Diagnosing fatigue (snowflake details inside)
April 18, 2014 7:19 PM Subscribe
I know YANMD and I am seeing mine on May 5th, but until then, I was hoping someone would have some insight/experience/advice for what is possibly going on with me. What could be causing daytime sleepiness after eating any amount of carbs? Apologies for wall of text
posted by kei02003 to Health & Fitness (14 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Background information: I am 28 and have PCOS but because I am on the thinner side (5"1; ~114lbs) I've been told that I'm not insulin resistant. I have a 2 year old who pretty much sleeps through the night but occasionally cries d/t a nightmare/hunger, etc. I have been getting daily headaches for about 3 weeks at a time since last August. It's hard to recall but it seems like it was around then that I also started experiencing daytime sleepiness. Usually this meant that for a few days at a time I would fall asleep 1-3 hours after eating lunch and then I'd break that cycle by going low carb or drinking a lot of caffeine.
Within the past three months, I've noticed my headaches and my fatigue have gotten worse. Meaning, they've started to occur more frequently and I am becoming more sensitive to triggers. I haven't been able to figure out the trigger for my headaches but usually, my sleepiness disappears if I eat low carb. In February and March I was on a daily "diet" of skipping breakfast, no carbs for lunch with a mandatory caffeinated drink. That was keeping me awake enough to get through work. This month though, nothing is cutting it. I had an egg and an apple for breakfast one day and fell asleep an hour later. So now fruit is only sparingly ingested.
My doctor can't see me until the 5th but her nurse ordered some blood work. I got the call today that everything is fine. My insulin levels were on the lower side of normal but everything else was perfect. It was simultaneously a relief and confusing. I thought for sure I was developing insulin resistance because of some other symptoms I'm experiencing (10 pound weight gain all around my middle whereas prev it would be more distributed, more thirst, waking up in the night to pee, bloated distended stomach even in the mornings, constant hunger).
Google suggests it might be sleep apnea but my husband says I never snore or do anything other than sleep soundly. And my fatigue only happens after eating carbs. I've been begrudgingly eating low-carb for the past week but I really really really don't want to do this the rest of my life. Plus, I mean, fruit? That just feels too extreme to cut out.
One last thing. I saw my internist a few months ago for the headaches who told me I was experiencing chronic migraines even though they are much more mild than regular migraines.
Any thoughts would be appreciated