Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Fatigue, exhaustion, chronic tiredness - am I ill or is this how we all live?

I am exhausted, in fact, I am always exhausted. Is this just a function of being a Mum or could there actually be a problem?
I took this imponderable question my local GP and the answer I got back was to go and get some CBT and why don't I try anti depressants.
I did point out that I wasn't depressed. I was feeling - apart for being knackered - quite fine thank you and had no negative thoughts whatsoever.
It didn't wash.
I pushed.
I was allowed to have some blood tests but they came back within the normal bandwidth. I asked for them to be checked again  - maybe look at hormone levels etc?
This time there was a slight depletion in my cortisol levels - nothing to worry about but we'd like you to go see a specialist.
In London.
And in fact it turns out that  there really could be a problem, a minor one I am sure...
Has anyone else had it?
Feeling knackered?


Expat mum said...

Isn't cortisol connected to stress? Perhaps you're finally on the right track? Hope you get some answers.

Abi said...

Oh bless you, hope it turns out to be nothing/minor.

Cortisol serves a few different functions - I'm not sure adrenal exhaustion/depletion is recognised as a medical condition next but there's more and more literature suggesting it's a very real result of prolonged stress.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Yes , it does sound like stress but it's wise to investigate further .
I was so exhausted when my eldest two were very little that I had to go upstairs in stages , taking a couple of rests on the way up . Doctor prescribed antidepressants . It was Type 1 diabetes .

Muddling Along said...

Hope you're on the track to getting sorted out

I got very vitamin D deficient and walked around like a zombie until I got my levels back up - have you had that checked too?

Tattie Weasle said...

Expat Mum - Cortisol is related to stress and can be triggered far more easily than I expected!
Abi - they have just recognised CFS and ME as wait for it PROPER illnesses: at last the medial profession has cottoned to what its patients have always known! Crossing fingers that suffered will be able to benefit soon!
Smitonius and Sonata Crokey Type ! but all under control now. Hopefully I will be too - medical speaking of course!
Muddling Along - Yep now on Vit D!!!!!

Go on you know you want to...


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