The fatigue is driving me crazy!

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   Posted 8/6/2010 10:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I have fibro and RA so I don't know what's causes this. I have been so fatigued over the past couple of weeks. I have been running a slightly elevated temperature- 99.6- which is high for me, my normal body temp is around 97.5. I have not been having nearly as much pain, which has been great, but I don't know which is worse- being in pain or being so fatigued all the time that I can barely do anything! I have also been dizzy the past couple of days, and feeling really "out of it" more than usual.
  I take Ambien to help me sleep, and about a week ago I let the prescription run out by accident and didn't take it for about 5 days. Of course, I had "rebound insomnia" where I couldn't sleep for a couple of nights, but I have been going to bed earlier than usual and have actually gotten to sleep in a few times recently.
  Is it possible to be in a flare and not be in pain? I am hesitant to go to the doctor, because I know a fever is technically 101 and over, and it seems like they can never find anything wrong with my bloodwork.
  I am getting so frustrated because I have 3 young kids and we have been cooped up in the house all summer because the weather has been so hot! And they want to go to the pool, or go out places, and everything tires me out! Even if I do something like walk downstairs, switch the laundry into the dryer, and bring up the next load, I need to rest after that. And we have stairs that only have like 6 steps in it.
  Sorry to be complaining so much but I need to vent, if anyone has any ideas please share! Thanks!
Diagnoses: Depression/Anxiety, PTSD, Hypothyroidsim, High Blood Pressure, Fibromyalgia, Raynaud's, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Sjogren's
Meds: Celexa (once a day), Buspar (2x a day), Levoxyl (once a day), Metoprolol (once a day), Lyrica (3x a day), Plaquenil (2 times day), Clonazepam to help me sleep for the moment until I find something else.
Allergic to: Sulfa, Ceftin, Augmentin, and Synthroid (probably the filler).

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   Posted 8/6/2010 10:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Moggy, suffering from overwhelming fatigue is horrible. I do think it is possible to
have fatigue flares. There are times when my fatigue is overwhwelming, more than the
usual especially when I'm suffering from insomnia.

Have you ever tried taking B-12. My rheumy suggested that I start taking 5000mcgs
daily of B-12 and that has boosted my energy level some. Both fibro and RA can cause
debilitating fatigue. Exercise increases my energy level so I make myself walk everyday.
Now that it is hot, I'm a mall walker. Having 3 young children, you must be pretty active
though. If the fatigue does not let up, you might be anemiac. Don't hesitate to call your
doc and let him know what is going on. I hope you do feel better! Keep us posted :)

Hugs, Robin
Fibromyalgia, MCTD (Lupus, Scleroderma & RA) Raynaud's, Osteoporosis,
Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Migraines, and Hypertension
Prescription Meds: Savella, Cyclobenzaprine, Methotrexate, Diltiazem, Boniva,
Folic Acid.  OTC Meds: Multi-vitamin. Vit, D, Vitamin B12 & calciim supplements

getting by
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   Posted 8/6/2010 12:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Moggy,
Vitamin D3 helps too with energy.  I take adderall and it takes care of the fatigue.  I can handle pain better than fatigue.  I just do not like that exhausted feeling.  In fact I was in bed for two years before I got the adderall to help me.  You might want to talk to your doctor about something like that to help you.  It is an amphetamine though and you might not want to take those.  Some people don't. 
I hope that you feel better soon.
Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 8/6/2010 1:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Have you started new medications?  Sometimes that can cause a problem.  Also, the heat and humidity will "wash" you  out. 
I was talking to my doctor yesterday.  I sometimes feel like I can't get a good breath and one day I was extremely weak.  I felt like I wasn't getting enough oxygen so I took a Mucinex to see if maybe there was some congestion down in my lungs.  I did cough up some mucous and felt much better!  He said I could take the Mucinex or use an inhaler.  He said that the heat and humidity might be setting this off in me.  So, it's something to think about.
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   Posted 8/6/2010 2:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I too started to have mucus in the lungs again...I have allegries and asthma.

Moggy the heat will zap any energy you have then you try to go out at night the bugs get you a no win situation.

Being dizzy and fatigue could all be from that you are not sleeping well at night.....have you tried power naps. After a nap, I seem more alert and feel better.
'Brokenness means we are ready for change. Lord, come take my pieces and make me what you want.' Mark Brown

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   Posted 8/6/2010 6:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mog, I understand where you are coming from with the fatigue. I finally ended up quitting my job last year because of extreme fatigue. Like Karen said I can handle pain over fatigue any day. My doc wont give me anything for it becuase I have high blood pressure. Not having to work has helped me because I can for the most part rest when I need too. I hope you find something that will help you soon.
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