What other symptoms might occur with lack of energy?

Lack of energy may accompany other symptoms that vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Lack of energy is a nonspecific symptom, so identifying other symptoms may be helpful in determining its cause.

Heart and lung symptoms that may occur along with lack of energy

Lack of energy may accompany other symptoms affecting the heart or lungs including:

  • Abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias)
  • Chest pain
  • Cough
  • Dizziness
  • Rapid heart rate (tachycardia)
  • Shortness of breath (worsens with exertion)
  • Wheezing (whistling sound made with breathing)

Other symptoms that may occur along with lack of energy

Lack of energy may accompany symptoms related to other body systems including:

  • Anxiety
  • Appetite changes
  • Change in bowel movements or diarrhea
  • Depressed mood
  • Feeling very thirsty
  • Fever
  • Frequent urination
  • Hair loss
  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Skin changes
  • Unintentional weight gain or loss
  • Weakness (loss of strength)

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, lack of energy may be a symptom of a life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms including:

  • Being a danger to oneself or others, including threatening, irrational, or suicidal behavior
  • Change in level of consciousness or alertness, such as passing out or unresponsiveness
  • Chest pain, chest tightness, chest pressure, palpitations
  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Not producing any urine
  • Rapid heart rate (tachycardia)
  • Respiratory or breathing problems, such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, labored breathing
  • Severe pain
  • Sudden change in vision
  • Sudden swelling or weight gain
  • Vomiting blood, rectal bleeding, or bloody stool

INTRODUCTION

What is lack of energy?

Lack of energy can be described as tiredness, weariness, lethargy or fatigue. It can be accompanied by depression, decreased motivation, or apathy. Lack of energy can be a normal response to inadequate sleep, overexertion, overworking, stress, lack of exercise, or boredom. When part of a normal response, lack of energy of... Read more about lack of energyintroduction

CAUSES

What causes lack of energy?

Lack of energy can be a normal response to inadequate sleep, overexertion, overworking, stress, lack of exercise, or boredom. When part of a normal response, lack of energy often resolves with rest, adequate sleep, stress management, and good nutrition. Persistent lack of energy that does not resolve with self-care may be due to a variety of diseases, disorders or conditions.

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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Sep 6, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.