Fatigue can seem impossible to overcome — especially when your feelings are dismissed. Effective treatment starts with compassion.
Feeling burnout or exhaustion? Constantly tired or lacking energy? Your body might be warning of systemic illness. Other times, chronic fatigue is itself a serious health condition — driven by lifestyle factors like diet, stress, and physical activity.
With so many potential causes, fatigue can be confusing. This results in severe underreporting, dismissive loved ones or doctors, and incorrect diagnoses (such as depression).
And when patients do get treatment or advice, it often falls short. Fatigue is different from tiredness, and it usually won’t improve with rest alone.
Forum Health’s expert providers and health coaches will listen and take your symptoms seriously. We act as medical detectives, taking the time to learn your story and analyze your body’s core systems. Once we identify possible underlying causes, we’ll make a comprehensive treatment plan based on our whole-person functional medicine approach.
We help patients with all levels of fatigue — from mild to chronic.
What’s the difference between tiredness and fatigue?
Tiredness and fatigue are often used interchangeably. But from a medical perspective, they’re not the same.
Tiredness happens to everyone. We expect it in the evening or after certain activities. And usually, a good night’s sleep is enough to restore your energy.
Fatigue is more complex. It can have several underlying causes — including mental health issues, chronic illness, stress, and inadequate nutrition. It can look like simple tiredness, marked by drowsiness and apathy. But symptoms are usually more intense and longer-lasting.
Additionally, beyond sleepiness and lethargy, fatigue is linked to symptoms like:
- Muscle weakness or pain
- Anxiety and depression
- Weight loss or gain
- Fevers and chills
- Shortness of breath
- Vomiting and diarrhea
Fatigue is serious — a sign that something is preventing your body from keeping up with daily life.
How does Forum Health treat fatigue?
To solve fatigue, we must address the root cause. It’s important that we know your story — and all your symptoms — so we can find and investigate patterns.
Even as we search for systemic problems within your body, we’ll start treatment by addressing lifestyle issues commonly at the heart of chronic disease. Guiding you all the way, we’ll identify changes you can make in these areas:
- Stress management
- Diet and nutrition
- Physical activity
- Sleep health
As a Forum Health member, you’re never on your own. Care is guided by your provider and supported by a personal health coach. Your medical team will take the time to understand your situation — because they truly care about helping you get better.