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light sleep, difficulty concentrating, appetite loss, worsened by exercise

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  • Posted By: superfob
  • February 8, 2010
  • 02:14 AM

Hi everyone,

For the past several months, I have been experiencing a variety of symptoms.

It first began with insomnia and light sleep on days when I would hit the gym and lift weights . I would get this wired feeling, as my brain were overstimulated, and would have difficulty concentrating afterwards. This definitely felt different from the usual endorphins which I would get after a workout.

While the symptoms were noticeable, they did not severely affect my daily activities. In the past few months, however, I have noticed a worsening of my symptoms, which include:

-light sleep, and delayed sleep onset: My sleep repeatedly feels very light, and I have no recollection of any dreaming occurring in the past week . My sleep is unrefreshing and I am aware of myself drifting in an our of sleep

-brain fog, difficulty concentrating: This is probably a result of my light sleep. I have this wired feeling in my brain, and difficulty concentrating and remembering things

-physically weaker & loss of appetite

-hair loss: This is not significant, but I have noticed an increase

-constipation, hard/thick stools: I eat a lot of vegetables and drink a lot of water

-a couple of times, I have noticed myself breathing shallow strangely during the day. I would have to force myself to take deep breaths to increase my oxygen intake

-a couple of times, I also noticed a slight pulsating pain near my chest: This has not worsened and occurs randomly, but I noticed that usually happens at night when I am in bed

I would like to note that these symptoms seems to appear or progress after I caught a flu (I think it was the swine flu).

Exercise worsens my insomnia. Initially, I noticed that weight lifting would trigger that wired mental state and the inability to sleep, but recently, a slight elevation of my heart rate on the bike would also trigger it. For the past two weeks, I have stopped exercising besides walking, and the symptoms above still persist.

I have done the standard blood tests and everything is normal besides a vitamin D insufficiency, but I do not feel like this is the cause of my symptoms: the level is not significantly low. I did notice an increase in my urine pH levels from two years ago: 6.5 to 8.0 (one was taken in the morning, the other in the afternoon). My white blood cell count is low, but this has been the case in the past and also with my dad.


Does anyone have any ideas? I’m thinking I need to get more hormones measured or check for other deficiencies

Thanks for reading

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  • You may have what is loosely known as Post Viral Fatigue. Viruses can really screw you around. You could be treated for the symptoms by a G.P.See if any medication may help, such as an antidepressant....Hi everyone, For the past several months, I have been experiencing a variety of symptoms. It first began with insomnia and light sleep on days when I would hit the gym and lift weights . I would get this wired feeling, as my brain were overstimulated, and would have difficulty concentrating afterwards. This definitely felt different from the usual endorphins which I would get after a workout. While the symptoms were noticeable, they did not severely affect my daily activities. In the past few months, however, I have noticed a worsening of my symptoms, which include: -light sleep, and delayed sleep onset: My sleep repeatedly feels very light, and I have no recollection of any dreaming occurring in the past week . My sleep is unrefreshing and I am aware of myself drifting in an our of sleep -brain fog, difficulty concentrating: This is probably a result of my light sleep. I have this wired feeling in my brain, and difficulty concentrating and remembering things -physically weaker & loss of appetite -hair loss: This is not significant, but I have noticed an increase -constipation, hard/thick stools: I eat a lot of vegetables and drink a lot of water -a couple of times, I have noticed myself breathing shallow strangely during the day. I would have to force myself to take deep breaths to increase my oxygen intake -a couple of times, I also noticed a slight pulsating pain near my chest: This has not worsened and occurs randomly, but I noticed that usually happens at night when I am in bed I would like to note that these symptoms seems to appear or progress after I caught a flu (I think it was the swine flu). Exercise worsens my insomnia. Initially, I noticed that weight lifting would trigger that wired mental state and the inability to sleep, but recently, a slight elevation of my heart rate on the bike would also trigger it. For the past two weeks, I have stopped exercising besides walking, and the symptoms above still persist. I have done the standard blood tests and everything is normal besides a vitamin D insufficiency, but I do not feel like this is the cause of my symptoms: the level is not significantly low. I did notice an increase in my urine pH levels from two years ago: 6.5 to 8.0 (one was taken in the morning, the other in the afternoon). My white blood cell count is low, but this has been the case in the past and also with my dad. Does anyone have any ideas? I’m thinking I need to get more hormones measured or check for other deficiencies Thanks for reading
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 8, 2010
    • 08:18 AM
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  • All your symptoms can be explained by lack of sleep, and are not surprising if you are not getting enough rest. Is your sleeping area distracting? Noise is a big factor and can easily keep you up and cause sleep problems. Extreme temperatures, poorly ventilated bedrooms, stuffy bedrooms, hot bedrooms, cold bedrooms, wrong mattresses, too soft of mattress, or too hard of mattress can all cause insomnia. Feeling hungry, having stomach pains, indigestion, having to go to the bathroom, being too hot, being too cold, tooth pain, having an earache, or dental problems that bother you when you are trying to sleep can disrupt your natural sleep patterns and eventually lead to chronic insomnia. If you experience stomach pains, nausea, hunger, or have to go to the bathroom often when you sleep, this can often be explained by worms. Leg cramps can cause insomnia, as well as inadequate exercise. Stress, anxiety, normal aging, caffeine before bedtime, and overeating can all cause sleep problems.
    aleasha89 34 Replies
    • February 14, 2010
    • 04:03 PM
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  • Ya, now i'm really starting to think that the flu I got had something to do with it. Some of these started popping up after I moved into a new apartment. I really wish I could get a good night of sleep. But the problem has been going long enough that I dont feel like its a result of sleep hygiene - something is weird with my brain chemistry or body hormones, I constantly feel tired yet unable to shut off my brain - and its not due to anxiety or worrying about anything. After a bad night of sleep, I use to be able to knock out the next day or take a nap. Now, I never feeling like I'm actually sleeping when I'm sleeping, but time does pass so I'm guessing I'm in the light stages of sleep throughout the night. I'm still waiting back on some lab results and am going to set up an appointment with an endocrinologist.
    superfob 3 Replies
    • February 14, 2010
    • 06:33 PM
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  • Ya, now i'm really starting to think that the flu I got had something to do with it. Some of these started popping up after I moved into a new apartment. I really wish I could get a good night of sleep. But the problem has been going long enough that I dont feel like its a result of sleep hygiene - something is weird with my brain chemistry or body hormones, I constantly feel tired yet unable to shut off my brain - and its not due to anxiety or worrying about anything. After a bad night of sleep, I use to be able to knock out the next day or take a nap. Now, I never feeling like I'm actually sleeping when I'm sleeping, but time does pass so I'm guessing I'm in the light stages of sleep throughout the night. I'm still waiting back on some lab results and am going to set up an appointment with an endocrinologist. Insomnia is, in itself, a medical condition. I would talk to the doctor about this. When you don't get enough sleep you can feel really bad, in general. You can feel like you have the flu or something worse. There are prescription sleep medications that can help you sleep and I suggest talking to a doctor about these. Sleep is very important to keep you functioning properly.
    aleasha89 34 Replies
    • February 14, 2010
    • 07:09 PM
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