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Hmmm....feeling out of sorts...

post #1 of 19
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I know, I know, no diagnosis over the internet. BUT, I was wondering... For a while now, I have been feeling groggy, tired, irritated, overstimulated at times. I can't concentrate, where I used to be able to multitask like a pro. A lot of loud noises bother me. Irritable like you wouldn't believe. :tantrum: I actually got a "talking to" at work about it, and I'm the supervisor! CLUMSY! I am always dropping things, (on Monday, I dropped a whole plastic jar of Betadine scrubs and liquid all over the floor, and not 1/2 hour later, I did it again!) I have had my thyroid checked a few times, and it's normal. My doctor likes to tell me everything is "stress" so she's no help. What I'm wondering is, is there something I could safely take (Ginko Biloba, fish oil, etc...) that would make my mind sharper like it used to be? Take the fog away? Make me feel less...."out of sorts?" Or any other suggestions? Today I was sharp as a tack, we had a big emergency and I was spot on accurate, no hesitation....and I can't figure out why, I ate Spaghetti-O's for breakfast but I doubt there's magic in Spaghetti-O's...
post #2 of 19
Sounds silly, but have you tried a tanning bed? Seems like this time of year I never see the sun. When I tan a couple of times a week, it seems to make the "fog" go away.

Bobbie
post #3 of 19
I would consult with a different doctor!!!!!
post #4 of 19
Sounds like some vitamin/mineral deficiency? Or even overdose? I remember I got overdosed on Vit. A. I had dizzy spells and bouts of fatigue.
But you mentioned SpagghettiOs. Maybe you lack carbohydrates.
post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by emb_78
I would consult with a different doctor!!!!!
Ditto that!
post #6 of 19
I would get a second opinion because there are a number of things that could be wrong..like some of the other people suggested you could be lacking vitamens or it could be that you just need a good vacation! ..either way I think it's important to talk to a different doctor.
post #7 of 19
I think either another check-up or a second opinion. Maybe it is the early stages of trouble with your blood pressure or blood sugar. When did they check your thyroid, and did they do a complete blood work-up? Or have you started any new medications (or supplements) lately? Are you sleeping ok?
post #8 of 19
Thread Starter 
Hmmm...I'm pretty sure I have enough carbs, since I'm addicted to them! I did get a full work up. With some other problems I've had like joint pain, I've been tested for Lupus, Lyme's, Leukemia, cholesterol, thyroid a few times, last was I think this summer (I even had a ultrasound of my thyroid gland once because she thought it was enlarged). My doctor is very "heyhowsitgoingnothingswrongitsstresstakesomeAdvilgoodbye" and I don't ever get around to seeing someone else although I want to.
Tanning bed...I have had this problem for a few months, but it's worth a try I guess! Plus it's cold out so it would probably feel good.
I don't take vitamins so it's probably not an overdose, but it could be a deficiency...
No new medications, but was diagnosed with athsma last year and am on an inhaler.
Sleeping...I could sleep for days! I always have had a hard time waking up. As I say, I was 2 weeks late being born cuz I wanted to sleep in!
post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by menagerie mama
Sleeping...I could sleep for days! I always have had a hard time waking up. As I say, I was 2 weeks late being born cuz I wanted to sleep in!
That doesn't tell us that you've actually been getting enough sleep. How many hours of sleep do you get each night?
post #10 of 19
hon, it sounds like you have all the symptoms of SAD - Seasonal Affectivity Disorder. If this started "a couple months ago" when daylight savings changed and if you get as dark as we do by 3:30-4, then you need a special light. I was reading where in the northern areas it is a TRUE, documented disorder and crops up about age 30 big time. Just a hunch!
post #11 of 19
I Get that, Ben used to wonder why i was so dumb in germany but really intelligent in sicily... it was because i had sun light and i was alot quicker!

I would try the tanning bed too or some sort of special light that other people have suggested. I KNOW I NEED IT!!

Or we could just simply go to australia to the sunshine
post #12 of 19
if you had spaghettiOs for breakfast I'd be looking at your diet. More fresh fruit and veg etc.
post #13 of 19
It cold be the inhaler - my sister has had her's changed a few times until they found one that worked with her.

But take some vitamins/eat veggies and get them the proper way and find some sunlight - generally makes me feel better.

Less processed foods (like the spaghetti-o's) and less caffeine and get some fresh air too!

Helpful herbs include ginseng, lavender, rosemary, sweet flag, and chamomile to help relax in the evenings.
post #14 of 19
I thought of sad right away too!!! I another sympton of said is craving for more carbs-you know how we Wisconsin people eat in the winter. I think if you can spend like 15 minutes outside in the winter esp when sunny it helps.
My diet gets crummy when the late fall comes. As I usually spend lots and lots of time outside until it gets too cold. I do notice however if its a nice winter day and I spend some time outside I usually feel better.
Eating better -you can notice the changes within a few days!!
Watch the processed food amts your are eating and soda.
post #15 of 19
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Hydroaxe
That doesn't tell us that you've actually been getting enough sleep. How many hours of sleep do you get each night?
I sleep usually about 8.5 hours a night.
Ok, so you're all saying that more sun, vitamins : and fresh foods will possibly make me less irritable, more focused, less lethargic and bring me out of my slump? .....Ok, I will start today! I will also look into the special light.
But what ABOUT Ginko and all that? Will adding that help?
Thanks for the info guys, I hope it works!!
post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by sashacat421
hon, it sounds like you have all the symptoms of SAD - Seasonal Affectivity Disorder. If this started "a couple months ago" when daylight savings changed and if you get as dark as we do by 3:30-4, then you need a special light. I was reading where in the northern areas it is a TRUE, documented disorder and crops up about age 30 big time. Just a hunch!
I agree with Elizabeth that it could be SAD. I'm next-door to you in Minnesota, and every single winter I feel horrible Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING I see outside is white, brown or gray (YUCK!!!!!). Once spring/summer gets here, and it starts getting warmer, brighter, and more colorful and cheerful, I feel soooooo much better!!!!!!!

P.S. I've never been diagnosed, but I think I have SAD too...
post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by sashacat421
hon, it sounds like you have all the symptoms of SAD - Seasonal Affectivity Disorder. If this started "a couple months ago" when daylight savings changed and if you get as dark as we do by 3:30-4, then you need a special light. I was reading where in the northern areas it is a TRUE, documented disorder and crops up about age 30 big time. Just a hunch!

I was going to suggest a special light or I use a grow light... the kind for plants. SAD is not fun. Hope you start feeling better.
post #18 of 19
Thread Starter 
Today I got some One A Day multivitamins with Ginseng. It's supposed to increase mental energy. They have other good stuff too. I don't know why I never really though about taking vitamins.
post #19 of 19
For the joint pain, I would suggest you try eliminating the salt in your diet. I have had joint pains off and on for many many years. Also had the lupus work-up, etc. No reason was ever found, but the pain and stiffness was so bad at times that I could not walk without a limp, or could not turn my head both directions!

Since I was diagnosed with high blood pressure, and advised to cut the salt, I only have the joint stiffness when I overdo salt. And looking back, I see lots of high sodium traps-prepared soups, salad dressing, even a water softener at home and work. So the more I would try to eat "healthy", soups, salads, and drink tap water, the worse I would feel! Now I use bottled water, use very little or no salad dressing, and don't eat prepared soups.

I rarely have joint pain, and if I do, I just try to be more careful with the salt, and it goes away. I use a salt substitute called No-Salt when I cook.

This may not have any impact on your joint pain, but it certainly will be fairly simple to test it out!
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