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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

babyboomersrock Wed 12-Mar-14 19:35:35

I also think this is an emergency OP.

Sleeping 20 hours a day, having a suddenly voracious appetite but feeling hungry all the time - as well as being unable to care for your child is not something trivial. Is your mother still looking after your ds?

I really think you should phone the surgery tomorrow and tell them you need to be seen.

WooAGhostCat Wed 12-Mar-14 19:46:21

You know it really could be just as simple as stress.
Patients hate it when they are told this, as they feel they are being dismissed, but honestly stress causes all sorts of very serious and debilitating symptoms.
If you've ruled out diabetes, pregnancy, anaemia, pernicious anaemia, thyroid disorders and post viral/chronic fatigue syndrome it's worth considering .

yolothankgod Wed 12-Mar-14 20:22:53

I darent do a pregnancy test blush

Its an emergency appointment I'm trying to get as otherwise if I just book a normal one I will be waiting 3-4 weeks to be seen .
I said I really need to be seen and I were told to go to the ooh doctor though I'm not sure its an ooh gp I need to see iyswim .

Not my meds causing this as I have been on the same ones/dosage for a few years & I'm under a lot less stress than I have been recently as well .

Not feeling at all better , Ds has had to come home and I'm really struggling , practically having to use matchsticks to keep my eyes open , I have also started to feel low on blood sugar iyswim as within a split second I can go from been ok to almost fainting confused

If I can't get an appointment tomorrow then I'm changing GP

Thanks everybody smile

kelda Wed 12-Mar-14 20:25:32

If you can't get an appointment tomorrow, then see the OOH GP. You really need to be seen by a doctor, to have blood tests and to find out if there is an urgent physical problem that needs treating such as diabetes.

FairyPenguin Wed 12-Mar-14 20:38:50

Yes, please go and see the OOH doctor.

ImperialBlether Wed 12-Mar-14 20:46:05

Why don't you get a test for diabetes, OP? Your pharmacist can test you for that. Can you afford to get it done? (I know you said you couldn't pay to get to the doctor.)

One of my students who's very, very heavy said she was going home from college, eating a family pack of ice cream and then sleeping all evening. She's been found to be diabetic and is much better now she's having treatment.

yolothankgod Wed 12-Mar-14 21:27:14

Im going to go down to my surgery at 8am so hopefully I'll get an appointment smile

furlinedsheepskinjacket Wed 12-Mar-14 22:16:34

good luck x

yolothankgod Thu 13-Mar-14 00:26:37


FanFuckingTastic Thu 13-Mar-14 00:47:29

Good luck, I am going through cycles like this, insomnia for a few days then sleeping so much I barely wake up. I hate it as it ruins being able to do anything at all. I want to just sleep normally, but I recognise I am under a lot of stress and also am quite ill physically, so trying to go easy on myself.

Hope you get some answers OP. x

yolothankgod Thu 13-Mar-14 01:06:38

Thank you Fan flowers

Mandy2003 Thu 13-Mar-14 17:27:24

Any news OP?

Bluecarrot Thu 13-Mar-14 17:41:37

Any update?

I went through a period of needing to sleep 14+ hours a day and feeling constantly exhausted. GPs said I was fine confused for years.

Then I went and got allergy test done privately. I went on a detox - caffeine, sugar, wheat, beef and basil- and since then I've been back to sleeping normally even after detox ended.

yolothankgod Sat 15-Mar-14 20:08:58

OOH told me to see my GP hmm

I still haven't managed to get an appointment , so have changed doctors and have an appointment next week .

Thanks for asking smile

StarlightMcKingsThree Sat 15-Mar-14 20:24:59

Good luck, but do poas ASAP.

SummerRain Sat 15-Mar-14 21:01:43

Agreed, it's the first thing they're going to ask you and if you are pregnant you need to know sooner rather than later anyway.

yolothankgod Sat 15-Mar-14 21:28:15

I'm working up to poas blush

SummerRain Sat 15-Mar-14 21:33:45

flowers good luck

Beckamaw Sat 15-Mar-14 21:45:03

I am hyperthyroid - ridiculous appetite and no sleep. Rapid heart rate - eating everything and not sleeping. Doesn't correlate.
Hypo is weight gain, more sleep, low appetite.
Liver problems (have had in the past) = constant sleep but cannot digest fat. Literally eat buttered bread and puke. Does that sound familiar?

You need to see the GP OP. thanks

Fairylea Sat 15-Mar-14 21:48:47

I was going to suggest hypothyroidism and possible pituitary issues as well. Sounds a lot like me before I was diagnosed. Hope you feel better soon x

yolothankgod Sun 16-Mar-14 00:37:54

I have gained a lot of weight despite not eating much hmm
Will see what my new GP says

Thanks for asking everybody it means a lot blush

furlinedsheepskinjacket Sun 16-Mar-14 00:42:05

when are you going yolo?

furlinedsheepskinjacket Sun 16-Mar-14 00:44:12

just saw next week.hope you get it sorted.

babyboomersrock Fri 28-Mar-14 00:12:59

Did you manage to see the GP, Yolo? Hope you're feeling better.

onlyjoking Wed 07-May-14 03:28:06

How did you get on at the doctors?

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