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I'm 15, really week, terribly lazy and all ways ill...

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 7, 2007
  • 04:23 PM

I'm a 15 year old girl, and physically week. I find it hard to do thing and opening bottle tops and sometimes even walking is a struggle for me. My friends all can do strenuous things and i can't. Sometimes it stops me doing things that i wish i could do like joining in in activitys and doing general things. I miss out on doing things with my family and friends due to the fact i cannot get up. So why am i so week? :confused:

I'm also what i would call very lazy, i can sleep all day and all night, but its not like i have a choice. It is as though someone has drugged me and i am passed out and when i wake up i am very groggy and find it hard to get out of bed. They when i acctually find the strength to get out of bed for about on hour i feel faint and then blackness closes in around my eyes and have to sit down. I miss out on doing things with my family and friends due to the fact i cannot get up. I must have at least 12 hours of sleep a day, but even if when i have school and i go to bed a 7 so i have 12 hours of sleep for when i wake up at 7, yet i still have this groggy horrible feeling, fainty feeling. But even by going to bed earlier i still sleep. Why is this? :(

Then there is the fact that i have a very low immune system does this have anything to do with it? I'm all the while, my mom has started calling me sick note but sometimes i think my mom thinks i'm lying but i really am ill. I don't want to ask to go see the docter because of this. My mom will think it is a waste of time and put it down to being lazy. Sometimes my mom puts it down to periods but i get off and on my period and i'm not even due on most the time and i started feeling like this 3-4 years ago i only started my period around 2 years ago? :mad:

My two friends who have minor anemia said i could be anemic but i don't think i am, yes i have the tierdness symptom but i don't think i am at all.

Is it just my age?
Am i just lazy?
Do my hormones have anything to do with it?

Could some one please help me? I have been like this for 3-4 years and i would really like to sort it out.
Thank you :D

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  • You need to see a physician to get yourself thoroughly examined. What you are describing is not how a physically fit 15 year old girl would feel and it is certainly not laziness. Don't let anyone tell you that and don't you believe it. Your mother needs to make an appointment with your doctor and you need to tell your doctor exactly what it happening and how you are feeling.If your mother doesn't listen then tell a trusted adult so that you can get the help that you deserve.Good luck and I sincerely hope that things work out for you.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • It's very very very hard to diagnose something like this when there's sooo many things it could be.My first questions for you to answer would be: How tall are you? What do you weigh?Blood pressure?What type of food do you eat?Do you take vitamens?Do you sleep well at night?When you ARE awake - do you feel like you could fall asleep staning up (for instance)?Do you have hobbies?What do you do when you ARE awake?You go to school I would assume?How do you feel in class? If you don't eat responsibly (healthy foods) - then you should atleast start there. Or atleast take a multivitamens and vitamen C to help boost your immune system.
    Janster 4 Replies Flag this Response
  • Have the Dr. get an O2 saturation level done. More doc offices have one, it just clamps on your finger and could rule out some of the major things like lungs or heart.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies Flag this Response
  • Dear Tired:My 16 year old granddaughter has the same symptoms you are describing; feels tired all the time, and sleeps day and night as well. After seeing many specialists we found out that she has low vitamin D levels and a very high prolactin level. I think also that she has hypothyroid. You might want to ask your doctor to check your thyroid. I hope this helps.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 10, 2007
    • 00:34 AM
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  • Put your diet in check...cut out candy and pop and since you are online, study nutrition. Then you may discover why you have no energy. If you don't eat healthy, then there is nothing any one can do...but, you should see a doctor and get blood work. It could be anything or diet or maybe your mom smoked when she was pregnant??? Who knows. See a doctor.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • August 10, 2007
    • 01:27 AM
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  • Firstly thank you to everyone how has replied,it means alot :) Well i'm around 5 foot 2 and weigh around about 102lb.I don't remeber having one before, so i don't know that.I mostly eat things like noodles, spagetti and meaty salads.I also take these multi vitaminsI sleep very well, it takes abit to drop of but once i have its a very deep slumber.I sometimes can feel as though i could sleep standing up but its not really a regular accurance, because usually when i get like that my head makes its way to something to rest on.My hobbies are just really doing thing like going to the park with my friends but me being so week it restrics things to go on, but we mostly just walk around places.Well When i am a wake, i'm just with my friends and i like to dance, not as a club or lessons but with my friends just as fun, go to rock clubs, just do what most other teenagers would do and thats just go out with there friends.Yeah i go school and in class i just want to sleep or go outside for fresh air because it helps, but it doesn't really affect my school work because i jsut try my best, because i've gotten so used to being like, i know i have to pick myself up for school otherwise i won't do well and get into collage. I'm just scared because most adults i know think there is nothing wrong with me and its just me being hypercondriac teenager. They all ways come up with some excuse like its just your hormones or its because yo9u sleep to much. They don't understand that i can't help it. My diet is pretty good though, i eat healthy than most my friends,but i do have a sweet tooth. But i don't exsessivly eat sweets. I eat my normal meals breakfast, lunch and dinner. I hope this helpsThank you all so much
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 16, 2007
    • 08:25 AM
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  • Hey, I read your post and am surprised that no one else has suggested chronic fatigue syndrome. I am not a doctor or a medical professional, I am a teenager too. However, when he was much younger my brother had this disease and many doctors thought he and my mother were exaggerating his symptoms. I was pretty young at the time but your symptoms sound like they matched his pretty well, he slept constantly, and was exhausted all the time, he had no energy and missed school so much for two years that he needed an at-home tutor . Click the link if you want to know more about it. http://www.webmd.com/Chronic-Fatigue-Syndrome/news/20061103/cdc-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-realHope this helps.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 17, 2007
    • 02:56 PM
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  • If you aRE waking up groggy and havign trouble staying awake- it could very well be sleep panea or perhaps even narcolepsy- although narco you would actually fall asleep uncontrolably- One person said have your O2 checked and that is good advice- a good first step- you may need a sleep test- you might think you're sleeping well because you sleep all the time- but we can have sleep apnea without ever realizing it and hte sleep we get is terrible sleep and causes all kinds of health issues such as you describe.You need to sit down with your mom and tell her that you ARE sick. Normal healthy 15 year olds simply do NOT have this tiredness all the time- and the fact that you do suggests something is NOT right- As you said- you can not help the way you feel and you need to make it crystal clear to your mom and others that somethign is wrong- Sick people do NOT want to be 'lazy' and would give anything to be well and healthy and full of life- and you need to make that absolutely clear to your mom and get her on your side and understanding that she has a sick child that she needs to take care of.- Have your mom read this thread for herself so she understands this!!! Your mom will have to be your advocate when teachers start to question you for being 'lazy'.Just because a doctor hasn't found hte cause yet does NOT mean that something isn't wrong- and it could be serious- or it could just be somethign like sleep apneaa which can be effectively treated with a CPap machine- but be warned- not getting treated for sleep apnea, if indeed that is what you have- can be life threatening- so get it checked out pronto! Don't hesitate on that! Yuo will need to talk to a Doctor and explain that you simply can not get motivated and feel sick all the time, and tell the doc that you'd like to have a sleep test done because the symptoms you describe are VERYU common sleep apnea symptoms. Not saying that you have it, but it is a strong possibility based on what you described.As others have suggested- there may be somethign else wrong as well, and this needs to be investigated because what is happening is that you are deteriorating when you should be thriving and enjoying life! This is NOT normal for someone your age! You are NOT faking it and you are NOT lazy- get that thought right out of your head right now. The simple fact is that you do NOT have the normal energy and strength levels that peopel your age should have- and it is NOT your fault- you NEED to convince yourself of this right now because it is the truth. IF you had the energy you should have, you'd have then ormal drive to thrive as it were, but you don't. It's pretty simple- there's somethign wrong- simple as that.Cronic fatigue is another possibility, but first get checked for sleep apnea as this is more common and better responds to treatment. Don't let doctors push you around and try to suggest that you have depression either- You tell them you want a FULL workup to explain why these symptoms are occuring- you may need to go through some extensive testing, but you must do this if you're going to find hte cause and not be bullied by lazy doctors who won't take hte time to CORRECTLY diagnose you through the needed testings. Stand your ground, and do NOT let them try to push you into thinking you have depression- they'll try to explain that all the general symptoms you describe are common to depression but while that may be true- they are ALSO common symptoms of much more severe health problems, and you should NOT stand for a doctor being lazy and just trying to say it's nothign but depression.Anyway- good luck, and we know what you're going through- a lot of us weren't beleived by our friends, family and teachers either, and we had serious health issues going on at hte time as well- it will be a battle to make people understand that you simply can not help what you're going htrough- people just don't understand sickness very well- if htey can'tr physically see somethign wrong- they are just apt ot htink you are faking it-
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 19, 2007
    • 05:42 PM
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  • You need to go see a Doctor. I can remember sleeping excessively as a teen and always being tired. My mom would always tell me it was because I slept too much - she never understood that I couldnt help it. My doctors usually blew me off as well because my mom would be there in the room telling them how I sleep too much and needed to get on a regular sleep schedule. I always was called lazy and made to feel bad for my tiredness. I only found out as an adult my thyroid was under active im not sure if that was the problem or not.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 21, 2007
    • 01:47 AM
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  • I strongly believe you have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome as your post sounds so so typical of a teen with CFS, a typical post of a CFS person. I have CFS myself. You AINT lazy as a teen shouldnt be feeling like you are feeling. I suggest you and your mother, share what you just posted here, and seek out some support at www.notcrazy.net/forum/index.php (a very friendly site for those with CFS). There are a few your age there and younger (already diagnosed) and their mothers... who will help support you as you seek diagnoses from medical profession, recommended CFS specialists etc etc. You really need to get throu to your mother that there is something wrong with you and you are ABNORMALLY WEAK and TIRED. Someone on the site may be able to discuss this with your mother for you if you cant convince your mother (one of the CFSers there is a counsellor and Im sure would phone your mother if you needed it and requested help etc). One very good thing if it is CFS, is that you MAY grow out of it but that isnt always so and the sooner you get diagnosed, the better things may be for you. (eg extra school support if needed etc etc) please check the site i recommended out for support
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies
    • August 21, 2007
    • 06:31 AM
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  • Dear Tired:My 16 year old granddaughter has the same symptoms you are describing; feels tired all the time, and sleeps day and night as well. After seeing many specialists we found out that she has low vitamin D levels and a very high prolactin level. I think also that she has hypothyroid. You might want to ask your doctor to check your thyroid. I hope this helps. Im wondering if your granddaughter has seen a doctor who specialises in CFS. Im saying this as I know HIGH PROLACTIN levels often feature in CFS and LOW VITAMIN D3 levels or a misbalance between D2 and D3 are normal with it too cause of the type of illness it is (cause its a TH2 immunity illness so hence the vit D levels are affected). I have CFS and my D3 levels are so very low that first doctors thought I had parathyroid trouble hence unable to convert to D3 (thou follow up tests have showed I havent). I suggest for you to do a search on high prolaction and CFS and you will see there is a link between these (as well as the low D) "Chronic fatigue syndrome does not only manifest itself as being tired after exercise. It does not go away by rest and sleep. It is also quite different from depression. The difference is obvious in the biochemistry of CFS: low acylcarnitines, high free-cortisol in overnight urine and high prolactin" http://www.cfscentrumamsterdam.nl/CFS%20intro%20English.htm Many doctors are reluctant to diagnose CFS as they dont know enough about it and the things which relate to it.
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies
    • August 22, 2007
    • 01:51 PM
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  • This could be childhood diabetis. Please get a doctor to give you a test for it.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 27, 2007
    • 01:53 AM
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  • Thanks you to everyone.I'm going to get help asap.But still without my mother or father.I know it silly but i need to prove there is something wrong without them trying to stop me.When i have found out more i will post with an update,saying what i have or haven't got and update on how everything is going.But please if you coudl keep helping me out with infomotion taht woudl really help.Thank you again!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 4, 2007
    • 09:45 PM
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