only that may be better tolerated. ...Read more

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3year old with random fever spikes to 103 over past 3 days and no other symptoms except extremely tired when fever hits. What could cause this?

3year old with random fever spikes to 103 over past 3 days and no other symptoms except extremely tired when fever hits. What could cause this?

Fever: Fever tends to make us all feel icky.Children tend to lay about when they have fever -so your child's behavior is not unusual for someone with an fever. Our bodies mount a fever as part of our immune response. It is the body's way of trying to handle infections. Make sure that your child is staying hydrated, and follow up with their pediatrician for evaluation. ...Read more

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If I've been bleeding for three weeks an having to change my pad every ten minutes have anything to do with me being nauseous an always tired.?

If I've been bleeding for three weeks an having to change my pad every ten minutes have anything to do with me being nauseous an always tired.?

Birth control: Schedule a visit with an ob/gyn to discuss birth-control options which will prevent pregnancy and control your menstrual cycles. There are many options that can prevent this kind of heavy bleeding. ...Read more

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Thirty-four yr old female. Always tired/extreme fatigue. Labs are good. Help!!! What can be the cause?

Thirty-four yr old female. Always tired/extreme fatigue. Labs are good. Help!!! What can be the cause?

Medications: I see that you take oral antihistamines such as Benadryl. This can have the side effect of drowsiness. If you are still experiencing fatigue after discontinuing the med, then I would think about your lifestyle and optimize it. Things like stress, lack of exercise, poor diet, and poor relationships can cause you to feel fatigued. I see you have pain, this can also cause fatigue. ...Read more

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Wife and I have a four month old baby. Now my wife is getting terrible migraines and always tired is this normal?

Wife and I have a four month old baby. Now my wife is getting terrible migraines and always tired is this normal?

No, it is not normal: Your wife is suffering w severe migraine and fatigue. Post-partum period is very stressful because she's spending 24 hrs/day w the new reality of thinking about another little human--hers; and she's feeding baby every 3-4 hrs, is awakened at the slightest baby sound. Despite this, she should not be suffering to that extent. Must c doc, now.. Could be post-partum depression. Serious. Dx & rx needed. ...Read more

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I oversleep & am always tired, and have been for years. It ruins my life in the way an addiction or disorder would. Where do I find help?

I oversleep & am always tired, and have been for years. It ruins my life in the way an addiction or disorder would. Where do I find help?

? sleep disorder: Your sleep could be disrupted by events of which you would not be fully aware, and you could have even difficulty with narcolepsy, which is worthwhile exploring. Suggest an overnight sleep study, some blood testing for HLA factors, and even a trial of a daytime stimulant drug such as Nuvigil. ...Read more

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I've been feeling nauseated and very weak for a few years now. When I wake up in the morning, I'm extremely nauseated. And I'm always tired. Any ideas?

I've been feeling nauseated and very weak for a few years now. When I wake up in the morning, I'm extremely nauseated. And I'm always tired. Any ideas?

Stomach problem: Nausea means the stomach has lost its normal tone and contractibility (peristalsis). This could be direct problem with the stomach lining (gastritis and ulcers), or due to drugs or secondary to other GI problem such as liver disease (hepatitis). Viral infections can cause both hepatitis and fatigue. Need a chem panel. If liver is okay, can try omperazole for ulcers or Reglan (metoclopramide) for stomach paralysis. ...Read more

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I'm 16 and have been taking levothyroxine 25 mcg for 8 years. I am always tired and I exercise constantly, but I'm still gaining weight. What can I do?

I'm 16 and have been taking levothyroxine 25 mcg for 8 years. I am always tired and I exercise constantly, but I'm still gaining weight. What can I do?

Watch diet: See your doctor to develop a diet and exercise plan that is best for you. Be honest about your concerns. There is a small chance your dosage may be adjusted. The most likely problem is diet. Reduce carbs, eat small meals more frequently, favor slow burn carbs over quickly absorbed carbs like sugars and starches. Cut out soda pop. Switch to water. Keep a log of all you eat and calculate the calories. ...Read more

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My 3yr old has been chronically tired so I took her 2 a paediatrician. He found nothing. Ijust noticed her capillary refil time is very long 9 seconds?

My 3yr old has been chronically tired so I took her 2 a paediatrician. He found nothing. Ijust noticed her capillary refil time is very long 9 seconds?

Odd statement: I would expect a kid with a 9 second capillary refill time to be near death. Perhaps your definition of the maneuver is quite different than mine. I doubt that would be the case in a kid who is functional at any level. If you are concerned the doc has missed something find another and get a second opinion. ...Read more

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My doctor has already said I can't havd my B12 injections every month only three months and its effectin my wrk n my life. As im always tired n cold?

My doctor has already said I can't havd my B12 injections every month only three months and its effectin my wrk n my life. As im always tired n cold?

Not needed: Every month. Given sufficient amount by injection, the liver can store about a year's worth of vitamin b12. There may be other causes for your symptoms but not because you are getting B12 injections only every three months. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I am 17 yrs old have a 4 month old son I still go to school and what do you suggest if I am always tired but I want to lose weight?

Be happy: You're getting your life together. Time management is crucial for you now. Discard low-yield activities. Physical fitness, sensible eating, learning marketable skills, and loving your child and his mother will keep you occupied. Get a Dr's checkup for fatigue -- life may be tiring you. Remember that many -- maybe most -- people in the world would give anything to trade places with you right now. ...Read more