Help Me Diagnose My Chronic Fatigue!
I can tell from brief research that it's a very multi faceted symptom that can be caused by a lot of different issues. I'm posting this in hopes of getting advice so I can diagnose the cause and start to feel better. Thanks for the help in advance.
I should probably start by mentioning that I'm an 18 year old male who suffers from chronic depression. Took initiative to get medicinal treatment about 3 months ago. Doses are changing around. Currently taking a cocktail of [B]150mg Wellbutrin[/B] and [B]100mg Zoloft.[/B] That's been constant for about a month. Mood is better, however, tiredness (possible symptom of depression or medication?) remains. So started taking 2.5mg of Ambien. But that just makes me more tired.
Consistent sleep ~ 10 hrs. consistent retiring/waking times. Waking up feeling fatigued/groggy.
Feelings of tiredness have been consistent throughout teenage years. Just now that other depression symptoms have lessened they're more obvious.
Tried (miserably) coping with caffeine. >500mg per day. 3-5 cups coffee in the morning plus multiple iced teas later on in the day. Tried lessening that. Just no feelings of stimulus. Only tiredness.
I might add that I have been moderately/heavily physically active for last two years. Cycle 4+ days a week & rock climb 1-2 days per week. (Perhaps overtraining?) Tried cutting down intensity/frequency. No avail. I recently came to terms with the fact that I use exercise as another stimulus.
Constant Weight. 12% Bodyfat. Diet could be better. Lots of whole grains and proteins. 1-2 fruits daily. 1 or so serving of vegetables daily. Possible food allergies to dairy or wheat?
Live in sunny California. Still possible to have Vitamin D deficiency?
In brief, do you guys recommend any helpful tests? -- electrolyte balances/thyroid function/etc. Or have you found them primarily wastes of time &/ inconclusive?
Thanks for the help!
- Puzzled and Jaded.
Re: Help Me Diagnose My Chronic Fatigue!
I've had nothing confirmed by tests but I guess it was useful to rule out some things - like addisons disease and thyroid issues - I'd say those are worth checking. I'm currently going through tests for gastric problems as my digestion has got quite severely bad now.
Key things for me are accepting I have this low level of energy and keeping within my bounds, learning to rest, learning to relax, eating a diet free from gluten, dairy, corn, soy, yeast, sugar especially, and I avoid most carbs cos I seem to do better without. I have spent quite a lot of time detoxing I think - I take at least 2g of vitamin C daily, magnesium, b vitamins, vitamin d. I avoid caffeine like the plague.
I used to be the same as you - when I got ill I was training to run a marathon and about to go and climb kilimanjaro. Sounds like you are doing good things but key for me is diet (especially avoiding sugar), and rest.
Do you take it easy and stop? Lighter exercise is probably better at this point, and whatever you do needs to be balanced with periods of rest and proper relaxation/switch off. I never used to stop or switch off, and thought I was invincible - and in the end my body made me stop quite dramatically and badly.
Have a look into adrenal fatigue...before the body crashes your adrenals are often pumping out cortisol heavily in order to keep up with the demands on it - feeling 'wired but tired' is an indicator of this.
Hope this helps somewhat. Take it easy, hope you find some answers soon, best wishes
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