Chronic Fatigue

Updated on February 13, 2007
N.A. asks from Palmyra, PA
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Anyone have problems with chronic fatigue? I am chronically tired but take very good care of myself. I eat right, excercise 4-5 days a week, try and get plenty of sleep, take my vitamins,I don't smoke, drink plenty of water, but still I have days where I am so fatigued that taking a shower makes my pulse race and I am out of breath just trying to talk. The doctor has run just about every blood test there is and an echocardiogram to make sure my heart is healthy, but has found nothing. I don't know what else to do. I'm wandering if maybe I should switch to a woman doctor. Anyone experiencing the same problem?

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answers from Philadelphia on

I am the same way. I don't eat as well as I should but I keep active and I am exausted all the time. I have complained to my dr about it but I can't get them to listen to me, they say with 3 kids that is the reaosn I am so tired.

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answers from Harrisburg on

Ask your doctor to have a sleep study done on yourself. I had one done due to not being able to get to sleep and then waking up a lot, then feeling tired all day long. The main problem was the pain in my legs would hurt so badly. I figured it was due to doing so many sports all of my life. Here I found out that I have RLS and PLMD which is usually caused by underlying medical problems and am getting tests done on that too just to rule out other things. I do know I am anemic and he is prescribing iron pills for me, yet from the sleep study, it is showing something else as well. It's amazing all they can find out about us while we are sleeping. There are 4 types of disorders and you may have one without realizing it. Some people sleep all night through, exercise, eat right and such, yet on the tests it shows that their brains do not go through the normal cycle it should while sleeping which causes the person to feel like they didn't sleep at all. I would highly suggest this to you. Can't hurt. If you want to talk more about it, feel free to email me at [email protected] GOOD LUCK!

(mother of 5 girls, one with special needs)


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answers from Philadelphia on

Hi N.!
You just described the story of my life. I'm constantly tired all the time also. Unfortunately, I have no wonderful advice to give you because when I talk to my doctor about it, she always says it's because I have a 1 year old who keeps my on my toes. I personally don't think it's normal to be this tired all the time. Like you, I take my vitamins, eat well, and exercise 4 hrs. a week. I just wanted to respond to let you know you're not alone. I end up just taking an hour nap in the middle of the day when my daughter is napping but I have that luxury because I"m a stay at home mom. I wish there was something good I could tell you besides I know the feeling.



answers from Reading on

Sounds like you might have Mitral Valve Prolapse. Sometimes echocardigram misses that. I had the same thing but it took 3 echocard. to diagnose it. Keep sugar, coffein out of your diet, do exercise but be careful what you do.
Hope it helps.I.



answers from Allentown on

I know you said that they did blood work - but was Thyroid (TSH, etc) included in that? If not - insist that they check it. EVEN IF YOUR THYROID DOESN"T FEEL ENLARGED. Insist.



answers from Norfolk on

Have you thought about seeing a nutritional consultant? It's amazing how nutrition can effect everything from your moods to your hormones. I suggest Michael Sallustio in Annapolis. I work for him and I've seen how the clients have changed by simply changing their diets and their supplements. The number here is ###-###-####. Or check out the website at
Like others have mentioned, you could have a slight wheat, dairy, or soy allergy. It's not enough to put you into shock, but enough to break up your daily activity. So many people don't realize that they are allergic to wheat, but it's very common. If you don't want to see a consultant, try cutting out wheat for a few days. It's in everything, so read the labels carefully. (bread, pasta, cereal). Hope this helps.



answers from Williamsport on

Hi Nicole,
There are lots of people with chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia -- millions, from what I've found on the Net. I've been doing a lot of searching for info on fibromyalgia, which I think I have. Chronic fatigue and fibro are difficult to diagnose and treat; you have to find an expert. (My GP is a woman, and she doesn't seem to know much about them.) Two sites I found helpful: and I'd go to one of the Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers in a heartbeat if I had insurance to cover it. Good luck!


PS One interesting thing I read: you may have low thyroid function, but your test shows normal because of your pituitary, or something. Just goes to show you need someone who's really up on the latest research.



answers from Washington DC on

You may not be eating enough or have an underlying medical problem. I experienced the same thing and they thought it was Anemia so I took the Iron pills with my Liquid Vitamins. I still was tired. After a series of tests they found out that I have gastroparesis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I increased my proteins, ate more meals, and cut out wheat. Once I figured how to eat the right things for that my energy came back. It also could be just stress. Maybe you just need a little "me" time. Schedule a spa day or massage. Sometimes you have to listen to your body and slow down. Good luck!



answers from Philadelphia on

I am not sure if what you are referring to is what I went through but I used to fall asleep when I would sit down to read to my son or when we would put in a video to watch before naptime. He was two years old and I would fall asleep before him. The doctors ran a million tests and couldn't figure it out. She finally said that the only other thing she could think it might be was allergies. She put me on Claritin and I haven't had a problem since as long as I take it every single day. I also have to take it at the same time everyday. I don't know if what you are experiencing is the same but I couldn't get myself to do anything and I was just like you, very healthy otherwise. I hope this helps.



answers from York on


You may want to try a different vitamin. With many of the popular tablet forms, your body has difficulty digesting it and therefore is not able to assimilate the vitamins. THe bottle looks great, but your body is not benefiting. Try putting a tablet in a cup of vinegar for 15 minutes. That simulates your body's ability to breakdown the tablet. Try a capsule or powder which will breakdown better. A friend of mine, who suffers from chronic fatigue, did this and felt dramatically better in just a few days. Another way to know if your vitamin is benefitting you... your urine should turn flourescent yellow shortly after taking it. This indicates that you're excreting excess B vitamins.

Another thought...going to bed and getting up at roughly the same time can make a difference.

Another may have a subtle food allergy, such as wheat or white sugar. I've been doing a lot of reading on these topics recently, and it seems to be common.

Just my thoughts... Hope you are able to find some answers.




answers from Pittsburgh on

Nicole - I wouldn't mess around - I would get a recommendation for a specialist. Also - could these be anxiety attacks? I started gettin ghtem at 25 for absolutely no reason - The 1st time I had to pull my car over on the parkway - I thought I was having a heart attack. Sometimes your body will react while your mind doesn't see it - at least that's what they told me, eventually after some work they were gone entirely.

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