Dealing with Fatigue

posted 2 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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448 posts
Helper bee

I have the same issue 🙁 I have an auto immune disease, so I’m tired ALL the time. I’m sorry to hear that you’re desking with the same thing. just try to listen to your body. Take short naps when you need em. That way when you ARE up and about, your mind will be sharper, you’ll enjoy yourself more, and you can be more productive.

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I don’t have any tips but totally feel your pain. I was hospitalized for a week mid November with pneumonia after thinking I had I the flu for two weeks. A doctor prescribed me Cipro for two infections and after a day I had a bad reaction which is what ultimately led me to being hospitalized (that’s how I found out I didn’t have the flu but actually had pneumonia). I finished 10 days of antibiotics last weekend and while I feel better, I am exhausted all the time. And my liver still hasn’t recovered from the drug reaction and I may need to go for a biopsy. Did I mention I leave for the Bahamas to get married in three weeks as well? It’s such a busy time of year and I’m use to being able to,get so much done in a day but now if I do laundry or shower I need to lay down and rest. I am hopeful it improves over the next several months as my liver heals (fingers crossed) but in the meantime I am just trying to accept it and rest as much as I need. 

That’s my vent.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I have health problems that cause this too. In fact, I can only work part time because of it too. I hate the days that showering is too difficult to do. I do a few things to help. First and foremost I make sure that my medications are always taken (duh). I also do a B-12 shot once a week. It’s ‘supposed to’ help. I feel like it does. I always allow myself a nap in the middle of the day. I try to keep my body moving with light exercise. I don’t do vigorous cardio or weight lifting. . .I walk, ride the bike, & on good days I do the elliptical. I think that is the hardest for some reason. I do light weights with a trainer. When I have an appointment with someone I find that I’m going to go. So I schedule with him at least once a week. It’s also easier when someone tells you what to do rather than trying to make yourself do something. Personally, I lack motivation because of my medical condition. A body in motion stays in motion & a body at rest stays at rest. I heard this on a commercial & it’s so true. I go through phases where I spend days in bed. And the more that I spend in bed, the harder it is to break the cycle & get up & get things done. Lastly, what really helps me, when I have a lot of things that I need to accomplish, is I make lists. I don’t know why, but for some reason it is so much easier to do things when you can look at them on a piece of paper instead of having the list in your head. Thoughts & remembering things can be very tiring. So I know I’ve rambled a lot, but I was just trying to think of all the things that I do that are helpful in fighting fatigue that I deal with everyday because of my medical condition. I completely understand that knowing things that are helpful is entirely easier than having to do them. And I think that that’s the battle I’m faced with every morning. And I’m not always successful. I seem to have a hard time with consistency. Every day is a challenge. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

AB Bride:  i have an autoimmune disease that can cause extreme fatigue.  For me it was finding the right medication that worked for me as a base.  Other than that it is doing small tasks with break invetween.  

Have you ever read Spoon Theory? It was written by someone with an immune disease and is a great way of explaining your fatigue to help someone understand.

best of luck, utilize the good days and rest on the bad.

<3

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

AB Bride:  I’m sorry.  I don’t have a medical issue that caused the extreme fatigue I was dealing with for the last 11 months.  It was completely unexplained.  All my blood levels are perfect (multiple tests, different seasons, etc.)  Just to be sure anything that was in the normal range but low I worked hard to bring it up to the middle of the range (B12, liquid iron, vit D.)  How is the quality of your sleep?  

We’ve been working on the factors I can control.  And getting good restful sleep is my primary goal.  Its been a month since we started and while things aren’t awesome.  They are better than they were.  

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

AB Bride: The best thing, and probably the last thing you wanna do: EXERCISE. There is a shit ton of science behind this, as I’m sure you’re aware. The body wants to MOVE, and doing that helps you physically and mentally as well.

Have you had your thyroid checked?

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

AB Bride:  Have you had any kind of sleep study to see if the 10+ hours is actually restful?  I ask because I thought I was getting great sleep too.  But on days off I could easily sleep 10 – 14 hours straight through, without getting out of bed.  And I was still exhausted. 

We found out that while I felt like I was asleep, very little of that 10-14 hours was restful, restorative sleep.  My sleep patterns were so disordered that I wasn’t getting any prolonged periods of deep sleep.  

It’s taken a month of focus (and perscription sleeping pills) to get my pattern back to anything even resembling normal patterns (I have tried a couple of nights without any kind of pill, it isn’t as poor as it was previous, but it is still pretty bad and it doesn’t look like I can come off the pills right now.)  I don’t have any insomnia, I fall asleep within a half hour even without meds, so I didn’t think I had sleep issues.  No sleep apnea either.  

While it won’t help the condition causing the fatigue.  If you aren’t getting any decent quality sleep when you are able to sleep it will only make everything worse.  

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I should say, we think this all started when I got sick last Christmas.  I was very, very sick with a virus that took me to my knees.  I don’t actually remember the period between Christmas and New Years last year.  I have no idea what happened.  I went back to work early in the new year.  Way too soon as it turns out.  I work shift work and my sleep kept getting worse and worse until it ended up where I was in October (when I basically went to the doctor, again, and broke down in his office.  I was just. so. tired.)  

The sleep issue seemed to cause a bunch of issues – dizziness, memory problems, to name only a couple.  

I had to make a list everyday of what I *had* to get done that day and what I hoped to get done.  Some days the list was: shower, work, pack a lunch for tomorrow.  That was literally all I could manage to get done.  

It’s still a work in progress. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee

I have an autoimmune disease as well, and I am tired all.the.time.  It’s so comforting knowing I’m not alone in dealing with this. But I wouldn’t wish it on anyone!

Post # 14
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373 posts
Helper bee

Peanut-Sue:  Have you gotten any side effects from the B12 shots? My DR has suggested it as an option, but it freaks me out a bit!

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