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Date Joined Feb 2005
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   Posted 5/18/2005 6:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Another day I've slept through. I'm sooo tired and have no idea why I keep having these sleepy days. I went to bed at 8:00p.m., slept all night, got up and put the kids on the bus and went back to sleep, got the kids off the bus (half day programs) got them lunch, and went back to sleep. It's 4:00 and I'm still t ired. OMG will I ever be normal? Is this a depression thing?

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   Posted 5/18/2005 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   

Have you talked to the doctor about this fatigue??? I went to the docs for years about fatigue and have finally discovered that I have an autoimmune process going on. (where my body's immune system attacks my healthy tissues). There are lots of medical reasons for fatigue, some can be as simple as low iron. I really would check with the doc.

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   Posted 5/19/2005 6:31 PM (GMT -6)   

AlwaysRosie makes an excellent point about anemia (sp?). I had a friend who was severely anemic. Among her many symptoms were fatigue and depression. She said that she cried a lot and didn't have any energy. She also had some other really strange symptoms; she was addicted to Altoids and to the smell of Snuggle dryer sheets (she had to have them around all the time so she could smell them). She felt compelled to eat toothpaste. None of us understood what was going on; we used to tease her about the Altoids. Then she finally went to the doctor and found out that she was severely, dangerously, anemic. The doctor told her that the fatigue and depression were symptoms, and that the strange cravings were also common. The doctor said that some severely anemic people even eat dirt; they just crave it and can't stop themselves from eating it. After we found out how sick she was, we all felt really bad and just kept apologizing to her. Here she had this terrible condition and we thought it was a joke. Needless to say, we all became very supportive when we found out the truth.

I know that this all sounds ridiculous, but I swear it's the truth; I wouldn't lie to you guys. I guess that the moral of the story is that you never know what is really behind your symptoms. I would take AlwaysRosie's advice and get your iron level checked right away. And while you're at it, have the doctor check your thyroid too. That's the first thing my pcp did when I went to see her about being depressed. She said "let's make sure it's not a thyroid problem."

Keep us posted on how you're doing.

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Date Joined May 2005
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   Posted 5/19/2005 7:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all, this is my first post.
dobson you are correct with what you said about the cravings. I am also anemic and I crave ice cubes.  when i'm home I eat like 6 to 8 trays at one time several times a nite. it's strange.  there's also a condition called pica that is sometimes related to defencies like anemia or psychological problems.
heres some info from
Pica is an eating disorder that is characterized by the repeated eating of non-nutritive substances over a period of one month or longer. Patients may eat non-edible objects such as paint, plaster, dirt, ice, or laundry starch. Pica generally affects small children, pregnant women, and people whose cultural environment is most compatible with the eating of non-food items.

Pica is a condition in which a person craves substances that are not food, such as clay, dirt, ice, or flecks of old paint. Pica can have a physical cause, such as iron-deficiency anemia or pregnancy, or it may be due to a psychological problem.

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   Posted 5/21/2005 4:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm on 40mg Paxil I'm either having a panic attack or I'm so lethargic, like right now I physically can't open my eyes all the way (that morning groggy feeling, only some days it never goes away.) I do have low iron and my PMS is making me crazy these days, I think Im going to mention it to my doc but its so embarrassing and I don't want to look like I complain about everything. But then again I don't want to wait until I have another breakdown and have to go to the ER again. I'm crazyyyyyyyyyy I wish I could be back to normalllll whatever that is
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