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Fatigue Specialist

Joseph D Parkhurst, MD -  - Urologist

Urologist OKC

Joseph D Parkhurst, MD

Urologist located in Bethany, OK

Decreased energy, or fatigue, is a common symptom of hormone imbalance. Board-certified urologist and hormone replacement specialist Joseph D. Parkhurst, MD, FACS, treats fatigue in men and women at his private practice in Bethany, Edmond, Oklahoma City, Yukon, Moore, El Reno, Warr Acres, and Nichols Hills, Oklahoma. To learn how you can feel healthy, vital, and energized again, call or book online for an appointment at Urologist OKC today.

Fatigue Q & A

What is fatigue?

Fatigue involves more than just feeling sleepy or drowsy. This common symptom involves a complete lack of energy and motivation that can make everyday activities, like going to work, seem impossible.

Fatigue may be a symptom of an underlying medical condition, such as hormone imbalance, or it may result from lifestyle factors like poor diet. If you continue to experience fatigue despite proper rest and nutrition, Dr. Parkhurst can help. 

What causes fatigue?

Most of the time, fatigue is due to lifestyle factors, such as lack of exercise. Common lifestyle factors that lead to fatigue include:

  • Using alcohol or drugs
  • Certain medications, such as cough medicines
  • Too much exercise or not enough
  • Unhealthy eating habits
  • Lack of sleep

Fatigue may also be due to an underlying physical or psychological problem, such as:

  • Hormone imbalance
  • Sleep disorders, such as insomnia
  • Mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Multiple sclerosis

Dr. Parkhurst performs a comprehensive evaluation of your condition to determine the root cause of your fatigue. 

When should I see a doctor about fatigue?

You should make an appointment with Dr. Parkhurst if you continue to experience fatigue after addressing common lifestyle causes, such as lack of rest and unhealthy eating habits. You should call Dr. Parkhurst right away if your fatigue occurs with other symptoms, such as:

  • Memory loss
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Moodiness and irritability
  • Declining sex drive (libido)
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Frequent illnesses
  • Bloating and weight gain
  • Joint pain

The above are all common symptoms of hormone imbalance. In women, other symptoms of hormone imbalance include hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness. 

How is fatigue treated?

First, Dr. Parkhurst asks you to describe your fatigue, including when it started, and any other symptoms you experience. He reviews your medical history and performs a physical exam. He may also take blood or urine tests to check for medical conditions that cause fatigue, such as hormone imbalance. 

Then, Dr. Parkhurst develops an individualized treatment plan to boost your energy levels and enhance your overall health. Depending on the cause of fatigue, treatment may include:

  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Practicing healthy eating habits
  • Exercising on a regular basis
  • Participating in relaxing activities, such as yoga

If your fatigue is related to a hormone imbalance, Dr. Parkhurst may recommend bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

To learn how you can reclaim your youthful vitality, call Joseph D. Parkhurst, MD, FACS, or book online today.