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Is it normal to be this tired?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
Basic life setup: 6 yo, 4, yo, and 3 mo. Nursing & cosleeping with baby, who has several brief awakenings at night, usually one feed, at least one diaper change. Sahm, driving the lo's to school/preschool.

Healthwise- on zoloft, have hypothyroidism and am on levothyroxin.

By 1-2pm, I am BEAT. So tired. Sometimes I can hardly function and need a nap.

My husband always comments that he can't understand why I'm this tired. Is this abnormal? I didn't think so but he's always saying this and it's making me wonder if there's something wrong with me
post #2 of 11
It might be your thyroid. Sometimes doctors don't give the high enough dose. A suggestion would be to take your body temp in the morning before you get up and if it's below 98.2 you are still hypo. Was your dose raised after you had your baby? Birth can throw it off.

A good site is Stopthethyroidmaddness.com Or something similar. Just google the part before .com and you'll find it.

Otherwise it could be allergies or just your diet. Are you eating enough protein? That's an important part with breastfeeding.

I would venture that it might be normal, but if you feel something is really off then chances are it isn't.
post #3 of 11
I just switched from my levothyroxine (on it for 15 years) to a natural thyroid replacement (as opposed to the synthetic levo...). I never really had an issue with the levo, but since my daughter was born I have had different issues. Most recently just a combined ick.... tired when I wake up, crash at 1pm, general moodiness and fog....

After 2 hours on the natural thyroid my fog lifted. Literally I could feel it lift and I haven't wanted or needed a nap in over 2 weeks.... I'm singing to the Angels!!!!!

The book I read that helped me make my decision was 'Happiness, Hormones and Health'
post #4 of 11
I'm always tired in the afternoons/evenings. I remember being tired as a kid...my piano teacher used to ask me if I was anemic.

I know for me part of the problem is I'm a morning person. I get up at 5:20 to go swimming and I really should go to bed earlier. But DH will make comments if I go to bed at like 9:30 (like "I never get to see you!") so then I feel like I have to stay up longer.

It could be your thyroid or you could just need more sleep. I had thyroiditis in college and there was a huge difference in how tired I was with that versus how tired I am normally. Have you had any other symptoms like gaining weight, etc?
post #5 of 11
You should check out the adrenal fatigue thread. Sounds like your cortisol levels could be low, especially in the afternoon.
post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all of your input

I've got to have my thyroid levels checked next week. I'm going to check out that book. Which supplement is it?
post #7 of 11
visit with your GP, most definitely blood work and if that comes back a sleep study wouldn't hurt.
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by Mrs. Turner View Post
Thanks for all of your input

I've got to have my thyroid levels checked next week. I'm going to check out that book. Which supplement is it?
Just know that if your adrenals are struggling & you take thyroid meds, you'll feel worse because the meds will further tax your adrenals. If you're suffering from both, the adrenals should be treated first.
post #9 of 11
Another vote for thyroid. I feel the same way ... I have a 6, 4 and 2 yr old, though ... I'm sleeping all night and still feel tired either in the morning or by noon. I'm also hypo and on synthroid ... a low dose, though.
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by lindberg99 View Post
It could be your thyroid or you could just need more sleep. I had thyroiditis in college and there was a huge difference in how tired I was with that versus how tired I am normally. Have you had any other symptoms like gaining weight, etc?
I'm not sure, I really feel like my brain is foggy. I've gained weight but I think that is due to my diet

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Originally Posted by Metasequoia View Post
Just know that if your adrenals are struggling & you take thyroid meds, you'll feel worse because the meds will further tax your adrenals. If you're suffering from both, the adrenals should be treated first.
This is really interesting, I'm going to look into this. I'm getting my thyroid levels drawn on Wed. Maybe I'll make a gp appt too.

Thanks everyone
post #11 of 11
Yeah, I don't know about that whole adrenal/thyroid meds making it worse thing. I don't actually know the functions of adrenals as they relate to the thyroid but my MD has had my thyroid levels checked and given me meds prior to adrenals. The adrenals will be tested in a few weeks... after I am on thryroid meds for a while.

As for the fog.... within 2 hours of taking natural thyroid as opposed to levothyroxine... the fog lifted. I haven't been foggy or tired in the morning and I haven't needed a nap since. I'm a happy camper.
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