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.
Thanks for reading