Whether you have trouble waking up in the morning or a hard time getting through your day, low energy can affect all aspects of your life. At Darien Integrative Medicine in Darien, Connecticut, Dr. Michael E. Doyle can uncover and treat the cause of your fatigue. Through traditional and alternative therapies, Dr. Doyle helps men and women regain lost energy and reclaim an active life.
Low Energy Q & A
What causes low energy?
It’s not always easy to determine what causes low energy, as many different factors can contribute to acute or chronic symptoms of fatigue. Sometimes, low energy is the result of an underlying medical condition; in other cases, it’s due to daily habits or lifestyle factors.
Some common causes of low energy are:
- Extreme physical activity
- Excessive alcohol use
- Poor sleep habits
- Unhealthy diet
- Certain medications
- Hormone imbalance
Some common medical conditions that might cause low energy are:
- Anxiety or depression
- Heart disease
- Chronic inflammation
- Autoimmune conditions
If you have an underlying medical condition combined with poor eating or lifestyle habits, you may experience even more symptoms of low energy.
What are the symptoms of low energy?
Symptoms of low energy can be similar to symptoms of a mood disorder or another chronic condition. Some common symptoms are:
- Lack of initiative
- Mental fatigue or poor concentration
- Tiring easily after activities
- Sleep disturbances or insomnia
- Muscle or joint pain
- Feeling lethargic and run down despite rest
Low energy isn’t the same as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), which is a condition characterized by consistently low energy over several months or years. If you have low energy but not CFS, you may experience bouts of unexplained lethargy or fatigue that alternate with periods of normal energy.
How is low energy treated?
At Darien Integrative Medicine, it’s important for Dr. Doyle to understand the cause of your low energy before he treats it. Doing so might involve taking a comprehensive assessment of your medical history to determine the health of your hormones, diet, sleep habits, blood sugar, and many other factors.
Using both conventional treatments combined with alternative therapies, Dr. Doyle can create a plan that addresses your symptoms and resolves the underlying problems that contribute to low energy. In general, this might involve dietary recommendations, supplements, hormone therapy, or lifestyle adjustments that help to improve your sleep and eliminate stress.
No matter what your current energy level, Dr. Doyle can help you get back on the road to feeling like yourself again. To schedule an initial consultation, use the online booking system today.