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Extreme Fatigue

I'm experiencing extreme fatigue on a daily basis. I eat healthily, with the exception of the occassional ice-cream binge. Lots of veggies, fruit, non-processed stuff. I don't drink enough water, but am trying to address that. I avoid caffeine after my one morning cuppa coffee.

I walk a lot - at least 4 times a week for 1-5 miles. I occassionally do weights, situps, exercise ball, etc.

I get about 8-9 hours sleep each night, although only when I take a non-habit forming sleeping aid. If I don't (and I've tried all the natural alternatives) I don't get to sleep for hours.

I have been under a LOT of stress in the past year - very big life changes, illness, etc. So that could be one of the root causes. None of those stresses are going to go away anytime soon though.

So my request for advice is this: Do you have an tips for giving yourself an energy boost? Is there anything I should be doing that I'm not?


Tue. Oct 3, 1:23pm

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i had the same problem. it turned out to be a couple of things. i was iron-poor. even though i had enough iron in my diet, it was not being absorbed properly because i was also wheat intolerant and did not know it. i had occassional bloating and heartburn but not to the point where i was incapacitated, so i never looked into it until my iron was so low. after cutting out wheat, my iron levels have jumped up and so has my energy!! and i am sleeping better at night, i am more alert all around. good luck!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006, 1:35 PM

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I think I remember that your thyroid can be a culprit in extreme fatigue. does anyone else know for sure??? You can always get it check at the Dr.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006, 3:00 PM

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It sounds like something I would get checked out by a physician. Seems that you are doing everything else "right" so other than that I don't have any suggestions! Have you already seen a Dr. for this?

Tuesday, October 03, 2006, 3:26 PM

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OP here.

I've been to a doctor, who reckons I'm very healthy. He didn't check my thyroid, but I don't have any of the other symptoms associated with over/underactive thyroid. I am slightly anemic, but not enough to affect my energy levels. He's written it off to stress (isn't that a great catchall).

BUT. I've just done a search online for patient comments on a drug my shrink started me on about 5 weeks ago. Errrr...yeah. There were loads of people who reported extreme fatigue (check), vivid nightmares (check), night sweats (check) and decreased libido (check). Hmmm. Will need to discuss this one with the shrink.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006, 4:00 PM

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i have taken mental health drugs in the past and gone through the same side effects. isn't it incredible that the doctors think the side effects are easier to tolerate than the original problem? for me, it made everything worse. and to top it off, i gained about 45 pounds within a few months. i strongly suggest you research what kinds of tests are supposed to coincide with the medication you are on. my psych did was not so thorough with all of that. best wishes with your health problems!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006, 4:17 PM

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OP here

Yeah, forgive me for whining, but the whole libido thing drives me nuts. Depression causes a lack of libido, so do the antidepressants + mood stabilizers + antipsychotics they put you on. PLUS, the contraceptive I'm on (nuvaring) also lowers your libido. But what can you do? Grrr.

OK, moan over :-)

Tuesday, October 03, 2006, 4:23 PM

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one good thing about the lack of libido for me was that i have been single for a while now and am able to really focus on myself and my needs. i don't have the "distraction of attraction", so to speak. but, even after being off of the meds for over a year now, i still have no interest / sexual desire. at least i'm not adding more complications to my life right now...

Tuesday, October 03, 2006, 4:28 PM

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Believe it or not, one thing you can try, is cutting out the wheat. I cut out wheat, and found more energy and less depression. I was on the verge of getting of getting a prescription, but had a naturopath suggest I cut out wheat and corn.
3 weeks later I was happier, lighter, and much more energetic. If you check out a health food store, you can find lots of wheat free and gluten free products to use for a while if you want to give it a try. I cannot suggest this enough...

Tuesday, October 03, 2006, 5:19 PM

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Since you don't think it's a blood sugar/hormonal/nutritional deficiency...

Last year, during a period of mild insomnia, I decided to give acupuncture a try. I'd never had it before. I presented them with a laundry list of mild ailments, since I didn't know what it could do. My #1 complaint was the insomnia, and "lethargy" was somewhere around the middle of the list. Well, it never fixed my sleeping problem but the day after I got needled I felt like I had the energy of a 7-year-old and that feeling lasted for weeks. Could it be because I wanted it to work (what's that called, psychosomatic?)...I guess. But bear in mind I thought they were fixing the insomnia, not the energy complaint. I kept it up for a few treatments until I felt like I could "make it" on my own.

If you go to a student clinic at an acupuncture training center, you can give it a try for cheap. That way you're not out much money (like $25 instead of the usual $50-70) if it doesn't work for you.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006, 6:32 PM

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Tray drinking more water1

Tuesday, October 03, 2006, 8:34 PM

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