Patient discussion about fatigue

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Q. What can cause chronic fatigue?

For the last few weeks I’ve been having this strange fatigue, I sleep 12-14 hours at night (I used to sleep 6-7 hours), and I’m tired all day long. It really bothers me. What can is be?
A1Wow, there are so many…to give you a taste- here is a list. I guess some of them you can rule out pretty easily through checking your habits and other symptoms (if you have any):
A2There are about 20-30 causes of chronic fatigue that are known. But mind you that you still don’t have chronic fatigue- this requires 6 months of fatigue. What you have is acute fatigue. And there are probably even more causes of that. Some of them are probably viruses that were not identified yet. So I recommend a good Dr. and thorough exam.

Q. I suffer of lack in energy lately, any advice?

I’m 35, usually a strong guy but for the past 3 weeks I’ve been sleeping all day, doing nothing while awake, having no energy to do anything. Any one know a reason or what should I do?
A1Have you tried changing your diet? You may lack of vitamins or other essential materials that can cause drowsiness. Try eating vegetables and fruits. Force yourself to do a daily walk, 25 minutes, that’s all. and could be you got an infection that will take some time…

A2Well, there are a lot of reason- there are viral infections that can do that like infectious mononucleosis. This can make you sleep 16 hours a day for a 6 months or so. Did you see any weird bulges on your neck? Could be that you have Chronic fatigue syndrome. Here is a wikipedia link to an explanation about it:

Q. How do you know when your tiredness is a chronic health symptom?

Sometimes I'm just overwhelmingly tired and need to lay down for awhile. Then I feel better but then I haven't accomplished a lot. At least after I rest I am able to do things again. What is Chronic Fatigue all about?
A1Wow! Good question!
I tell you what- here is a very good site I use all the time. You enter a symptom and it gives you all the illnesses that have the symptom. Then you enter another symptom you have and it narrows the list.
I already entered fatigue for you:

and here is a site about chronic fatigue syndrome that you can look for differences:
A2Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Epstein-Barr Syndrome is a lymph node problem which lowers your resistance. You can be diagnosed with simple blood tests. Ask your Dr. to do a blood panel with a Mono-panel. Then he might prescribe vitamins or exercise for you. Good luck and feel better. I have CFS and Fibromyalgia and I know how you feel - don't get down on yourself for allowing yourself to work on your exhaustion and not doing another load of laundry!

Q. Has anyone heard of the Fibromyalgia & Fatigue Centers? If so how was your experience?

Dear friends, I am unable to sleep for the past few months and I was having disturbed lifestyle. I am terribly upset and have been undergoing huge stress. My whole body is paining and I am literally having sleepless nights. I feel that my muscles are being overworked and pulled over. I can see some weird symptoms and I did consult my doctor and after several tests he did diagnose as fibromyalgia, bad! Has anyone heard of the Fibromyalgia & Fatigue Centers? If so how was your experience?
A1Hi Justin,
I have heard of the treatment centers you are asking about BUT have not persoanally had experince with them. From what I have learned they deal only with Fibromyalgi and are a help to suffers. I am sure you can find more out online or someone her that has experince with them will answer. I have been dealing with the worst of my symptoms for 4 years and it is not an easy condition BUT as you learn more about it you will find some "tricks" to dealing with some of it. I understand the sleepless night, chronic fatigue and the pain! I encourage you to learn more and look nto the treatment centers anything that might help could be worth trying! I wish you the best!
A2Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by widespread pain in your muscles, ligaments and tendons, as well as fatigue and multiple tender points — places on your body where slight pressure causes pain. Fibromyalgia is more common in women than in men. Previously, fibromyalgia was known by other names such as fibrositis, chronic muscle pain syndrome, psychogenic rheumatism and tension myalgias. Source Mayo Clinic
A3Hi Justin, my answer is yes, I have heard of fibromyalgia, and have read many articles about the disease. I have a rare nerve disease (CIDP) which is very similar, and painful like fibromyalgia. I have to take very strong medications to control the pain. I have been suffering with this disease since 1991, when I had to leave my job, and go on to disability. Be sure to go to a neurologist who will be able to diagnose your condition, so you get a better evaluation of how far the disease has been prognosis. I wish you the best of Luck!!

Q. I think i might have chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia. how can i tell the difference?

So far, the doctors have not been able to diagnose anything and have basically been putting me on random medications just to relieve the symptoms. Symptoms I have: Fatigue (sleeping thirteen hours +) exhaustion pain in my knees, ankles, and weirdly my elbows. Headaches, congestion. I’ve been really nauseous occasionally and ended up having to go to the ER because of it.
A1Here is a site that might help you. You can type in the symptoms one at a time and it’ll give you optional illnesses that correlates with the symptoms:

A2Oh Boy, Fibromyalsia is really tough to diagnose, but my guess would be at your age it isn't that. Sounds more like Rheumatoid Arthritis, to me. Your other symptoms DO coincide with either disease. Except for the nausea, and that is probably from your meds. Your body is young for all or those and they are very bad for you.

I too have had a slew of blood tests going as far back as when I was 17(I'm 42 now) and nothing ever showed up in those tests until about 3yrs ago. Have your parents ask for extensive X-Rays, and a MRI. That is one true way to show the deterioration of your cartilage.

Q. where would i 'll be able to get information about Fibromyalgia? especially about fatigue symptoms ...


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Q. has anyone gained weight because of heavy tiredness and sleep while taking paxil?

Has anyone gained weight because of heavy tiredness and sleep while taking Paxil? My mom is taking paxil for the past 2 years. It is good that while taking Paxil she is well off with her episodes. But its side effects are more than the benefits. She has a continuous fatigue and headache, nausea, blurred vision, restlessness, constipation, loss of libido and weight gain. Because of her excessive weight gain and continuous fatigue and headache she has stopped taking her medicines. Now I am scared that her bipolar episodes could revert back
AI too had similar side effects when I was on Paxil. Weight gain was the most problematic issue to be dealt with. But on doctor’s advice I reduced my doses to half and quite surprisingly I was relieved from excess weight gain. May be it is just an overdose of Paxil that causes weight gain but do change meds with doctor’s advice only. Now your mother completely stopped taking her medicines and you must take her to doctor and discuss this situation. Sure you will find a different solution at least in terms of medicines.
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