Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.
Steven Doerr, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Doerr received his undergraduate degree in Spanish from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He graduated with his Medical Degree from the University Of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado in 1998 and completed his residency training in Emergency Medicine from Denver Health Medical Center in Denver, Colorado in 2002, where he also served as Chief Resident.
inability to walk up more than one flight of stairs,
changes in appetite,
loss or gain of weight,
swollen legs, and/or
mass in breast.
After obtaining the history, a physical exam will be performed, focusing on
the patient's vital signs (weight, blood pressure, heart rate, temperature,
breathing rate). The doctor will observe the patient's general appearance,
listen to the heart, lungs, and abdomen, and may perform a pelvic and rectal
exam. The doctor may order some of the following tests depending on the
suspected underlying cause of the fatigue.
Blood tests provides information about an infection, anemia, or other blood
abnormalities or problems with nutrition.
Urinalysis provides information that might point to diabetes, liver disease, or
Chem-7 looks at 7 common substances circulating in the blood. It consists
of electrolytes (sodium, potassium, chloride, and bicarbonate), waste products
of metabolism cleared by normally functioning kidneys (BUN and creatinine) and
the source of energy for the body's cells (glucose).