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Lack Of Energy

Q: I have an "energy" problem that I need your advice with. I am only 25 years old and I have the energy of someone four times my age. My metabolism runs high and I only weigh 117lbs at 5' 7". I can go to sleep at 8:00 at night and wake up at 9:00 the next morning and still have no energy, no mater how well I slept. I don't know what to do.

Dr. Donnica: It is easy for me to tell you what to DO, although it's not that easy to tell you what you have.  You must see your physician for a complete physical including blood work.  There are many possible causes including thyroid problems, chronic fatigue syndrome (a systemic infection), or other infections such as mononucleosis; anemia or other blood disorders; diabetes or other endocrine disorders; and numerous other possibilities. 

The good news is that most of these conditions are treatable.  From now until your appointment, I recommend that you keep a diary listing all your symptoms, sleeping habits and food/beverage intake.  Bring this with you when you see your doctor along with any medications you take, including vitamins and supplements and non-prescription medicines.

Created: 4/5/2003  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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