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I am 85 years of age. I am on medication for a leaky heart

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I am 85 years of age. I am on medication for a leaky heart and irregular heartbeat.
JA: The Doctor can help. Just a couple quick questions before I transfer you. When were you prescribed this medication? How severe were any side effects?
Customer: I am 85 years of age. I am on medication for an irregular heart beat and leaky heart valve. My question? why do I feel dreadfully tired and lacklustre immediately I have anything to eat in the morning.
JA: Have you seen a doctor about the tiredness?
Customer: Along with other enquiries I have mentioned my tiredness - but nothing has been taken up precisely.
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the Doctor should know?
Customer: Until 2 years ago when I was diagnosed with the heart problem I was a very active 83 year old - still motivated now - apart from the tiredness.
Submitted: 12 days ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 12 days ago.

Your medications can be the reason for tiredness.

All prescription and over-the-counter medications should be considered. Frequently used medications such as antihypertensives, sedative-hypnotics, antidepressants, tranquilizers, and antihistamines are common causes of fatigue.

You would need the following investigations to ascertain the cause of fatigue/tiredness:

 

Complete blood count (CBC)

Liver function tests

Thyroid function tests

Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR)

Serum electrolyte level measurement

Immunoglobulin M (IgM)/immunoglobulin G (IgG) coxsackievirus B titer

IgM/IgG human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6) titer

IgM/IgG C pneumoniae titer

Autoimmune panel

Anemia panel.

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Customer: replied 12 days ago.
2017.
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 12 days ago.

Were you able to read the answer above?

Customer: replied 12 days ago.
thank you.
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 12 days ago.

You are very welcome.

The other causes to consider are;

Thyroid disease

Connective tissue diseases

Chronic anemia

Chronic infections like Epstein Barr virus

Endocrine diseases (Addison disease).

Chronic fatigue syndrome

Myasthenia Gravis.

 

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