Tired ALL the Time – Going to Dr

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
753 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

You said you live abroad…are you in a dark area? Does this fluctuate seasonally at all? When I moved from California to the northern US, suddenly I became very, very tired. It was seasonal affective disorder. I bought a happy light, and every day during the winter, popped it on for a few hours. Cured! 

The other thing that comes to mind is depression. Any chance that applies to you? Symptoms of depression vary greatly, but fatigue can be very common, especially if it’s impacting your ability to perform activites of daily living. 

If you’ve had your basic labs run (CBC, Chem Panel, Thyroid Studies), I can’t imagine suggesting anything more specific, since you don’t have any other real symptoms…If you do, let us know what they are and maybe I’ll think of something 🙂 

These are (very) long shots, but a good idea nonetheless, just for peace of mind- ever been tested for HIV or Hep C? Not that I necessarily think you have them based on fatigue, but it’s a common symptom for almost everything out there- and if you haven’t been tested for the two big scary viruses out there, it may be a good excuse to get it done 🙂 If you are embarrassed to ask for these tests at your doctor’s, you can purchase them online. (http://www.amazon.com/Home-Access-HIV-Test-System/dp/B0000532NP/ref=pd_sbs_hpc_5 or http://www.amazon.com/Completely-Private-yourself-facilities-involved/dp/B00AOOXVFS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1376920455&sr=8-1&keywords=HIV+test http://www.amazon.com/Home-Access-Hepatitis-Check/dp/B0000534CJ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1376920520&sr=8-1&keywords=Hepatitis+C+test )

Post # 5
5935 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

Do you exercise at all? I’m normally tired all the time too, no matter how long I sleep. But when I’m physically active (like more than just walking to and from my car) I feel way less tired. If I work out for at least 30 minutes a day (cardio) I feel much more energized during the day!

Post # 6
753 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@ana77:  I guess you wouldn’t have any issue with SAD in bright, beautiful, sunny South America! (I have to say, I’m jealous!!!) You probably have been vaccinated against Hep A and B, but there is no vaccination for Hepatitis C, unfortunately. 

Post # 7
177 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

@IzzyBear:  This exactly!

I get exhausted if I don’t exercise, but have the right amount of sleep and a pretty good diet.

The trick for me is to take part in physical activity at least 2-3 times a week, and I feel so much better in myself!

Also look into iron supplements and similar – there are a lot of off-the-shelf products that are aimed at helping to reduce tiredness (and women seem to suffer more than men)

Post # 8
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@ana77:  I was really, really tired all the time and they did a full blood panel on me to check my Vitamin D levels. I know you said you live in a sunny area, but I would have your Vitamin D levels checked. I would honestly have everything checked, mostly vitamin levels becuase I am guessing you are lacking something there. Some of us don’t absord those vitamins like others do.

Post # 10
2299 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m guessing they checked your B12 levels as well?

Post # 11
2661 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

what about Sleep Apnea? with sleep apnea you basically “wake up” hundreds of times during the night, so you aren’t really getting a deep sleep. You might thing you’re sleeping for 8 solid hours, but you aren’t actually getting a full nights sleep. Do you snore? With sleep apnea you wake up a lot because you aren’t getting enough oxygen while sleeping. You could get an overnight sleep study to monitor your sleeping habits. Another quick test is an overnight oximetry, which measures your level of oxygen while sleeping. It’s a small little gadget that you just hook up to your finger while sleeping.

I’m not an expert or anything, but I used to work at a company where we supplied people with CPAPs, which are the machines you can use to help control sleep apnea.

informational website:


Post # 12
376 posts
Helper bee


A friend of mine had similar symptoms and her Dr. diagnosed Epstein Barr virus. Along with feeling tired all the time, there are other symptoms, like: sore throat, fever, and swollen lymph nodes, headaches when you feel particularly tired, etc…

Epstein Barr is the virus  known to cause infectious Mono. Something like 97% of adults have the virus because they’ve been exposed through saliva. In most people, they have symptoms for a few weeks and then are fine. Although they carry the dormant virus for life.

Your Dr. can test for higher levels of the virus, which might indicate Epstein Barr (or chronic mono).  A  normal level of Epstein-Barr is generally between 1-10. An elevated level would indicate an infection.

If you have it, it’s manageable. But you might occasionally suffer “flare ups” where you’ll feel the symptoms more.

Hope that helps.

Post # 14
349 posts
Helper bee

I struggle with serious amounts of fatigue too, and actually have a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, but it’s been more of an “absence” diagnosis than an actual diagnosis. I don’t have thyroid issues, vitamin d deficincies, lupus, HIV, sleep apnea, depression or other potential causes, so I’ve been left with unexplained Chronic Fatigue.

The hard part about fatiuge is that it’s hard to figure out in one doctor visit – I’ve been seeing my doc and various specialists for it for about 4 years now, which is how I’ve had all of those other possibilities eliminated. I’m actually seeing a behavior health clinic this week to see if it could be adult ADD manifesting itself in brain fog and mental fatigue from trying to keep focused on necessary tasks.

I just wanted to say I’m sorry – it blows to be so tired all the time. But be a self advocate, ask for the blood panels and tests to check for easy solutions. I was actually disappointed earlier this year when I had a sleep study done and didn’t trigger any disorders – not that I want a sleep disorder, of course, but I just wanted answers! It was that doc that recommended checking for ADD. I finally have new insurance from a new job ready to go, so now I’m going down that path.


Good luck!

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