Chronic fatigue? Please help! SO SLEEPY and exhausted

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   Posted 1/22/2014 7:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all, newbie here. Been trying to pin-point the cause of my excessive fatigue and see what can be done about it. To start, I'm a generally healthy, non-smoking and non-drinking 26 year old woman. Prior health issues included IBS (anxiety induced I think) as a teenager, mild psoriasis (age16-now), TMJ (age 12-now) and mononucleosis at age 23. I have day to day anxiety under control but sometimes I get hit with strong anxiety, so .5mg alprazolam as needed if I'm panicky.

The past 7 years I have had unexplained, unsolved chronic fatigue accompanied by sleepiness and excessive sleeping (night-time and naps) this chronic fatigue has kept me from working full time. I go to school part time but am not working now. On a general night, I sleep roughly 9-10 hours, but if any less i am EXHAUSTED. On top of that, I generally nap 2-4 hours sometime in the afternoons. If I am out and about doing things, I don't NEED to sleep, I do get tired, but I can still function, drive, run errands, etc. without issues. But if I am home or at a friends house, and I can feel it creeping on, the couch is my best friend, and there is no controlling it.

I tend to feel very sleepy after eating. I eat a healthy variety but I do avoid carbs sometimes (yellow rice = I'm zonked out). I eat good portion sizes, protein, have breakfast, drink water, and have a healthy BMI. I try to work out 2-3 days a week but its literally only for 10 minutes on my at home elliptical, I stop because I'm winded. I do weights at home 1-2 days a week but not heavy lifting. Something else I've noticed is that my legs are constantly VERY COLD and sometimes sore.

For these past few years I have tried a lot of different prescribed anti-depressants to try to stop the excessive sleepiness and fatigue, including prozac, celexa, lexapro, cymbalta (worked pretty good and helped with body pains but i started getting tingly sensations in hands, and getting off of it was horrible), pristiq, effexor, and as of this week, trying zoloft. But I am not sad or depressed, just constantly tired. I take xanax if I have an anxiety attack, and I took Vyvanse a couple days last semester to help with focusing on schoolwork.. that just made me shaky.

The only thing on my last bloodwork that came back abnormal was that my CRP levels were REALLY high (10x higher than high, but I assume that is from having an autoimmune disease) doctor didn't bother doing any other tests or treatments. No anemia, but my testosterone level was really low, even for a woman.

I feel that I'm at a loss. I need to go for my yearly checkup (time for a new doc too) but I don't know what to tell them or ask of them. Are there any blood tests or any tests any of you would recommend looking for? Any help is appreciated. <3

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   Posted 1/22/2014 11:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you had a thyroid function panel? If not, that would be an idea.
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   Posted 1/23/2014 12:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Just about a year ago I had my thyroid levels checked and they said everything came back fine. Another doc sent me for a thyroid ultrasound thinking there may have been a nodule on it after feeling it, but there was nothing on it.

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   Posted 2/5/2014 8:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I recently posted on the Fibro forum but I thought I'd post here as well. I'm EXHAUSTED!! I take cymbalta for anxiety and .5 klonopin at night for the anxiety and to help me sleep but I don't sleep very well and I'm just so tired all day!! Some days are worse than others and today was one of those days. It's close to bed time now, I'm dizzy and feel so sleepy!! I hope I sleep good tonight. I won't be able to function tomorrow if I don't. It's beginning to make me nervous :(

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   Posted 2/12/2014 9:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Based on your sleepiness, it sounds like you might have hypersomnia:

I have the same exact sleepiness issues as you and thought it was CFS for several years. But then I finally got a sleep study, which showed abnormalities. And I had a spinal tap done showing the cause of true hypersomnia (see that website for more info).

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   Posted 2/13/2014 5:18 AM (GMT -6)   
this is very true - i have read that sleeping disorders can sometimes represent as CFS and often misdiagnosed.
I myself am booked in for sleep study - but its taking ages to come through...
another idea - might be adrenal fatigue? I have had a test for this and it found adrenal exhaustion - i am now on adrenal supplements to support this - you can do a 4 point saliva test which is quite accurate
Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in March and now looking for friends to help me in my fibro journey :o)

Lyme4 years
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   Posted 2/13/2014 7:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Lyme disease or metal overload. Mine was from both. Do you know it is rare but is anyone allergic to titanium?has anyone been even tested by a better lab then Quest? I was so out came the fusion in my spine. But do you realize that titanium poisoning is killing ya if you look at soap, toothpaste, makeup,lipsticks, suntan lotions ALL HAVE TITANIUM DIOXDE and It can GIVE EXTREME fatigue, sinus problems,skin problems, GI track,Atuo Immune system problems. It is Rare that is why 8 YEARS I suffered. Quest lab never picked up my Lyme disease until I COULD NOT WALK,THINK,WEAK!TIRED!SLEEP DISTURBANCES, and a list so long. Lyme disease is produced from Plum Island on LI NY..OPPS yes our Goverment messed up, that is why so many run with MS,Lupus,Firlimogica,restless legs,Lyric,Zolfa. ALS. Never really realizing I BEG YOU ALL RESEARCH IT, You Tube under our skin. And go holistic long term antibiotics Does help but many doctors do NOT want to lose their licenses and will!!!! If they say Lyme disease. It also gives Epstein Barr.... Go on Amazon hit health type in Lyme disease get the book " why can't I feel better by Dr Richard Horowitz and look at the herbs. BUY the book and research. FIND Doctors who know,listen and avoid bull Dr's who push Lyric....good luck, also check level in blood for D, B 12. And if ANYONE HAS Hardware in back for fusion YOU CAN have it removed after you are fusioned. This CAN and WILL make you sick so check ANY metals EVEN IN DENTAL work!
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