I have been suffering from this fatigue like state for almost 8 months now.
It feels like I can only concentrate on a small part of my view, and I feel like
I can't think clearly. When I try my best to concentrate I can manage to think clearly.
This all started on a thursday afternoon after playing a game of League of Legends with a friend of mine. My heart rate was a tad high, and I took some fresh air to get rid of it, which helped a bit. However, a few minutes later my heart rate hadn't returned to normal yet, so I began worrying something was wrong with my heart. After calling 911 (112 in my country) the doctor managed to calm me down, and I felt a bit better.
From that day on for like 5 months I've been experiencing anxiety attacks and fatigue at night or just before falling asleep. Also I had feelings of dull pain in my armpit, below my collarbone and right below my left nipple.
I've done these tests during that time:
-seen a cardiologist, who made 2 ECG's
All tests came back fine.
Last month the cardiologist had me take some more tests: a bicycle stress test, a heart echo and a 24h holter monitor test.
Again all tests came back fine.
From this time I decided to give up on my heart as the culprit, and I actually started to feel much better and worry less. The chest pains also started occuring less frequently, from a few times per day to a few times per week.
However, the fatigue never got much better on overall. I've had a few weeks when I've been feeling great, almost like normal, but after a week I seem to fall back to my old state of fatigue, and sometimes I'm feeling a bit depressed of the fatigue when this happens.
The cardiologist is still wanting to hunt after arrhythmias so he is giving me an event monitor for two weeks. I don't really like this as this takes more time to investigate (from my point of view) things with a low chance of causing my fatigue.
Anyway, while I am waiting for my tests I still suffer from fatigue from day to day.
The fatigue is not so bad that I can't take care of myself, but I can't do normal work because of it. My education efficiency dropped by 2/3 of the efficiency I can manage.
This fatigue is really getting on my nerves because I feel like I'm wasting my time and money. I do however start to acknowledge that I have to accept this 'state' I'm in and make the best of it till I'm better. Anyway feeling tired for seemingly no reason sucks.
If any of you recognize or had these symptoms I would gladly like to hear of you and what things you tried.
Also I would like to hear some opinions on what this could possible be.
Find a good Primary Care Doctor and get him/her to rule out all the basics. I've been down this road and ended up fighting an intestinal parasite and in parallel getting a real CFS diagnosis with very high HHV6 titers. It took a lot of doctors and testing to get down to these 2 problems which I'm now being treated for.
Last edited by Administrator; 02-11-2012 at 07:53 PM.
Hmm, I guess I should just wait then. I actually think my first blood test also ruled out thyroid problems, as I have heard my cardiologist AND my GP say it couldn't be my thyroid after looking at my blood test results (I've actually never seen the results myself).
The only problem is, that the cardiologist seems to be very busy and he's taking a long time to diagnose me. I'm not really getting a very high priority on the tests because I'm not in acute danger.
So I'm now dealing with this fatigue for 8 months now. I got referred to the cardiologist in september, so that's after the 4th month. Then I had to wait one month until I finally got my tests, and another month to get the results. Now I am waiting yet another month to get my last test from the cardiologist...
I am getting a sick of being tired all day (like feeling you've had a party till 3am the night before all the time), so my only option is to try some things myself.
I've come up with the following things that seem to help:
1.Getting a good night's sleep
2.Eating eggs seems to help a bit
3.Getting some exercise
Ok, I got the results from the event monitor test from the cardiologist.
-During extreme fatigue, my heart rate is normal
-When my heart rate suddenly elevates it is not a heart rythm disorder (rythm originates from the sinus node), so apparently sitting in a seat and then going from 60 to 120 bpm for no apparent reason is normal??
He is putting me on a light dose of beta blockers for TWO MONTHS , I tried those and they work like they should, but the also make me more tired. So I decided to quit taking them.
In the meantime I have had some insomnia problems, but it seems like I sleep a bit better last week. Not sleeping well seems to worsen my fatigue, but I feel like it comes on top of my usual fogginess.
With heart issues kinda ruled out I am wondering where to look next.
Well when I have a good night, I sleep 9 hours (like I used to). But when I have a bad night I might as well have 6 hours of sleep in 2 or 3 'blocks'.
As far as I know I do not snore, I used to sleep on my stomach until a few years ago, and now I sleep mixed (front or back).
I do however feel some sort of obstruction in my nose sometimes, like when you have a cold.
Last night this feeling went away when I was lying on my stomach (as well as the headache. After a few minutes, it suddenly went away, but it comes back as soon as I tilt my head upright/backwards.