Yeah, you could say getting tired is normal or a natural phenomenon especially, after an energy sapping task.
Sociologists even agree that getting tired is acceptable, at least, once in a while especially when one isn’t getting sufficient sleep.
However, we are now being told, that run-down feeling has nothing to do with a lack of sleep.
Endocrinologists at the Cleveland Clinic are of the opinion that If you’re experiencing prolonged fatigue, it could be due to a problem with the Thyroid.
According to experts, problems arising from the thyroid gland can in fact cause an individual to tire easily and frequently too.
The thyroid is described as the butterfly-shaped gland in the lower front part of the neck responsible for making and releasing hormones that help regulate body temperature and also controls the heart rate and metabolism. It is this process that turns the food we eat into energy.
If one has problems with thyroid function, keeping the energy output becomes difficult as one may feel he doesn’t seem to have the energy to do the things one used to be able to do.
Thyroid problems they said are most common in middle-aged women and typically an auto-immune attack causes them. The immune system mistakes the thyroid as an outside invader, and attacks and damages the gland.
Associate Professor Femi Fasanmade, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), explains further to Healthstyleplus Online, that the gland actually produces hormones responsible for body functions and regulations but when an attack or invasion occurs on the thyroid, it may stop producing enough hormones. The result is hypothyroidism.
In addition to fatigue, symptoms of hypothyroidism can include weight gain and hair loss.
Hyperthyroidism is when the thyroid is overactive, producing and releasing more hormones than the body needs. Hyperthyroidism may also cause heart palpitations or nervousness in addition to fatigue.
Both conditions can affect your body and the way it functions, resulting in fatigue that is undiminished by sleep, says Cleaveland endocrinologist Dr. Betul Hatipoglu.
According to Fasanmade, Thyroid diseases are generally commoner in females (Nigerian).
“Hypothyroidism is common in middle aged women presenting with non specific symptoms like fatigue, weight gain, fluid retention, constipation, low sex drive and somnolence which could all be ascribed to post menopausal or climacteric symptoms”, says Fasanmade
This hormone imbalance occurs in about 1 percent of all women, who get hyperthyroidism more often than men.
“Thus any woman in her forties or fifties with such symptoms should have their thyroid function tests done”, Fasanmade advised.
Betul Hatipoglu observed that the feeling of no energy and being unable to do normal daily activities might just be pointing to a thyroid disorder.
“A lot of patients will tell me they feel like they’re wearing this heavy, leaded vest that makes them feel as though they can barely walk around,” Dr. Hatipoglu says. “They feel drained.”
Millions of women have menopausal-like symptoms for which they can’t seem to find relief. These women may have undiagnosed thyroid disease, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) says.
“Some women say they cannot do cleaning or cooking in their home. They cannot take care of their children, so it can be a really big problem,” Dr. Hatipoglu says.
If you experience fatigue that lasts for more than a week and the lack of energy starts to interfere with your daily activities, see your doctor, Dr. Hatipoglu says. A blood test can help identify thyroid problems.
If you do have a thyroid problem, your doctor may prescribe medication to balance your hormones, Dr. Hatipoglu says.
Your doctor also may give you advice to help you if you’re experiencing other conditions that can accompany thyroid problems, such as sleep disorders, food sensitivities, or imbalances in your iron levels.
Many patients report that their fatigue is lessened or even fully resolved with treatment.