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#1 of 7 Old 05-19-2008, 06:17 PM - Thread Starter
 
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About a week before my period starts, I get severe fatigue. So severe it is almost debilitating - like, I have to sleep, and I end up falling asleep on the couch while the kids watch tv. I can barely drag myself around the house. I have no energy for anything.

It's gotten worse since having kids (and getting older!).

My periods have gotten worse too - much heavier and more painful.

Interestingly enough, they have gotten more regular, though.

I do not have an iron deficiency.

I have cut out all caffeine, except for the occasional chocolate. Okay, sometimes more than occasional.

I'm 34, have two kids, otherwise healthy. I eat relatively healthy, try to exercise at least 3-4 times a week (generally walking or light jogging on treadmill), try to get fresh air, especially when I'm feeling fatigued.

What can I do or take (supplement? vitamin?) to give me more energy during PMS?

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I get like that and I upped my protein intake during those times and it seems to have helped me. I am not a big meat/protein person so I guess I just needed it during those times. I hope you can find out what is up with it.

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Get checked for fibroids. Sounds alot like what my mom went though.

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I get like that and I upped my protein intake during those times and it seems to have helped me. I am not a big meat/protein person so I guess I just needed it during those times. I hope you can find out what is up with it.
I'll try that. I don't eat a ton of meat usually either.

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Get checked for fibroids. Sounds alot like what my mom went though.
My annual midwife appointment is coming up, and I'll ask her about it when I get there.

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I second the protein. I've been eating peanut butter like it's going out of style and didn't know why. Now I know.

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i used to get that way, as well. i just remember sitting at my desk at work, not sure if i could stay awake and almost in tears. and i've never been one to have an easy time falling asleep, especially not during the day.

i was also pretty much vegetarian back then. now that i eat meat again, i really don't get that intense exhaustion anymore. maybe slightly more tired a few days before, but nothing debilitating. i'd also suggest perhaps making sure you are well hydrated...i've just been reading that your body's chloride ions go up at certain times in your cycle (tissue salt), so maybe drinking more water would help, too...

i've also started taking a b complex, as well as vitamin c and magnesium/calcium citrate and exercising more, so it's hard to say what's helping.

hope you feel better, i know how rough it is to be that tired...
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