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Fatigue Causes, Fatigue Differential Diagnosis

  • Causes
  • Psychogenic and lifestyle (80%)
  1. Sleep disorder (e.g. Insomnia)
  2. Recovery from surgery (Fatigue may persist 12 weeks even following minor surgery)
  3. Lifestyle
    1. Work problems or dissatisfaction
    2. Home finances and relationships
    3. Sedentary lifestyle and deconditioning
    4. Inadequate nutrition
    5. Inadequate rest or Overtraining
  4. Mood Disorder
    1. Anxiety Disorder
    2. Major Depression
    3. Bipolar Disorder
  5. Eating Disorder
    1. Anorexia Nervosa
    2. Bulimia Nervosa
  6. Substance Abuse or medications
    1. Illicit Drug abuse
    2. Alcohol or Alcohol Abuse
    3. Tobacco
    4. Caffeine
    5. Amphetamines
    6. Sedative-Hypnotics medications or Tranquilizers
  • References
  1. Lipken in Dornbrand (1992) Ambulatory Care, p. 5-8
  2. Goroll (2000) Primary Care Medicine, Lippincott, p. 41
  3. Rosenthal (2008) Am Fam Physician 78(10): 1173-9 [PubMed]