Several months ago, I began having pain in my low back. Now I have pain from my lower back all the way up to my neck. Could this back and neck pain account for my tiredness lately?

Back and neck pain can be physically and emotionally draining. Battling the effects of pain while doing routine tasks can take a toll on your stamina. Using certain prescription medications, such as muscle relaxants, can also add to the sense of "tiredness." Muscles that are tired may not be working their best, which can lead to feelings of discomfort and eventually pain.

Try to avoid staying in one posture for too long, as this tends to fatigue muscles and increase soreness. You may also benefit from conditioning exercises for the heart and lungs. Done safely, conditioning exercises can decrease pain, boost your outlook, and improve your ability to do activities with stamina and ease. If your doctor approves, an exercise program may give you the energy boost needed to avoid feeling worn out all the time.