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Why am I constantly Tired??
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Why am I constantly Tired??

I am currently out of work since March and get about 12 hours sleep every night going to bed at bout 12 - 1 am and up at about 12 -1 pm but am still constantly tired the WHOLE time even needing a nap during the day sometimes. I also suffer from anxiety and depression at times on and off and just dont know is this something i should be really worried about as I am hoping to start working soon and dont know how i will hold down a job feeling this tired
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Well, tiredness is caused by alomost everything you could possibly care to name... hormone imbalances, poor kidney, heart, liver, digestive system etc, diabetes, diet, sleep pattern... etc! Even too much sleep!

If it's so extreme you're considering CFS, I would say go to your doctor, tell them about your depression and anxiety issues and be sure to tell them about the tiredness issues you're having.
They're likely to give you anti-depressants to start with - go through with this. Antidepressants can be hell, and even 'depressing' in themselves, but I could rule out whether your tiredness is due to your depression, or depression due to your tiredness - cause and effect here is VERY difficult to figgure out.

They're then likely to go through a series of blood tests to check vitamin/mineral levels in the blood, thyroid and liver function etc to see if there's any abnormalities..
It's a VERY long process, and very daunting, but it's not the end of the world - it's a start to getting relief and potential treatment.

The problem with CFS/ME, is that no-one knows an absolute cause for it and why it occurs... There are theories to do with virus's and genetics but they're not 100% just yet.

Good luck,

cheers,

- John -
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Well, tiredness is caused by alomost everything you could possibly care to name... hormone imbalances, poor kidney, heart, liver, digestive system etc, diabetes, diet, sleep pattern... etc! Even too much sleep!

If it's so extreme you're considering CFS, I would say go to your doctor, tell them about your depression and anxiety issues and be sure to tell them about the tiredness issues you're having.
They're likely to give you anti-depressants to start with - go through with this. Antidepressants can be hell, and even 'depressing' in themselves, but I could rule out whether your tiredness is due to your depression, or depression due to your tiredness - cause and effect here is VERY difficult to figgure out.

They're then likely to go through a series of blood tests to check vitamin/mineral levels in the blood, thyroid and liver function etc to see if there's any abnormalities..
It's a VERY long process, and very daunting, but it's not the end of the world - it's a start to getting relief and potential treatment.

The problem with CFS/ME, is that no-one knows an absolute cause for it and why it occurs... There are theories to do with virus's and genetics but they're not 100% just yet.

Good luck,

cheers,

- John -
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Yeah Ive got the blood tests done as they were all ok and have been on Lexapro for a few years now for Anxiety and Depression (maybe im after turning immune to it!!) Thanks for your advice. I suppose ill just have to wait and see :)
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Hi Ellebi
I've had two open heart surgeries in the past 18 months and also get so tired I get fedup with myself.

You say the blood tests have come back okay. Do you think it might be worth trying to get out in the fresh air and just walk.  My old mother in law used swear by putting one foot in front of the other regardless of the weather if she felt down in herself and I try to do the same.  Walking raises your endorphines which are the happy hormones.  I have also taken up a hobby,  sketching portraits on the days when its impossible to go out.

I feel for you because I know that no energy is awful but I try to remember that in the scheme of things I am lucky.  My friend is going through chemotherapy and I try to remember I am lucky.

Hope this helps Ellebi.

Kathy
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Hi Ellebi

How are you feeling today?  Been thinking about you as it not nice when you feel exhausted all the time. Hope your day wasn't too bad and managed to get out for some fresh air.

Kathy
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Thank you for your lovely comments. Starting walking a little bit lately and getting a bit of fresh air and it is helping me a bit. Am also going taking up acupunture friday as I heard its brilliant for tiredness so fingers crossed
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Well done Ellebi - sounds like you are taking back your life in a constructive way.  Good on you.  Let me know how you get on with acupuncture, fingers crossed as it will be great when you get that okay feeling back.

I have days when I am totallly fine and then I try to do everything at once and pack in all that I couldn't do because I didn't have the energy.  I just feel so good up want to make the most of it. On the days when theres zilch I now content myself and do light stuff about the house and teaching myself to draw from a book off ebay.

I also take Gingseng as I read up about it and it helps boost your stamina and energy levels.  I'm sure you will know it but I may have wrongly spelt it.

Look forward to hearing how you get on with acupunture - I have heard it is brilliant for clearing blocked energy in your chakras which can make you feel very tired and fedup.

Your chakras can get blocked or slowed down by stress and events undealt with.

Bye for now and look after yourself Ellebi.

Kathy
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four sessions of acupunture done now.. havent noticed any major differences as of yet. But its early days. and have been put on a new medication called lyrico which i feel is helping me
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Doctors today are only interested in running blood tests and prescribing drugs. So, they order blood work to look for a potassium deficiency.
But if they thought back to their medical education, they’d remember that only 2 percent of your body’s potassium content is found in your blood
stream the other 98 percent is in your cells and is used up first.
You could be severely deficient in potassium and have a perfectly normal blood test. The fact is, the blood test is often worthless for diagnosing
potassium-induced chronic fatigue.
Go to your kitchen cabinets or fridge, and look at any and all food with a
label on it. I don’t care if it’s your favorite breakfast cereal or a box of macaroni and cheese. See if you can find a single food with seven times more potassium than sodium even better, see if you can locate any food that doesn’t have far more sodium than potassium.
No? Well, then unless you’re loading up on other potassium-rich foods
you can be almost certain your cells are deficient in potassium.
Typical Americans get as much as three times more sodium than potassium in their diets.
That’s because food processing removes up to 90 percent of the important nutrients from raw foods. Then, manufacturers load up the food with sodium to extend shelf life and keep bacteria from growing.
You end up with food that has an unhealthy mineral balance that can lead to heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and, you guessed it,
chronic fatigue.
In order to boost your energy and shed the debilitating symptoms of chronic fatigue, you need to restore the potassium levels in your cells. But it’s not as simple as popping a supplement every day. In fact, people looking to correct their potassium levels are frequently stymied
you need the following five nutrients to convert carbohydrates into energy
Vitamin B1 (thiamin), Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (niacin), Lipoic acid, Pantothenic acid.
If you’re missing any one of these nutrients, carbs don’t break down properly, and your body produces muscle tightening lactic acid instead. Your cells also become crippled at generating energy from burning sugar. your multivitamin i'll bet doesn’t contain lipoic acid and pantothenic acid,
either, because they’re expensive ingredients.The multivitamins most likely to contain both lipoic acid and pantothenic acid are those designed for diabetics. Lipoic acid is well known for supporting glucose metabolism, so manufacturers reluctantly include it in these formulations.
Adding one, simple potato to your daily diet could give you an extra 1,000 mg of the potassium you’re cells are begging for. For adding more potassium, down the potato with some fresh orange juice.
Foods containing Potassium (mg) 6 oz orange juice 1,436
1 cup beet greens 1,309 1 cup dates 1,168  1 cup raisins 1,086
Medium potato with skin 1,081 1 cup lima beans 955
1 cup cooked spinach 839 1 cup pinto beans 746 1 avocado 720
Banana 422.
The spice section of your supermarket look for a salt substitute with potassium chloride. if you use them regularly, you can
restore your potassium-to-sodium ratio in a matter of months.
These salt substitutes deliver more than 500 mg of potassium in each serving. Don’t expect a salt substitute to taste like salt. You might need to try a few different brands before you find one that suits your
taste. It can take a few months to restore your potassium ratio (remember, you didn’t become deficient overnight), but many people start
to feel more energy in a matter of days.
If you have a hard time getting your doc to prescribe you potassium supplements (and you probably will) then try what I suggested.
You want to boost your potassium intake by several thousand milligrams a day. Even the medical textbooks say that there’s no upper limit to how much potassium healthy people can absorb from their diet as long as
your kidney function is normal. Check with your doctor first!
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