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Why Am I Always Exhausted?

By    |   Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 10:35 AM

Question: I am a 64-year-old male and am not very active. I had two mild strokes, one in 2005 and the second one in 2007. I have some balance problems, but am otherwise free of any other stroke effects. I take blood pressure meds as well as Plavix as a blood thinner. My question is: Why do I always feel so tired and listless?

Dr. Hibberd's answer: 
 
Your inactivity and past strokes may both be playing a role in your fatigue. Many patients with recurrent stroke have other health issues that are common causes of fatigue, so a visit to your doctor for re-evaluation is in order.

Remember that depression, insomnia, or even just medication side effects can cause fatigue in the face of normal blood tests. See your doctor to be checked for your stroke risk factors, to be sure your blood sugar, thyroid, or renal function have not declined since you were last evaluated. Your doctor will need to consider your complaints and decide how to address your fatigue most efficiently.

Sometimes fatigue is the only complaint some of us have with the onset of vascular disease affecting the brain, heart, kidneys, or other internal organs. So it’s best to continue periodic  evaluations with your treating physician, even when you are feeling well, so that new problems can be anticipated, prevented, or treated, if necessary.

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