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Fatigue Specialist


Board Certified Sleep Medicine Specialist Serving Wake Forest, Raleigh, Chappel Hill, and North Carolina

If fatigue is keeping you from being productive or living your best life, turn to Jamila Battle, MD, and the team at RestWell in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Fatigue can cause a host of unpleasant symptoms, including headaches, dizziness, irritability, and brain fog, that can interfere with your life in many different ways. If you’re looking to identify the cause of your fatigue and get long-lasting relief from your symptoms, call RestWell, or book an appointment online today.

Fatigue Q & A

What is fatigue?

When you’re feeling exhausted, weak, or tired, you may be experiencing fatigue. Typically, fatigue won’t resolve with sleep or rest but rather persists and may even worsen.

Fatigue robs you of your strength and energy. It can keep you from performing well at work, school, or in your daily responsibilities. Many men and women living with chronic fatigue withdraw from social situations and limit their time away from home.

On its own, fatigue is not a serious health problem, but in many cases, it can be a symptom of a more troublesome underlying condition.

What are the common causes of fatigue?

There are a host of reasons you may be fighting fatigue. Some common causes are:

  • Insomnia
  • Diabetes
  • Sleep apnea
  • Digestive issues
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Thyroid problems
  • Anemia
  • Viruses
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Depression
  • Certain medications
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart problems
  • Stress
  • Grief
  • Anxiety
  • Pregnancy

Fatigue can also be a consequence of poor diet or inadequate sleep.

What are the symptoms of fatigue?

Some of the common symptoms associated with fatigue include:

  • Sore throat
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Sore muscles
  • Brain fog
  • Irritability
  • Moodiness
  • Lack of motivation
  • Drowsiness
  • Blurry vision
  • Loss of appetite
  • Chronic sleepiness

Because fatigue symptoms are emotional, physical, and mental, fatigue can become debilitating if left untreated.

How is fatigue diagnosed and treated?

When you visit RestWell to get help for fatigue, Dr. Battle conducts a comprehensive history and physical to diagnose the cause. 

To confirm or rule out a diagnosis, she may request lab work, such as:

  • Complete blood count
  • Comprehensive metabolic panel
  • Check of hormone levels
  • Hemoglobin A1C 
  • Urinalysis

Dr. Battle also asks detailed questions about your sleep habits, including any changes in your usual routine, such as jet lag, that may cause sleep issues like insomnia. 

RestWell also offers sleep testing and sleep studies, which gives Dr. Battle the information needed to make a medical diagnosis. 

Treatment for your fatigue depends on the underlying cause. 

Dr. Battle creates personalized treatment plans that may include lifestyle modifications to improve your sleep habits, such as going to bed at the same time every night and finding healthy outlets for your stress (e.g., exercise or meditation). 

Improving your sleep routine is especially beneficial if insomnia is the underlying cause of your fatigue.

Dr. Battle may also prescribe disease-specific medication to help you manage any underlying health condition interfering with your quality of sleep, as well as home medical equipment, such as a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine for obstructive sleep apnea.

If you can’t shake feeling tired all the time, Dr. Battle at RestWell is eager to help you get your strength and energy back. To learn more about treatments for fatigue, call the office or book a consultation online today. 

If you are seeking telemedicine services for a sleep issue you’re ready to put to bed then, please send us a message in the Klara message box to learn more.

Please request an appointment through the “request appointment” button then fill out the patient intake form, which is available in the Klara portal upon request. Upon completion of an intake, the doctor will either offer an appointment if your sleep issue is appropriate for her virtual practice or she will make recommendations for in person practices.