Why You Are So Extremely Tired All The Time: Causes for Women, Men & Teens
|Sleeping Pill Mug/T-Shirt on Zazzle|
I was. I thought I was dying; I really did. I'll share what 'fixed' me in this article.
I'm not one of those creepy salespeople peddling a weird cure-all (panacea) for weight loss, divorce makeovers, etc. I had the terrible problem of extreme lethargy and being a writer, it's only natural I post my trials and what worked for me.
UPDATE/NOTE: If you're a woman over 35 and have extreme tiredness, scroll down a bit.
While I usually write about home decor, my exhaustion was depressing, my lethargy only getting worse. I spent a week in bed from extreme exhaustion, feeling weak, no energy to leave the house, and a headache (I write about it at the end of this article if you have time to read it).
So, I went on a rampage to find answers and I've included several very common causes you may feel exhausted--even after getting a lot of sleep--along with some viable solutions that may work for you. The answers may be surprising, as they may seem too simple in this stressful, complex world we live in.
Since I had such a terrible time of exhaustion every day, and now that I'm much better, I felt compelled to share the common solutions to being so extremely tired and weak all the time (also know as lethargy; being lethargic or feeling lethargic). I'll go from simple to complex and try to stay brief:
#1 ~ Feeling Tired All Day with (or w/o) Headache: Women, Men & Teens
DO THIS RIGHT NOW: Drink (don't gulp) plain water as you read the rest of my article.
|Always Feeling Tired/Headache/Pain|
#2 ~ Feeling Weak & Very Tired All Day and Waking Up Tired with Moodiness/Depression: Men, Women, Teens and Kids
|Tired/Exhausted/Weak/Wake Up Tired Solution: Vitamin D3|
Reason/Cause: Vitamin D Deficiency
#3 ~ Feeling EXTREME Fatigue, Weak & Very Tired All Day, Waking Up Tired with Moodiness/Depression: Men, Women, Teens and Kids
Reason/Cause: Vitamin B12 Deficiency
My UPDATE for Women Age 35 & OverI felt so much better with the vitamins, but something happened nearly a year later, and I thought my fatigue returned. So, I traipsed back to my doctor for the year's blood test and checkup. This fatigue was beyond debilitating, and all I could do was lay in the bed. I wasn't brain-tired, like needing a nap. I'd had plenty of sleep even though I was awakened every two hours with hot flashes, and when I awoke, I was so low in spirit--literally overnight. Sometimes, I would feel a little better, only to go right back to my bed; all that within mere hours.
Then, I would get my energy back for a month or two, and BAM! I'd go back to the extreme fatigue, night sweats, aches, and extreme sadness (sadness that came and went throughout the day) along with moodiness: happy one day, sad the next. Then came mood swings on a seemingly hourly basis.
I found out a few things networking with women my age and above, and finally found I had Adrenal Fatigue and was experiencing an Adrenal Crash! I fought SO hard to stay away from hormone-replacement therapy (HRT), but for me, I needed to return to some semblance of normalcy, some life and spirit I once knew.
While you might want to try natural treatments, if your symptoms are as horrific as mine, I suggest talking to your doctor about monitoring your hormone levels and adrenal gland function. You may be among the women like me who have the ongoing, life-altering chronic fatigue. I have a physician that listens. I took the hormones and in and hour, I felt normal again. I expected a six-week recovery, but for me, the HRT keeps my body free of the craziness; it's mine again.
I found this website to be very good for information: Top 10 Adrenal Fatigue Facts Made Easy by Dr.Michael Lam
#4 ~ Feeling Weak Tired/Exhausted All Day and Waking Up Tired: Women & Teens and ADHD Treatment
|No Energy/Waking Up Tired/Short of Breath/Anemia|
If your iron is low, you might wake up feeling drained, have muscle weakness, shortness of breath, exhaustion and a myriad of other symptoms. BUT you MUST have your iron level tested before starting on an iron supplement!
Too much iron can kill you.
Far too little iron may necessitate a blood transfusion at a hospital. I know; I had to have two units of blood several years ago. Iron supplements and foods high in iron may cause a temporary arthritic flareup if you have RA.
Make sure your iron supplement is gentle on the stomach like this one for less than $3 a bottle.
NOTE: Don't try to guess that your iron is low. You must have a healthcare professional give you a simple blood test. If you take Iron supplements and don't need them, your levels can get into the toxic range. Always check any multi-vitamin for its iron. Ask your doctor before starting on any iron.
You'll need a checkup and what's called a CBC or Complete Blood Count to check your overall health. The CBC is a simple blood test where your doctor will order several vials of blood taken from ONE needle stick. You really should go to your healthcare provider for a complete checkup if you're feeling exhausted every day, wake up tired or feel extremely weak and/or tired all the time.
Here's the list of possibilities that seeing your doctor can quickly check for (it takes about two days to get the results, though) via blood work and an EKG (you'll get immediate results for EKGs). My appointment took about an hour for the consultation (talking to the doctor or physician's assistant/PA), the blood work, blood pressure, temperature, pulse oximeter (checks the oxygen in your blood; no needle) and the EKG (a VERY quick and painless heart test).
- Thyroid Function
- Blood/Glucose Level
- Vitamin D Level*
- Cholesterol Levels
- Kidney & Liver Function
- Hormone Levels*
IMPORTANT NOTES: Don't play around with waiting for a doctor appointment if you have chest pain--of ANY kind--have shortness of breath (for instance, you get up from a chair, or take several steps, and you're huffing and puffing, or just huffing, or just puffing), have pain and/or tingling down your left arm, high blood pressure, bluish coloration in skin, fingernail beds and/or lips. Call 911.
Even if you don't have health insurance, or any money to pay, in most states, private/for-profit hospitals must take you in at ANY Emergency Room for suspected heart attack symptoms. It's not a free visit, but they can't turn you away in most states because you can't pay-up at the door. Go directly to your NEAREST facility or call 911. Personally, I would call 911. The MEDICS are trained and have the equipment to monitor and stabilize you for transport if need be. Don't be too scared; just do it!
If you can safely access a blood pressure machine in a store right now, do it.
I thought I was dying; I really did. I'd been extra, extra exhausted for the past three days and prior to that latest wave of exhaustion, I'd been waking up tired. Everyday, same thing: wake up, blink my way into the morning light thinking, 'yes, it's time to wake up but I'm totally weak, totally drained.'
I asked my doctor for all the blood tests she could order without me passing out from blood loss (I was serious). To take all that blood, they first had to take my blood sugar, a little prick to the finger. It was fine.
The blood work was normal--all of it. Kidneys. Liver. The EKG they performed that day was normal. I was fine. Normal? NORMAL and FINE?!
How could I be FINE when I feel so extremely tired all day, every day and wake up drained?
I thought I must have a serious disease--nobody could live and feel this bad. I made a doctor appointment after being extremely weak for those three days. All I'd been able to do was lay in bed and use the bathroom.
That was it.
The doctor worked me in, and my son brought me to her office where I remained slumped in my chair with my head on the armrest. No, I'm not a drama queen or diva; I was just desperate for help that day and had no energy. None. Nada. Zilch. Goose-egg zero.
It wasn't a pretty sight and neither was I.
I had a full workup, including an EKG, but while I waited to feel better those terrible three days before, I asked my other son to get me some B-12. I also started back on the Vitamin D-3 I had abandoned a while ago because I thought I was 'fine.' I also quit coffee and tea and drank lots of water. As I mentioned, in one week I felt like living--really living.
Who could have guessed?
I am NOT a healthcare professional. I believe strongly in yearly checkups by a qualified physician to monitor and maintain health.
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