I have a thorough “fatigue” work-up I have developed and honed over my 17 years of NP practice. A thorough history is key to guiding my differential diagnosis but there are a set of labs I run on every patient complaining of fatigue.
if your PCP is not good at taking a history, have the answers to these questions ready and offer them if he/she does not ask:
I order CBC, CMP, TSH, Vit D, Vit B12 on all fatigue patients and add other labs and/or sleep study as indicated.
Hope that helps! 🩺👩⚕️
Fatigue, sleep apnea, and poor sleep quality are linked to a plethora of medical conditions. If you are experiencing extreme fatigue or prolonged fatigue, please consult your PCP. If you do not feel rested after a full night's sleep, please see your PCP. Fatigue can be a sign or an underlying problem - please listen to your body!