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Old 05-08-2009, 06:54 PM   #1
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Falling asleep in the middle of EVERYTHING- so frustrated

I HATEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE my hypothyroidism and I'm so angry that I'm sick. It's so bad that whenever I'm sitting down and I'm not active, I fall asleep. I could be watching a movie, or just sitting at work doing something and my body just shuts down. I can't drive because I fall asleep in the middle of that, too. This is holding me back, and it's embarassing, because people stare at me when my eyes roll to the back of my head and I start sleeping out of nowhere. I hate it, I hate it, I hate it!!! What can I do to kick myself awake when this happens?

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Re: Falling asleep in the middle of EVERYTHING- so frustrated

That doesn't sound like the same kind of fatigue that hypothyroidism causes. It sounds more like narcolepsy. Have you been tested for that? You should be.

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Old 05-09-2009, 08:39 AM   #3
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Re: Falling asleep in the middle of EVERYTHING- so frustrated

I agree, you should have a sleep study or see a board certified sleep doctor. Could be underlying sleep apnea, narcolepsy or any number of things.

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Re: Falling asleep in the middle of EVERYTHING- so frustrated

I'll say 'ditto' to the previous 2 posts. It wouldn't hurt to have your adrenal function checked out too.

I wasn't falling asleep during driving or work, but a girl at my work was falling asleep driving home from work and caught herself out a few times as the car began going off the road. She would have to dose herself up with coffee or those caffeinated rinks like 'V' and Red Bull. It ended up being that her iron stores were extremely low. You might want to get your ferritin checked out to see where your iron is at.

When i was at my worst due to my adrenals not producing sufficient cortisol, i would feel deathly tired and as though i'd been hit by a bus and would have that foggy feeling in my head. I wanted to crawl under the desk and just die. It was awful. I couldn't visit people or i'd fall asleep on their couch, couldn't stay up to watch TV, couldn't go out with friends as i'd want to fall asleep before the first course was served.

Your case does sound more extreme. I'd be checking what the others have said, plus your ferritin (iron stores) and your adrenal function.

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