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Ruining my life!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 23, 2010
  • 00:01 AM

I've tried to explain this problem to a doctor but she didn't believe me. Sunlight makes me sleepy. When I am in a place with natural lighting I am very tired, I can't focus, I have trouble keeping my eyes open, I'm disoriented, my mind is foggy, I have every symptom of severe fatigue. When I move into a room with little or no natural light, my mind clears and I wake up. I am alert and focused at night or in moderate artficial lighting. Strong fluorescent or full spectrum lights cause the sleepiness as well, but not as severely as sunlight. Even if I have had a full night's sleep and have only been awake for an hour or two, I can fall asleep in a sunny room. This doesn't happen in a dark or artificially lit room.

I know this isn't caused by sleep deprivation, depression, caffeine or drug withdrawal, or any of the normal causes of fatigue because I am only affected in sunlight, never in dark or artificial light. As soon as I walk into a sunny room I get sleepy and disoriented, but when I go back into a dark or artificially lit room I wake up again. My fatigue is being caused by sunlight - what I need to know is what could be behind this and if there's any treatment.

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  • Sunlight exaggerates symptoms of lupus including fatigue. You should get checked for it immediately if you already haven't as getting treatment as soon has possible may be important depending on the severity. I don't mean to alarm you but you do need to take this seriously. Also if your doctor isn't listening to you should probably get a new doctor. Lupus exactly rare. I am under the impression that your doctor should have considered lupus when you brought that up. Also, some medications ask you to limit your exposure to sunlight. Are you possibly allergic to sunlight? It does happen.Good Luck!
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    • January 24, 2010
    • 10:10 PM
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