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Crashing fatigue..

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menopausalmadam Thu 16-Apr-15 11:39:03

I am utterly exhausted. Took the kids to school, did a little tidying up and have to sit down. I feel totally drained. I can't keep my eyes open.
This doesn't happen every day (thank-goodness) but I am noticing it more and more.
What supplements do I take? Iron?
Any suggestions would be helpful.
I feel as though I'm coping ok with the other peri symptoms and don't feel ready to 'bother' the doctor just yet, but this tiredness thing is really a problem.

Grumpyoldblonde Thu 16-Apr-15 19:14:58

Hi, I have been through periods of this, too tired to get out of bed to the point I wondered if I had ME, please do see your Dr, they will take it seriously and order blood tests. I had lots of tests for B12 deficiency, Vit D, Iron, Thyroid and so on, frustratingly nothing was found (so nothing to treat/help)
I have found that a multi vitamin with Iron and cutting Sugar has helped, I nibble on nuts all day squirrel style, walnuts, Brazils, Cashews and this seems to help, I also eat a lot of mushrooms (packed with Iron, Vit D and Vit C) and generally avoiding "white" food.
It is awful to feel so tired, at my worst I half wanted to be put into an induced coma, just to rest.

menopausalmadam Fri 17-Apr-15 05:13:36

Thanks Grumpy. I diet overhaul wouldn't be a bad thing and a visit to the doctor...
I feel like such a bad mother somedays as I can't muster up enough energy to do things with the kids. I used to be really organised and 'ran a tight ship', most things have gone to pot now.

OvertiredandConfused Tue 21-Apr-15 14:31:23

I'm sitting at my desk barely able to keep my eyes open, despite a good night's sleep.

Had my mirena taken out on Friday to try and make sense of some symptoms and see if i am starting fairly but not very early menopause. I'm 45 and feel like someone flicked a switch in my body just after my birthday sad

Bleeding since has been horrific so am hoping this new level of fatigue is primarily down to that and not longer lasting.

Eliza22 Sat 02-May-15 16:59:30

Me too. I'm 53 and my life feels like it's ground to a halt. I've gone from lots of activity to practically nothing and when I do make myself do it, I'm dragging my body along like a dead weight. Am cold all the time and feel u well. Everyone says its "my age". Am very disappointed with myself!

Keep us posted OP, if you find what works for you!

KatharineClifton Sat 02-May-15 17:03:12

Tests for iron levels and thyroid function should be your first move I think. Anaemia is awful.

measles64 Sat 02-May-15 17:13:34

My Doctor says every woman over 50 should take B12. I take a multi vitamin every day now. The tiredness is a bind. Go to bed early do not try to stay up for a programme, record it. Be kind to yourself. I have worked 9 days out of the last 11. Last night crashed out at 9pm and woke up at 10 am. My friends say it does pass ditto the brain fog.

menopausalmadam Sat 13-Jun-15 17:12:28

Update: Diagnosed with 'iron-deficient anemia' so have been taking 20ml of liquid iron (with added B vitamins) for about a month now.
Also taking a multi-vitamin.
Started taking tranexamic acid during my period which has definitely helped with the amount of blood loss. I think the combination of iron, tranexamic acid and possibly the multi-vitamin has helped.
Feel much better, and the afternoon 'crashing exhaustion' has gone. I feel more alive than dead now.

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