You’re going about your daily routine when suddenly, boom! You get hit with feelings of sluggishness. Then your head begins to ache. Maybe both of those feelings are accompanied by uneasiness in your stomach.
There are many conditions that can cause fatigue, headaches, and nausea. It is important to know the conditions these symptoms can stem from so that any ailments can be properly diagnosed and expert medical attention if needed, can be sought.
Below are seven conditions that have symptoms of fatigue, headaches, and/or nausea. They range from conditions that can be treated at home to more serious ones.
Cold and Flu
Cold and flu are common conditions that affect millions of people every year. People with cold or flu viruses may develop the following symptoms:
- Stomach pain
- Sore throat
- Chest pain
Most people are successful in fighting off cold and flu symptoms with the help of over-the-counter medication. Flu that is untreated, however, could lead to more serious health conditions such as pneumonia.
A person should contact their doctor right away if they experience difficulty breathing, persistent chest or stomach pain, persistent dizziness, severe muscle pain, or ongoing fatigue associated with bouts of a cold or influenza.
Migraines are severe pains in the head marked by throbbing or pulsing aches that usually only affect one side of the head. Migraines can be triggered by stress, lack of sleep, anxiety, depression, or hormonal changes.
Symptoms of migraines include:
- Intense head pain
- Sensitivity to light or sound
Migraines are typically not serious, but those who have migraines accompanied by more serious symptoms, such as fever, chills, or sudden or severe pains, should speak with a member of our BioMed team. Chronic migraines should also be evaluated.
Fatigue, headache, and nausea can also be linked to dehydration. Many people get headaches when their body is lacking water. Other symptoms of dehydration can include fatigue. Eight to ten glasses of water a day is recommended for those looking to keep symptoms of dehydration at bay.
Headache, fatigue, and nausea are common side effects of different types of medications. Diuretics and some blood pressure medications can lead to headache and fatigue, for example, because they can cause dehydration. Anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen and some blood pressure drugs can lead to nausea. Patients should consult a doctor about any adverse side effects of medications they’ve been experiencing.
People who have suffered a significant head injury such as from a fall or accident can experience symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, or vomiting. Treatment for a concussion depends on the significance of the trauma. It can at times require hospitalization and observation.
Women who are pregnant can experience fatigue, headaches, nausea, and stomach pain. Some women may develop these symptoms early in the pregnancy as hormone levels in the body change, but these symptoms can occur at different times throughout pregnancy. In addition to fatigue, headaches, and nausea, someone who is pregnant may also experience:
- Pelvic pain
- Low blood pressure
- High heart rate
Gastroenteritis, commonly known as stomach flu, is an intestinal infection. It can be contracted by coming into contact with a person who is infected or by ingesting contaminated food or water. Viruses such as norovirus and bacterial infections such as salmonella can also cause gastroenteritis. A person with gastroenteritis typically develops these symptoms:
- Stomach cramps
Most cases of gastroenteritis are viral and go away on their own. If the illness becomes severe, however, a doctor or healthcare professional at the BioMed Center should be contacted immediately. Symptoms of severe gastroenteritis include diarrhea or vomiting that lasts more than two days, high fever, and bloody stool.
Treatment for Fatigue, Headache, Nausea in Providence, RI
The team at BioMed Center New England specializes in treatments that address common causes of fatigue, headache, nausea such as dehydration and migraines. Call (401) 443-4007 or book an appointment online today to speak with one of our specialists.