I've been right there with you on the exhaustion for the better part of the last four years. IFor the last year or so I've been researching the Whole30/Paleo/Primal/etc diets as well as possible answers. My doctors have also been unable to find anything wrong with me. At the start of this month I decided I'd had enough of feeling awful, and that I had nothing to lose by taking the plunge. I'm off grains, processed sugars, and white potatoes. I was already taking D-3 and B-complex, but I caught an episode of Dr. Oz that featured Dr. Low Dog. They were talking about chronic fatigue and it sounded about right, so I also started taking the rhodiola she recommended.
I've lost 13 pounds so far this month, my energy levels are improving significantly, I'm able to exercise, my mood is better, my temperment is better, and the constant pain is fading. Now I'm achy because I'm moving again, not just because everything hurts.
Obviously I don't know you, your body, or your situation, but I agree wholeheartedly with the person who asked if you've considered Whole30 or a similar elimination diet. If you're anxious about such a big change, there's a book called 21 Day Sugar Detox that offers a range of plans with different sets of options that can make it easier, as well as information on why it's a good idea and how it works.
Pounds lost: 3.3
Fitness Minutes: (165) Posts: 1 3/9/14 11:36 P
If you feel lethargic in the winter and "come alive" in spring and summer, you may have SAD (winter blues). I've fought it since I was a teenager and just this year broke down and tried light therapy. Best decision of my life! If I start to feel crappy or run down throughout the day, I will sit in front of it for a half hour and all is right with the world again. Do a Google search and read a bit about it. It's pretty common, especially in women.
Many thanks for your responses. I doubt that I would have sleep apnea as I tend to sleep on side or front and this has only been a short time frame issue, since sinus has become inflamed but thanks for that feedback. I am slowly trying to get back into gym, but it's hard as my sinus hurt heaps after a few minutes. Thanks @ICAMP2, I hadn't thought about an elimination diet, so might look into that a bit more. Would be nice if my ENT specialist apt would come sooner too, in case the issue is something different. Have had blood tests, healthy as except inflammation levels. Have had allergy tests with no results. Have tried two short courses of antibiotics n because my sinuses are still inflamed nearly 5 or 6 months later n also got infected again, I'm now on 1 month of antibiotics to see if that helps. Also changed from ibuprofen/codeine to diclofenac because you shouldn't use codeine for sinus issues n on last day of my 5 day course of prednisone(haven't noticed any improvement, face burns more in fact) energy levels are still low but am forcing myself to exercise more
current weight: 299.0
Fitness Minutes: (2,557) Posts: 173 1/3/14 12:40 A
Have you considered a "whole30"? The reason I ask is you mention the inflammation markers. I have recently been diagnosed with an auto-immune disease (well, a spectrum I suppose) and some side effects are dizziness, inflammation, head/sinuse aches, and lethargy.
Anyway, you can do your own research on the Whole30. It isn't a "weight loss" diet per se, it is really an elimination diet, you eliminate many inflammatories for 30 days, then add them back in so that you can see the effect they have on you. I have done this a few times (I am on day 2 again because the holidays set me off like nuts). I have found that I am ok with dairy but grains just instantly bring headaches, exhaustion, heart palpitations etc.
Anyway, just a thought? You can google it to find a ton more about it or send me a message :)
is there a possibility you may have sleep apnea? Being overweight/obese can greatly increase changes of developing sleep apnea. It could also be remnant of a sinus infection which means you should probably take it easy for a while longer and do home exercises rather than heading to the gym. Sometimes, the body needs more rest to be well
current weight: 252.0
Fitness Minutes: (14,484) Posts: 1,541 12/7/13 10:26 A
Surprisingly, even just a 10 minute walk can help boost energy. I'm the opposite, I can be up and running around after only 5 hours of sleep. If you drink caffeine, it's probably not helping you, you should try natural energy without caffeine, it includes breathing exercises with some low pack impact 10 minute cardio burst routines, it's done wonders for me!
Have really bad sinus pain continuously, vertigo n queasiness that come n go but want to head to gym. Problem is that unless I'm getting 10-11 hours sleep, I wake feeling exhausted instead of just tired. I have had blood tests n I am really healthy except for my inflammation markers so really I should be fine. Anybody have tips to get energy up? Really need to get to gym
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