Weakness and Fatigue
Weakness and fatigue are symptoms, not diseases. Fatigue is a feeling of tiredness or exhaustion, or a need to rest, caused by a lack of energy or strength. Weakness is the sensation that moving your arms, legs, or other muscles requires more effort than usual.
Fatigue is a feeling of tiredness, exhaustion, or lack of energy that lasts longer than two weeks and usually requires a doctor’s visit. A low thyroid level (hypothyroidism) can cause fatigue, weakness, and numbness in the hands and feet.
Fatigue is a common symptom of depression, stress, anxiety, grief, and eating disorders, and certain medications, such as blood thinners (anticoagulants), immune-suppressing medications like steroids or chemotherapy, or herbal remedies, can cause or exacerbate symptoms.
If you call 911 in the evening, the operator may tell you to chew 1 adult-strength (325 mg) or 2 to 4 low-dose (81 mg) aspirin. If your fatigue and weakness are not related to another illness, follow the guidelines in the Prevention section. Mild fatigue can often be prevented by changes in lifestyle habits.
How do you know if you have muscle weakness?
Detecting a possible emergency
- Sudden onset of muscle weakness.
- sudden numbness or loss of feeling.
- sudden difficulty moving your limbs, walking, standing, or sitting upright.
- sudden difficulty smiling or forming facial expressions.
What happens when your muscles are weak?
Muscle weakness is a lack of strength in the muscles, which means they can’t contract or move as easily as they used to. Muscle weakness can be caused by a variety of factors, including chronic medical conditions that cause the muscles to wear out more quickly or make a person feel tired, and infections.
What does muscle fatigue feel like?
Muscle fatigue is a symptom that makes it difficult to move normally. Some people experience a dull aching in their muscles, as well as a lack of energy to perform daily tasks. Muscle fatigue is commonly caused by exercise.
How do you know if your body is weak?
Full-body weakness makes you feel exhausted, similar to how you feel when you have the flu, but it’s also possible to have full-body weakness without feeling tired. Some people who have full-body weakness also have: fever.
Why do I suddenly feel weak and shaky?
Hypoglycemia can cause you to feel weak, shaky, or lightheaded, or even cause you to pass out. A sudden headache, weakness or tremor in your arms or legs, or a slight trembling of your body are also signs that your blood sugar is too low.
Why do my muscles feel weak sometimes?
Muscle weakness can be caused by a variety of factors, including a lack of exercise, aging, muscle injury, or pregnancy, as well as long-term conditions like diabetes or heart disease. Other causes include stroke, multiple sclerosis, depression, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome (ME).
How can I recover my body weakness?
It may take some time for you to regain your energy.
- Listen to your body.
- Limit medicines that may cause fatigue.
- Improve your diet.
- Reduce your use of alcohol or other drugs that may cause fatigue, such as caffeine or nicotine.
- Reduce your television viewing.
- Get a good night’s sleep.
How do I make my weak muscles stronger?
While aerobic exercise (brisk walking, jogging, swimming) can help you feel more energized, strength training or “resistance” exercise (weight lifting) is the only way to strengthen your muscles.
Why do my muscles feel weak when I wake up?
MUSCLE WEAKNESS IN THE MORNING: Muscles are innervated by nerves that originate in the brain and spinal cord, and one possible explanation for muscle weakness in the morning is that nerves are not u201cdrivingu201d muscles to their maximum capacity at this time of day.
How do you fight muscle fatigue?
4 Proven Muscle Soreness and Fatigue Treatment Techniques
- Use a Foam Roller.
- Take Supplements. Your diet has a direct impact on how quickly your body recovers from strenuous workouts.
- Take an Epsom Salt Bath. Epsom salts are primarily composed of magnesium, a natural and gentle muscle relaxant.
How long does muscle fatigue last?
You may feel weak and tired, or your muscles may be sore, after doing too much activity at once, such as hiking for an extended period of time; these sensations usually go away within a few days.
What supplements help with muscle fatigue?
Vitamins to Help You Recover Your Muscles
- Vitamin A. Vitamin A is one of those vitamins that is often overlooked.
- Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that protects muscle cells from free radical damage.
- B Vitamins. B-complex vitamins help your cells produce usable energy so that your muscle cells have the fuel they need to repair tears.
What should I eat when I feel weak and tired?
- Vitamins and supplements.
- Unprocessed foods.
- Fruits and vegetables.
- Non-caffeinated beverages.
- Lean proteins.
- Whole grains and complex carbs.
Why do my legs feel like they are going to give out?
Direct injury, tumor growth on the spine, prolonged pressure on the spine, and diabetes are all causes of nerve damage. A spinal cord injury is one of the most common reasons that legs give out.
What causes general body weakness?
Short-term weakness can be caused by overwork, stress, or a lack of sleep; you may also feel weak after recovering from an illness, such as a cold or the flu; it is normal to feel weak after physical activity; and weakness can be a symptom of depression.