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Tiredness and lack of energy

I have a variety of things wrong with me. Mostly under control but I get very tired about 1 hour after I get up in the morning and have to take a pill to keep me alert. This has been advised by my Doctors. bout 5 hours before I go to bed I become wide awake and end up having to take a sleeping pill most nights.

I have sleep apneoa and use a cpap machine at night. It's automatic, so changes the air flow as I need it. I also have a pace maker for my heart arithmiar, which I also take tablets for. I use medication to keep type 2 diabetes under control and another tablet to control my thyroid Gland. The specialists all say that the tablets aren't causing the tiredness, nor are the complaints I suffer from. We tried depression tablets which I am still taking but nothing seems to help in any way. I have just started having some acupuncture to see if that will help. Anyone know anything that might help as I am running out of ideas. It has stopped me leading a normal life. I had to retire early because of the lack of energy caused by all these problems. I would appreciate ant help. Thanks
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replied December 17th, 2009
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well i hope that everything's ok. doctors can really make things hectic. wouldn't it be cool if we could just get away from them, move somewhere, become vegetarian or some crazy diet and be healthy? lol. it's like we have to play their game until we're healthy, oh yes doc. until we realize that we are us and they are them. and perhaps if they had the same symptoms they would feel differently as well.
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replied December 19th, 2009
I'm sorry to hear of all you are going through. I can tell you that your diabetes was probably caused, at least partly, by years of undiagnosed sleep apnea. Undiagnosed sleep apnea causes metabolic syndrome which in turn causes sleep apnea. Heart problems, blood pressure problems, high cholesterol, are all symptoms of metabolic syndrome...there are other symptoms as well which you can look up if you're interested. That's how you got here.

I'm not surprised you're tired if you suffered with sleep apnea and all the conditions it causes...for years! Your body has been through a lot.

As for the tiredness you experience now, well there could be many reasons for that. It could be uncontrolled diabetes, you CPAP may not be at the proper pressure for you (pressures can change over time), perhaps your mask is loosing suction or not fitting properly. does your mask fit over your mouth and nose? That's best in case you breath through either while sleeping.

It could also be an issue of something else not yet diagnosed, such as adrenal fatigue aka adrenal insufficiency. I would urge you to look up the symptoms for yourself and see what you think.

It could also be a testosterone deficiency. This can be tested with a simple blood test and there are medications that can improve these levels easily and inexpensively. It can happen at any age and is not surprising to happen with sleep apnea.

It could also be a vitamin deficiency. A common deficiency are B vitamins. B12 is the "energy vitamin". It's not a good vitamin to take in pill form because it doesn't get absorbed, instead take an injecable form (available at your doctor, one injection lasts a while) or yourself in liquid form (spray under the tongue). I take the one from Dr Mercola, it's available on the web and it's worked great for me and everyone I know who's tried it.

It could also be food allergies that you have developed over time. We have so much processed, irridated, chemically sprayed, unnatural food that we are eating, our bodies are stressed and malnourished. Food allergies are easiest diagnosed by a blood test (they sent my blood to Mayo clinic). If you eat something and are very tired afterwood it's likely a food allergy. If you are craving a particular food, you are most likely allergic to it. Sounds crazy but it's true. You can be allergic to anything but the common ones are gluten, dairy and eggs. If you get off foods you're allergic to you'll notice a great improvement in energy levels within a few days to a week.

A sluggish thyroid or improperly controlled thyroid is a very common cause of fatigue. I hope you are on a natural product like Armour instead of a synthetic drug like synthroid. The synthetics usually make people tired because it doesn't have T3 in it. The body must convert the drug to a useable form which is tiring and sometimes the body can no longer do it effieiently. Look up "Mary Shomonn" on the web and read her info on thyroid. She's the best thyroid source out there, she's a patient and a patient advocate. She's written many excellent books. I would strongly urge you to look up Mary's "Top Thyroid Docs" list and find a naturally oriented doc in your area. These docs are miracle workers and can change your life, they did mine! They will actually LISTEN to you, give you time and look for the CAUSE not just symptomatic treatment. Please consider these doctors, they don't cost more than regular doctors and your insurance should cover it.

There are so many possible causes, it's really hard to say. I truly believe a more naturally focused doctor would benefit you in this situation because they look for the cause instead of just treating symptoms. Someone like a naturopath. Again, one place to find them is the top thyroid docs list maintained by Mary Shomon.

Best of luck to you and I hope you feel better soon.
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replied December 22nd, 2009
I have been checked by a physician who took everything into account, but the still can't come up with an answer. The acupuncture doctor has also given me Chinese herbs to take. I have felt slightly better, But still have to take wake up pills and deink coffee to keep going during the day. Otherwise I will go to sleep
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