Fatigue / Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Fatigue is a common complaint but one that is often dismissed by the individual or not given enough attention by the medical community.  We move at such a fast pace that we expect to feel exhausted.  However, constant fatigue can be the sign of an underlying medical condition.

Fatigue is a symptom and therefore can have many causes.  There are also many types of fatigue: physical, mental and chronic.  Physical fatigue involves muscle weakness and/or aches or a general decrease in physical fitness.  Mental fatigue is a general decrease in attention, not necessarily involving sleepiness.  Chronic fatigue is a fatigue lasting 6 months and is usually more persistent and debilitating.

Fatigue can be a normal result of working, mental stress, overstimulation and understimulation, jet lag or active recreation.  Fatigue due to depression, disease or poor sleep are clinical concerns deserving attention.  Fatigue may also have chemical causes, such as environmental exposure to toxins/poisons or mineral/vitamin deficiencies.

Getting to the bottom of your general fatigue should involve a comprehensive physical examination by your healthcare provider.  Surprisingly many of you may be found to have low vitamin B12 levels.  This is easily corrected!  B12 Deficiency is best resolved with intramusclular injection or sublingual supplementation.  Your provider might recommend a monthly injection for a short while or good straight to sublingual home dosing.  Either way, your level will improve as well as your energy!

When addressing fatigue, let’s not forget to assess for thyroid and/or adrenal burnout!  See the symptom assessments section to learn more about your risks for stress, low thyroid and adrenal fatigue.

Supplement Suggestions:

Thyroid Support including:

Adrenal Support including:

Sleep Support including  melatonin and other supplements for relaxation. 

  1. Check your symptoms with our Adrenal Fatigue Assessment Questionnaire and Low Thyroid Function Assessment talk to your practitioner or make an appointment with a member of our team (772-419-0505).
  2. Learn to recognize and understand stress and assess your stress level and risk for illness with our Stress Inventory.
  3. Get your Vitamin B12 blood level tested.
  4. Improving your health starts with a good diet, an active lifestyle and stress management.  See our section on Lifestyle Modifications and learn how to make positive changes to prevent aging!

28 Day Detoxification Plan – this is not a bowel cleanse but a “metabolic” cleanse to help your body’s systems re-align and start working the way they were intended.  You’ll feel the difference!

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