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Tired All The Time

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  • Posted By: Amrob12
  • January 25, 2008
  • 00:03 AM

OK. I'm a 25 year old female. About 6 months ago I went to the doctor because I was always tired. Sometimes I couldn't even get out of bed or off the couch. When I did have energy, it lasted about 2-3 hours and then I was completely exhausted again. I went to the doctor and they did a blood test. It came back with very low number of platelets. The doctor thought it was wrong so we did it again. Same thing. He diagnosed me with ITP. I took steriods for 3 weeks and everything went back to normal. I haven't taken them for 6 months. Now I'm feeling tired again. The problem is.. I don't have excessive bleeding, I don't have little purple dots from bruising. When I cut myself it doesn't bleed a lot. I have no signs of ITP. Other than the low platelets. I do bruise easy. But no bleeding or anything. So I don't think I have ITP. Does anyone have any suggestions? I'm going back to have more labs done tomorrow. Thanks
Amy

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  • I think (but I'm not positive) ITP might be one of those autoimmune diseases that carries with it the risk of other autoimmune diseases. So, while you may have recovered from your ITP, you may have something new. Autoimmune diseases are notorious for producing fatigue. It might be worthwhile seeing a rheumatologist. I don't know.I am sorry you are so fatigued!I hope you get an explanation soon.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 25, 2008
    • 08:47 AM
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  • You might want to get a Hep-C antibody test done. I found out I had Hep_C after months of fatigue.I would come home from work and take a nap for 2-3 hours.Before that,I would work 10-12 hours at my job,and then come home and work another 5-6 hours around the place.I finally got bronchitis and had to go to the Doc for it and while I was in there,he tested me for all kinds of things so I had him do an antibody for Hep-C while he was doing the others. Found out that,#1 I had the Hep-C and #2,the nearest I could figure,I have had it for close to 30 years. It is a bloodborne disease but about 3-4% of people dont know how they got it.You can get it from sharing needles,toothbrushes,razors,or blood transfusion.They screen for it now when you donate blood so the transfusion problem is not too likely now. I have a friend who got it around 1975 from one. I personally got it from sharing a needle in 1977 or so.It only took 1 time because that was the only time I EVER shot Cocaine. You might also check for Thallesemia or some other Iron Overload disease.I also have Sideroblastic Anemia and fatigue is also a biproduct of that. Make sure they do a Ferritin and TIBC (total iron binding capacity) test.Your blood can look low on iron when in reality,your red cells are'nt carrying the iron right and it stores it in your organs such as your Heart,Liver,Pancreas and such.To get rid of it,they give you Phlebotomys and it lowers the iron to manageable levels.I had 2-3 a month for 4 weeksand now have to go in every month for more bloodwork to see where it is. I feel for you and hope you get it figured out soon. I also am sick and tired of being tired (: RB
    buttinski 4 Replies
    • February 28, 2008
    • 08:53 AM
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