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Aug 18, 2015 5:23 PM

I have a question. How do you manage fatigue? I'm on vtamin b12, vitamin d and folic acid. I can't drink coffee because it gives me heart palpitations; I drink green tea. I find that my fatigue is insane. I work full time shift work (which doesn't help) and can't afford to quit and we are short staffed so taking time of will just make my coworkers hate me. I have trouble going to my car to rest because of the smells at the airport and last time I put my head down at work for a few minutes my bosses boss pulled me aside and talked to me about it and how I look lazy (he doesn't like me and wants me to quit).
I think there is something in the building that is amplifying my fatigue, about twenty minutes after i get to work i can't stay awake and when i get home i feel a little better and am not falling asleep standing up (still barley functional).
The pain is bad enough but this fatigue is killing me (it actually might since the drive home from work is sketchy at best).
Any tips that won't get me fired and are actually possible for shift work?

Aug 18, 2015 6:11 PM

Gotobef, my memory isn't exactly functioning right now, but do you have fibro or thyroid issues.
If you do that's part of your fatigue. My B12 is low but my doc also called to tell me I'm anemic today. Is that a possibility? Call your doctor about the fatigue. It could be chronic fatigue syndrome. I use to nap in my car on my lunch break. Could you go to a library or somewhere that your bosses couldn't see you? You can always tell them what I told my boss... "Whether I decide to eat or nap on my lunch break is none of your business, especially since I nap in my car." Her boss told her I was right! Try taking some energy vitamins. I wish I knew what other suggestions to tell you. 🙏🌼

Aug 18, 2015 6:26 PM

My only diagnosis is fibro. So far anyways.
Every time i bring fatigue up to the doctor i get more blood tests and an offer to write me a note for 2 weeks off. Nothing showing up on the tests.

There are couches and rest areas in the building but they are only for air traffic controllers. One of our guys went in a rest area for his break and one of the controllers complained to our bosses boss who then wrote him up for it and told us that there would be major disciplinary action taken if any of us went in those rooms.

He also walks around the building and if he doesn't see you in his tour he goes looking for you. He used to be one of us so he knows where all the hiding spots are. I think he hopes to catch people napping.

Aug 18, 2015 9:30 PM

Wow, sad! Well mention chronic fatigue syndrome and see if they can do anything different. My PCP didn't to anything for me. I made my own appts for the rheumy doc and my psych doc referred me for my thyroid. If you don't sleep well, maybe you could take something to help you, just short term to see if it helps. If it doesn't but you sleep better at night, then something definitely is causing the fatigue. I'll keep you in my prayers 🙏🌼

Aug 19, 2015 8:36 AM

I have been to rheumatologist, orthopedic and any other kind of Dr I could think of to find out why I was so fatigued.. I have fibro and chronic pain as well as anemia bit d and b deficiency. The rheumatologist can order specific tests to look for certain things in the blood. I would suggest seeing a specialist

Aug 19, 2015 11:18 AM

Is there any chance it could be thyroid related? Just something my dad was mentioning was how fibro didn't show up until Iodine was removed from bread and common foods. Our government decided it's bad based on a single rat study, but hey if the results are what people want to see I guess it makes sense. I tale iodine supplements and raw Thyroid, they seem to help with fatigue.

I also know a guy at my school who had chronic fatigue syndrome. I remember meeting him, and thinking "spoonie!" He usually falls asleep during class, and he reminds me of how I was before most of my medications.

Aug 19, 2015 11:46 AM

All my blood tests for my thyroid came back good. And I had them check everything several times.
I'm wondering if it isn't the florescent lights at work. I went and talked to the nurse at work for over an hour at work today. She has different lighting than we do, her room has no windows but it's really bright. She said she requested full spectrum lighting for her office. I feel better after being in that room for that long. She suggested i journal and see if i can get full spectrum lighting in my work spaces.
One of my coworkers told me to take breaks outside and see if that helped.
Another pointed out the temperature differences in the office and the equipment room and how the cooler temperature where we usually work plus crappy lighting could be signaling my body that is night time.
Took my morning break outside and feel a little better. I'll have to do this for a couple months to see if it actually makes a difference

Aug 19, 2015 7:52 PM

Gotobef, what she said about lighting actually makes a lot of sense. I'll be interested to hear your findings from journaling. Good luck! 🙏🌼

Aug 20, 2015 12:03 AM

Have you looked into parathyroid (not thyroid) possibilities? I ask, because of what you said about vitamin-D, which I'm guessing you're taking for a deficiency, and because of strong fatigue, plus what I take to be a kind of significant body-like pain, looking at your picture, among other things (like the heart palpitations, even). Check out *parathyroid.com* if you are thinking about this; I am glad that I did, because it saved my life.

About your fatigue, I was there for a long time, not being able to stay up and do anything, having to sleep a lot, and always, always being tired. Something that I did not think of is that, hey, I can schedule more than one nap in a day, if I need it. I was sleeping a regular, full night, but then still being very tired throughout the day, and requiring at least one nap, but usually I would sleep *as much as possible*, because my body was giving me signals about what was wrong. But, honestly, just being fair and honest with myself, that even if I don't like the idea of sleeping all day, every day, that is what my body is asking for, because that is what it needs, it helped a bit. Multiple naps per day sounds really stupid, unless you're a baby or really old, but if you need it--like I did--find a way to do it until you're clearer about what is causing this.

I realize that you're feeling work pressures, and I'm sorry that you're going through this, and feeling lousy doing so, and also have a boss that seems uncaring about your situation. Is there a way that you can take your breaks and use them to doze, and not have your boss be a jerk about it? If the air traffic controllers understand that you would like to use their couch to crash for a bit because of a medical concern that you're looking into, how receptive would they be to this, even though they're not happy with others doing it... since it would, presumably, be a temporary thing.

I hope that you can find a way to get as well as you can; your life is worth it to make sure you're not so tired that you end up running off the road. Also, consider napping after the end of your shift for a while, which, even though it would suck to do this, might pay off by keeping you alive.

Good luck.

Aug 20, 2015 12:47 AM

I had a similar thing when I was working. I would arrive at work and about 15 to 20 minutes into my shift i thought i was just going to fall asleep. On breaks i would lay my head down on the breakroom table, i started eating lunch in my car and so forth. I was suffering from anxiety from my boss who wanted me gone and was setting me up for failure, having to be on my toes all the time to stay out of the radar of my boss, I felt bad I couldn't do everything and so forth. After starting an anxiety medication I didn't get that any more or at least not as much. I have hashimoto's thyroid and fibromyalgia along with numerous other things. Seems like anxiety and depression go along with health issues.

Aug 20, 2015 1:19 AM

gotobef, do you have co-workers who you can trust and discuss this issue with? Maybe others are feeling the same way and you can "gang up" to have workplace changes made. Or is there a union you can talk to? Your boss sounds like a hole which starts with the letter 'a' ;)

Feb 11, 2016 8:50 PM

Check for POTS

Jul 26, 2016 1:13 PM

Gotobef, you may not remember me since I was off for a while but you've seen me on my fitness pal as Pizza day. Anyway I know the struggle you are having because I did the very same thing when I was working. It's absolutely miserable! I actually remember desperately trying to find somewhere to go and fall asleep just for a few minutes, (although I felt I could sleep for days)!
I had times when I would be walking down the hall and find myself struggling to keep my eyes open! While walking!?!
After it took disability retirement, I thought I might rest better and be able to keep my eyes open.....neither has happened.
Like Flappyslady said, if you have fibro, that is part of the misery of it. I also have RA and small fiber nerve damage along with several other issues that keepe in constant pain. Pain brings fatigue. When your body is in a battle with itself, it becomes draining.
I'm really sorry for your struggle. I feel for you. Sending hugs and prayers for you dear. 🌻

Jul 26, 2016 8:54 PM

The first thing I do is check to make sure you're eating enough protein and sugar. It also helps to eat smaller meals more often. When you sit, put your legs up and cross them. And remember to drink a lot.
And remember that you can give yourself time t I completely relax and let your body heal when you get home. I hope that helps. Fatigue is a awful and so hard to manage. I hope things get better and you find out what's causing it. Feel good! Hugs

Jul 27, 2016 8:36 AM

Tmiller, what is POTS? I'm terrible with acronyms, lol. Thanks! I wake up so tired that I can't function at all. And after I'm up for two hours, I'm ready for bed again, so there I go, off to bed to sleep for a few more hours (many times 5-6 he's!

Jul 27, 2016 9:02 AM

I have such terrible chronic fatigue syndrome, my neurologist prescribed me Modafinil 200mg..

It keeps me awake and gives me much much better focus, with no high... altho i can..." talk the knickers off the queen!" after taking it!

I call it ...'my-daffodil' 🌻 but i believe it is a narcolepsy medication.

Jul 27, 2016 3:17 PM

LOL.... Lulabel, I love your terminology.. I always say I can talk the balls off a brass monkey!!! 😂😂😂

Jul 27, 2016 8:10 PM

@ Sleepingbeauty, Unlike my dog is blocking, POTS is postural orthostatic hypotension syndrome. If I'm wrong please someone correct me!! 😱😁

Jul 27, 2016 8:57 PM

Thanks FlappysLady. I hope you're having a better day today. 👍

Jul 27, 2016 9:05 PM

@Lulabel, I take Nuvigal 150 mg. And it's for narcolepsy. It helps some, but not super fantastic. Yesterday, I was up at 6am. Back to sleep at 9 am. I slept until 3:30 and still fell asleep in the chair early evening! And yes, I slept all night. I hate it! I use to be so active before all of this. Can't drive anymore for fear of falling asleep at the wheel.

Jul 27, 2016 9:19 PM

Yes I am Sleepingbeauty, yesterday & today. Well, not including my PCP docs messing up my pre-op appt today. 😉

Jul 28, 2016 11:54 PM

FlappysLady, so sorry to hear they messed up your pre-op...Dang-it! 😡
I'm glad at least you're having better days anyway. I really hope they continue for you.

Jul 29, 2016 2:38 PM

Thanks Sleepingbeauty! I hope you're improves!! 😘

Aug 21, 2016 9:44 AM

gotobef have you been checked for anemia? I have Fibro & bad headaches & have a crazy sleep schedule. Thought my fatigue was from all that. Had some blood work done & my Dr told me my iron was extremely low & I was anemic. I started taking iron pills & vitamin D & I am feeling much better. Hope some of this helps.

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