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For the last 30-36 months I've been consumed by this extreme fatigue/exhaustion that I get after a full night of sleep. I feel very unrefreshed with sleep. I sometimes lay in bed all day dreading doing day to day tasks. I've been suffering like this for a very long time. When I force myself to get out of bed and get busy doing stuff-I feel significantly better, but still very tired. The only thing I know that works for sure is a stimulant, but doctor's don't want to prescribe me a stimulant. I'm starting to get very scared. I'm starting to think doctors are very ignorant for not prescribing me a stimulant. I get so tired from day to day, my hygiene falls apart and I smell awful. I have no interest in life. I can't work and have no interest in intimacy or relationships. I'm scared that my life is over. I think of suicide all the time. stimulants seem to be the perfect remedy. When I have stimulants I'm up moving around, making all my appointments, enjoying life, working out, working jobs. I understand that stimulants are narcotics and are very addictive, then why can't I go to the pharmacy every day in the morning to take my dose, if their that worried about me abusing stimulants. I am so worried about my future that I think I actually need a miracle. I feel like I'm suffering day to day buying stimulants here and there to get me by, they help very successfully, that's how I know I need them. Does anyone have any suggestions? I'm very desperate for help, and I'm starting to get really nervous about my future. I need all the help I can get.
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We note from a recent post which you have made to our forum that you may be experiencing thoughts around self-harm. If we have misinterpreted your comments then we apologise for contacting you directly. But if you are having such thoughts then please note that you are not alone in this, and there are people out there that can help.
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see an endocrinologisted to get lab tests of your hormones. Especially cortisol (adrenals), thyroid, ACTH (pituitary) etc.
Hi travis, i can share some experience with you as ive been taking ritalin for 2.5 years and my adrenal cortisol problem has still come through the stimulants. The best stimulant that come close to treating both my adhd and adrenal issues has been nicotine patches (no ive never smoked). stimulants help push through the cortisol issue but if you do have a cortisol problem you will still fall short with stressful situations, accidents and exersize. Because my ritalin allowed me to do more with my day, it burnt my adrenals out even faster. i have tried all sorts of medication in the last 2 years to help including modafinil / armodafinil / caffeine / wellbutrin / paroxetine . I have been using 5mg prednisolone for 6 months self medicating due to no appointments with the pandemic. Ive gone private and have the tetracosactide injection test in 3 days time to hopefully get some answers and hydrocortisone replacement
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