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Old 03-15-2013, 07:33 PM   #1
 
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Lately, I'm always exhausted. My body (feet and legs) feel like they do when I'm on vacation and have been walking around all day, very fatigued. When I wake up, I feel like I didn't fall asleep. Every so often I get in a nap that helps, but overall I'm always tired. Tired, but not sleepy because it takes forever to fall asleep

Every so often I do get a burst of energy and it's a world of difference from how I normally feel throughout the day.

Any suggestions? It's starting to drive me insane.
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Could be a lot of things or mix of things. Stress, diet, no exercise. Try fixing these first and see what happens. For me I have sleep apnea which means I stop breathing many times during the night, causing me to not sleep well. Folks who snore especially may have this. I'd start with the basics above first and go from there.
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Are you having other issues? Joints swelling or tenderness? Have you had a blood panel run recently? This sounds very much like the fatigue I get when my auto immune arthritis is flaring

The things that help me: rest (even just closing my eyes and laying there) exercise (mostly yoga and walking), making sure I have lots of breaks during the day (on weekends, I work a regular schedule during the week), planning rest periods, decreasing stress, eating properly, and being kind to myself-it's really frustrating and being mad about it just makes it worse

I know in the fibromyalgia thread there were lots of supplement suggestions

ETA I bumped the fibromyalgia thread

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You push yourself very hard and are extremely busy and active. Could you try slowing down just a bit to see if that helps?
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Good suggestions from everyone and if they don't work, check your thyroid (blood test) and iron. If you have heavy periods you could be anemic. It's very common in women of childbearing age.

I met you and you were zippy! Hope your energy comes back.
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She is zippy. She also multi-tasks like no one else.
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Sounds like how I felt when I started taking metformin. Spaghetti legs, inability to think clearly, tired, I had digestive issues as well. I researched and found out that Metformin is linked with vitamin B12 deficiency, so once I started supplementing that, I noticed very quick improvement.
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Diet: My diet is decent, not horrible but not great. I get my share of veggies and I try not to eat to much crap. Well, seeing as how I am allergic to snack food and almost everything else, I have to watch my diet. I think I should start juicing again

Exercise: What's that? No, seriously. I know I need to exercise more. I am working on options in that area,

Stress: Yes. My mom passed away (Oct). My dad is in jail. (which has made me head of a crazy family). I'm running a home business (or two) and working full time (with jerks). i have a house to take care ( I need a new roof, fridge, some other stuff). my relationship is a little bumpy right now.


Other issues: No swelling.No tenderness. Most of my other issues where either a sinus infection or allergies which I think I have under control now.

No snoring, unless I have a cold


Ok, so I'm do add exercise and multivitamin and see if that helps.
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You push yourself very hard and are extremely busy and active. Could you try slowing down just a bit to see if that helps?
I do have a lot going on. November - February is my busy season so that was a lot. Plus I'm trying to launch new products.

I have so much going on that I haven't even been going to happy hour. That makes me sad
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Sounds like how I felt when I started taking metformin. Spaghetti legs, inability to think clearly, tired, I had digestive issues as well. I researched and found out that Metformin is linked with vitamin B12 deficiency, so once I started supplementing that, I noticed very quick improvement.
yes! Spaghetti legs

I did have digestive issues. I had a ton of gas but now that I've identified and cut out most of what I'm allergic to (sulfites) I've been much better.

The only meds I'm on is BC and I recently added a probiotic
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I've also gained weight. 5-7 pounds out of nowhere. It could be that I've been cooking more this winter because I had more workers and I was cooking for them more often.

I know that doesn't seem like a lot but I'm 5ft nothing and a size 4 so it makes a difference quickly
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scrills....I don't know but me too.
I think we should order some pizza and try to figure it out. After a nap, of course
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I'm always exhausted (yay chronic fatigue) but when my blood pressure spiked my legs felt kinda dead, like I'd been working out all the time but in reality I'd barely walked at all. I didn't get any swelling at first, though since I've gotten that under control my ankles have gone down so much that I didn't realize just how swollen they had gotten. Ever feel a bit out of breath? I'm on meds now and working to lose weight and get fit, but I feel a lot better now.

If it goes on, it's worth having some tests run just to be sure.
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If you get a chance, maybe see about getting your vitamin D levels checked. I know my mom was feeling kind of like you a few years back, and after having some blood tests done, her vitamin D levels were crazy low! Mine dip too (I guess that's what I get for living in Pittsburgh) and I start to feel like the way you're describing.

It couldn't hurt! In the meantime, take care of yourself! You sound stressed to me, but it sounds like you already know that! If necessary...

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If you get a chance, maybe see about getting your vitamin D levels checked. I know my mom was feeling kind of like you a few years back, and after having some blood tests done, her vitamin D levels were crazy low! Mine dip too (I guess that's what I get for living in Pittsburgh) and I start to feel like the way you're describing.

It couldn't hurt! In the meantime, take care of yourself! You sound stressed to me, but it sounds like you already know that! If necessary...



Found this on a blog about sulfite allergies

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There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that vitamin B-complex may help in the alleviation of the symptoms resulting froma sulfite allergy [
sulfites are known to destroy vitamin B1(thiamin)]
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Vitamin B12 has been shown to be particularly helpful for some sulfite problems.
I read this but forgot (since I'd gotten my allergies under control). Thanks!
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Other comments from sulfite websites. Maybe I need to be more careful with what I eat...

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Extreme fatique/tiredness- I described it as "zonking out"... after eating some things about an hour or two later I would just sit down unable to move or do anything for a while and then feel sluggish with "brain fog"
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I feel so much better now that I have cut out anything obviously sulfited... I am actually awake and alert and can even walk up and down the stairs better, I don't feel such an old lady any more
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Thanks ladies. This has been helpful

Looks like I will have to go back to taking Zyrtec everyday as well.

man, I have a lot of theories to test out

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Old 03-16-2013, 01:21 AM   #18
 
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I hear extreme fatigue and weight gain and I have to wonder if there's any possibility you are pregnant?

I have the same issues - running around all day, multiple commitments, multi-tasking, family / home / work / side projects, lots of pressure to achieve etc. There's not enough time to really take care of myself and relax. I think a lot of women can relate.
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At the risk of stating the obvious, my first suggestion would be to go and have a full physical/blood work-up etc at your PCP, if it's been at least 6 months to a year since you've done that.

That being said, stress from what you've been dealing with can truly take a very severe physical toll on the body. About 5 or 6 months after my mom passed away back in 1999, I started losing my hair. Like, not a little, but GOBS. I'll bet I lost at least 1/3 to 1/2 of it when all was said and done.

But I think your plan to start juicing again is a really good one! I'll bet your body will love you for giving it a high dose of nutrients during a stressful time.
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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.
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