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Fatigue, Ambulatory Care

Fatigue

is mental and physical exhaustion that does not get better with rest. It may interfere with your daily activities and can cause extreme sleepiness. Although it is normal to feel tired sometimes, long-term fatigue may be a sign of serious illness.

Seek immediate care for the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain

Management and treatment for fatigue includes the following:

  • Keep a fatigue diary to help you find out what makes you feel more or less tired.
  • Exercise as directed. Ask your healthcare provider about the best exercise plan for you. Even moderate exercise may decrease your fatigue.
  • Keep a regular schedule. Go to bed at the same time every night and limit naps.
  • Eat healthy foods including fruits, vegetables, whole-grain breads, low-fat dairy products, beans, lean meats, and fish. Ask if you need to be on a special diet.
  • Limit caffeine and alcohol because they can interfere with your sleep. Women should limit alcohol to 1 drink a day. Men should limit alcohol to 2 drinks a day. A drink of alcohol is 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1½ ounces of liquor. Ask your healthcare provider how much caffeine is safe for you.
  • Do not smoke. Smoking can cause health problems that make you tired. If you smoke, it is never too late to quit. Ask your healthcare provider for information if you need help quitting.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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