If you have generalized weakness
and fatigue along with other symptoms, evaluate those symptoms. Home treatment
for your other symptoms usually will improve your weakness and fatigue. Mild
generalized weakness and fatigue that occur with a
viral illness usually improve with the following home
Get extra rest while you are ill. Let your
symptoms be your guide.
If you have a cold, you may be able to stick
to your usual routine and just get some extra sleep. If you have
the flu, you may need to spend a few days in bed. Return to your usual activities slowly to avoid
fatigue. Be sure to drink
extra fluids to avoid
If generalized weakness and fatigue are not related to another
illness, follow the guidelines in the
Prevention section and be patient. It may
take a while for you to feel energetic again.
Listen to your body. Alternate rest with
exercise. Gradually increasing your exercise may help decrease your
medicines that might contribute to fatigue.
Tranquilizers and cold and allergy medicines often cause
fatigue. Improve your
diet. Eating a balanced diet may increase
your energy level. Do not skip meals, especially breakfast. Reduce
your use of
alcohol or other drugs, such as caffeine or nicotine,
which may contribute to fatigue. Cut back on watching television.
Spend that time with friends, try new activities, or travel to break the
good night's sleep. This may be the first step toward
Eliminate all sound and light
disturbances. Do not eat just before you go to bed. Use
your bed only for sleeping. Do not read or watch TV in bed. Get
regular exercise but not within 3 to 4 hours of your bedtime. For more information, see Insomnia: Improving Your Sleep. Symptoms to watch for during home treatment
Call your doctor if any of the following occur during home
New symptoms develop along with the weakness
anxiety increases despite home
treatment. Symptoms of weakness or fatigue increase despite home
Symptoms do not improve after 2 weeks of home
Symptoms become more severe or more frequent.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 12, 2011
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