Posted 7/31/2011 6:00 AM (GMT -8)
I have never been officially tested for chronic fatigue syndrome, but I have always run a tad on the tired side. I think I was born tired and depressed. The last 5 years have been the absolute most debilitating. I also quit smoking around that time. I have been on and off( mostly on) antidepressants for the past 20 years. I am a 48 year old female. My general health is otherwise unremarkable. My diagnosis are Major depression (recurring), dysthymia, and ADD. My medical dx is genital herpes and thats it. NO diabetes, no high blood pressure. Like I said my health is otherwise unremarkable. I have been under the constant care of a psychiatrist for the past 6 years and also a very good therapist and we worked on CBT and any issues I needed to address. Even though I am not an alcoholic, I gave up alcohol because I heard it can make fatigue worse. I have felt no better since doing this. Even though I have been cigarette free for 5.5 years I recently started chewing 2mg nicorette gum for energy.... I have felt no relief from this. My psych drugs are prozac, wellbutrin, and ritalin. Even these drugs have not helped my fatigue!!!! I have had every blood test I can think off, with the latest being B12, folic acid, rheumatoid factor, CRP and vitamin D. I was so disappointed when I got the phone call saying they were all normal. I feel like I am dying. I feel like I have leukemia! I am so tired! At this point the fatigue is feuling my depression.
The supplements I take daily are CoQ 10, malic acid, calcium, magnesium, selenium, zinc, B complex, folic acid, spirulina, acidophilus, 500 mg lysine capsules twice a day. In addition. I make a homemade fruit smoothie to drink daily and I juice every day. Also- I force myself to do 15 minutes of mild exersize (pool walking) every day.I get no relief from any of this.
At this point I feel so depressed and hopeless over the whole situation. I am asking the people of this forum if they have any other suggestions. Also, I just needed to vent my frustration with this.
Thanks for listening