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I Need to Shake it Off

April 12th, 2018 at 02:53 pm

I am trying to shake off this dragginess I have been feeling for the last month. It started with the stomach virus, then I had two days of feeling okay before the head cold hit, which devolved into a sinus infection. Now I'm in the dregs of that, but doing much better, and yet all I want to do is sleep. I force myself up in the morning to take care of the animals, and then it is right back to sleep for 4 to 5 hours.

The thing is I am getting plenty of sleep, but I never wake up feeling rested. My head feels cloudy most of the time. I suppose some of it could be allergy season kicking in, but that seems unlikely to me. I have had some pain, but usually the Ibuprofen takes care of that enough to fall asleep.

I don't feel like it is depression. I mean things aren't hunky dory because of finances, and I've had to do a lot for my mother, and I'm frustrated about my daughter's surgery situation, but generally life is good. Certainly not anything I want to hide away in bed over.

The weather has been keeping me from being able to do anything outside, and that could be part of it. I don't get the sun like I need and while a happy light helps, it is no replacement for natural sunlight. I am just itching to get my hands in the dirt and start working in the garden, but right now it is a mud fest out there. It did stop raining, but the ground just squelches. I may go out anyway today because who knows when it will be dry again?

I just wish I could stop being so tired. I made it through day one again on my diet. Maybe cleaning up my food again will help with the energy levels. I hope so. From past experience I know weight loss helps with the energy levels, so hopefully that will kick in fast. I don't like sleepwalking through life.

9 Responses to “I Need to Shake it Off”

  1. Marie Says:

    Get your thyroid checked!! Plus other general health checkups: Vitamin B and D levels, Iron levels, etc.

    I sympathize. I've done all that and still drag all the time, but fatigue has been with me all my life. It has gotten worse as I've gotten older. But the times I was super dragging like you my thyroid was low. It wasn't popping up as "low" because it technically fell within normal range. But more and more they are finding out that some people (me, for instance) need my TSH to be very close to one, or I'm non-functioning. And my T4 doesn't convert to T3 correctly. I now work with an endocrinologist to keep things optimal. Note: Normal lab range for TSH is 1-3, with some old standards saying 1-5. Mine needs to be around .8-1.2.

  2. Jenn Says:

    If you don't already, consider supplementing with high potency vitamin D until summer. Those of us who live north of Atlanta cannot get enough from the sun in the winter. Your immune system obviously isn't functioning optimally so that may be a clue.

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    Jenn--I do supplement with high does of vitamin D. I have to.

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    Marie--I have long suspected the thyroid, but there is never anything wrong with my thyroid when they test it. They've even done the more specific testing. I think it is partly the RA, but that usually doesn't affect my head, so definitely more.

  5. Trying to get ahead Says:

    I sympathize and I can relate. I have a dead thyroid and my doctor lowered my dosage of Levothyroxine and throughout March and the first week of April I was feeling similar (and I live in Florida). I actually hit a brick wall one morning (figuratively) and could not continue and I had to call in sick. I called and requested another lab and to include a check on my Vitamin B level as well. I hope you feel better and "springy" soon!

  6. CB in the City Says:

    I know you feel you are not clinically depressed, but you are dealing with a lot in your life and I think it probably is affecting you physically. And frankly, people can be (and often are) depressed even when life is good. Have you ever tried an antidepressant?

  7. rob62521 Says:

    Perhaps this tiredness is a side effect of any medicines your take. I am on blood pressure medicine and I am often weary. Hope you feel better soon.

  8. Sallyr70 Says:

    I'm close to your age and I've been feeling low energy too. Actually on and off for a couple years. I was hypothyroid (maybe still am but I got tired of taking Rx). Part of it for me is weather- spring hasn't kicked in Seattle yet, it's rainy/cloudy. I take a few supplements rec by my ND (including vitamin D) Cleaning up my diet and gentle exercise helps a little... I sleep at least 8 hours a night, still tired... unfortunately this is the time that many of us lucky females transition into perimenopause.... Frown I need to get in to my Doc and get blood work, but my retina issue is #1 right now. I hope you find some answers!

  9. ceejay74 Says:

    I had the same thing after my most recent bout of the flu. The week-plus of fatigue was longer-lasting and harder to deal with than the actual illness! I finally went in to see if I had something else and they said everything checked out, that sometimes extreme exhaustion can follow an illness. It had never happened to me before, not to that extent. Eventually it wore off and I got my energy back.

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