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#1 of 8 Old 06-23-2010, 10:22 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I am so tired every day that just going up a flight of stairs taxes me. I am not overweight, or in terrible shape (although I do not work out because I am so tired already). I sleep from about 10pm-630am most of the week, and even longer some days, and yet I am ready and able to nap at noon or earlier. Some days my body is demanding a nap by 2pm.

Some days I think it must be normal. I have two young children, I am nursing, I have a husband, a house, and I work part-time. Other times I think, it can't be healthy that I am struggling to walk home from the train station which is only a couple of blocks from my house.

I don't know what to do, or where to start changing my life/diet. I don't know where to start with my Dr. Hopefully you ladies can help me.

My cousin, who is my age, female on my maternal side, just told me that she has lupus and she was telling me about her symptoms and I couldnt help but think...holy crap, that sounds like me. Only things is she said she might not be able to have children bc of it and I have two.

Bottom line is: I don't know what is wrong with me, but I am starting to think its something that needs to be addressed.


Some other symptoms I have include: sinus issues, environmental allergies (what I don't know), depression, anxiety, acne, and when I get sunburn I seem to have an allergic reaction to it which makes me really itchy. I bruise easily. I could go on.

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Some ideas that come to mind reading your post:
Low Iron
Flagging Adrenals
Low thyroid function
If it were me I'd consider getting blood work done.
Thyroid panel, ferretin (iron) levels and if the adrenal symptoms fit, a saliva test for adrenal function.
What's your diet like?
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I suffer from chronic fatigue, and it basically sounds like what you're describing, but there's so many things to rule out first. So all I will say is that don't rule out lupus because of the kids things, one of my in laws was just diagnosed with lupus, and she has six children.

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What is your diet like (vegetarian, low-carb, high-carb, etc)? Do you currently take any supplements? How's your digestion? Any other symptoms besides the fatigue?

While you are investigating (and I think it's worth getting some blood work done) you might want to consider taking Nettle Infusion (a few cups a day). This might sound weird, and is totally unlike me, but when I read the title to your thread instantly the thought "NETTLE INFUSION" appeared in my brain like a flashing neon light. Weird, huh? Anyway, I couldn't not mention it!!!

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What is your diet like (vegetarian, low-carb, high-carb, etc)? Do you currently take any supplements? How's your digestion? Any other symptoms besides the fatigue?

While you are investigating (and I think it's worth getting some blood work done) you might want to consider taking Nettle Infusion (a few cups a day). This might sound weird, and is totally unlike me, but when I read the title to your thread instantly the thought "NETTLE INFUSION" appeared in my brain like a flashing neon light. Weird, huh? Anyway, I couldn't not mention it!!!
where do you find nettle infusion?

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You make it.

It's pretty much like making tea. Find a largish glass container (eg mason jar), put a small handful of the herb inside the container then either pour boiling water over the herb and let sit on the counter for many hours (anywhere from 4 hrs to overnight), or alternately pour room temp water in and let it sit in the sunshine for the same amount of time. Then refrigerate. It'll last somewhere from 36-48 hrs. Drink it by the glassful. I find it very refreshing (kind of an herbal iced tea, though in the winter you might prefer to warm it up).

Anyway, I'm no expert. You can find a lot of info about herbs and making infusions at Susun Weed's website. There's also an herbal infusion thread kicking around here that you might want to check out.

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where do you find nettle infusion?
We pick and harvest nettle each spring and dry it for use throughout the year.
When I don't have any I order it from Mt. Rose Herbs - their herbs are THE BEST anywhere.

Here's a blog post I found recently about harvesting nettles:
Nettles - Put Some Sting in Your Spring

When I make infusions I use a quart jar and fill it almost halfway w/ herbs and let steep overnight.
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Other causes of fatigue in an order I think is most likely (note: if you're lowish muscle tone the bottom one moves to top likelihood, also should be checked if there are any other health issues with the fatigue or if there is muscle fatigue or pain along with the other fatigue):


low vitamin D (have this one checked...it's so common...you want 25(OH) D levels and you want to see numbers 50 or above)
sleep disorder (either apnea or more likely for females upper airway resistance syndrome http://www.centerforsoundsleep.com/U...e-Syndrome.php)
thyroid (get a full panel with T3 and T4)
anemia (ferritin levels)
b12 low
adult onset metabolic conditions (check carnitine and coq10 if you've got any low muscle tone even mildly)

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