No idea why I am so tired lately - help?

  • Rhi_Bran

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    Aug 18, 2013 3:38 PM GMT
    For the last four days or so, I've had a constant yet somewhat vague sense of fatigue. Like, I'm able to get out of bed and go to work, but I feel constantly drained. I feel fine if I lay down and close my eyes, but getting up and doing things renders me groggy. This is not normal for me. I rarely experience constant fatigue, but there it is.

    I should mention that a little while ago I had conjunctivitis, but it's pretty much gone and I'm not contagious anymore. Yet such a thing should not induce such tiredness. Other than sleepiness, I feel no other symptoms of any illness. I'm not achy, no sore throat, no stomachaches, no dizzyness... just, tired. Annoyingly tired. I can't work out either - my muscles won't respond to the stimulus like they did even a week ago.
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    Aug 18, 2013 3:57 PM GMT
    1.By constant, do you mean 24x7? or most of the time?
    2.What about before and after eating? any changes in activity?
    3.How good is your sleep? & how long do you sleep? when you go to bed, does it take some time before entering full sleep?
    4.When did you 1st noticed it?
    5.Have you changed any diet recently? taking any supplementation?
    6.Any similar incidents in the past? as a child?
    7.how much physical activity can you do before you get completely tired?
    8. Do you feel mentally tired too? or just physically?
    9. you said 'you rarely experience fatigue' can you remember how frequent it is? or how long it lasted? when it occurred 1st as far as you can remember?

    Just random questions I want to ask...
  • Rhi_Bran

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    Aug 18, 2013 4:03 PM GMT
    I sleep well enough. I can't seem to stop wanting to sleep. Which again is not normal for me. Seven hours a night is typically what I function on best - any more or less and I get a headache the next day. But now I cannot seem to stop feeling sleepy.

    Physically tired. My consciousness seems unaffected.

    This is unprecedented for me since I'm generally a fount of energy.

    And no diet changes, nothing drastic I can think of. Maybe it's the water in my new apartment, lol.
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    Aug 18, 2013 4:11 PM GMT
    Have you tried some sugary drinks or juices? It may help.
    or
    Try ORS...

    There are many things that can cause tiredness...
    Anemia, hormonal problems, etc. often nothing to worry about.

    Better visit a local doctor, he can do a physical examination too...& if required, he may prescribe few small tests. like blood test, CBC, etc.
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    Aug 18, 2013 4:29 PM GMT
    I went through my cuz last year.

    .. See Rhi..
    .. It could be a complex combination of events.. as well as a simple answer eg. Low blood B vitamin levels.

    Maybe it's the water in my new apartment.


    # Is the stress of the move finally catching up with you?
    # Are you JUST discovering that you might be a little depressed?
    # Badly needed down time?

    With all that said..really the best thing to do is to see your doc and request a blood test.

    .. Get better..
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  • starboard5

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    Aug 18, 2013 6:58 PM GMT
    It warrants a visit to your doc for basic blood work, just to get a base line, if nothing else. Also, consider the possibility of CMV mononucleosis.


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    Aug 18, 2013 7:07 PM GMT
    You could have a sleeping disorder like sleep apnea. It happens when you're unaware so you might be thinking you're getting good sleep, but you aren't. Maybe try doing a sleep study.
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    Aug 18, 2013 7:17 PM GMT
    starboard5 saidIt warrants a visit to your doc for basic blood work, just to get a base line, if nothing else. Also, consider the possibility of CMV mononucleosis.


    This.
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    Aug 18, 2013 7:48 PM GMT
    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/chronic-fatigue-syndrome/DS00395/DSECTION=causes
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    Aug 18, 2013 8:11 PM GMT
    Are you depressed/overly stressed ?

    Get your thyroid and other bloods checked.
  • outbackdude

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    Aug 18, 2013 8:17 PM GMT
    I think it could be one of things mentioned above or it could be that you have Anaemia or Glandular fever.
  • Rhi_Bran

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    Aug 23, 2013 2:23 AM GMT
    Holy shit, I know what caused it, and I am going to murder my doctor. Well, not really.

    I have IBS. Have had it since I was young. My gut hates me - I've had two ulcers, get canker sores if I stop brushing/flossing/rinsing for even a day, and occasionally less pleasant things crop up.

    For my conjunctivitis (which turned out to be bacterial), I was prescribed azithromax plus special eye drops to stop the bacteria from spreading to my respiratory tract and sinuses. I'm pretty prone to strep (having had strep throat about 7-8 times in my life) and it usually knocks me on my ass for at least a week when I catch it.

    Apparently, IBS and azithromax do not mix. At all. My doctor said that sometimes, in people with a gut disorder like IBS, the body frequently confuses good bacteria with bad bacteria and attacks both, leading to digestion problems. Azithromax makes this worse because it's powerful and it doesn't distinguish between good and bad bacteria. So, my tiredness was a result of my good digestive bacteria being ravaged. With all that bacteria suddenly gone, my body wasn't as well equipped to digest food and extract nutrients.
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    Aug 23, 2013 2:29 AM GMT
    Hypo- or Hyperthyroidism?

    I'm currently in the process of figuring out if I suffer from this.
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    Aug 23, 2013 3:06 AM GMT
    Take pro-biotic supplements...like yoghurt, curd etc.
    avoid oily foods...and vegetables that produce gas, like pulses, cabbage, broccoli, fizzy drinks, milk etc. for few days...
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    Aug 23, 2013 9:40 AM GMT
    outbackdude saidI think it could be one of things mentioned above or it could be that you have Anaemia or Glandular fever.


    Im not sure but I think Mono is Glandular fever? Sounds like it too me though
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    Aug 23, 2013 11:20 AM GMT
    Rhi_Bran saidHoly shit, I know what caused it, and I am going to murder my doctor. Well, not really.

    I have IBS...

    Apparently, IBS and azithromax do not mix. At all. My doctor said that sometimes, in people with a gut disorder like IBS, the body frequently confuses good bacteria with bad bacteria and attacks both, leading to digestion problems...

    So you did see a doctor, and this was the diagnosis? Well, good if you now have an answer, sounds like something manageable.

    Please let us know if this resolves your problem. Causes of chronic fatigue can be difficult to diagnose. I was going to suggest checking you for Lyme disease among other things mentioned here, given the area where you live (I spent some weeks in Chisago near you), and that region has deer ticks. Your profile says you hike & kayak.

    Good luck, hope you found the cause.

  • Rhi_Bran

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    Aug 23, 2013 10:33 PM GMT
    The fatigue is gone now. Thank you.
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    Aug 23, 2013 10:37 PM GMT
    Is fatigue gay slang for something like an unwelcome house guest?
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    Aug 23, 2013 10:39 PM GMT
    I'm not a doctor, but I think you will find out your depleted on some vitamin or nutrient your body needs.
  • outbackdude

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    Aug 23, 2013 10:54 PM GMT
    boorangOz said
    outbackdude saidI think it could be one of things mentioned above or it could be that you have Anaemia or Glandular fever.


    Im not sure but I think Mono is Glandular fever? Sounds like it too me though


    Yes it is
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    Aug 23, 2013 11:03 PM GMT
    See your doctor...seriously i had the same issue for 3 yrs. I'm 35 and always felt like i was 65. I had constant allergies and tiredness and nobody could figure out why. I had blood tests and a nutritionist was assigned to me. Whats your diet like? Even though i ate clean i had a constant craving for sugar and carbs. If you want to chat more hit me up now recovering from what you described.
  • LJay

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    Aug 23, 2013 11:34 PM GMT
    Your IBS/azithromax idea may well be it. I would confirm it with the doctor. If you feel much better now, just a phone call should be adequate.
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    Aug 24, 2013 1:26 AM GMT
    B12 helped give me energy.
    http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/end-your-energy-crisis-vitamin-b12