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tired all the time

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
I've been tested for an iron deficiency tons of times so it isn't anemia. Am I just lazy? I'm physically yawning all of the time and have to go for naps. An educational support person thinks it's because of my dyslexia and dyspraxia and that my brain has to works extra hard than everyone else's so that is why I'm tired. This just seems like an excuse. I'm tired even when I'm not doing anything.

I'm fed up with people saying 'you're always tired'.

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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Sounds like me, apart from i don't have dyslexia or dyspraxia.

    I assume the tests came back ok?

    Maybe a good multivitamin would help?
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Yup everytime I go to the doctors to complain of it they test my blood for iron deficiency and everything has been fine. I've tried a multi-vitamin well..the A C D and I think E one but it hasn't really made a difference. I'm starting to think I should go to the GP again but I feel a bit stupid.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Stress? I once had a weird period of exaustion, I was sleeping loads but kept waking up feeling like I hadn't had any sleep. It lasted a week or so - how long has this been going on for? Hows your sleeping/apetite?
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    If you're feeling stressed or low then it could be that... When I was very low I was tired all the time... infact I was really fatigued and sometimes didn't feel like I could do anything... was more than being tired, I had no energy either.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I think for the past year what I can remember. It's annoying because it doesn't seem to be a period. People just have accepted it as part of my personality although my boyfriend has expressed concern because he says I'm always knackered. Sleeping is okay when undisturbed (disturbed like at uni) and eating seems fine.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Have you ever had your thyroid checked? Tiredness can be one of the key symptoms of a thyroid condition...
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Splodgey is correct - tiredness is a symptom of thyroid conditions (I have an underactive thyroid myself). Have you been having "full blood count" tests done, or just the one for anemia? If it helps any, they take about four vials of blood for a full blood count and only one or two for the anemia one (as they're only checking something specific so don't need so much). Ask your doctor for a full blood count and see if that shows anything.

    Also, and I'm the world's worst person for this I have to admit... apparently exercise can give you a boost - if you can motivate yourself to do something energetic, even a walk, quick jog or swim, then it boosts your energy levels (so I've read!).

    You say your eating is fine - do you mean you're eating regular meals etc or that you are consciously watching what you eat? There are some foods that are good for energy (am sure someone knowledgeable will be along to advise which foods exactly!) so it might be an idea to seek those out and make a conscious effort to get them into your diet and see if it improves things.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    you should go see a real specialist about it. I did so, it was expensive, but she tested me on a lot of things and found out that I have a small lack of coenzyme Q, which is essential in the respiratory chain. It's nothing you could ever find out by coincidence.

    Are you physical active or are you sitting and laying a lot? I think that's bound to make you tired, especially in a bad ventilated room (lack of oxygen). Could actually be a lot. How much do you sleep and when? Maybe going to bed a bit sooner and getting up earlier helps.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Could it be depression related?

    How many hours of sleep do you typically get? Do you sleep well usually? Do you wake early? Or sleep way to much? Do you sleep in or take afternoon naps?
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I'm the same. If I could never leave the bed I'd be in heaven. Bring on bedsores! :D My sister is the same too. But my parents think something is wrong with her and they sent her in for a sleep test. My dad has slight sleep apnea and they think she might too.

    Have you ever had a sleep test or whatever they are called? Or seen a sleep specalist of any kind? They would be far mor informed on sleep issues than any ol gp or a support person.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Are you active or do much exercise? At all?
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Dinted wrote: »
    Sounds like me, apart from i don't have dyslexia or dyspraxia.

    :( Me too. I've had a load of tests done and the best they can come up with is "just get more sleep". There's not enough hours in the day!!
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    lacrymosa wrote: »
    I was always tired when I was at university. Its because I was never doing anything and had no real routine. My sleep pattern was fucked up and I didn't do much exercise. Since having a routine because of working and doing loads of exercise, I'm always full of energy :D

    I'm the opposite. When I was at uni I could sleep when my body wanted to, going to bed at 3 and getting up at 11 or 12 worked much better, or having a shorter night sleep and napping in the day. Now I'm restricted to a routine I'm much more tired even though I probably get more sleep
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    No I'm not active because I have no energy to be active.

    Never been tested for a thyroid problem. I just need to make a GP appointment and keep my fingers crossed for a nice one.

    It could be depression related. I don't even know if I am depressed anymore. Maybe I am exhausted from summer?

    Oh and I eat pretty well but sometimes have stayed in bed through lunch time so miss it. It's probably bad but I don't really see the harm in missing a meal.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    It's bizarre the way things work, but you need to do things to have energy.

    If you're tired and not doing much, then you're not going to get proper rest, and you're not going to have any energy to do anything.

    Regular light exercise is really really important as far as sleep and energy are concerned. Try doing something 5 x a week, it doesn't need to be the gym or anything, 20 mins brisk walking is a good starting point.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    It's bizarre the way things work, but you need to do things to have energy.

    If you're tired and not doing much, then you're not going to get proper rest, and you're not going to have any energy to do anything.

    Regular light exercise is really really important as far as sleep and energy are concerned. Try doing something 5 x a week, it doesn't need to be the gym or anything, 20 mins brisk walking is a good starting point.

    Walking is a good idea. I'd feel ridiculous running!
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Nooo, nothing silly like running, just a decent walk (although not around the block, that takes about 3 minutes).
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I haver the same problem and have an illness similar to dyslexia and dyspraxia. I've personally found that being stresed does make me sleep less and therefore, more tired.
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