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Lawrence Guy

Posts: 17698

Spring Valley, California, US

I've always needed more than the normal amount of sleep, but since I started my current job nine months ago I don't think a single (work)day has gone by during which I was not significantly fatigued. In recent weeks it has been so bad that I've missed work entirely (I'm home today, in fact). On Friday I went to my doctor and he prescribed Provigil and a sleep study. Unfortunately my insurance company is being stereotypical and making it hard to fill the prescription, so I'm not on the pills yet.

Additionally, the bloodwork showed high cholesterol and low Vitamin D3. The cholesterol is high enough that my doctor doesn't believe that diet changes alone will fix it, so now I'm on Lipitor.

Add to this the fact that I've had chronic jaw pain since this job started. Stress? Cavities?  TMJ? Sitting with my chin on my hand at work? I don't know, but I'll be seeing my dentist on Saturday.

All of this combined means that right now I'm feeling like I've been beat around the head with a flour-filled sock.

I'm tired and I ache and I just want to put my head between a nice pair of boobs and take a nap.

Mar 21 13 07:08 am Link

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-Nicole-

Posts: 19211

Madison, Wisconsin, US

sad

*hugs*?

Mar 21 13 07:45 am Link

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Lawrence Guy

Posts: 17698

Spring Valley, California, US

-Nicole- wrote:
sad

*hugs*?

Only if they're boob hugs. tongue

Mar 21 13 07:54 am Link

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ArtisticPhotography

Posts: 7699

Buffalo, New York, US

Considering your location, have you been tested for Lyme disease?

Mar 21 13 01:22 pm Link

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Minx & Fox

Posts: 19027

Austin, Texas, US

ArtisticPhotography wrote:
Considering your location, have you been tested for Lyme disease?

This!!

Mar 21 13 01:25 pm Link

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Andialu

Posts: 14029

San Pedro, California, US

Lawrence Guy wrote:
Only if they're boob hugs. tongue

there, there. Just rest your head here. Daddy will make everything better.

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/184/372595393_a6ad22c365.jpg

Mar 21 13 01:26 pm Link

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sdgillis

Posts: 2458

Portland, Oregon, US

Doctors get lots of incentive to shell out lipitor.  Curious how much low cost over the counter vitamin D he prescribed? oh he didn't? just told you it was low? probably no kick-backs there tongue

You really probably need anywhere from 2000 - 10k mg vitamin d daily, especially this time of year.

Mar 21 13 02:32 pm Link

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Star Child

Posts: 39277

Nashville, Tennessee, US

uhm... you win.

I see a man here who's got that cool, but has been pushing that dollar tree around so much it's kicking his ass. Your body just said "stop that shit!"

Stopping ain't a simple jump up off the sofa. Tough times. You're a smart man and a good fella. Work up that plan and be well, my friend.

Mar 21 13 04:18 pm Link

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Lawrence Guy

Posts: 17698

Spring Valley, California, US

sdgillis wrote:
Doctors get lots of incentive to shell out lipitor.  Curious how much low cost over the counter vitamin D he prescribed? oh he didn't? just told you it was low? probably no kick-backs there tongue

You really probably need anywhere from 2000 - 10k mg vitamin d daily, especially this time of year.

He prescribed 2000iu Vitamin D3.

Mar 21 13 04:35 pm Link

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ArtisticPhotography

Posts: 7699

Buffalo, New York, US

Lawrence Guy wrote:
I've always needed more than the normal amount of sleep, but since I started my current job nine months ago I don't think a single (work)day has gone by during which I was not significantly fatigued. In recent weeks it has been so bad that I've missed work entirely (I'm home today, in fact). On Friday I went to my doctor and he prescribed Provigil and a sleep study. Unfortunately my insurance company is being stereotypical and making it hard to fill the prescription, so I'm not on the pills yet.

Additionally, the bloodwork showed high cholesterol and low Vitamin D3. The cholesterol is high enough that my doctor doesn't believe that diet changes alone will fix it, so now I'm on Lipitor.

Add to this the fact that I've had chronic jaw pain since this job started. Stress? Cavities?  TMJ? Sitting with my chin on my hand at work? I don't know, but I'll be seeing my dentist on Saturday.

All of this combined means that right now I'm feeling like I've been beat around the head with a flour-filled sock.

I'm tired and I ache and I just want to put my head between a nice pair of boobs and take a nap.

Talk to your doctor, but one would think that neither low vitamin D nor high cholesterol would cause fatigue. So while the doctor is treating something, it likely isn't the fatigue.

Mar 22 13 06:19 am Link

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Lawrence Guy

Posts: 17698

Spring Valley, California, US

ArtisticPhotography wrote:

Talk to your doctor, but one would think that neither low vitamin D nor high cholesterol would cause fatigue. So while the doctor is treating something, it likely isn't the fatigue.

The fatigue is being treated with Provigil (once the insurance gets straightened out) and a sleep study.

Mar 22 13 07:00 am Link

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-Nicole-

Posts: 19211

Madison, Wisconsin, US

Andialu wrote:

there, there. Just rest your head here. Daddy will make everything better.

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/184/372595393_a6ad22c365.jpg

lol

Mar 22 13 01:31 pm Link

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Lawrence Guy

Posts: 17698

Spring Valley, California, US

-Nicole- wrote:

lol

I was hoping for yours. sad

Mar 22 13 02:33 pm Link

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ontherocks

Posts: 22990

Salem, Oregon, US

have you had a sleep study? supposedly sleep apnea is very common. i was diagnosed with it but couldn't tolerate the CPAP machine.

anemia (low iron) can take all your energy. likewise low potassium

i'd have them do a full workup to see if it's something easily treatable vs. a lingering virus or allergies or whatever.

if it's nasal congestion try breathe-rite strips.

Mar 22 13 02:49 pm Link

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Lawrence Guy

Posts: 17698

Spring Valley, California, US

ontherocks wrote:
have you had a sleep study? supposedly sleep apnea is very common. i was diagnosed with it but couldn't tolerate the CPAP machine.

anemia (low iron) can take all your energy. likewise low potassium

i'd have them do a full workup to see if it's something easily treatable vs. a lingering virus or allergies or whatever.

if it's nasal congestion try breathe-rite strips.

I am waiting on a callback for the sleep study.

I would think that anemia would be easily spotted in the usual blood tests. I've had two CBC tests in the last week and neither of the doctors expressed concern there.

Mar 22 13 03:01 pm Link

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Gabrielle Heather

Posts: 10064

Middle Island, New York, US

Lawrence Guy wrote:
The fatigue is being treated with Provigil (once the insurance gets straightened out) and a sleep study.

A pill to fix it, eh? Pills are fine, as long as you do other things to work on whats really going on. Its like taking psych meds and not talking about the issues going on. Kind of useless, IMHO. I would say that this is all intertwined. You said that this all started when your job started. To me, that sent a lil red flag up. Had you worked before this? If so, how was your other job different? How is this job different? Do you like this job? Lets start there. You dont have to sort this out here with me, you can do it with someone you trust. I just wanted to give you some thoughts.

Mar 22 13 03:11 pm Link

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Lawrence Guy

Posts: 17698

Spring Valley, California, US

Gabrielle Heather wrote:

A pill to fix it, eh? Pills are fine, as long as you do other things to work on whats really going on. Its like taking psych meds and not talking about the issues going on. Kind of useless, IMHO. I would say that this is all intertwined. You said that this all started when your job started. To me, that sent a lil red flag up. Had you worked before this? If so, how was your other job different? How is this job different? Do you like this job? Lets start there. You dont have to sort this out here with me, you can do it with someone you trust. I just wanted to give you some thoughts.

I've had the fatigue for decades. It's been particularly bad the last nine months, but I've had the same symptoms during other periods of my life. I'm waiting on a callback for the sleep study.

Mar 22 13 03:22 pm Link

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Gabrielle Heather

Posts: 10064

Middle Island, New York, US

Lawrence Guy wrote:
I've had the fatigue for decades. It's been particularly bad the last nine months, but I've had the same symptoms during other periods of my life. I'm waiting on a callback for the sleep study.

I think the sleep study is a good idea. It works on some of what may be going on. You may or may not get some answers there.

You have to consider the grand scheme, however, of what might be going on. Thats all I am suggesting. Hopefully you can at least consider the other things I mentioned that you did not address. I only touched on some things.

Mar 22 13 03:39 pm Link

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Lawrence Guy

Posts: 17698

Spring Valley, California, US

Gabrielle Heather wrote:
I think the sleep study is a good idea. It works on some of what may be going on. You may or may not get some answers there.

You have to consider the grand scheme, however, of what might be going on. Thats all I am suggesting. Hopefully you can at least consider the other things I mentioned that you did not address. I only touched on some things.

I'm looking at a lot of things that I didn't mention here. Potassium, anemia, changes in other medication, seasonal allergies, job stress, and jaw pain top the list (but are not the complete list).

Mar 22 13 03:41 pm Link

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Michael Bots

Posts: 6435

Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Iodine Deficiency - An Old Epidemic Is Back
The mineral is much more important that most realize
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/com … ic-is-back

"There are two main reasons why iodine deficiency may be making a comeback.

Until recently, about 25% of the iodine in the diet was from wheat, because iodine was used in the processing of flour. Now, however, a lot of flour in the U.S. is processed with a chemical cousin of iodine, bromide (potassium bromate), which helps makes flour doughier, rise higher, and gives the loaf a better appearance. But bromide is a double-edged sword: not only has it replaced iodine, it may block the activity of iodine. That's also true for two more of iodine's chemical cousins - chlorine and fluoride, both of which are common in drinking water."

"Fatigue? Pain? Weight gain? Breast cysts or tenderness? In this article I'll tell you why you might be at risk for an iodine deficiency,---"

"One of the main roles for the mineral iodine is to help manufacture thyroid hormones. And once upon a time in America - especially in the Great Lakes region -----"


--- Iodine supplements + bottled water.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potassium_iodide
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modafinil

Mar 22 13 07:10 pm Link