Health watch: Fatigue

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - It has been a long winter, and many patients I see are complaining of fatigue which is very common this time of year. Fatigue is a complex condition, sometimes temporary from a lack of sleep or overworking, but sometimes it can be chronic. However, the most common causes of chronic fatigue are related to personal habits. If you are having chronic fatigue first look at your life habits. Most common causes are chronic lack of sleep, lack of exercise, unhealthy eating habits, sometimes daily use of alcohol can cause fatigue and also side effect from over the counter medication or prescription medications. However, there are also medical conditions that can cause fatigue, like depression, thyroid disease, inflammatory disorders, electrolyte disturbances, and even kidney or liver disease. So if you are having chronic fatigue make sure you address your personal habits but if it is unrelenting be sure you see your family doctor. And remember daylight savings is coming this week so be sure to get out and exercise and enjoy the increased sunlight. This is Dr. Nancy Babbitt from Creekside Medical Clinic with your Health watch