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Old 06-26-2014, 07:36 AM   #1
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I've had chronic fatigue every day of my life. Every day, every minute, I'm exhausted. I've fallen asleep in movies, at football games, at concerts, while driving, etc.--there is nothing I can do to stay awake.

In addition, I was diagnosed with Blepharitis in 2009, with Angular Cheilitis in 2012 and Seborrheic dermatitis Summer 2013. I currently take Doryx for my sub derm and apply Rosadan to my face, don't eat gluten, and use locoid cream for the Blepharitis, Oxistat cream for the Angular Cheilitis. I'm also extremely prone to yeast infections (I get one once a month) -- I realize this is likely due to the antibiotics I'm on, but I can't go a day without taking Doryx without huge, red, painful blotches appearing on my face. I've read several things on preventing yeast infections and practice all of them to no avail.

I took Accutane in 2009, and still have pretty bad acne.

So, basically, my skin looks horrible and feels awful, and I'm always tired.

Any idea what's wrong with me? Please help -- I'm miserable.

 
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Old 06-26-2014, 09:08 AM   #2
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First off, have you had anytime recently a general check up with labs including CBC, chemistry panel, thyroid levels, ferritin (iron)? That would be a start, then any clues could be followed and any abnormalities treated. If you fall asleep that easily in daytime, there are a couple of possibilities. You could have sleep apnea, which causes daytime fatigue and sleepiness or it could be narcolepsy. If you snore or your partner ever notices you quit breathing or gasp frequently during sleep, you should have a sleep study done. A neurologist could do an EEG for narcolepsy, and both conditions are treatable. Both are dangerous untreated. If you have had recent labs and want to post them, you could get feedback here.

 
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First off, have you had anytime recently a general check up with labs including CBC, chemistry panel, thyroid levels, ferritin (iron)? That would be a start, then any clues could be followed and any abnormalities treated. If you fall asleep that easily in daytime, there are a couple of possibilities. You could have sleep apnea, which causes daytime fatigue and sleepiness or it could be narcolepsy. If you snore or your partner ever notices you quit breathing or gasp frequently during sleep, you should have a sleep study done. A neurologist could do an EEG for narcolepsy, and both conditions are treatable. Both are dangerous untreated. If you have had recent labs and want to post them, you could get feedback here.
Hi ladybud,

Thank you for your response! I've had my thyroid and iron levels multiple time, always with nothing significant to report. In college they always thought I had mono, but only in my senior year did I actually get it (I always had just under the # of white blood cells for it to be mono). I don't snore, though I wake frequently in the night.

I had signed up to go to a sleep specialist, but they've spent the past 3 months negotiating with BCBS (my insurance provider) so if I were to go now it wouldn't be covered at all.

 
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First off, have you had anytime recently a general check up with labs including CBC, chemistry panel, thyroid levels, ferritin (iron)? That would be a start, then any clues could be followed and any abnormalities treated. If you fall asleep that easily in daytime, there are a couple of possibilities. You could have sleep apnea, which causes daytime fatigue and sleepiness or it could be narcolepsy. If you snore or your partner ever notices you quit breathing or gasp frequently during sleep, you should have a sleep study done. A neurologist could do an EEG for narcolepsy, and both conditions are treatable. Both are dangerous untreated. If you have had recent labs and want to post them, you could get feedback here.
Hi ladybud,

Thank you for your response! I've had my thyroid and iron levels multiple time, always with nothing significant to report. In college they always thought I had mono, but only in my senior year did I actually get it (I always had just under the # of white blood cells for it to be mono). I don't snore, though I wake frequently in the night.

I had signed up to go to a sleep specialist, but they've spent the past 3 months negotiating with BCBS (my insurance provider) so if I were to go now it wouldn't be covered at all.

 
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Frequent awakening in the night can be a sign of sleep apnea, so I would get the study done as soon as you can. You can also get chronic or recurrent EBV infection, which can be checked with an EBV blood test panel that includes antibodies to early antigen. That must be part of the panel to see chronic activity of the virus, which certainly causes chronic fatigue.

 
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