Since I had pericarditis 2 and a bit years ago (this wasn't from a heart attack, it just 'occurred') I have become progressively more and more exhausted. I can trace this back to about 2 or 3 months after recovering from pericarditis, when I was sat on a train and everything looked slightly blurry. Well, not blurry, just like I was daydreaming. Two years later, this is my reality every single waking minute.
I am 26, make, 6 foot 4, 85kg, I've never been overweight or underweight, non-smoker and very occasional drinker.
I have had many frustrating trips to the doctor, had my blood test taken numerous times, had my heart checked a few times with ECG and other tests, had my eyes tested, been tested for obstructive sleep apnoea, the list goes on.
My diet is very normal, average. I assume if I had any deficiencies then a blood test would have picked it up.
What on earth could be wrong with me?!
I think back to my life pre-pericarditis when I jumped out of bed, everything looked so bright and alive! Now, it is irrelevant if I have 7 hours sleep, 8, 9 or 10, I constantly have this sense of daydreaming, never quite awake. My attention, focus and short time memory has rapidly declined. I take no medication and never have.
I am currently living in South Korea (from the UK) and would do anything and pay anything to get this sorted but nobody knows what on earth is wrong with me. My job is, and never was, stressful. I have no stresses in my life. The pericarditis did strike very soon after a sudden relationship breakup but to be honest, given that my cardiologist said I have a healthy heart, I'm not even sure the pericarditis is a relevant to this constant fatigue; it's just the timing seems quite uncoincidental.
Could this be some more serious issue? I've told this to many doctors but they seem helpless. I could go for a more indepth sleep study, I could have like a cat scan or whatever these full body scanners are to make sure there's nothing wrong with my brain or body, I just thought I'd check to see if anyone else is aware of any links between what I have described and pericarditis.
I have been tested twice for sleep apnoea. The first time was negative, the second time was "mild". I can;t really afford to test again but I would find a way if necessary.
Oh, my sleep is usually uninterrupted. I have no trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. And this level of fatigue has gradually increased in the last 2 years. Please please help me, I've been asleep for 2 years!!