I'm getting sick of feeling run down all the time



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09 Mar 2010, 12:53 am

I wake up, I can't get out of bed unless I really force myself.
I'm still half asleep while eating breakfast. I need a coffee to wake me up.
After the first hour and half at work I'm losing concentration.
After lunch I'm just doing a half arsed job and counting down the hours, minutes and seconds until I can go home.
After work I get home, eat, ignore my mother (because I'm too tired to deal with another person) and lay down on the couch.
And that was barely 5 hours of work. And I feel like I've been working all day.
I still feel run down. I always feel run down.
I remember when I went into my job interview. First I went to my disability employment place for an hour to fix up my resume, then went to the job interview. When I got home I felt like falling asleep. Actually I fell alseep a lot that week, a 5pm, during the news. I like the news. I like yelling at the politicians on TV.

I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue when I was 13 after I had glandular fever. I was worse back then. I wasn't active at all and I was unhealthy. I eat healthy now, so I'm a little bit better. My body no longer feels like crap but I'm always so run down. I'm kind of thinking if I still have CF.

I'm not sure what to do. If I continue working and getting longer hours I'm not sure how I'll cope. Losing concentration is really bothering me too. My mum says everyone feels like that. No, not they don't. Losing concentration after an hour is not normal. Sometimes it's less than an hour. Sometimes it's less than a minute. When I read, and I enjoy the book so much I have to force myself to read 3-4 chapters more it feels like I've just run a marathon. It's like that, even if I enjoy something after an hour of it I'm exhausted. For some reason with books it's after half an hour.

I hate this. It makes having AS obsessions hard. Oh well, it's time that I collapsed on the couch again.


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09 Mar 2010, 1:11 am

Hi Pensieve,

I don't know if this will work for you or not, but have you considered taking a vitamin B-complex supplement? I'm not usually one to push vitamins on people, but it's made a huge difference for me.

I was coming here all the time, talking about how foggy-headed and depressed I was. Then I started taking a B supplement each day, and I've been much more "normal". I've been able to keep up with my laundry and dish-washing, get a bit of exercise, and other things that had become impossible for me. I had gotten used to feeling like a waste of space, because I didn't have the mental energy to do anything except stare at the computer screen and get fatter. But now I'm doing okay, and the only thing that has changed is that I started the vitamins.

I hope that doesn't sound trite. I don't want to suggest that all of your problems can be solved with a vitamin. But since it made a big difference for me, I thought I'd mention it. It couldn't hurt. I do hope you feel better soon. You are a very nice person.



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09 Mar 2010, 2:31 am

Thanks. I did try some executive B tablets to deal with anxiety. I'm not sure if they worked. I might go down to the health shop tomorrow and ask them if they can give me any vitamins.


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09 Mar 2010, 5:35 am

Try a sub lingual B12, it makes a noticeable difference for me. If you Google autism and B12 you'll find articles about the correlation.



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09 Mar 2010, 8:34 am

Pensieve,

I feel just like you. That could have been me writing your post (except for the bit about being diagnosed with CFIDS as I never have been).

When you talk about counting the minutes till home time ... that's what it's like for me, and it's so sad because I actually find the work i do really interesting. But my head feels all stuffed up and tight and I can't think properly, and I just long to be at home.

When I do get home, I am so exhausted that if one little thing goes wrong or happens differently to my plan then I get angry and shout or sometimes have a full-blown meltdown/tantrum thing where I cry and scream and feel like I will never feel OK again.

Pensieve wrote:
I hate this. It makes having AS obsessions hard.


Yes! I used to spend hours at the computer and read technical books in bed and sit on the bus drawing diagrams of program flow on the back of the timetable. Now I can hardly do Sudoku without getting it wrong and crossing things out. It's a b****.

elderwanda wrote:
I was coming here all the time, talking about how foggy-headed and depressed I was. Then I started taking a B supplement each day, and I've been much more "normal". I've been able to keep up with my laundry and dish-washing, get a bit of exercise, and other things that had become impossible for me. I had gotten used to feeling like a waste of space, because I didn't have the mental energy to do anything except stare at the computer screen and get fatter. But now I'm doing okay, and the only thing that has changed is that I started the vitamins.


Thank you for that advice. I actually tried something like that a few years ago when I had been running my system down with drugs and I had to finish my PhD in a hurry. I used this British thing called Berocca, it's a big orange tablet that dissolves in water and it has C vitamins as well as B. It worked then but for some reason I did not consider using it again. Thanks- I will do that - definitely!! !



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09 Mar 2010, 10:35 am

What you describe could be consistant with suffering burnout

On the other hand chronic fatigue is not a condition you can directly treat easily at all. And the support for it can be a real up hill struggle depending on what country you reside in.

Other possibilities is you could be Anemic, have undiagnosed Type 2 Diabeties or severe hypertension. I dunno it can sometimes be a mixture of psychological problems which are then impacting on your physical state.

Either way you should approach a supportive healthcare professional. Maybe consider asking for a referral to an occupational health doctor if your employer has access to one.



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10 Mar 2010, 4:31 am

I'm wondering if it could be a vitamin C deficiency. I don't get enough, because too much can make me ill, especially if I have oranges/orange juice.
It also feels like Sluggish Cognitive Tempo because my whole life I've seemed to be a bit lethargic. Either way I will soon find out if I have inattentive ADHD or not.


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