A feeling of extreme tiredness that involves a lack of energy and little ability to do everyday things.


Healthy lifestyle changes may ease fatigue. Get enough sleep. Lower stress. Start an exercise routine. Eat a balanced diet. Drink plenty of fluids such as water.

When to seek immediate medical care

See a healthcare professional right away for fatigue that happens with:

  • Chest pain or shortness of breath.
  • Irregular or fast heartbeat.
  • Fainting.
  • Severe stomach, pelvic or back pain.
  • Unusual bleeding, including bleeding from the rectum or vomiting blood.
  • Bad headache.
  • Thoughts of self-harm or suicide.

When to make a doctor's appointment

Make an appointment to see a healthcare professional if fatigue:

  • Lasts two weeks or longer.
  • Gets in the way of work, school or daily tasks.
  • Happens with ongoing stress, sadness or anxiety.
  • Happens after starting a new medicine or other treatment.