Fatigue Treatment Questions and Answers
Have you been suffering from fatigue? If so, we can help you here at Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders in Columbia, MO. Here’s what you can expect during your visit with us. We serve patients from Harg MO, Pierpont MO, Shaw MO, Deer Park MO and Hinto MO.
Living with fatigue can be difficult, especially when it’s chronic. It can sap the life out of every moment. There’s something you can do about it, though, and it’s coming to see us here at Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders. When you come see us, we’ll ask you about your symptoms and help you address your fatigue so you can sleep more soundly and live more healthily. To give you a better idea of what to expect when you come see us, here’s a bit of a Q & A on fatigue treatment!
What are the 3 types of fatigue?
There are different types of fatigue that require different treatments. Transient, cumulative, and circadian are the three types of fatigue, and below is a breakdown of each type:
- Transient fatigue – Acute fatigue caused by sleep restriction or not enough sleep within a period of only a day or two
- Cumulative fatigue – Fatigue caused by repeated sleep restriction or not enough sleep over a period of several days
- Circadian fatigue – This refers to reduced performance during night hours, typically between 2:00 AM and 5:59 AM
Fatigue can become chronic, and is generally considered so if it has been going on for many months. Chronic fatigue requires special treatment.
Is fatigue a disability?
Sometimes fatigue is just a consequence of not getting enough sleep, while other times it’s a symptom of a problem like sleep apnea. However, there are times when fatigue is an actual disability. Chronic fatigue, also called chronic fatigue syndrome, is considered a disability that can qualify for disability benefits. Because the condition is chronic, it may not go away, but there are ways to relieve the symptoms.
With regular cases of fatigue, treatment is very possible.
What questions should I ask a doctor?
You should talk to the doctor about the nature of your fatigue, like when it started and when it gets worse or better. You should also tell the doctor about your symptoms, any medical conditions you have, any medications you’re taking, and your lifestyle. If you and the doctor believe an underlying medical condition could be causing your fatigue, you could inquire about getting a medical test for the condition.
What can help with severe fatigue?
This really depends on what is causing a case of fatigue. It may be that nutritional counselling will help, or possibly medication for an underlying problem causing the fatigue, like an antidepressant. In some cases, a patient will benefit from counselling. It could easily be that in your case, the cause is treatable with oral appliance therapy. It can work especially well for fatigue caused by sleep apnea. The therapy is approved by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, so we’re happy to be able to provide it here at Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders!
Do you provide fatigue treatment near me?
We likely do, yes! Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders has locations throughout Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Texas, and Wisconsin, and we provide treatment for fatigue at each of these locations. We ask that you see our Locations page for their addresses and contact information. You’re more than welcome to reach out to us to learn more about fatigue or to book a consultation with us. Call us at the location near you or at our head office at (855) 977-0400.
We look forward to helping you with your fatigue and sleep here at Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders!