Get More Energy!
How Hidden Health Concerns Wear You Out
● You've got sinus problems.
Patients who report unexplained chronic fatigue are nine times more likely to
have sinusitis symptoms (such as headaches, sinus pressure, and chronic nasal
congestion) than those who feel rested and well, according to a Georgetown
University Medical Center study. "Most of the patients I diagnose with
sinusitis are women in their 20s, 30s, and early 40s - and they're the most
likely to brush off their symptoms as run-of-the-mill exhaustion," says
study author Alexander Chester, M.D. Women are particularly susceptible during
pregnancy, when shifts in hormone levels can cause nasal membranes to swell.
Your doctor can generally diagnose sinusitis by taking a careful history of
your symptoms. Treatment may involve nasal steroid sprays to reduce
inflammation, decongestants, and antihistamines to treat underlying
●Your guy snores.
Having a partner who saws wood can cost you an hour of sleep a night, according
to one Mayo Clinic study. Next time his snorting and snuffling jerks you out of
slumber, nudge him to roll over on his side, suggests Charles Kimmelman, M.D.,
an ear, nose, and throat specialist at Cornell University's Weill Medical
College in New York City. One reason: Back-sleeping can cause the uvula (the
small mass of tissue that hangs at the back of the throat) to fall back and
block the airway. A saline or prescription nasal spray may also help relieve
any congestion. If these measures don't work, he may have sleep apnea, a sleep
breathing disorder that causes snoring and pauses in breathing. Diagnosis
sometimes involves spending the night at a sleep center so machines can monitor
his breathing; wearing a special mask over his nose while he sleeps may help
open his breathing passages.
● You've got undiagnosed heart disease.
About 70 percent of women who have had heart attacks experienced fatigue for
about a month beforehand, according to one University of Arkansas study. You're
not too young for this killer, either: "I've seen plenty of women in their
30s and 40s who have had heart attacks, many of whom told me they couldn't even
walk up steps without feeling exhausted, but figured they were just getting
old," explains study author Jean C. McSweeney, Ph.D. Other warning signs?
Sleep disturbances, shortness of breath, indigestion, and anxiety. "If you
have any of these symptoms, especially if you have known risk factors for heart
disease, see your doctor," says McSweeney.