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Always tired

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didireallysaythat Tue 02-Sep-14 20:07:13

I'm always tired. Not fall asleep at my desk tired but I feel wiped out most of the time. Been like this for the past year. I've got an agreement with the GP that we'll look into this in the new year once I steady out with AD (the two maybe related after all!). The AD are helping but I'm still knackered.

What should I change diet wise ? Iron and magnesium supplements with my multi vitamin, but what else should I do ? I'd like to see if I can pick myself up before the new year review.

PenelopeGarciasCrazyHair Tue 02-Sep-14 20:09:49

Get your thyroid checked. I was prescribed ADs too, they helped a bit emotionally but I still felt so tired and ached all the time. Google hypothyroid symptoms to see if they ring any bells and if so do mention getting tested. Also vitamin B12 and iron anaemia, so try eating natural healthy foods based on meat and vegetables.

NotInGuatemalaNowDrRopata Tue 02-Sep-14 20:15:50

You could try taking Spatone - a liquid iron that you add to half a glass of OJ (it's pretty tasteless and it doesn't bung you up). I found that after a couple of weeks I was feeling much more "alive".

Fishstix Tue 02-Sep-14 20:20:15

This was me a few months ago. I cut out all wheat, dairy and sugar out of my diet for two months and I feel COMPLETELY different now. Within a week (during which I had an almost permanent withdrawal headache) I was sleeping better, felt awake all the time, no longer had the post lunch drowsiness I was used to, was able to concentrate again and got right back into exercising. Honestly, it changed my life.

didireallysaythat Tue 02-Sep-14 21:33:10

Good suggestions here - thank you all !

Some of the thyroid related symptoms ring true but not all. I'll avoid seaweed just in case... DH takes spatone as he's useless with tablets but I think it will be a lot cheaper for me to go find a mega vitamin and every mineral under the sun tablet (I was thinking antenatal ones would be good but I guess they have reduced vitamin A ?). But I have a bad feeling that it is all or partially diet related. I went wheat free and almost dairy/sugar free and felt good BUT it was a real FAFF having to cook different things for me - the kids live on spaghetti and toast... Plus 5 eggs a day seemed like a lot. If I could find a half way house as a starting point perhaps I could start with that. Maybe cutting out sugar to start (but I love fruit!)

TheFillyjonk Tue 02-Sep-14 21:36:56

Hmm... I know you take a multivitamin, but could you do a Vitamin B Complex too? That stuff has made me SO much more alert and resilient at my desk during boring meetings.

Bakeoffcakes Tue 02-Sep-14 21:43:02

Have you had your iron level checked with a blood test. You may be anaemic and need prescription strength iron tablets.

The dr should really be running blood tests for several things if you've been tired for a while.

didireallysaythat Tue 02-Sep-14 22:28:58

I currently take a fizzy multivit which I think gives me vitamins b but I'm out of iron tablets. I had a blood test recently to see if I clot slowly (I bleed like no one's business if cut!) and I was starting to have nosebleeds again But bizarrely I came back as excessively fast clotting (my dentist laughed when I told him as that's not his experience!). Anyway my iron count was at the bottom of the range but within it. I've always been a bit borderline anaemic - I've just moved onto the mini pill to stop all periods because I was getting wiped out during my period. My blood pressure is probably a little low at the moment (cant see when I stand up from sitting but that's not unusual for me). I'm not a big meat eater either so I have to think about iron intake (hence multi vits etc). I'll go order some on now as you've spurred me into action. Any recommendations on the best ones ? I'm not too bad at taking horse tablets...

Fishstix Wed 03-Sep-14 09:49:26


You were allowed fruit on the plan I followed. If you PM me I'll send you the link to the 'allowed foods' guidance. I found it surprisingly easy!

didireallysaythat Wed 03-Sep-14 18:16:35

Thanks fish I've pm'd you.

Superworm Wed 03-Sep-14 23:08:28

Have you had bloods to check your vitamin D levels? I felt exhausted and was borderline anaemic and had low Vit D. Prescribed supplements for both and feel a million times better.

didireallysaythat Thu 04-Sep-14 09:17:19

I'm hoping if I can take supplements for a couple of months if my levels are low now I should be back to normal around December assuming they aren't stupidly low.

didireallysaythat Thu 04-Sep-14 17:27:04

Haha - passed out at the dentist's this morning ! Guess my blood pressure is a little too low at the moment....

Bakeoffcakes Thu 04-Sep-14 19:18:52

I think you should go back to your GP and ask for blood checks now rather than in the new year.

didireallysaythat Thu 04-Sep-14 22:04:15

I decided not to drive straight back to work after the dentist (couldn't see straight !) So finally got to a chemist to get multi vits and minerals. Is a month a reasonable length of time if they've helped ?

YeGodsAndLittleFishes Thu 04-Sep-14 22:09:32

Holland and Barratt sell great liquid vitamins which are easy to take and the body absorbs well/quickly. The vitamin B one is a real tonic.

Oily fish is good, and maintaining a healthy weight and a good amount of exercise.

Take vitamin C and A with iron but not calcium, have calcium at a different time of day.

YeGodsAndLittleFishes Thu 04-Sep-14 22:12:29

I agree, better to go and get blood checks asap, and before taking supplements. Supplements could mask.a deficiency which could be a clue to an underlying problem. Thyroid problems can take months to sort out, best to start soonest if that is the issue.

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