Thank you hippimom - you hit the nail right on the head. I always believed that my fatigue predated my depression, but it seems that no one wants to hear me - and its a quick pill fix. I am sick of that. Hence my frustration. I've thought about seeing someone more specialized, but now that I have switched jobs and yet to be full time - I don't have insurance. I realize I am playing with fire, but I hope to be full time within the next month and a half. Maybe then I will rejuvinated into doing more research and pursuing a new MD. I would just like to know more about the herbal track, what worked for people, what didn't.
Thanks too mzredhead -
Most of my problem is fatigue fatigue fatigue. I sleep all the time. I've tried different lengths of time, to find whats best, but never feel refreshed when I get up. If I try to get up early, I am very unproductive during the day, and resign to taking a nap. My body feels like I am moving through sludge most days. I have been trying to exercise, but then my eyelids want to close and I take another nap. I've been taking supplements right along, and in the past few months have added melatonin to the list. Still can't peel myself from the bed. I envy those people that bounce out of bed in the morning all bright eyed and bushy-tailed. Mostly I get out of bed because of guilt, otherwise I would probably stay in it forever. I also can't function when I get home from work. My body is exhausted (I work 10 hours on my feet) and I will fall asleep on the couch. Forget making a meal or getting anything productive done until I do!
I am angry. I am sick of feeling like a 60 year old. Although most probably feel better than I. I am 28 years old and my life is on hold because of fatigue and frustration.
Lately I have been curious about Lupus. I have psoriasis, but the past 6 months I have had a strange rash on my chest that looks identical to the pictures I have seen on Subacute Cutaneous Discoid Lupus. Right now the psoriasis is localized on my scalp, although I have noticed some migration to the knees.
I was also diagnosed with Gilbert's "Syndrome" which over here they claim is nothing, but in the UK there is all sorts of information about fatigue and depression relating.
Yes, I had mono in college and my EBV titers are off the charts.
I know I have stressors in my life. And I am sure that that is part of the cause. But it seems that this sort of fatigue has gone on too long. I can't remember the last time I woke up and felt well-rested. That is very discouraging.
Thanks for listening...