For many women, fatigue seems to be an inescapable part of daily life.
Although it’s normal to feel tired from time to time, some women
suffer from continuous exhaustion that can persist for months, if not
years. Severe fatigue is a serious women’s health issue that can
impair mental function and emotional well-being. In some cases, it may
also be indicative of an underlying health problem. Consider talking to a
women’s health provider at Westside Regional Medical Center if you experience unusual
or persistent fatigue.
One possible cause of persistent fatigue is sleep apnea, which is a serious
sleep disorder that can lead to life-threatening complications. If you
have sleep apnea, it means that you periodically stop and restart breathing
during sleep. Other possible symptoms of sleep apnea include loud snoring,
morning headaches, attention problems, and irritability. Without treatment,
sleep apnea can increase the risk of diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and
heart problems. If you suspect you might have sleep apnea, you could schedule
a sleep study at a sleep disorders center.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is also sometimes referred to as myalgic
encephalomyelitis (ME). CFS most often affects women. Researchers do not
yet know what causes CFS; however,
some patients report experiencing CFS symptoms after experiencing significant physical stress, suffering a flu-like illness,
or being diagnosed with mononucleosis. In addition to fatigue, patients
may report night sweats and chills, orthostatic hypotension, concentration
impairment, and muscle aches. Some patients may even seek emergency care
for unusual numbness or burning sensations in the face, visual disturbances,
or severe psychological issues such as panic attacks.
Red blood cells are essential for transporting oxygen to tissues throughout
the body. Women with anemia lack sufficient amounts of red blood cells,
which can cause excessive weakness and tiredness. In addition to fatigue,
women with anemia may experience chest pain, dizziness, an irregular heartbeat,
cold hands and feet, and headache.
Westside Regional Medical Center is a leading provider of comprehensive healthcare services, including
services to promote women’s health near Plantation, FL. You can
visit our website to read more about our medical services, including cancer
care and rehabilitation therapy. Or, contact our Consult-A-Nurse referral
line at (954) 722-9933 for general health information.