Everyone experiences fatigue periodically as a result of hard physical labor or loss of sleep. Fatigue, loss of energy, and lassitude are also common symptoms experienced by patients with any of a large number of diseases. A patient who complains of fatigue presents a difficult problem for the family physician because there are many possible explanations for the fatigue. This difficulty is compounded by the subjective nature of the complaint and the potential seriousness of some of the diseases in the differential diagnosis.
KeywordsChronic Fatigue Syndrome Family Physician Chief Complaint Secondary Symptom Primary Complaint
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