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Sloooooooow down, Scrills-y. You're doing even more than I realized.
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It sounds just like you're running yourself off your feet, except I don't think you would be posting about it if that were all it is.

The sinus infection may have had a bigger toll on you than you realized, too.

Have you been somewhere very dry/desert lately? I don't remember where you're from. We have a fungal infection here called Valley Fever here which gets into your bloodstream. I had three months a couple years ago where I was excessively lethargic and toward the end of it I was sleeping 20 hours a day, only waking long enough to shower, change clothing and eat meals. My Valley Fever test results were inconclusive, and every other possible test my doctor could come up with was negative. I needed Dr. House to diagnose me! In the end, it may have been mild Valley Fever (yes, 3 months of not functioning would be a mild form of it compared to how sick it can make people) and my doctor thought the repeat sinus infections I had been battling at that point in time ran down my immune system and caused it in the first place.

I do hope it's just a vitamin deficiency which you can easily remedy, though!
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But at least the pews never attend yoga!
Anemia was my first thought, then B12 deficiency. It'd be a good idea to get blood work done. That's an easy way to rule out a lot of things before experimenting with anything.
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Thanks ladies. I'm going to make an appt. It's gotten so bad that I've started taking a nap when i get home from work. Grrrr. But then of course I can't fall asleep.

(I always feel silly making appts for stuff like this)

- Not pregnant (will confirm on Wednesday when my period arrives)

- Anemia - I haven't given blood in maybe a year or so but when I do my bloood drops like a rock. Even so, i will have him check

- Yes, I know I'm busy but this seems like something more. Although, I did get a MAJOR boost of energy last week when I actually completed a project. I danced around like a maniac all day
On my phone so this will be short. Get a complete thyroid panel not just tsh. Even with the complete panel, thyroid probs dont always show up.
Check for anemia. Where are you at hormonely? Dr Sara Gottfried's book The Hormone Cure is really good!!! Explains so much! Our hormones (thyroid adrenal dhea estrodial etc etc) affect our entire lives. Unaddressed and we cant heal.
Possible sleep study (unrefreshing sleep can be the cause or contributing factor)
Vitamin deficiency test are not usually accurate using the standard blood test that drs swear by. B12- your blood can show things are normal but a more sensitive urine test shows a deficiency. Vit D and iron are reliable. The rest, not so much.
I would add magnesium right away. It's necessary for energy production, helps sleep, needed for vit d, stress, anti-inflammatory which allergies are, etc etc. it's good for almost everything! D-Ribose is excellent for energy! I use this daily. Fish oil is helpful too.
Eliminate as much caffeine, sugar, maybe gluten too as you can, do some yoga, listen to binaural beats and relaxation music (i use the sleep stream app) etc. Eat clean if you dont already (on my phone cant read everything)
Multi-vitamin- make it a good one not something like centrum. High doses of B vitamins and well balanced.

With the stress, you are burning thru magnesium like crazy and your adrenals are likely getting fatigued. Address those issues and you should see an improvement.

I totally sympathize. I rarely get more than 3 fragmented hours a day but I dont have to work. Thank God! Some days i'm too tired to even shower. Things have improved a lot but sleep is my big issue and constantly working on it.

Last edited by crimsonshedemon; 03-17-2013 at 12:52 AM.
It sounds just like you're running yourself off your feet, except I don't think you would be posting about it if that were all it is.

The sinus infection may have had a bigger toll on you than you realized, too.

Have you been somewhere very dry/desert lately? I don't remember where you're from. We have a fungal infection here called Valley Fever here which gets into your bloodstream. I had three months a couple years ago where I was excessively lethargic and toward the end of it I was sleeping 20 hours a day, only waking long enough to shower, change clothing and eat meals. My Valley Fever test results were inconclusive, and every other possible test my doctor could come up with was negative. I needed Dr. House to diagnose me! In the end, it may have been mild Valley Fever (yes, 3 months of not functioning would be a mild form of it compared to how sick it can make people) and my doctor thought the repeat sinus infections I had been battling at that point in time ran down my immune system and caused it in the first place.

I do hope it's just a vitamin deficiency which you can easily remedy, though!
Originally Posted by NetG
I'm in central CA and valley fever is a serious issue here. Untreated and you can die. How do you feel now? Normal?
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Hope you start t feel better soon! I always seem to need a nap too. Around 3/3:30pm I just drop. Often I find when I have a lot to get on with, and it certainly sounds like you do, I can't sleep at night because my brain won't shut down. I'm constantly thinking and planning about what needs to be done.
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I'm not sure if it's been pointed out yet, but depression can manifest in just physical symptoms. The drop in estrogen during your period can also cause fatigue that can last until your hormones levels get back up.
Originally Posted by cympreni
I can vouch for the depression manifesting as physical ailments. Eating healthy and getting exercise can reduce stress hormones in your body and help fight depression that way.

I hope you feel better soon!
Thanks for recommending Centrum. I wasn't sure what to get and I know I can make it to Target but making it to the vitamin store could take a couple more days.
scrills, I hope you haven't gone to Target yet - Crimson said "Multi-vitamin- make it a good one not something like centrum. High doses of B vitamins and well balanced."
HA! thanks.

No I haven't gone to Target yet, LOL. I will go the Max Wellness or Whole Foods to see if I can find something better.
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^ See? See how tired you are???

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Last edited by B-wavy; 03-18-2013 at 12:03 PM. Reason: eta: I meant that in a nice way :)
Just want to chime in for how much of an affect stress can have on you physically. There's no harm in getting your blood work done, and taking a vitamin...but don't panic if they don't find anything. I was finishing my dissertation for my PhD last summer, while also working full time at a job that was stressful at the time (going through a merger/acquisition), and bought a house with my boyfriend. It was nuts. I was having all kinds of, um, digestive issues, and feeling sick in the evenings very regularly.

As soon as I finished school, I saw some MAJOR improvements. And I was also able to start getting some more regular exercise (even if it's just a walk--SOMETHING can really help).


My big advice is to find some "me time" a few times per week. Whatever it is, pencil it in, and don't feel guilty about it. An exercise class like Yoga or kickboxing, or do a hobby of some kind, or even just leisurely watch a favorite TV show...but JUST do that one thing, for yourself, and not thinking about anything else. Looking back now, I realize how much better I felt when I was doing something like that, as compared with when I thought I was just too busy.
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I'm in central CA and valley fever is a serious issue here. Untreated and you can die. How do you feel now? Normal?
Originally Posted by crimsonshedemon
Other than the fact I'm currently recovering from the flu and a sinus infection, yep. It was a terrible 3 months, though, where I wasn't really sick - I was just incapable of functioning. It was the kind of lethargy often associated with depression except I wasn't depressed. I actually mentally checked in with myself "am I depressed and just don't realize it?" but realized that, nope, I was still normal on the emotional scale.

The VF test was inconclusive for me because there were some positives, but having grown up here that is normal - nothing showed up as it being an active problem. And yet, it's so poorly understood that it was possible the levels shown were enough to affect me, but not enough to go on the hard core meds.
The pews never miss a sermon but that doesn't get them one step closer to Heaven.
-Speckla

But at least the pews never attend yoga!
^^ happy you are feeling better. I've never even heard of that (but I don't like in CA)
Got my vitamins. I picked up two kinds (one was only $1.56 at Target, I think it was mismarked)

Nature Made, Multi for her
New Chapter, one woman's daily


I must say, it was EXTREMELY hard not to get gummies or chewables. They looked so tempting.
Got my vitamins. I picked up two kinds (one was only $1.56 at Target, I think it was mismarked)

Nature Made, Multi for her
New Chapter, one woman's daily


I must say, it was EXTREMELY hard not to get gummies or chewables. They looked so tempting.
Originally Posted by scrills
I could easily OD on vitamins with the gummies and chewables. #cantstoptakingthem

I know the lethargy you're talking about scrills. I hope you feel better soon
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Fat does not make you fat. It's actually pretty important.
I hope you feel better soon!
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I started my vitamins last night. I'm not sure if I have a little more energy today because of that (doubt it, too soon) or because I'm excited about the mascara trick from Pinterest I'm trying out, LOL.

I have been taking note of how many times I wake up during the night and why. I need to make some adjustments

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Setting my alarm closer to the actual time I need to get up. An hour of snooze prob isn't helping

@Kat, that is very true. I've been trying to get a "to do" and "Ideas" lists. If I have it captured there I can at least rest at night
I think you're probably stressed, or mildly depressed, and its manifesting itself in exhaustion. You may be keeping yourself busy to avoid facing emotion head on, and your body trying to sleep is its way of going into hiding.


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