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What is lethargy?

Lethargy can be best described as a feeling of sluggishness and fatigue. Those who feel sleepy and experience these symptoms are said to be lethargic. The dullness and sluggishness may be mental or physical in nature and may indicate the presence of an underlying physical or mental condition in the person.

What are its main associated signs and symptoms?

Lethargic people are usually a little disoriented and move around very slowly. Other symptoms you may observe in lethargic people include mood swings, tiredness, lack of energy and lowered ability to think. Lethargic people also tend to be less alert.

What are the main causes?

When suffering from physical illnesses like fever or flu, it is common to feel weak and lethargic. However, there are other conditions which may also cause lethargy. These include:

How is it diagnosed and treated?

A complete medical history and physical examination are required to diagnose lethargy. The examination of the heart and lungs may be conducted. The doctor will also evaluate mental alertness and check for bowel sounds and pains. A series of tests and imaging studies may be conducted to check for the presence of medical conditions which could be the potential cause of lethargy.

In order to treat lethargy, it is important to detect the underlying cause. Treatment for the condition is then initiated depending on its nature. Doctors may prescribe medications, including antidepressants in case the lethargy is related to mental illness. Simple remedies, such as ensuring adequate fluid intake, proper sleep, a balanced diet and stress management can also help limit lethargy.

  1. Medicines for Lethargy
  2. Doctors for Lethargy
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Dr.Priyanka Trimukhe

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Dr. Nisarg Trivedi

Dr. Nisarg Trivedi

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Dr MD SHAMIM REYAZ

Dr MD SHAMIM REYAZ

General Physician
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Dr. prabhat kumar

General Physician
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