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sleeping 17 hours a day is just STUPID - helen-louise
sleeping 17 hours a day is just STUPID
I have had a visiting otterylexa for the past week. This would have been much more pleasant if I wasn't so ragingly ill :( My chronic fatigue has reached the sort of proportions where I am only conscious for a few hours each day, which means I haven't even had enough energy to get online and tell you about it.

Today I actually remembered to take 2 vitamin pills, and as a result I can't sleep. Perhaps "proof" that my current exhaustion is due to some deficiency? I almost went to the doctor yesterday, but figured it was a bad idea to see possibly a complete stranger on 1.5 hours sleep - since a lot of my symptoms sound like rampant hypochondria. They also sound like manifestations of depression, but I don't need my antidepressants fiddled with - I'm depressed because I'm so tired and can't do anything, not tired because I'm depressed. I'm pretty certain of this, since I've been exhausted since the summer and am only starting to feel depressed now, seven months into it.

I want to get blood tests for vitamin D deficiency and anaemia (the iron deficiency type), and thyroid function, and possibly for coeliac, just to rule it out. I'm hoping the NHS won't be evil and force me to have one test at a time to save money.

Sorry this is so boring. I have lots of interesting stuff to write about, but not enough brain to do it with.

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jenett From: jenett Date: 5th February 2011 12:25 (UTC) (Link)
Definitely worth testing the Vitamin D.
veryfineredwine From: veryfineredwine Date: 5th February 2011 14:16 (UTC) (Link)
I noticed my diet was very protein-deficient when I was in Boston. Once I got back to my usual diet (less simple carbs, more protein) I felt less sluggish. Will the NHS cover a visit with a nutritionist?
jinian From: jinian Date: 5th February 2011 18:33 (UTC) (Link)
So sorry you're feeling bad. One test at a time sounds ridiculous, I really hope that doesn't happen! I know just what you mean about situational depression being mistaken for the cause, and it's so much easier to explain that you're sufficiently self-aware to know the difference to your own doctor. Good luck.
From: kshandra Date: 5th February 2011 19:27 (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry you're feeling so poorly. *hug*

Finished the book last week; it was absolutely fascinating, and as much of an insight into the music world of the late 70s and early 80s as it was his life. (I worry about him, too; it seems as though the depressive phases of his bipolar disorder have gotten worse as he ages.) Thank you again for getting it for me. *more hugs*
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