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« on: October 16, 2014, 11:50:45 PM »

I didn't put this in Prayer because while I want prayers (duh!) I also want ideas opinions, etc...

I am on week 3 or 4 of a huge dismal spell.  I mean so bad that the only thing i manage to do is get to work and home, and that only because I need to keep a roof over my head (the cat would not be ok with homelessness!)  but things like eating, remembering to wear clean clothes etc....are not a given and I would honestly prefer to go fall asleep in the farthest corner of my closet than leave the house.

I have been trying to force myself to keep a schedule just so that even if i don't -feel- ok...i can keep managing employment and basics......but i will admit its rough.

More often than not, 'free' time is spent on the sofa with a blanket staring into space....because looking at my surroundings just overwhelms me with all I can't quite manage to do. I am actually so tired that I fall asleep at 4 pm when i get home from work, because just pretending to work has exhausted me.

I am at a bit of a loss as to how to for lack of a better phrase 'snap out of it', which is where ideas, thoughts, suggestions come into play.
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« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2014, 12:22:39 AM »

See your doctor.  It may be that you need a slight change in diet, or some vitamins.  Or it could be something more serious like anemia.  I don't know.  But seeing a doctor won't hurt you.
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« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2014, 12:27:35 AM »

Lord have mercy.

Have you been checked out for Lyme Disease?

It is very common but often misdiagnosed. The test is not that accurate unless you do a panel of Lyme tests.

Several of my friends have had it and your symptoms sound similiar.
Some doctors are just suspecting that it is Lyme and treating it immediately.
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« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2014, 01:26:12 AM »

Seasonal Affective Disorder (known as SAD, natch) maybe? It was my first thought.  Please speak to a doctor. Sad
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« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2014, 01:36:31 AM »

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« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2014, 01:37:24 AM »

I didn't put this in Prayer because while I want prayers (duh!) I also want ideas opinions, etc...

I am on week 3 or 4 of a huge dismal spell.  I mean so bad that the only thing i manage to do is get to work and home, and that only because I need to keep a roof over my head (the cat would not be ok with homelessness!)  but things like eating, remembering to wear clean clothes etc....are not a given and I would honestly prefer to go fall asleep in the farthest corner of my closet than leave the house.

I have been trying to force myself to keep a schedule just so that even if i don't -feel- ok...i can keep managing employment and basics......but i will admit its rough.

More often than not, 'free' time is spent on the sofa with a blanket staring into space....because looking at my surroundings just overwhelms me with all I can't quite manage to do. I am actually so tired that I fall asleep at 4 pm when i get home from work, because just pretending to work has exhausted me.

I am at a bit of a loss as to how to for lack of a better phrase 'snap out of it', which is where ideas, thoughts, suggestions come into play.

Go to a psychiatrist.
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« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2014, 01:47:50 AM »

"Lord have mercy" +++


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« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2014, 02:07:40 AM »

Lord, have mercy.
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« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2014, 02:14:50 AM »

Lord have mercy.
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« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2014, 04:26:33 AM »

Definitely see your doctor, especially as you suggest this is a very recent development and not a gradual slump. You'll probably need some bloodwork done to see if there are any physical conditions behind this listlessness (anaemia, thyroid imbalance, liver and/or kidney malfunctions are usual suspects). If everything comes back clear, it will be specialist time, but until then, take care of yourself. Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: October 17, 2014, 07:48:22 AM »

Agree with above posters that you need to see your doctor. Could be any manner of things, even something as simple as a nasty common cold virus that your body is just too tired to fight off properly.

In the meantime, don't beat yourself up if you're just too tired to do stuff. Do the essentials, and for the moment let the inessentials fall away. If the house gets dusty, or the furniture gets more cat hair on it than normal, then so be it. If you're so tired you need a nap in the day, have a nap in the day. (When I was working full days in an office, I often had a nap in my car at lunchtime. Even part time working I still sometimes need a nap). If the lawn is looking long, let it grow. If you're too tired to traipse around the supermarket, order stuff online. If you're too tired to cook, buy some ready-prepared meals (but choose healthy ones, not the ones laden with fat and salt).

There is always a temptation to keep pushing yourself, but if your body and mind are telling you that you need to take it easy for a while to recover from whatever the problem turns out to be, then allow yourself the rest that you sound like you desperately need.

May God bless you.
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« Reply #11 on: October 17, 2014, 01:24:54 PM »

Lord, have mercy!

Yes. . as it's already been suggested, best consult with your doctor so that he/she can rule out whether what you are going through is due to something physical vs. depression.

Back in August I had similar symptoms to yours and I thought it might be depression at the time but it ended up being an electrolyte imbalance.  It was easily resolved by my adding a little Pedialyte and more potassium-rich foods to my diet every day.  It's funny, though, because shortly after I got to feeling physically better I then got hit with depression (I'm going through a divorce) and I again had similar symptoms to yours of being barely able to make it through the day, being only able to get minimal things done, wanting to just sleep, isolate, etc.  I had two different issues going on but with similar symptoms - my point that it is best to have a professional see what is going on.

Do what you can during the day and don't stress what doesn't get done.  Take care of yourself!

You will be in my prayers.  Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: October 17, 2014, 02:06:27 PM »

Thank you all.

You have nudged me into making a Dr. appointment for Monday.

My mother will also thank you for being a better nag then she is.   Wink

(I don't go to the Dr. except for urgent things, so a 'just to check' appointment, bleh)


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« Reply #13 on: October 17, 2014, 02:13:50 PM »

Lord have mercy.

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« Reply #14 on: October 17, 2014, 03:21:09 PM »

I have had bouts of depression and anxiety for the last 15 years.  I have found that even though I don't like it, going to a doctor 3-4 times a year helps. I'm on anti-anxiety medication, so he monitors the doseage in addition to checking in with how I am doing and whatnot. I know it really stinks having to go to the doctor because it is admitting that something is off, but there are some very effective treatments, both medicinal and theraputic that can help. I'll be praying for you.  I know firsthand that it is not easy, but you can do it!
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« Reply #15 on: October 18, 2014, 12:16:24 PM »

Thank you all.

You have nudged me into making a Dr. appointment for Monday.

My mother will also thank you for being a better nag then she is.   Wink

(I don't go to the Dr. except for urgent things, so a 'just to check' appointment, bleh)




Going to your Dr. is a great idea!  Unless there is something very seriously wrong, I'd recommend staying away from psychiatrists!  Gone are the days when a psychiatrist would sit, listen attentively, take some notes, and proceed with non-medicinal therapy.  Any more, they whip out their prescription pads after 5-7 minutes and get you medicated, rather than educated and therapized.  If you want or need something other than drugs, find a good psychotherapist, and if possible, one who is not airy-fairy New Agey but rather operates within a Christian paradigm.  They *are* out there, but you'll have to do your research!

Having said all of that, what you may be experiencing could be a simple deficiency of one or more vitamins, minerals, or other nutritional supplements.  I seriously doubt it is Seasonal Affective Disorder as it's a little early for that.  That tends to affect people more in the darkest months of the year than in early/mid Fall.

Best wishes to you and prayers ascending!  Do let us know how you fare!
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« Reply #16 on: October 18, 2014, 12:21:51 PM »

JMichael,

Thank you. And I am not saying it is SAD. 

But you clearly do not live in the Pacific Northwest.  laugh
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« Reply #17 on: October 18, 2014, 12:25:36 PM »

JMichael,

Thank you. And I am not saying it is SAD. 

But you clearly do not live in the Pacific Northwest.  laugh

Been there, done that  Grin.  I lived in Eugene, Oregon for almost 7 years, and in England for 14, so I know a little about what it's like  Wink.
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« Reply #18 on: October 21, 2014, 07:14:24 PM »

How've you been doing the past few days, Denise?
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« Reply #19 on: October 21, 2014, 07:18:49 PM »

How've you been doing the past few days, Denise?

Ok....had the Dr be so positive it was my thyroid with a side issue of sleep apnea.....but todays labs came back normal.

So not sure what the plan is....other than the sleep study stuff.


Back to 'mystery illness' I guess.
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« Reply #20 on: October 21, 2014, 08:13:13 PM »

How've you been doing the past few days, Denise?

Ok....had the Dr be so positive it was my thyroid with a side issue of sleep apnea.....but todays labs came back normal.

So not sure what the plan is....other than the sleep study stuff.


Back to 'mystery illness' I guess.

My sister has sleep apnea. It is not good and leaves her exhausted and stressed.
The suggested remedy of using an oxygen machine does not work as it disturbs her sleep and leaves her feeling drained.

My prayers.

P.S. lyme disease often comes back negative on the commonly used test. Read up on it. It has three forms that can easily evade detection and treatment.
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« Reply #21 on: October 21, 2014, 08:29:29 PM »

How've you been doing the past few days, Denise?

Ok....had the Dr be so positive it was my thyroid with a side issue of sleep apnea.....but todays labs came back normal.

So not sure what the plan is....other than the sleep study stuff.


Back to 'mystery illness' I guess.

He's ruling out the more common stuff he is dealing with before moving on to the next thing in the list based on the interview and physical exam.
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« Reply #22 on: October 21, 2014, 08:35:06 PM »

She.

And just so you can be happy, she is Egyptian.
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« Reply #23 on: October 21, 2014, 08:36:08 PM »

She.

And just so you can be happy, she is Egyptian.

Several of my doctors have been Egyptian. Copts too. Great doctors.
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« Reply #24 on: October 21, 2014, 08:36:50 PM »

She.

And just so you can be happy, she is Egyptian.

My bad.
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« Reply #25 on: October 21, 2014, 08:39:51 PM »

She.

And just so you can be happy, she is Egyptian.

My bad.

No worries. And I had a thyroid test in the past that was 'off'. So between that and my having every single symptom, she was convinced.

So a bit more than just the easy things first. But yes. Back to the next candidates.  Wink
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« Reply #26 on: October 22, 2014, 05:18:33 AM »

And I had a thyroid test in the past that was 'off'. So between that and my having every single symptom, she was convinced.

So a bit more than just the easy things first. But yes. Back to the next candidates.  Wink

That happened to me a couple of years ago. I went in with what looked like a textbook case of thyroid underactivity, plus a family history (as in, a total of five cases on both sides), but all the bloodwork came back normal. In retrospect, it was probably adrenal stress. Sleep apnea is a likely candidate, though, so it's good you'll be having a sleep study.
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