I could really use some advice... I am currently awaiting some blood work results from my family doctor, as I have been having EXTREME fatigue for almost a year now... Actually, I have always had fatigue but it is worsening year after year.
I am 26/female.. and overall I would say healthy... I am thin/athletic and always in great shape and played alot of sports....except since my fatigue in the last few years I don't have the energy to exercise anymore.
I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism about 5 years ago in my early 20's... I tried different medications and nothing made me feel better.. I never gained weight but always felt tired. I have been on natural dessicated thyroid for about 4 years now and it was working amazing!! Until a year ago I hit a VERY stressful/emotional breakdown and rough time in my life... My doctor put me on Celexa for my depression and I have been on it for about 4-5 months now. At first, I felt AMAZING... I had energy again and didn't feel as fatigued as before. About a month later I feel horrible again... I don't feel as many depression symptoms anymore, only the fatigue. Overall, my mood is pretty good I just can't shake this tiredness ALL the time... I sleep 8-10 hrs a day, sometimes less (for fear I may be getting too much?) and I NEVER feel rested... I doze off at work at my desk, in meetings, I NEED coffee or sugar to keep me awake.. and I get sleepy during driving, movies, watching tv. etc. Everyone thinks I party all the time because I can never stay awake at work!
I rarely drink alcohol.. Most nights I am in bed by 10-11pm.. I work dayshift 5 days a week awake at the same time, in bed at the same time. I eat pretty well, although I eat my junk here and there. And I NEVER used to drink coffee until now because I can't function without it at work. I get extreme bouts of sleepiness every morning around 9-11am.. I go for naps in my car on lunch at work its so bad !!
I just can't function
I feel like I'm dead all the time, no energy, not alert and always yawning or wanting to sleep anywhere anytime.
Does the sleepiness ever go away with depression? Could my meds just not be working?
My thyroid tests all come back fine and I am not gaining even 5 lbs.. I am still very slim.
I look HORRIBLE though, big black circles, droopy eyes, puffy eyelids, pale skin unless I wear makeup.
Any ideas, or what I can ask my doctor???