Post # 1
Hey, I am writing this in desperation! Every time I get my period, I become EXTREMELY fatigued. It was so bad that when I was working full time, (if my boss wasn’t there), I would take a nap on a chair in one of our empty officess during my lunch break. I have gone to the doctor 2x about it, gotten bloodwork and yet every time the results come back normal…it is actually very upsetting. I eat very healthy–I am not a vegetarian nor do I have any other kinds of dietary restrictions, that might be causing this…I don’t know what to do :(:(:( Other symptoms when I get my period are night sweats YUCK! I don’t really get cramping though.. it is the fatigue that kills me.
Can any bees relate or offer any tips/advice?!
Post # 4
I can relate I get that too- not quite that bad but I definitely get really wiped and tired and need to relax/sleep more. Also get raging PMS but that’s another story.
I would say maybe talk to your doctor about changing your pill? That is, assuming you’re on it. And if not, maybe going on would help
Post # 5
omg this happens to me, too, and it is so awful. I’m not even on birth control!
I just make sure to get extra sleep during that time and to take it easy with exercise, stress, etc. Napping is great during this time!
Post # 6
I’m with you! Dealing with fibro as well as other health issues can make PMS a b*tch! 🙁 Sooo sleepy today and earlier this week for no reason.
I second (or third?) the checking up on your BC pill. A different one could help drastically.
Also…. be sure to stay hydrated! My PMS is made so much better when I’m drinking lots of water and taking something like midol (the regular one has caffeine and can make cramps worse if you don’t drink enough on it) .. as well as up the fruits and veggies.
Hope you feel better soon!
Post # 7
It should have shown up on bloodwork (if they checked for it, it took me years to find out), but try some vitamin B12.
I don’t think it’s possible to ever completely get rid of some of the fatigue, but hopefully you can reduce it.
Post # 8
I get crazy fatigued when I’m on my period as well, and the solution for me was iron pills. I don’t know if you’ve ever had your iron levels looked at, but i’m on the low end of normal. My doctor suggested trying iron pills to see if it made a difference, and it definitely did! I’m a bit inexact with it; I might take 2 on heavier days, and then maybe not bother with it towards the end, but I try to stick to one a day. Make sure you take the green iron pills and not the orange ones, and to take them with juice (the vitamin c is supposed to increase absorption). You might want to talk to your doctor about this first btw, because too much iron is also bad for you. Given that I was on the lower end of normal, there was no potential downside, but if you’re on the higher side of normal, then this might not be a viable option for you.
Post # 9
Over the past year or so I have noticed an increase in fatigue the week before my period. Exersize does help but of course you have to push yourself much harder.
B12 also helps me a lot. I would stay away from caffeine as much as possibly so your body doesn’t get used to it. Lots of water, fruits and veggies will probably help too!
If all of that doesn’t help, maybe try talking to a different doctor just to get other advice/opinions?