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Momof1 - posted on 02/09/2012 ( 25 moms have responded )

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This question is about me and I'm just hoping to get some advice, tips or information before I decide if I should go to the doctor, because I just don't have the money for the co pay to go if this is normal.



I have been very tired these past few months. I could go to bed at 11 PM and sleep until 8, when I either wake up because I here my son or because my alarm went off and I finally heard it. (That is 9 hours of sleep.) I do have an alarm set to go off, but I just hit it, usually without knowing I hit it and keep on sleeping. I even put my alarm where it isn't in an easy reachable place and the same thing happens. Some days I can go to bed at 10 and wake up at 8. Same thing. I set my alarm to go off at 6:41, figuring that if I hit it once, then I'm up by 7. If I go to bad at 11 and wake up at 7, that is 8 hours of sleep, which should be perfect, but I never wake up. Last night I probably fell asleep around 10:30 and woke up at 8:45!!! Needless to say, luckily my son was still sleeping, but I don't like him sleeping that long, so he probably won't nap today. (But that's a different story.)



I shouldn't be any more tired then usual. I've been exercising since the beginning of December, I've started taking a multivitamin and the only prescription I'm on is birth control. I didn't do any more yesterday then on any other day. I've already been to the doctor twice to get my thyroid tested. Once was 5 weeks after I gave birth and once was a little over a year later and they both came back normal. I was also tested for things like cholesterol, anemia, blood sugar... and they all came back fine. So like I said, I was just kind of wondering if anybody had some thoughts about this. Thanks

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Lisa - posted on 02/10/2012

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I know someone already mentioned depression, but you said it started in December, so I was wondering if you might have "seasonal depression". I have to sleep at least 10 hrs a night from mid November through mid March, but during the summer I sleep 6-7 hrs a night. Generally, I do need a little less sleep if I can get myself out in the sun more...which has been nearly impossible with all the rain we've had. I hope it gets better for you...trust me, I know it sucks when you need almost the same amount of sleep as your child.

Kim - posted on 02/11/2012

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My experience with exhaustion led doctors to find a few things going on with me. I now have a CPAP for apnea and was diagnosed with autoimmune problems (my primary disease is Sjogren's Syndrome, with secondary fibromyalgia). Additionally I was born with an immune deficiency that causes me extreme fatigue. I now receive an IV to boost my immune system every 8 weeks, which helps a lot. But these issues took years (and much persistence on my part with the doctors) to be diagnosed. I also periodically have thyroid issues that no doctor can explain, but the effects are very real. That too took forever to show up on blood tests. In my experience you should be sure to have not only your TSH levels, but an entire thyroid panel to check T3, etc. Good luck to you!

Trish - posted on 02/11/2012

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Jeannette: Seems you have had some good replies from ladies who have experienced their own bouts of exhaustion, excess sleepiness, and depression. The only way you will ever know for sure is to have some tests run. Since finances are a problem then here is a suggestion which may or maynot help. (But first, I have to tell you that I liked Shauna's response! Being a mom can wear anyone out.) Take that as your first clue to solving the mystery. You have some detective work to do. List your symptoms on a sheet of paper. Write down everything that you know that could cause each one...you might want to check MedScape or Mayo Clinic's web sites to get some ideas for causes. Then, through a process of elimination, try to "fix" each cause. For instance, if you have added or eliminated something from your routine, diet, or daily activities, go back to the way things were and see if that helps. Then if it doesn't, try the next thing on your list. (This is like how you would eliminate a food or enviornmental substance in order to narrow down a specific allergy.) If, when you have exhausted each item on your list, you find yourself still experiencing the problem, then look outside of your own list for answers. Example, is the pollen count high in your area, this can cause tiredness if you have allergies....never had allergies? You could have them now because as we change (age and hormones) so do our reactions to stressors, environmental influences, and our ability to bounce back. Remember a couple of things along your journey of discovery: 1) don't add additional stress to your system worrying about this...think like a scientist (or a detective, if you prefer) and work on finding a cause. 2) ask for help...family, friends, etc. are usually willing to help eliminate something that might be causing your fatigue...say, take the baby a few mornings a week so you can do something that usually energized you before, such as: take a walk, take a nap, go to the discount movie, go window shopping, take a relaxing bath, cook something wonderful, or do something for someone else (this could be just the ticket because often when we do for others, we feel better physically, emotionally, and spiritually. And 3) if after being the best detective you can be and there is no change -- go to the doctor and ask for a systematic approach to solving the problem. No doctor needs to order a battery of tests arbitrarily. They should work WITH you to do some more detective work.



I hope you will find some answers and quickly, but it just may be there is no medical reason....it just may be that your body is changing and you'll have to learn to adapt. It's OK not to be perfect or to have such high expectations of yourself that you stress yourself trying to meet those expectations. Perhaps keeping a journal....thoughts, feelings, symptoms and their duration, could help you figure things out.



Best wishes to you on your search!



Trish Nicholls

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Momof1 - posted on 02/16/2012

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Thanks for all the advice and tips. I think I'm just going to go with that I just need more sleep then most. LOL I will continue to take my multivitamin and I should add an iron in addition. I don't get tired during the day (usually) and I definitely don't feel like I need to nap during the day, it's just at night.



Maybe I will go in for a full blood panel, when I go in for my yearly exam in May. I know I have to try and eat better, but I really hope I'm not wheat intolerant. I know products that don't contain wheat are more expensive and I know my husband wouldn't eat it, so then I'd have to buy both his and mine, which wouldn't be affordable. :/ I was just hoping to get this figured out by spring/summer, because I wanted to get up at 7, so I could exercise then, so then instead of exercising when my son napped, I could enjoy sitting out back. I think I will try to go to bed no later then 10:30 and get up a 7:30, just to test it out. And I will put my alarm clock far away, so I'll have to walk to get it, instead of just rolling over and hitting it.



I've also never had allergies and I don't think I have them now, but you never know, I guess. It's been a little warmer this winter, so I've been taking my son on walks almost every day. I haven't added anything different to my diet or routine in the past couple months, I'd even say years. (Besides starting to exercise again, but it is only about 40 minutes 5 days a week.) Unfortunately it is just my husband and myself. We don't have anybody else to help with our son, so getting some me time isn't really possible. My husband is gone from 5:30 AM to 5:30 PM (sometimes 6) and then I work weekends.

Tina - posted on 02/15/2012

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Hello. This sounds familiar to me. I went through this last year. You do have to go to the dr. for blood work. My blood work showed I had an underactive thyroid, and was Vitamin D deficient. Both of these make you very tired. Hope this helps.

Tina

Leslie - posted on 02/11/2012

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I'd bet money on your diet. Probably wheat, but dairy is a possibility as well. Most people are actually wheat intolerant, and damage is cumulative. After decades of eating it, it's entirely possible for your body to decide that it's just not going to process it any longer.



You aren't just looking to cut out gluten here, but all wheat products and byproducts. It is NOT an easy thing to do. Look into a paleo or primal type diet, and understand that any dietary change you make will take at least six weeks for your body to fully recognize.



In the meantime, throw in 500 mg of B12, and at least 10,000 IU of D.

Lorraine - posted on 02/11/2012

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I think maybe mums ( and dads) should try to remember sleeping by the clock is NOT normal for humans and for thousand of years the human race did not, 1out of 10 countries in the world do not have the resourses to entertain them selves at night, like TV, computers etc, as they go to sleep when dark and wake at dawn. Please sleep all you want, it does you no harm, teenagers need a good 12 hours of sleep, it has been proven. Good luck possum and good night XXXX

Janet - posted on 02/11/2012

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i have the same problem - i tend to nap during the day as well as at night and i think it is completely normal for mums with two or more kids - besides napping is ur body's way of revitalising itself as u should no given u've tested for all types of thins...........if it gets to the point that u r worried go and c ur doctor again - being a mother IS hard work especially if ur not used to it and it takes some people years to get into a routine - i'm not sure if i've been helpful and be wary when u get to insomnia cause that bites

Lorraine - posted on 02/11/2012

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Nope just love sleep, Many people do love to sleep, not a problem, not medical just a matter of choice. Thank you for your input. :)

Ianina - posted on 02/11/2012

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Did you got checked for celiac?

Try cutting ALL flours in your diet and let me know

Lorraine - posted on 02/11/2012

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I could sleep for 12 hours if left to do that. Do not worry honey 8 to 10 hours is normal, get all the sleep you can :)

Stifler's - posted on 02/11/2012

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I got tested for my thyroid and other levels because I was sooooo tired after I had my baby. It turned out my thyroid was fine and I was iron and b12 deficient. It could be a lot of different things.

Mary - posted on 02/10/2012

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I suffered from complete exhaustion years ago. I went from being a very outgoing, on-the-go 30 something to someone that would sleep through the alarm clock, have to take a nap at lunch and come home from work completely worn out. I quit going out, I quit talking to friends on the phone, I didn't have the energy to do anything.



I spent thousands of dollars on tests and doctors. Even went to the Cleveland Clinic to see several specialists. They ruled out MS, Lupus, and a zillion other diseases. I got the blanket diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.



I did find out that I have low blood pressure and low blood volume which can contribute to fatigue.



There could be any number of reasons for fatigue. I am now taking medication for depression (it's a bit of trial and error to find what works) which seems to help somewhat.



That's just my experience, I hope you find out what is causing your fatigue. Don't stress too much, that will make it worse.

Amber - posted on 02/10/2012

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I know that with my birthcontrol I am always exhausted no matter how much sleep i get. Plus being a mommy is pretty exhausting. lol

Kaitlin - posted on 02/10/2012

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I hope someone on here has helped- it all seems like great thoughts and advice! You seem like you're really trying to tackle this, how are you feeling today? Keep us posted!

Momof1 - posted on 02/10/2012

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I did think of that Courteney. I was just trying to see if I could figure it out first. I don't see any change in myself from a couple months ago and nobody has said anything about me being different. After I had my son, I took the PPD quiz and I "passed" it, however I was kind of worried, so I asked the doctor and she prescribed me something (I can't remember the name, but I was able to take it while breastfeeding.) I weaned myself off that about 3 months after taking it. It didn't change my mood and I felt better after not taking it.



On an episode of Dr. Oz, he said some people do great on 7 hours of sleep, so I figured I would try to get 7 hours, but like I said, I never hear the alarm clock go off. LOL I love my sleep, I go to bed about an hour after I'm sure my son is asleep and wake up when he wakes up, so that's not a problem, but since the sleepiness is getting worse, I thought I'd ask to get some tips.

Courteney - posted on 02/10/2012

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Just thought I would throw this out there but when you suffer from depression you sleep more, you could have headaches, problems remembering things etc. You could have many symptoms or no symptoms at all. If there is nothing wrong physically you may want to consider the possibility that it is mental rather than physical. I hope this helps.

Momof1 - posted on 02/09/2012

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Actually I did have one two weeks ago. I realized it Friday morning and went the the doctor on Sunday to get antibiotics. I took one on Sunday and my first Monday pill and felt fine after that. I did finish the bottle, though. I *was* supposed to go back in for a follow up, but I didn't since the symptoms went away and I didn't have another $20 copay.

Sarah - posted on 02/09/2012

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Might you possibly have a bladder infection and not know it? I sometimes get silent infections and my only symptom is exhaustion.

Momof1 - posted on 02/09/2012

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I'm 99% sure I'm not pregnant. I just had my period last week, however I did have my period the first time after becoming pregnant with my son.



As far as the BC, I have been on it since August and it didn't really seem to affect me too much then, only in the past couple months, maybe. (I have a bad memory.) But yes, this is a different kind that I never used before. My son is 2 years 3 months and before August, I was on the mini pill.



I don't generally eat healthy, but I'm not a horrible eater. I'm usually good with my 3 meals a day, but snacking I'm horrible with. But again, I've been eating the same way (even though I'm technically eating better not) since before I was pregnant and I was always 125 lbs and not this drained of energy. However, I do know that eating junky foods can make you tired. I started to really watch what I eat this past Tuesday, so maybe that will help.



Usually I read before bed. I'm on the computer right now, but I will probably log off soon to either go right to bed or read before going to bed. I was thinking about getting an iron pill, but I was just afraid I'd get to constipated, especially with already taking the multivitamin and I already have constipation problems. :/



Usually it depends if I drink coffee in the morning, usually not, though. I've been really good about drinking green tea, so usually in the morning and at lunch time I'll have a mug. Other then that, I don't really drink caffeine at home. (I'll drink some on the weekend while I work.) I'm just skeptical about going to the doctor, because all they will probably say is that they will take more tests which I already "passed" and call it a day. I've read up on being tired all the time and usually there isn't anything that can be done. It sucks. Thanks for the advice. I'll look into the iron pill and try to eat healthier snacks.

Kaitlin - posted on 02/09/2012

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huh. I'm not a doctor- I'm only using my own experiences with exhaustion and sleep issues, so here's all I have in my head:

I know some BC's can make you more tired (since they trick your body to thinking you're pregnant so you don't ovulate)- is this a different kind? Or it could just be affecting you differently since you have had a child?

You're exercising, but how's your everyday diet? I find that what I eat directly affects my energy levels, even if I'm on a multivitamin.

What do you do before bed? COmputer or Tv? that could affect the type of sleep you're getting (or not getting).

Even if you aren't technically anemic, you can try a generic iron pill, that could help.

Do you drink coffee (even in the morning?) It will suck for a few days, but you could try cutting it out (and other caffine/energy drinks, teas and sodas) and that might change your body's chemistry also. I make my hubs do this every now and then and it always makes him feel so much better after- then we slowly introduce caffine with half caf coffees, if you think you NEED them ;)

I'm a big fan of trying everything I can change before going to the doc too, but if you're still extremely tired, you should probably get checked out. I know it's an expense, but your health is worth it!

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