Supplements to overcome fatigue or increase stamina
Over the years I've had MS ruled out several times; about 15 yrs ago dx w/dysautonomia which when rested I'm much better. I am on seratonin uptake. recently experincing tingling in hands and feet & face when stressed by exhaustion. Is there a supplement that can help this. Also - have found out that my birth mother was Jewish and this could be the familial form of dysautonomia (eastern European). Just looking into ways not to be so tired and fatigued.
Some people find a reduction in the fatigue from dysautonomia with treatments such as florinef(fludrocortisone) and/or midodrine. Using Ritalin as a vasoconstrictor rather than midodrine may have the added benefit of increasing alertness.
Some people who prefer to stay away from medications or can't tolerate them try licorice (in lieu of florinef):
It should ideally should be used under the supervision of a doctor/alternative medicine practitioner to get the dosing correct as it will increase water retention and blood pressure. (Note that some forms sold have the active ingredient removed, and thus would be rendered ineffective for medical purposes.)
If you haven't had bloodwork lately, it may be worthwhile to have your electrolytes checked and also possibly be checked for thyroid problems and anemia, as any of these imbalances can worsen fatigue with dysautonomia.
You might want to check on the side effects of the SSRI you are taking, as there is at least one that can cause tingling in your extremities as a side effect. They have ruled out MS, but have they checked your kidney function? If you have failing kidney function, one of the symptoms can be numbness and tingling in your extremities.
You might try Sam-E, naturemade brand for helping you feel better. It is over the counter, although a little expensive. It is good for mood, inflammation, and liver health. I've been taking one a day for years (and it was recommended to me by a doctor).
You might also try exercise, which helps you to create endorphines, that make you feel better. Exercise sometimes can actually help a person feel like they have more energy as it builds stamina. If you have trouble doing exercise in an upright position, as I do, try laying down and using an exercise bike.
Sleep is very important when you are feeling exhausted. If you don't already, you might try to make it habit to be in bed by 10 P.M. I have heard this has to do with natural circadian rhythm. And, if I go to bed later myself, I find I have a much harder time falling asleep.
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