Extreme fatigue

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Hi all,

Just wanted to know if of you ladies out there suffer with extreme fatigue??

I'm really struggling this morning. To the point where I feel I can't move! It was a struggle just going to bathroom and felt like I was going to fall asleep in there!

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    Is this normal perimenopause symptom and any tips?

    Thank you

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    I've also had extreme fatigue for the last 2 or 3 years. I also have ME/CFS and now have this extra blanket of fatigue on top of my normal exhaustion. I've recently been trying to change my diet as I've now been told my cholesterol is too high (the joys of getting older!!!) and I'm trying to see if I can reduce it with a different diet. Since I've made some changes I've realised that it's actually increasing my energy levels a bit too. The things I feel have helped the most are porridge for breakfast with a flaxseed, nut and co-enzyme Q10 blend, chia seeds and strawberries mixed in, lentil soup and a warm milk drink with raw cacoa powder mixed in with a banana. Also drink lots of water as dehydration can lead to fatigue. Yoga can help too.


    I'm determined I'm not going to let this beat me - hope you find something that helps! 

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      Thank you Elaine..

      I'm a big fan of porridge and healthy living, but when fatigue and other ugly symptoms hit, I feel completely debilitated. Almost like frozen with fear. It's horrible. .

      Thank you for your tips x

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    Dora, I'm assuming from your second post that you are still having periods?  Do you mind if I ask your age, and how regular you are at this point?

    There's no doubt about it that our sex steroids affect all other hormone systems in the body.  Have you had a complete work up on your thyroid? Or your adrenal glands?  Changes in your estrogen/testosterone/progesterone levels can definitely change our energy, but also hold consequences for thyroid production, and adrenal gland production, which could be causing the extreme fatigue you are describing.  

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      Hi Gailannie,

      I've just turned 43 and been having irregular periods for a year and a half.

      I was having them every 2 weeks but now they are further apart - every 5 weeks.

      I've had hormone levels, thyroid etc checked a few times and been told that they're normal range.

      The doctors that I have seen regarding perimenopause have told me that these tests are not reliable and they go by symptoms.

      I'm really struggling with my symptoms.. Extreme anxiety/health anxiety being a big one as well as a host of other ugly ones.

      Fatigue is getting me today and can most days.

      Have you suffered with same symptoms?

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      Yes Dora, I have.  And it's not unusual for hormone testing, at this point in time, to show normal levels.  But look at how vast the ranges are!   That's part of the problem.  What feels right to your system isn't always shown on labs.  But the fact that you are so irregular with periods is definitely a symptom.  Things are changing.  (Sorry about that!)  

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