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How to overcome fatigue?

Aug 26, 2015 6:03 PM

I sleep 12+ hours every day and I am still so tired that I can fall asleep on the sofa while reading.
I have read that 12 hours is way too much sleep so for two weeks I limited myself to 8 hours. I was like a zombie. I ended up hallucinating and got to a point where I was so tired I couldn't sleep. So I don't think I'm getting too much sleep.
I do some light exercise every day (mainly seated cardio meant for morbidly obese people or pilates) and my diet is healthy. I drink plenty of water.
My sleep hygiene is excellent and if I wake up at night it's just to use the bathroom maybe three times. (I do have issues with hallucinations at night but that is a mental health problem not fibro).
I have told my GP on multiple occasions about this exhaustion but he doesn't ever seem bothered. I have had blood tests for other reasons and they are all fine.

I just feel that this fatigue is taking my life away from me. I could cope better with my other problems if I wasn't so tired every single day...

Aug 27, 2015 10:01 AM

I had your symptoms at the age of 15. I've been suffering chronic back pain for over 4 years now and recently been seeing this back pain clinic recently has helped me a lot with many things. Maybe it's not the clinic but the specialist whom have been looking after me. I've told him of my sleeping habits, either I can't sleep or I sleep crazy hours and still feel very fatigued. He referred me to a sleeping specialist, did a sleep study and I've been diagnosed with sleep apnea. I.e. Waking up every 2 mins subconsciously due to breathing irregularities and my body won't go into any deep sleep like a normal person would.

Since then I've been using a cpap machine and I've been more refreshed and sleep an average of 6-8 hrs which is sufficient for a normal person, only when pain doesn't disrupt my sleep though. You should ask to be referred to those sleep disorder clinic, they might have an answer for you.

Aug 27, 2015 11:10 AM

I have a breathing issue like Octobot mentioned. My nose is plugged choose to year round, so I breathe through my mouth. Also, cold temperatures trigger my asthma. One other thing to maybe look into, would be inattentive ADD and anxiety/depression.
With inattentive ADD your mind is hyper, but people can think you look focused. I was a straight A student most of my life, but that was hard. No teachers saw my tears or frustration when everybody else could do homework in the 10-20 min before class starts. It took me 2 hours.
It also leads to me staring up at the cieling all night long. Caffeine and Sudafed both help me stay awake, but I'm hoping to get treatment asap

Aug 27, 2015 1:39 PM

My husband couldn't get REAL sleep when I first met him, he did the sleep study and that CPAC machine is the greatest gift invented. He really sleeps and even though I can't, I can relax knowing he's getting what he needs.

If you don't have insurance, there are places that will help you. Check your area for what is called a "211 book". Check it out.

Good luck and I pray you find relief

Aug 27, 2015 3:49 PM

I've done the sleep study. The only finding is that I woke up really early without reason and couldn't go back to sleep. So my issue isn't sleep apnea, but i do suggest you get tested if you haven't yet.
I still struggle with really really bad fatigue and no one can figure out why.

Aug 27, 2015 5:36 PM

Thanks for the replies. I was wondering if it would be worth mentioning a sleep study to my doctor. Worth a try, from what you've all said. X

Aug 27, 2015 9:59 PM

Rachaelpeapod, you are probably allergic to gluten, try to eat fresh vegetables and fresh fruits meat, look up dr Oz on you tube

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