Malaise and fatigue are common symptoms of a wide-ranging list of ailments.
refers to an overall feeling of discomfort and lack of well-being.
is extreme tiredness and lack of energy or motivation for everyday activities.
More to Know
Malaise and fatigue often go hand-in-hand and indicate a person is ill or about
to become ill. They can start slowly or appear suddenly depending upon the cause,
and can be acute (short-lasting) or chronic (long-lasting).
Sometimes, malaise and fatigue can be traced to bad health habits and lifestyle
factors, including not getting enough sleep, alcohol abuse, an unhealthy diet, caffeine
use, and inactivity. Certain medicines also can lead to overtiredness and a general
Keep in Mind
Malaise and fatigue are common symptoms that can be treated once the cause is known.
Because they can indicate a more serious problem, however, anyone experiencing malaise
or fatigue that can't be easily explained should see a doctor.
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