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Fatigue

Comprehensive Center for Women's Medicine -  - Integrative and Holistic Women's Health Practice

Comprehensive Center for Women's Medicine

Integrative and Holistic Women's Health Practice located in Gold Coast, Chicago, IL

Fatigue is one of the most common complaints to primary care physicians. Women complain of fatigue often, but it is usually temporary and attributed to being overworked or to a particularly stressful period and it is relatively easily remedied. However, if you suffer from a state of profound, seemingly constant exhaustion, consult with the expert providers at Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine in Chicago, Illinois’ Gold Coast neighborhood. They can help you find the cause of fatigue that impact physical and emotional well being and offer solutions. Schedule online or call today for evaluation and treatment to discover the root cause of your underlying fatigue.

Fatigue Q&A

What can cause fatigue?

Everyone has periods where work, social obligations, and family life leaves them feeling exhausted and run down. These instances are usually short-lived and have an identifiable cause.

Lifestyle choices that result in too little sleep, excessive or nonexistent exercise, poor diet, use of alcohol and drugs, or certain medications are some of the causes of fatigue. The providers at the Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine can help you reframe your habits to relieve this self-inflicted fatigue.

But, if you suffer from persistent fatigue that doesn’t resolve even with rest and self-care, it is time to look at potential medical causes.

Medical causes of fatigue may include:

  • Adrenal fatigue or exhaustion
  • Anemia
  • Thyroid disease, such as Hashimoto’s
  • Chronic stress
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Chronic infection
  • Rhuematoid arthritis


If you are going through radiation or chemotherapy or taking certain types of medications, fatigue may be a side effect. Autoimmune diseases, such as Hashimoto’s, rheumatoid arthritis, and celiac disease, can also be a cause of fatigue.

At the Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine, the doctors work hard to establish a proper diagnosis that explains your symptoms of fatigue and utilize multiple treatment methods to help you feel better.

What is adrenal fatigue or insufficiency?

The adrenals are glands that produce hormones to help you manage stress and manufacture dozens of other compounds necessary for healthy blood pressure and fluid management. They take over production of sex hormones in menopause. When the adrenals produce too little of the hormone cortisol and sometimes too little aldosterone, you develop uncomfortable symptoms including:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Hyperpigmentation of your skin
  • Salt cravings
  • Low blood sugar
  • Weight loss/decreased appetite
  • Low blood pressure


It is not unusual to also experience muscle or joint pain, irritability, and abdominal pain. At the Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine, the doctors evaluate your adrenals and your lifestyle to determine if adrenal fatigue is the cause of your fatigue. They offer lifestyle remedies and possibly medications to resolve the issue.

If you’re suffering from overwhelming fatigue, don’t go untreated. Call the Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine to schedule a consultation today or use the online booking tool on this website.