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doghouse
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   Posted 11/18/2007 5:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know if I'm weird, if it's some medication I'm on or what, but I usually feel perpetually tired. I have since I was about 19, I'm 33 now. I can sleep all night or even 10 hours, get up for a while and be perfectly content to take a nap. If I do take naps during the day (if I can and am not working) I sleep like a rock.

When I wake up in the morning I rarely feel refreshed. It's usually the drag myself out of bed thing. Does that sound like a sleeping disorder?? I do sufer from GERD which has been increaseingly getting worse over the last year. I work full time, love my job, exercise, my blood work is good, I do take lexapro that they say can make you tired but I had this problem before I started lexapro. I'm married to a great guy but we don't have any kids so it's not like I'm doing 3am feedings.

I just don't understand why I'm tired all the time. If I mention to the doc, they just check my blood work and then say well, you're probably just run down. Run down from what?!?! Could it be my diet, maybe I don't eat right? I eat fairly healthy....just trying to figure it out because it's frustrating. I don't know much about chronic fatigue so I thought maybe you guys could share your thoughts.

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hippimom2
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   Posted 11/19/2007 9:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi doghouse and welcome. It is so frustrating when you feel so tired and docs can't find a reason why. It sounds like you know that your fatigue goes beyond the "normal" fatigue that a lot of people feel from just being busy. I get frustrated when docs can't figure out what is wrong and they want to pass it off as either depression or just being busy and worn down.

Chronic fatigue can be hard to diagnose because there is no specific blood test for it, but you do have some symptoms of CFS. I don't know what type of doctor you have seen, but sometimes it's good to see an endochronologist, and infectious disease doctor, or a good internal medicine doctor. They are specialists who might look a little harder for why you are feeling the way you do.

It also might not hurt to take a look at your antidepressant - some work better than others and some can even help with fatigue, or some can make fatigue worse.

I really hope you get some answers soon. Hang in there and let me know if you have any other questions.
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Razzle
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   Posted 12/1/2007 3:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Have you been tested for sleep apnea? Anemia?

GERD can sometimes be an indication of food intolerance. Celiac/Gluten Intolerance is a common cause of GERD and sleep issues. I'd encourage you to get tested for food allergies and gluten intolerance.

Also, sugar causes a high, followed by a crash in energy. If constant sugar is eaten, the body is always in a crash state. Some people need to reduce sugar intake or limit sugar to only once in a while to feel more normal.

And finally, there are conditions of imbalanced hormones that can have fatigue as a major symptom. Hippimom gave you some good advice. You may also find Naturopathic Medicine or Acupuncture helpful.

Good luck,
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doghouse
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   Posted 12/2/2007 2:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm not anemic, I've been tested for that. That's interesting you mention Celiac because my Mom has that but I have been tested for it several times, all negative. Haven't been tested for apnea yet. I eat fairly well and watch my sugar/carb intake just because. Sigh...it would just be nice to have more energetic feel good days then sleepy tired days. I have not been to an endocrinologist though. I should ask my Mom about that, she's an ICU nurse. She does suffer from fibromyalia (sp?) celiac and other issues. She has issues with being tired too.

Thank you for the good information.

Razzle
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   Posted 12/2/2007 3:09 PM (GMT -7)   
You're welcome - glad to help. Hope you feel better soon. Take care,
-Razzle
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Meds:  Pulmicort, MaxAir, Injectable Vitamin B12, Herbs, Nutritional Supplements, Essential Oils, Homeopathy.

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