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I seem to be sleeping for 20 hours per day - What can be causing this ?

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yolothankgod Sat 08-Mar-14 23:54:41

For the past few months I had Insomnia which has now turned in to me sleeping on average 20 hours per day , I struggle to keep my eyes open etc .
I have been so tired for the past 12 Days my Ds has had to stay with my mum which is not fair on him at all , but I just can't risk falling asleep while in charge of him iyswim .
To top it off for the last week I have been ridiculously hungry , no matter what I eat I'm still hungry (no crap but lots of filling foods) I usually have a very small appetite yet now I'm just constantly hungry confused

I am going to see my Doctor this week but won't be until Wednesday.

Does anybody have an idea of what this could be or how I can stop feeling like this ??
I need to look after my Ds

JeanSeberg Sun 09-Mar-14 00:14:06

I'd go to A&E or call emergency doctor, don't leave it till Wednesday if you really are only able to stay awake for 4 hours a day.

itiswhatitiswhatitis Sun 09-Mar-14 00:19:18

I really would try to be seen sooner than Wednesday.

yolothankgod Sun 09-Mar-14 00:29:58

I can try and see somebody Tuesday but I'm nowhere near my Doctor & don't get paid until then so have no way of getting their .
Is it really serious ??

Sorry for sounding Dumb but I'm just usually in decent health blush

babyboomersrock Sun 09-Mar-14 00:30:47

Possibly diabetes?

As the others have said, doctor promptly. Don't leave it.

yolothankgod Sun 09-Mar-14 00:33:01

Thanks I'll make sure I see somebody smile

sydlexic Sun 09-Mar-14 00:35:49

I did the same, found if had b12 deficiency.

TheZeeTeam Sun 09-Mar-14 00:37:37

You need a doctor. And get a liver test too.

yolothankgod Sun 09-Mar-14 00:40:22

What's a b12 deficiency blush

mrsfollowill Sun 09-Mar-14 00:56:07

Vitamin b12 yolo-DH had this (v boring but due to ulcerative colitis)-could sleep for England. He now has b12 injections every 3 months and it makes a massive difference. Make sure you get down to the docs.

SummerRain Sun 09-Mar-14 01:44:55

Any chance you're pregnant?

Falling asleep constantly is always my first symptom.

Iron deficiency us another possibility, either anemia or a b12 deficiency.

Definitely see a doctor though, what you describe sounds very debilitating.

Mandy2003 Sun 09-Mar-14 02:14:22

Are you nearer to a pharmacy than you are to the doc's? You could ask there for a finger prick test for blood sugar re diabetes.

yolothankgod Sun 09-Mar-14 02:20:40

I could be pregnant but I have been trying for 3 years and not holding out much hope anymore iyswim

Summer It is very debilitating though it has taken me until now to realise

I'll drag myself to the Doctors Tuesday thanks

Solo Sun 09-Mar-14 02:48:12

Sounds a lot like the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome cycle. Lots of sleep, not sleeping Sleeping, but waking early. But equally, thyroid. See your GP asap.

A conversation with a friend and her Dd today and we discovered that the 3 of us are ravenous all the time. I thought it could just be a moon phase!

FunInTheSunD Sun 09-Mar-14 08:47:07

my first thought was pregnancy too... poas before you go to the dr's -fingers- -crossed- -for- -you-

This could well be due to problems with the thyroid gland. Blood tests should be done.

Also do not wait until Wednesday, you need to be seen sooner than this date.

SummerRain Sun 09-Mar-14 17:04:14

It took me two years to get pregnant first time. I was 9 weeks by the time I tested as I was so convinced it would never happen. Buy a test before you do anything else, pregnancy tiredness is unbelievably severe, I sleep for 18+ hours a day during the first few months and can literally fall asleep in.the middle of doing something so it is a strong possibility.

Good luck x

ivykaty44 Sun 09-Mar-14 17:09:35

Go and seek medical advise from a gp as soon as possible, and make a list of all your symptoms to take with you so you don't forget when you are actually in with the doctor

FunInTheSunD Wed 12-Mar-14 06:44:02

How did it go at the dr's OP....

yolothankgod Wed 12-Mar-14 13:39:40

I'm struggling to get an appointment I have been trying since Monday angry

Thanks for asking smile

FunInTheSunD Wed 12-Mar-14 18:25:01

Are you feeling any better OP?

NorkyButNice Wed 12-Mar-14 18:47:41

Do you take any other medication?

I'm on anti depressants and a small change in dosage can lead to me being comatose until my body gets used to it.

At the moment I get up at 7.30, do the school /nursery run, go back to bed, pick them up, feed and get them ready for bed, then go back to bed when DH gets home before 7pm.

FairyPenguin Wed 12-Mar-14 18:55:48

Can't you get an emergency appointment with your GP? I thought they all had to offer same-day emergency appointments? I would class this as emergency circumstances.

SummerRain Wed 12-Mar-14 18:58:56

Did you do a pregnancy test to rule it out?

I can't believe how long they're making you wait... could you get to an OOH clinic, I'd certainly consider this urgent enough considering you have a child you need to care for which you are unable to do in this state.

CaisleanDraiochta Wed 12-Mar-14 19:02:05

I had exactly this problem a couple of years ago- it was vitamin D deficiency. I was still tired after a full nights sleep, but got up to get DC ready for school then went back to sleep until pickup time. I'd have to force myself to stay awake with them, cook dinner etc but would go straight to bed once they did (7pm) Massive doses of vit d supplement daily made so much difference and it took affect within about 2 weeks I think.

Good luck with getting a GP appointment

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