(Closed) Constantly tired!!

posted 9 years ago in Wellness
Post # 17
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Don’t rule out your blood pressure either.

Hope you feel better!

Post # 18
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Busy bee

Interesting question.

High on the list would include iron deficiency anemia from heavy bleeding/ fibroids/ etc. and hypothyroidism as many of the ladies described. It could be other things. I hate answering these questions without getting the FULL picture because it often leads to the wrong conclusion in situations where if I knew everything the answer would have been obvious. If you are on some medications, they could be contributing. Regarding the 3PM tiredness, if it is soon after your lunch, some people do get sleepy for a while after eating.

About screening for hypothyroidism, rather than a full panel it would be most appropriate to start with a TSH only in most cases. If that is abnormal further testing may be ordered.

Same goes with screening for Iron deficiency anemia. In the hands of an experienced clinician, the CBC would be the first step. Included in the results would be an MCV and RDW. If BOTH are normal (even in the face of an anemia), iron deficiency anemia would be excluded and therefore no need for a ferritin. Not all docs are good with interpreting these indicies so sometimes they just order everything. In addition if a person is sick due to something else, sometimes the ferritin will be off because it is an acute phase reactant.

At any rate I wouldn’t just start taking iron without checking. First, iron can make you very constipated and secondly, too much iron is not a good thing.

Post # 19
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Bumble bee

I don’t want to freak you out or anything, but my Future Mother-In-Law has MS, and the heaviness was one of the initial things that pointed her doctors towards MS. Fatigue is also a symptom. Once again, not to freak you out, just something to be aware of. She is on treatment for it and suffers from hardly any symptoms anymore.

Post # 20
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Busy bee

@ILikePink

We would need to hear more but so far noting she has said would tip one towards MS (though they do get fatigued). We need more description of this “heavy arms a lot”. Is it both at the exact same time? I have a thought but it could be premature without a good description.

If she were to say one of my arms gets hard to move for a while but then it’s OK then another time it is the other arm or a leg (or something else) then we could talk.

Post # 21
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Bumble bee

I wasn’t trying to diagnose her, I was just giving her another thing to look into. If it was my health that was at stake, I would want to be aware of all possibilities, and I was just sharing a personal story.

Post # 22
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Busy bee

@ILikePink:

Yeah I know.  I just wanted to avoid causing panic on that issue.  I know you were sensitive to that too.  Anyway…just my 2 cents.

Post # 23
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Bumble bee

I was diagnosed with Adrenal Fatigue – a saliva test for Cortisol diagnoses it.

Post # 24
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Sugar Beekeeper
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I would check both iron & hormones.  Hormones can do really wacko things to us. Thyroid as well.

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