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Ask Dr. Gott 5/16
Sudden-onset fatigue calls for full physical
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    DEAR DR. GOTT: I have not seen anything in your column about fatigue.
    I am a 77-year-old male. Last year I was jogging, but six months ago I had to stop because I just don't have the "get up and go" that I used to have. My health checked out fine, and the doctor gave me a booster shot of vitamin B-12, but it didn't help me at all. Others have told me that I need a daily vitamin. There are so many on the market today that I don't know which brand or strength is best.
    DEAR READER: A daily multivitamin may be all you need. I recommend you use one of the better-known brands. They may be a little more expensive than other brands, but they often have better quality control. Centrum or One-A-Day should offer you both the quality and variety you need. You may wish to shop around to find the best price.
    I also urge you to have a full physical exam, including a review of any medications you are taking, as well as testing for anemia, diabetes, congestive heart failure, vitamin deficiencies and more. Fatigue is a common symptom of many disorders. Because yours came on suddenly, I worry about potentially serious causes.
    If everything checks out normal, it is then time to look at your diet, lifestyle, exercise, sleep habits and stressors. These can be benign causes of fatigue and, fortunately, are easily correctable with minor changes, such as a more balanced diet, increasing exercise and reducing stress.
    Start by adding the daily multivitamin, followed by an appointment with your primary-care physician.
    To give you related information, I am sending you a copy of my Health Report "Vitamins and Minerals."

    DEAR DR. GOTT: I, like many of your readers, have bad leg cramps. While I do not have a solution to prevent them (soap doesn't work for me), I do have something that stops them. It is an over-the-counter medication called Leg Cramps. I purchase mine at Walgreens, but I am sure it is available in more places. They stop the pain within 60 seconds or so, and, if the cramp returns, I simply take another one. I hope this helps your readers.
    DEAR READER: I have had no experience with this product, which is made with quinine, but I am passing it on to my readers. I ask that anyone with Leg Cramps experience (either good or bad) write to me with their results. I will put the answers in a future column. Thanks for writing.
    To give you related information, I am sending you a copy of my Health Report "Dr. Gott's Compelling Home Remedies."
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