Malaise is a generalized feeling of discomfort, illness, or lack of well-being.
General ill feeling
Malaise is a symptom that can occur with almost any health condition. It may start slowly or quickly, depending on the type of disease.
The following lists give examples of the diseases, conditions, and medications that can cause malaise.
SHORT-TERM (ACUTE) INFECTIOUS DISEASE
- Acute bronchitis or
- Acute viral syndrome
Infectious mononucleosis(EBV) Influenza Lyme disease
LONG-TERM (CHRONIC) INFECTIOUS DISEASE
- Chronic active
- Disease caused by parasites
HEART AND LUNG (CARDIOPULMONARY) DISEASE
Congestive heart failure COPD
- Acute or chronic kidney disease
- Acute or chronic
CONNECTIVE TISSUE DISEASE
Rheumatoid arthritis Sarcoidosis Systemic lupus erythematosus
ENDOCRINE or METABOLIC DISEASE
Adrenal glanddysfunction Diabetes
- Pituitary gland dysfunction (rare)
- Thyroid disease
- Lymphoma (cancer that starts in the
- Solid tumor cancers, such as
- Anticonvulsant (antiseizure) medications
- Beta blockers (medications used to treat heart disease or high blood pressure)
- Psychiatric medications
- Treatments involving several medications
If you have severe malaise, contact your health care provider immediately.
Call your health care provider if
Contact your health care provider if:
- You have other symptoms with the malaise.
- Malaise lasts longer than one week, with or without other symptoms.
What to expect at your health care provider’s office
Your health care provider will perform a physical examination and ask questions such as:
- How long has this feeling lasted (weeks or months)?
- What other symptoms do you have?
- Is the malaise constant or episodic (comes and goes)?
- Can you complete your daily activities? If not, what limits you?
- Have you traveled recently?
- What medicines are you on?
- What are your other medical problems?
- Do you use alcohol or other drugs?
If you have signs or symptoms of an illness, tests may be ordered to confirm the diagnosis. These may include blood tests, x-rays, or other diagnostic tests.