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What causes tiredness?

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  • Posted By: JustRandy
  • August 5, 2008
  • 04:38 AM

Anyone know what causes us to feel tired? :confused:

I get really tired after eating. Sometimes I get a headache after eating for the first time of the day. Its to the point that I fear that first meal and I usually try to put it off as long as possible. However, once I get past that first meal, I'm good to go and can eat anything with no ill effects.

I tested my blood sugar for a month. Before and after meals,,, any move I made I tested it... Sometimes 15-20 times a day.... For a month. Never once was it out of the normal range.

My bloodpressure is normal. I'm 35 and its 130/80 on average.

The best I can figure,,, its an immune response similar to an infection. Of course, a few pieces of fruit or raw veggie isn't enough to set me off, but anything of substance is fair game. Even a slice of lunchmeat is all it takes.

What do you guys think?

Btw, I know its coming so,,, Don't anyone DARE tell me to visit a doctor!!! I didn't go thru all the trouble of signing up here and typing all this just for that kind of thoughtless response. :D

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  • Does it matter what time of day you eat your first meal? Maybe you aren't a breakfast person? How long between your last meal of the previous day and your first meal of the next day? What are you eating. Physiologically, eating can make you tired.
    muffin top 15 Replies Flag this Response
  • It doesn't matter what time of day. Well, not so fast... It seems if I eat immediately after waking up, the odds are better I won't get so tired. But that's the time when I'm least hungry. I'd have to absolutely force myself to eat. Usually I wait until I get hungry to eat (or wait until I get hungry and refuse to eat because I have work to do and can't risk a headache :D ). No, I'm definitely not a breakfast person (or a morning person). The next question is a tough one. Because I usually go all day without eating (out of fear), I usually stuff myself at night. Since I stuff myself at night, I usually still have a belly full in the morning. So, maybe an hour or two before sleeping + 8 hrs of sleep + another good 5,6,7,8 hours of "fasting" = 15-18hrs between meals. I eat anything. Normal food normal people eat. No allergies or anything. Typically, I like a fair-sized plate of meat, veggies, and some bread of sorts. Normal "square" and NOT "pyramid" meals. My friends and family are not this way. They can eat anything and bounce off the walls. No headaches or anything. They can also polish off can after can off beer. One for me and I'm drained of energy and have throbbing temples. I can put away the whiskey though. No ill effects from that,,, if that's any clue. My father also can't drink beer. But he can eat anything.... I mean ANYTHING. Expiration dates mean nothing to him. Another clue is when I get the yearly flu, I'm down longer and harder than anyone else. Its like my immune system is on overdrive. But I can roll around in poison ivy for a week and only get a couple of bumps. Bees and wasps are no worse than flies to me. After 15 years of dealing with this problem,,, I've suspected fats, then I thought it was nitrates, then it was blood sugar, then I thought about blood pressure, then I gave up. Now I'm thinking it must be something to do with my immune system. I've heard there are immune suspressing drugs. I've thought about it.... ;)
    JustRandy 11 Replies Flag this Response
  • Probably for the same reason you get tired after SEX - it's because your body DOES go into "workout" mode...Your heart races, you start to sweat, your muscles contract - ALL the same things that happen when you're pumping iron.I'll let you make your own jokes on THAT one ;););)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 14, 2008
    • 05:03 PM
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  • I don't get tired after sex. I usually can't sleep for hours afterwards. I've also read that its a sign of poor health to be tired after sex. Something about hormone and neurotransmitter depletion. I don't know... I don't get tired after a workout either. Sore maybe, if I'm lifting weights, but not sleepy. About the only thing that makes me sleepy is food, fever, staying up too long, and sleep. Yep, sleep makes me sleepy. I'm more tired in the morning than when I'm trying to "force" myself to sleep at night.
    JustRandy 11 Replies
    • August 15, 2008
    • 02:40 AM
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  • Sounds like you might have a problem with your carbohydrate metabolism. Try having an omelett with bacon and no breat for breakfast... or at least something without the carbs. Kiera
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 15, 2008
    • 07:10 AM
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  • Sounds like you might have a problem with your carbohydrate metabolism. Try having an omelett with bacon and no breat for breakfast... or at least something without the carbs. Kiera If that was true, wouldn't it show up on the blood sugar tests? And why would one slice of lunchmeat make me tired? No carbs there. And why would an apple not make me tired?
    JustRandy 11 Replies
    • August 15, 2008
    • 09:52 PM
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  • Well.. guess you already tried my suggestion... Sorry I can't be of more help... Good luck!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 15, 2008
    • 09:57 PM
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  • Yes, ever since around 2003 with the atkins revolution, carbs have been getting the blame for a lot of troubles. That was about the time I bought a blood glucose meter and took notes for a month. Nothing out of the ordinary to report.....
    JustRandy 11 Replies
    • August 15, 2008
    • 10:02 PM
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  • tiredness after eating? could be poor digestion. probiotics and digestive enzymes (bromelain, papian, pancreatin) might help
    stanleybrown 29 Replies
    • November 11, 2008
    • 00:02 AM
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  • tiredness after eating? could be poor digestion. probiotics and digestive enzymes (bromelain, papian, pancreatin) might help I've tried that. I still kinda think its an allergic reaction.
    JustRandy 11 Replies
    • November 11, 2008
    • 00:10 AM
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  • I dont know if the following is going to be helpful or not but I was only reading last week an article on food issues and it talked about some people reacting to the following things in foods .. amines eg phenylethylamine, histamine, tryramine etc, salicylates, glutamates, sulphites, antioxidents, serotonin, dopamine etc. Food intollerances can be caused by all those things, in food intollerances.. symptoms such as tiredness occur rather than the classical food allergy reactions www.sacfs.asn.au/publications/talking_point/2001/2_jun/ate_print.htm .. Maybe your reaction is being caused by one of these kind of food intollerances??? Im not sure how the can eat it later in the night thing thou would fit there, umm thou some of those things are produced by the body so may be more at certain times of the day or night???? maybe the addition of the extra from the food at those times is triggering more body response??? (im theoritising here).
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies
    • November 11, 2008
    • 01:26 AM
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  • I dont know if the following is going to be helpful or not but I was only reading last week an article on food issues and it talked about some people reacting to the following things in foods .. amines eg phenylethylamine, histamine, tryramine etc, salicylates, glutamates, sulphites, antioxidents, serotonin, dopamine etc. Food intollerances can be caused by all those things, in food intollerances.. symptoms such as tiredness occur rather than the classical food allergy reactions www.sacfs.asn.au/publications/talking_point/2001/2_jun/ate_print.htm .. Maybe your reaction is being caused by one of these kind of food intollerances??? Im not sure how the can eat it later in the night thing thou would fit there, umm thou some of those things are produced by the body so may be more at certain times of the day or night???? maybe the addition of the extra from the food at those times is triggering more body response??? (im theoritising here). Theorize away! :D I know I can't have nutra sweet. I'll get a massive headache for days. For a while I thought I was having trouble with nitrates/trites, but nope. You may have a point... neurotransmitter levels may peak at certain times of the day. I never thought of that.
    JustRandy 11 Replies
    • November 11, 2008
    • 01:46 AM
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