Fatigue (Tired All The Time)
Whilst it is normal for us all to feel tired from time to time. If you are tired all the time or feel constantly fatigued it is important to get to the bottom of what is causing it.
It may be that you are waking up still feeling tired or do not have the energy to do all the things you used to do.
Sometimes tiredness might not be the only symptom you have. Sometimes people also experience headaches, dizziness, feeling faint, weakness, not sleeping well and catching colds more easily.
What causes fatigue?
There are many causes of fatigue or feeling tired all the time. It can be caused by stress, lifestyle factors, the amount of sleep you are getting or an underlying medical condition.
Can vitamin deficiencies or anemia cause tiredness?
Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D deficiencies can cause tiredness as can a lack of iron in your blood and problems with your thyroid. This is why it is important to speak to a health professional to help diagnose your condition and work out what is causing your tiredness and the correct treatment for you.
Fatigue consultation only
A 30 minute consultation in which you can discuss your symptoms and concerns and receive advice and treatment options.
A letter with details of this appointment will be sent to your NHS GP with your consent.
If a prescription is recommended then there is an additional charge of £40 per prescription.
Private GP prescriptions can be used at any dispensing pharmacy.
Fatigue consultation and blood tests
This is a 2 stage appointment.
The first stage involves a blood test which will give Dr Cave information about whether you could be suffering from any underlying medical problem which could be causing your tiredness.
Once we have the results (usually in 2 – 3 days) we can schedule you a 30 minute appointment with Dr Cave to discuss the results of your blood test and your symptoms and concerns and decide on the best treatment options for you.
Fatigue consultation and blood tests and follow up
This appointment includes blood tests and initial fatigue consultation with Dr Cave and a further 30 minute follow up appointment 6 weeks later to assess your progress.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
If you are not sure which is the best appointment then call us on 01635 791 301 and we can help you make the right decision for you.
The following tests are included:
Full Blood Count
Urea and electrolyte panel
Vitamin D (25-oh)
Vitamin B12 (Active)
If after discussions with Dr Cave it is decided that B12 injections are needed then your initial loading dose and follow up injections can be administered at Total Health West Berkshire.
If you need a prescription then Dr Cave can write a private prescription as appropriate.
Private prescriptions are charged at £40 per prescription.. Private GP prescriptions can be used at any dispensing pharmacy.