Long-term fatigue can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'needs attention' to 'generally fatal'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose long-term fatigue, we could:
|Cancer In General||98%||Confirm|
|Immune System Imbalance||4%||Ruled out|
|Low DHEA||1%||Ruled out|
|Lupus (SLE)||0%||Ruled out|
|Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia||0%||Ruled out|
|Pulmonary Fibrosis||0%||Ruled out|
Have you experienced an episode of fatigue that lasted 3 months or longer?
Possible responses:→ No / don't know
→ In the past only, now resolved
→ Yes, I have had minor fatigue for 3+ months now
→ Yes, I have had major fatigue for 3-12 months now
→ Yes, I have had major fatigue for over a year now
Prolonged or extreme fatigue is reported by 81% of lupus patients.