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Hello,

I have been struggling with fatigue for the past 7 years. I first noticed it following a minor cold virus. This fatigue has gradually gotten worse and worse over time. In the beginning it was manageable, just kind of annoying, but every couple months it gets a little bit worse. Now, 7 years later, it has completely taken over my life. My current symptoms include severe chronic fatigue from the moment I wake up to the moment I fall asleep at night, now feeling pretty numb emotionally and even physically, low sex drive, no drive/motivation due to being so tired, no passion for things I enjoy, it has become very easy to feel intoxicated after drinking minimal alcohol, I typically fall asleep very easily most nights, I have been less and less interested in friendships/relationships.


I have had practically every sort of medical test possible done. From heart/chest scans, full blood panels, urinary exams, every vitamin has been measured and everything has come back negative. Vitamin B12 is good, vitamin D, testosterone, etc. Doctor said she thinks it could be down to anxiety, depression, and/or possibly a sleep disorder. I’ve never felt depressed so I don’t think it’s depression, this whole ordeal has given some amount of anxiety (and I had a bit of general anxiety when I was younger) but I still don’t think that’s it. I am currently taking Zoloft per my request because I don’t really have any other options at this point. I have been on it for 6 weeks and have noticed 0 change. I am currently on 75 mg. With regard to sleep tests, I’ve researched many sleep issues including sleep apnea, night terrors, narcolepsy, etc. The only thing I have in common with most of them is chronic fatigue. I don’t suffer from insomnia, I don’t snore, I’m not overweight at all. I am a 23 year old otherwise healthy male.
Any feedback/thoughts are greatly appreciated.
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replied September 22nd, 2018
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and i understand your concern. you need to be evaluated for chronic fatigue syndrome. You will need some cognitive behavioral therapy along with exercise therapy to help with your symptoms. I have personally experience my patients getting improved with 50 to 75 milligram doses of amitriptyline and nortriptyline. You can try those as well after consulting your psychiatrist.

I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care
Khan


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