Question about sudden fatigue? Crashing fatigue?

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Does anyone else get sudden fatigue that comes out of the blue? I can feel normal part of the day and then all of a sudden I am so tired that I feel like I want to lay on the couch and nap. It happens regardless of how much sleep I am getting. It happens at different times of the day too. Sometimes even an hour or two after I've gotten out of bed.

I'm 39 and still having my periods but they are coming farther and farther apart. I am not on any birth control pills because I'm overweight and have migraines with aura.

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    I get that too. It doesn't matter what time I get up or how much sleep I get I start getting so tired to where I start nodding out and have even fell asleep for about 10 minutes or more . I also notice it happens around the same general time between 2&5. Every day. My doctor was telling me it's nothing to worry about. But I have a hard time believing him since he is a young man.
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     Hi there, I too have experienced those feelings in the past I was told I had Chronic Fatigue , I went to a herbal chiro, and he gave me some herbal remedy drops, and in about two months I never had it again. May be worth a shot to find someone who does testing with electro magnetics (sees what area of your body you are stressing in, and what is needed to correct the issue) It is not cheap (here in the USA) and insurance does not cover,
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    The only time in my life I have ever had that happen, I was found to have low ferritin.  This is not quite the same reading as what they do for anemia or an iron count.  It is a measurement of your iron stores.  It first started in my 30s.  I got fatigue just like you mention.  It was awful.  Once I started taking iron, it corrected itself within about a month.
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      I had all those symptoms getting worse and worse, eventually (a 9 year long story) found my ferritin too high.  Drs rarely test iron studies (panels) - just don't think of it.  Ended up having both hips replaced at a young age, heart problems, pituitary gland tumour, and never ending problems showing up because organs had absorbed too much toxic iron.

      Drs will say try taking iron tablets (deadly for some of us), that it is CFS - which is a symptom of something else, not a diagnosis.  It starts off with same symptoms as menopause (which is often when iron loading starts for most women).  It is haemochromatosis!  Get your dr to test your iron panels every year, and don't take no for an answer.

      Chris, I am so glad you brought that up, even though I was in opposite direction.  One in 200 people get haemochromatosis, one in 80 of those with Irish heritage.

       

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      I have a friend (male) with pheochromatosis (that's what he calls it anyway).  Has to go get his blood "let" every so often to reduce his iron load.  If not, he starts feeling bad and then the organ damage can start.

      I often wonder why doctors ignore the ferritin test.  I had to ask for it and when it came back so low, my doctor was shocked.  Low ferritin is the precurser to anemia.  You can start feeling bad well before you show up with anemia.  Many menstruating women, after many years of having a period, have this start.  Usually presents in the 30s, if not on birth control.  My ferritin was at "3" or "5".  My doctor says he likes to see women at "50."  The normal range is something like 13-100.  Most men average up in the 70 range.

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      Gee, with all my extensive knowledge of haemochromatosis, I had never heard of pheochromatosis.  Had to google it - the closest I got was pheochromacytoma, resulting from a tumour (only 10% are cancerous) stimulating the adrenal glands causing all sorts of problems, none of them needing blood letting.  Unless, coincidentally, he has haemochromatosis as well.

      I did see the word pheochromatosis in a blog, but the symptoms were for pheochromacytoma, and she corrected herself later in follow up blog.

      The blood tests that include ferritin iron, i.e. Iron Studies/Panel, as I said, should be done as a matter of course by gps because it is a window to a lot a health issues as you have discovered.  So, everyone out there reading this, ask your dr for an Iron Studies/Panel to be done.  We might start something!  Like preventative health care.

       

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    I myself get so tired at times. When I was taking the 100mgs of Neurontin three times daily i was so tired plus my ativan and the HRTs I had to stop the HRTs and the Neurontin due to bleeding and agitation and anxieties and reslestness 

    All I am taking is my Ativan 1/2 mg every 5 to 6 hours and my trazodone to help me sleep and my thyroid and my pepcid and my vitamin D3 and my multivitamin 

    I don't feel as I did last week when i was taking the neurontin 

    Last Friday i was so tired i was weak feeling like I was going to pass out and my blood pressure and heart rate were high too. Then in the ER on Monday I was really agitated my blood pressure was up and so was my heart rate they had to give me a shot of ativan to calm me down and it started to lower my blood pressure and my heart rate 

    i can not do a lot of meds or i am out of it

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      Susan I experience the Same thing. I too am taking nurontin for nerve pain and restless leg syndrome. I never thought it could be the nurontin making me nod out. I wonder if that's what makes me lean to the side also. Thank you for the insight.
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      Your welcome how much nurontin are you on may i ask because i heard if its used for nerve pain that people are put on more than just 300 the dose is higher for nerve pain 

      Nurontin just made me so tired my blood pressure was up with it and so was my heart rate and i was only taking 100mg 3 times a day. I had to stop it with how it made me restless and agitated and weak and tired 

      I am just taking my ativan and trazodone right now 

      You should talk to your doctor about how you feel when you take the nurontin 

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    Hi ,yes have started experiencing this recently am 50 with regular periods so have put it down to peri ,it usually lasts from about 1/2 an hr to an hr and all I want to do is lie down ,like you say it can come on suddenly ,even lying down feeling like this is an effort , I almost feel as if my body is giving up when it happens it is so overwhelming ! I suffer from insomnia ,have an active life but quite honestly can say I have never experienced this before it just seems to take over ! So you definitely not alone in this rolleyes
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    I'm 54 and know I'm in peri. The crashing fatigue and depression and anxiety blew the roof of my life!! EGADS! I thought about my iron two as I'd been diagnosed anemic only to find out from my blood doctor that I'm not anemic but have a malabsorbtion disorder and got iron infusions for that. I've had very low ferritin levels all my life and they finally got so low that I finally suffered symptoms. Those symptoms weren't anything like crashing fatigue. I got bad vertigo. Had my thyroid checked when this fatigue kicked in as there is a history of that in my family. All was well. High progesterone can cause fatigue and depression and I'm on HRT. Finally went on Celexa as the depression and low energy was dibilitating. Third week starting tomorrow and am starting to see light at the end of the tunnel. I couldn't fight that depression ie. no energy business. I couldn't function. At least now I have something to help me until my hormones straighten themselves out. Hope you feel better soon!
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    Thanks for all your replies. I felt fine when I got up this morning but while I was dropping my kids off at school I started to feel bad. I felt kind of anxious, swimmy headed, cold, and felt like I had pressure in my ears. It's so strange how you can feel bad so quickly.
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    Your sudden fatigue is most probably caused due to the beginning period of menopause. Since you are 39, you might have your menopause in a year or two. The sudden fatigue is the pre menopause syndrome.
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    Has anyone figured out away to get rid of this feeling. It can be scary when it happens out of the blue. Sometimes afraid to go anywhere then I think anxiety kicks in.
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    It just happened to me.  I actually slept really good last night.  I am on birth control pills, mild. ones.   I'm almost 52 and started a natural vitamin to help with some irritability and that and it's helped a lot that way. Had a lot of energy at first, but today, I just all of sudden can hardly keep my eyes open.  Was wondering what is going on?

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