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Exhausted

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 11, 2009
  • 04:47 PM

I'm planning on going to a sleep clinic to be checked out for sleep apnea but I think there are some other things going on with me. I haven't felt well for so long that I can't remember what it's like to feel normal. I'm female, 38, short and slightly overweight.

I am constantly tired (exhausted, I would say - I need to nap during the day and I get at least 10 hours sleep every night, usually more). I feel weak and often dizzy. My body feels limp and physically tired. Sometimes I'm physically really tired but my brain is fizzing - I desperately want to have energy to do all the things going through my head. However, even all that stuff on my mind doesn't stop me sleeping.

I have always woken up tired since I was a kid.

My husband believes that my tiredness is most of what causes my depression. I was diagnosed with postnatal depression after my son was born 9 years ago. It resolved somewhat after 18 months and I had another child (now nearly 7). After she was born, my depression was so severe that I was hospitalised. I am still on anti-depressants now, although a much lower dose than before. I can't seem to get off them whatever I do. I'm not generally anxious and don't get panic attacks etc. I'm just irritable, generally negative and don't enjoy things as much as I want to. I've also got no sex drive whatsoever.

Other things that are ongoing from long ago are heavy periods (painful but not as bad as they used to be, which was horrible) and PMS. I have been treated with just about everything my GP could think of over the years but nothing really made much difference.

Recent new symptoms include loss of hearing, especially in one ear; hot flashes; skin rash on my upper chest - looks a little like acne (which I've never had); dizziness; low iron (didn't used to be a problem years ago when I was last tested).

Every morning I take anti-depressants (2 x 5mg Cipralex), a high-dose Vitamin B/Ginseng complex (makes a slight difference to tiredness) and an iron/Vit C tablet.

Any thoughts?

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  • If the GP is the only doctor who has looked at you, time to see specialists. I would start with a physical from an OBGYN. If no real problem is found, consult with a Endocronologist. You might also have a autoimmune issue so maybe you need to see a rhumatologist. Also, you never mentioned a complete multi vit/min supplement. You should take one. Before I started taking one I developed a rash on my finger. After 2 doctors and 3 drugs, not only was it not better but it was spreading to other fingers. It was then I started taking a multiple and the rash was gone in 2 days. Not saying that is your problem, but unless you take a good multiple you could be deficient in something and be totally unaware.
    halal37 96 Replies Flag this Response
  • Some of your problems may be caused by the drug you're taking. Try here: http://www.depression-guide.com/cipralex.htm
    aquila 1263 Replies Flag this Response
  • I've also got no sex drive whatsoever. Depression can cause this symptom but commonly anti-depressants cause it too. The drug you are on can cause low or no sex drive as well as inability to climax. ........... does exercising make your symptoms and dizziness worst?
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies Flag this Response
  • The cell phone tower boom took off 10 years ago, so I wouldn't doubt your symptoms back then already were related to underlying EHS... I have EHS, and depression and excruciating fatigue were my primary symptoms early on. How close are you living to a tower or antenna?Thanks for the thoughts. I doubt that's my problem though. I've been tired and had bad periods since way before cellphones existed and we live in a deep rural area of South Africa with almost no cellphone signal - certainly nowhere near a tower.Thanks anyway.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • If the GP is the only doctor who has looked at you, time to see specialists. I would start with a physical from an OBGYN. If no real problem is found, consult with a Endocronologist. You might also have a autoimmune issue so maybe you need to see a rhumatologist. Also, you never mentioned a complete multi vit/min supplement. You should take one. Thanks for this. I started taking a multi vitamin with high dose of the B vits about a year ago. It helped a little. I'm also now taking iron/vit C tablets because I found out my iron is low. That hasn't helped yet, but it's only been under a month so far.I was planning on getting a specialist of some sort, but just wanted to get some pointers here of who I should be asking for - wasn't even sure it was an OBGYN thing since there are so many other issues. I can't afford to waste the money going to the wrong people. I think I will start by dealing with the sleep problems and see where it takes me. Thanks again for replying.
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