Fatigue

Stuart Lerner, MD

Family Medicine & Holistic Medicine located in Kailua, HI

Fatigue is one of the most common complaints among Americans, but it has no one cause. If you want to put fatigue behind you, schedule an appointment at Stuart Lerner, MD, a family practice in Kailua, Hawaii. Dr. Lerner and his team offer comprehensive care that combines traditional, old-style family medicine with modern, innovative strategies and holistic approaches to care. They can’t wait to help you. To learn more, schedule your appointment online or over the phone today.

Fatigue Q & A

What is fatigue?

Fatigue is a state of weariness that saps your motivation, energy, and concentration. It differs from occasional tiredness, which comes and goes when you’re overworked or overtired.

Symptoms that often accompany fatigue include:

  • Apathy
  • Drowsiness during the day
  • Sore and aching muscles
  • Headaches
  • Gastrointestinal problems (diarrhea, constipation, bloating, etc.)
  • Irritability
  • Slowed response time
  • Blurred vision


Symptoms of fatigue tend to get worse as you exert yourself.

What causes fatigue?

Fatigue can be physical, mental, and/or emotional. It has countless causes, from lifestyle choices to chronic conditions.

Common lifestyle choices that lead to acute fatigue include:

  • Poor eating habits
  • Drug and/or alcohol use
  • Medications
  • Lack of sleep
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Excess physical activity
  • Jet lag


Conditions that cause chronic fatigue include:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Stress
  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic fatigue disorder
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder)
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Emphysema
  • Heart disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Sleep apnea
  • Inflammatory bowel disease


It can be hard to know where your fatigue comes from. That’s why, if your fatigue becomes disruptive, you should see Dr. Lerner to determine its root cause. If you don’t address fatigue, you put yourself at risk for dangerous situations, like drowsy driving.

How can you treat fatigue?

Every case of fatigue is different and, for that reason, everyone’s treatment is different. If your fatigue is due to your lifestyle choices, the first thing you should do is adjust your behavior.

When you see Dr. Lerner, he discusses your health and habits with you. If he determines that your fatigue is a result of your choices, he helps you develop a plan for beneficial changes. Such plans may relate to diet, exercise, or other wellness strategies.

If your fatigue is a symptom of an illness or disease, Dr. Lerner works to get to the root of that ailment and treat it. He focuses on healing, not just putting a bandaid on symptoms. Dr. Lerner may also offer you solutions like supplements.

If you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired, partner with Dr. Lerner to get to the bottom of your fatigue. Schedule your appointment by calling his office or using the online booking tool today.