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Extreme fatigue

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  • Posted By: GollyGeeBeesKnees
  • May 15, 2009
  • 00:00 PM

Well, I'm a healthy sixteen year old, but for the past five months or so, I've been feeling increasingly tired. In the past month, it's gotten so bad, I've had to stay home or go into school late some days. In the afternoons after school, I sleep for usually three hours and about nine or ten hours at night. Despite all of this sleeping, I'm still exhausted constantly. Coffee or anything like that just exacerbates it.

I've gone to my physician and she ran blood tests for lyme disease, mono, anemia, and a battery of other things. She referred me to a therapist, thinking it was a mental issue. The therapist told me flat out that nothing was wrong with me mentally. I'm terrified that this will just keep going on, so if you have an answer at all, please share it with me.

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  • Your body is still changing at 16, it could be temporary. For now, look at sleep issues (which, again ... may only be temporary), perhaps you are not getting enough REM sleep (rapid eye movement, the most productive and deepest sleep of the ?four? phases) and this is leaving you fatigued. www.talkaboutsleep.com
    neurotransmissing 145 Replies Flag this Response
  • I am not a doctor, but I do have Lyme Disease, and extreme fatigue is sometimes the first symptom of a Lyme infection. Because some tests can come back negative even if you do have Lyme, I would recommend getting tested again, with a test called a Western Blot. If you can recall a tick bite or cat scratch or bullseye rash, make sure you tell your doctor about it, although some people can't recall these things happening and do end up with Lyme. The more quickly you are treated for Lyme if it is caught, the less likely you are to suffer the chronic symptoms from it, which are both debilitating and frightening. Good luck, and don't let this go till you find out what is causing it.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • P.S. I also wanted to let you know that many physicians will refer you to a mental health professional if they can't figure out what is causing your symptoms. This can be extremely frustrating, but it doesn't necessarily mean it is all in your head, it can just mean the doctor isn't sure what else to do. You might have your parents take you to a cardiologist to rule out that the fatigue has something to do with your lungs or heart function or a sleep disorder, and the cardiologist can also test you for Lyme Disease again as well. Please let us know how you are doing and I hope all that was helpful.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • I have seen quite a few doctors who have tried to tell me I am suffering from some psychological problem. In my experience, these doctors not only do not have any idea what is wrong with me, but they do not want to admit their ignorance. Least you now have proof your problem is not depression or some mental problem. My suggestion is to see the doctor again. But go in prepared. Is fatigue your only symptom? I would be surprised if that is the case. Besides fatigue, what else has changed since your symptoms began? Write everything down, no matter how minor you think it may be. It may turn out to be important to your doctor. Also, has your parents noticed anything different about you also? Be sure to include your parents’ observations in your list too. When you see the doctor make it clear to him/her that something is definitely wrong. If you have to get a 2nd opinion, do not hesitate. Doctors are human and they do not know everything.
    halal37 96 Replies Flag this Response
  • I also have similar symptoms despite treatment with cpap for OSA. Please let me know if you find out anything regarding your symptoms. It seems there are a million things that can go wrong with the body, and most of them cause fatigue. However, doctors don't understand the difference between being tired and not being able to walk b/c of it. So, hopefully somebody will be able to figure this out for you.Frank
    jobby99 1 Replies Flag this Response
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