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Ask Dr. Folasade Alli: Is My Persistent Lack of Energy Normal?



I am always tired and lacking energy. Could this be normal?


It is not normal to always feel tired. There could be an underlying medical cause. Some signs to look out for include:

  1. Feeling exhausted when you wake up in the morning, especially after sufficient hours of sleep.
  2. Feeling sleepy and/or tired during the day while driving and/or working and/or observing your usual activities.
  3. Feeling short of breath.

Thankfully, many of the underlying medical causes of persistent fatigue are treatable. Examples of these causes include anaemia, sleep apnea, fibromyalgia, certain medications, allergies, fever, anxiety or depression, heart disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, an under active thyroid gland (hypothyroidism), and some other medical conditions.

I suggest you check with a doctor to help flesh out the root cause of your lack of energy. Certain lab and non-invasive tests may need to be done in order to diagnose the medical cause.

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Dr. Folasade Alli is a Cardiologist who has over 30 years of experience in the field. She is a member of the Society for Quality in Healthcare in Nigeria (SQHN), a Fellow of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, an International Associate Member of the American College of Cardiology, and so on. Her clinical practice comprises of 16 years at top management level in Lagoon Hospitals where she was the Head Consultant Cardiologist and Specialist Physician, and the Head of Internal Medicine, the Health Assessment Clinic, and the Clinical Research Unit. She currently manages Lagos Executive Cardiovascular Clinic with a team of multi-specialists including a paediatric cardiologist, cardiothoracic surgeon, family physician, general surgeon, two neurosurgeons and neurologists, nephrologist, anaesthetist, paediatrician, orthopaedic surgeon, a laboratory scientist, radiologist and radiographer, specialist and registered nurses, and 2 GPs. Read some of her work HERE.

1 Comment

  1. Big Tee

    February 10, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    Thanks for the insights Doc, please consider us that are not in the medical field, maybe use words that we can all understand,

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