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worriedaboutchristmas Mon 20-Nov-17 12:07:25

I’m not well. At all- for the last week or two I’ve been exhausted- overwhelmingly so. Im sleeping up to 15 hours a day. Falling asleep in work. I’ve stopped driving. I’m not able to stay awake sometimes.

I’m not depressed. There is something physically causing this. But I am scared to go to the doctors. I think I have diabetes. I’m overweight. I drink too much, eat too much and do virtually no exercise. The tiredness is worse after eating.

But it’s about to be Christmas. And I feel like if I’m diagnosed with diabetes and have to then act upon that- it will ruin Christmas a bit. No alcohol or Christmas chocs. Not being able to go out for a Christmas meal. So would aibu to just carry on until after the festive period?

cardibach Mon 20-Nov-17 12:09:48

I love. Hristmas e8ne and chocolate etc as much as the next woman, but more than my health? No.
You won’t enjoy Christmas if you are so tired anyway. It’s already affecting your quality of life.
YANBU to be scared about a life changing diagnosis,
YABU not to go and find out.

cardibach Mon 20-Nov-17 12:10:32

That should say Christmas wine at the start. I haven’t been on it, honestly. My iPad hates me.

PollytheDolly Mon 20-Nov-17 12:11:28

Yes you would be unreasonable. It’s only Christmas, your health is top priority. Make an appointment now.


carrie74 Mon 20-Nov-17 12:11:36

Well, it might be diabetes, might be a virus, maybe iron deficiency or something completely different. You could start putting some lifestyle changes into place now? It seems counter-intuitive, but doing exercise gives me more energy. However, if there’s something medically wrong, surely you’re best off addressing it? Christmas is still a month away, you can still over-indulge if it’s that important to you. But I’d be asking myself whether it would be better to face up to it now, start dealing with it, or have a worried, totally knackered Christmas?

hidinginthenightgarden Mon 20-Nov-17 12:11:48

xmas is going to be really crap if you end up in hospital because you were worried you would have to drink less booze!

MissFlashpants Mon 20-Nov-17 12:13:42

Look, I have to go and get a breast lump checked today. And I really don't want to. But I have to and so do you flowers

LetBartletBeBartlet Mon 20-Nov-17 12:14:08

Go to the GP and get the blood test.

You need to know. Xmas chocs do not trump the side effects of diabetes, and you're only going to worry until you know what's causing the tiredness.

I've only just being diagnosed as 'borderline' so really do understand how you feel.

Lelloteddy Mon 20-Nov-17 12:16:04

Seriously? Get a bloody grip and make an appointment to see your GP.

SandSnakeofDorne Mon 20-Nov-17 12:16:36

You’ll be able to enjoy Christmas more if you’re not sleeping 15 hours a day. And unless you have other symptoms it is probably something else.

aintnothinbutagstring Mon 20-Nov-17 12:18:04

If its just for the last week or two, you may just have a virus? Felt similar myself last week, was taking to having naps in the afternoon but feel a lot more energetic today. However if diabetes is worrying you, you won't enjoy those christmas treats especially if they make you feel worse after. But it might not be that, could be a virus, low iron or anything, don't assume the worst. See your doctor!

Mumto2two Mon 20-Nov-17 12:18:27

I have a friend who recently had a similar episode, was convinced she was seriously ill, and adamant it was not depression. After months of spiralling procrastination, she eventually went to see her doctor. Everything it could have been, was quickly excluded, and lo and behold, she magically improved! She was obviously suffering from anxiety in some way, and just needed to break the cycle and reassure herself that all was in fact, quite well.

ForgivenessIsDivine Mon 20-Nov-17 12:19:51

Come on woman..... Christmas will be a lot worse if you are worrying about what is wrong, drinking and eating chocolate which may or may not be making it worse. And if you are sleeping 15 hours a day, it won't be much fun either. If it is type 2 diabetes, this can be managed by diet.

Advise from a website I looked at: Because you can't change what happened in the past, focus on what you can do now and going forward. Simple changes at home can make a big difference, too.

Lose weight. Dropping just 7% to 10% of your weight can cut your risk of type 2 diabetes in half.

Get active. Moving muscles use insulin. Thirty minutes of brisk walking a day will cut your risk by almost a third.

Eat right. Avoid highly processed carbs, sugary drinks, and trans and saturated fats. Limit red and processed meats.

Sparklingbrook Mon 20-Nov-17 12:20:37

Please just make the appointment then go to the GP. It could be anything but you need to get it checked out. Forget about Christmas for now.

TammySwansonTwo Mon 20-Nov-17 12:24:59

Yes it would be very unreasonable to wait. There could be so many causes of exhaustion this severe - I have ME and this describes me pretty well. Could be diabetes, a heart problem, hypothyroidism or something far worse. Could also be a virus or any number of benign things.

Your health is not something to gamble with - what if it's something serious? Fancy spending xmas in Hospital instead?

Go to the doctor!

araiwa Mon 20-Nov-17 12:29:11

Nobody likes going to the doctor

But its better to go than not go

MrsHathaway Mon 20-Nov-17 12:31:30

And I feel like if I’m diagnosed with diabetes and have to then act upon that- it will ruin Christmas a bit. No alcohol or Christmas chocs. Not being able to go out for a Christmas meal

Have a quick look at the Lovely Christmas Things thread and see how many of them you can recreate without eating/drinking. Bulk up your season without the things which might actually put you in hospital.

Best of luck.

specialsubject Mon 20-Nov-17 12:31:42

get your arse to the doctor, now.

You can have fun without overeating and swilling. If it is diabetes, then stuffing up your health for good by ignoring it is not smart.

MurielsBottom Mon 20-Nov-17 12:31:52

^ I feel like if I’m diagnosed with diabetes and have to then act upon that- it will ruin Christmas a bit^

Or you could just die and ruin Christmas for everyone else. Harsh? People do not realise how serious diabetes can be and how life changing. It makes me so angry.

OP please please please go to your GP.

brasty Mon 20-Nov-17 12:32:18

I was like this with an underactive thyroid. One tablet a day and I am now fine.

razzledazzel Mon 20-Nov-17 12:35:13

You need to put your health first. It doesn’t sound like you’re having much fun feeling how you do now so if you carry on feeling like this you are hardly going to enjoy your Christmas. Plus you will still be worrying about what it might be. Make yourself an appointment ASAP it might not be what you think.

worriedaboutchristmas Mon 20-Nov-17 12:37:55

I know iabu. sadhow do I go about going to the doctors? Is it an emergency? Is it nurse or doctor? I’m so ignorant about this stuff

Itscurtainsforyou Mon 20-Nov-17 12:39:21

OP - I have diabetes and it doesn't ruin Christmas. Ok I can't sit there and eat a whole tub of roses in one sitting, but no one should be doing that anyway.

Go to the Drs, have a blood test and find out for sure, you're better off finding out what the problem is so that you can get on with your life feeling much better asap.

Itscurtainsforyou Mon 20-Nov-17 12:40:19

Ring the Drs and say you need an appointment as soon as possible.

Sugarpiehoneyeye Mon 20-Nov-17 12:42:17

It could be your thyroid gland OP, a simple blood test will determine if this is the case. You really need to pull up your big girl pants, and make that call. If you do have an under active thyroid gland, and choose to ignore it, not only will you be falling asleep, but your mental health will begin to suffer. Ring now, and let us know how you get on.

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