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So so so tired. Help.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

I'm frustrated with how tired I am. I know I have medical reasons for being tired. I'm diabetic. I struggle with depression. I have sleep apnea. However, all three of those are being well-managed, yet I am still tired almost all the time. I've talked to my doctor, and I have had bloodwork done. My iron levels are fine. My thyroid is fine. I have no answers.

I'm tired to the point my body hurts. I feel like I have the flu sometimes. According to my CPAP figures and my VivoFit, I'm getting good quality sleep. I've been eating well most days and getting the right amount of nutrients. I take a daily supplement. I am using meditation during the day and before I sleep. I get some exercise most days, but that is a tremendous challenge sometimes when I feel my body is just wasting away.

For now, I am going to keep doing what I'm doing on SparkPeople. Maybe with continued healthy eating and exercise, I will get some relief. I am feeling a little better than I was in December.

If anyone has any ideas, I'd love to hear them. There are days I am so tired and I ache so much that I cry.
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    I can get up in the morning, be on a roll and get all kinds of things done, then crash and burn mid-morning. Sometimes the tiredness waits till mid-afternoon. I can sleep for hours during a "nap," then at other times I lie down and can't get to sleep. I know how frustrating this is for you. The only advice I have is to do some more physical activity. It seems to make it easier to get to sleep and get a better night's sleep. Keep searching for your reason. Keep getting tested.
    554 days ago
    This time of year when winter is dragging on, I also feel more fatigued. Spring and Sunshine usually helps. I Don't know how your Vitamin D levels are but see if absorbing some Sun doesn't help!
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    I need to make it a goal to get some Sun 3+ times a week for at least 20 minutes myself.
    556 days ago
    How long has this been going on? If it's just for the past couple months, you could be looking at seasonal depression. Try to spend more time in the sunshine and take a Vitamin D supplement. If it's been longer or it doesn't improve by spring, then yes, it's doctor time. Go prepared! Take your food and activity longs so you can show your doctor exactly what you've been eating and doing. If your doctor doesn't take your concerns seriously: find another doctor!
    556 days ago
    Diabetes doesn't or shouldn't make you tired. Depression absolutely can leave you feeling like poop with zero energy to get up off the couch. Your sleep apnea is being managed with a CPAP machine. You've talked with your doctor but has he suggested medications to help with the depression?

    "Eating well most days". Is that 90% of the time or 2 or 3 days a week? How is your A1c? Is your fasting glucose well managed?

    You don't say what if any medications you're on. Anything recently changed that you could point the finger at that could be causing all of your symptoms?

    Someone else suggested ditching the carbs. Going to agree with that. It's certainly worth a try. Are you keeping within 45 to 60 grams of carbs per meal? That's the usual amount recommended for diabetics. Ask your doctor for a referral to a diabetes educator and explore all options especially the low carb way of eating.

    You're too young to be so down and out feeling. Can't tell what size you are but if you are heavy, that could account for some of the aches and pains you experience.

    Best of luck to you on your journey. It does sound like a new path is needed as the current route you're on isn't working so well.


    556 days ago
    Oh you poor dear! Wish I could give you a hug, tell you a few jokes & get you laughing. I can relate believe me! I frequently felt the same way until just recently. Do keep seeing your Dr but I suggest you also look into Keto diet. Lose the carbs 🖖
    556 days ago
    I agree on getting your heart checked. But also, are you really eating healthy? No processed food..that means NOTHING from a package or protein lean boxed cereals...etc...
    556 days ago
    How's your heart? Ask your doctor about a stress test. You are listening to your body...get answers from your doctor. Sometimes they are too busy to put the time needed! Be firm and demand that they help you!
    556 days ago
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