Posted 9/14/2006 12:09 PM (GMT -7)
It seemed to have all started 4 years ago when I finished school and started my career, about 6 months in. I would just come home and lay down and feel very fatigued. Then it just seems to have persisted. I have been through a lot of stressful events in the past 4 years, and I am sure that has contributed. I've moved 7 times, moved in with someone I was in a 2 year serious relationship (that ended almost a year ago), moved twice since then, started a new job after some serious interoffice striffe at the old one (I was forced to resign because I was so unhappy), and now I am hoping to be settled soon after a career change a move all in the same month. It is a stressful job (emergency animal medicine) but something that I have wanted for a while now. I am only part time so financial stress does play a big role as well. I was in a minor car accident a year ago, my fault. So yeah, the stressors are a big part I am sure. But the fatigue seemed to pre-date all of that in the beginning.
The main symptom is fatigue, but I do seem to have muscle weakness. No stiff joints unless I am trying to run or high impact exercise. My lymph nodes are swollen under my chin. Lately I have noticed that when I go to bed I am breathing really fast and my heart is racing. It is probably anxiety, but I feel like I am lacking oxygen exchange. I've had both an ECG and stress test - but they seemed so rushed. Almost like they don't bother unless there is a huge abnormality. I was reading the posts about viruses attacking the heart, and trying the antiviral meds. I do have the new rash on my chest that looks like Discoid Lupus. Try this link to see...
its not quite that bad - but has the characteristics of that.
I was diagnosed with a sleep disorder a year ago after my second sleep study. The neurologist said that it was a type of parasomnia. My brain is not resting at night, therefore not leading to refreshing sleep. He told me to take valium everynight before I go to bed. I found that it made me very groggy the next day, so I stopped that. I don't know, maybe I should try it again.
I'm at my wits end. What is a D.O.?
Good link about adrenal fatigue. Once I get some cash, I will try a better diet too.