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Dealing with extreme fatigue and zero motivation

Jul 16, 2016 6:21 PM

I have fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety, pcos just to name a few and im experiencing severe fatigue and dont feel like doing a single thing. I sit around all day watching tv and feeling depressed that i dont get up and do anything. Ive been on 40 mg lexapro and 30mg vyvanse for over a year and i was doing ok but recently cant seem to get out of this funk. Im usually like this in the winter time but not now when the sun is shining. Please help, any advise, tips,

Jul 16, 2016 6:27 PM

I understand where you are. I tend to just give in to the fatique a d allowy body to rest . Most times for me when I get that low it's because I've been pretending to feel ok to long.and my body is tell me it's gonna shut down. As long as your depression is not at a fatal level.ill say just rest. Get your heating pads and some tea and just allow your body to heal. Tell someone close to u how your feeling so they can watch out for you. Just know that for all the bad days you'll have a few good. You just have to make it to the good day.

Jul 16, 2016 8:05 PM

Hello Wnt2b, glad you found this app & I am happy that I did, too! I have not been checked for fibro, yet, but I do suffer from extreme nerve pain. I have come & gone from clinical depression in my 18 years of pain. I agree with Newfibrogirl advice.
Can you get down on floor? The 3 things nonprescription that helped me most were exercise ( even when I did not want to do it) affirmative self talk and deep breathing in meditation which is also self affirming. I get a neck pillow and a low back pillow, then get on the floor. (one can also do this on a bed, but I prefer the floor. Open your diaphragm by breathing from your belly & relax. The only thing you think about is your breath. If some other thought butts in, kick it away. Always the breath & only the breath. I like to lay there until I feel deeply relaxed. I know we are all in tons of pain, but I also know by experience that these methods work. The other thing I try to do is stay engaged. I make myself find something, even if it is just a travel book or video, although I prefer something active, lettering, puzzles music,cleaning out junk drawers. I hope you know we are all listening & hope you find something here to help.🙂

Jul 16, 2016 8:22 PM


I completely agree with doing deep breathing to relax. You can also envision the pain in a part of your body when you breathe in and the pain leaving as you breathe out. Repeat till you've addressed every body part. I usually start with my toes and work my way up to the top of my head.

Also, I know if you have an iPhone you can go to the App Store and search for things like: free meditation, free guided imagery, mediation, etc. I have some favorite apps (free) that I can share with you (in more detail) if you want. Open to anyone. Just let me know and I'll do my best to help.

I was taught breathing and guided imagery at age 5. I've been doing it ever since (now 36) so have lots of resources to share.

Jul 16, 2016 8:37 PM

Fabulous! Love to know.

Jul 18, 2016 12:37 PM

Welcome to the community family Wnt2bhlthy! I'm sorry to hear you're struggling so. I can relate as this weekend I started into a flare. I barely had energy for a shower today but I have an appt so...

I also do the deep breathing relaxation & imagery. But I start at the top of my head imagining the pain lessening and leaving, then work my way down to the toes. When I was taught this they said going from head to toe was keeping any pain below the relaxed regions of the body. It really does help me with depression, stress, & pain. Hugs & prayers you start to feel better soon! 🙂💕🙏🌸

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