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Is systemic bacterial overgrowth a thing?

In the past I was diagnosed with bacterial overgrowth of the gut and was treated with pretty intense antibiotics, but the symptoms came back. I was subsequently diagnosed with IBS. I've also suffered from recurrent yeast infections. I ALSO suffer from chronic joint pain (with arthritis in my hands, feet, and ankles) and fatigue. I've started taking a low dose of immunosuppresants (on top of plaquenil), but I'm worried that if I do have bacterial overgrowth, my immune system may be less able to defend against it because my gut symptoms have gotten worse. Ah! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 9, 2014 - 13 answers

Allergic reaction to metal (esp titanium) surgically inserted plate?

I have a titanium plate that was used to fix a radial fracture about a year and a half ago. I've been experiencing symptoms that include episodes of extreme fatigue, as well as sore throat and general sick feeling for the past 6 months or so. Before that I would experience this sick feeling minimally starting shortly after the plate was surgically implanted in my arm. The plate is now useless and can be removed, I was wondering if anyone had ever experienced a similar reaction? All my other blood/urine test show that I should be in perfect health. Thanks for any help! Desperately trying to get to the bottom of this mystery!
posted by kvoorhees on May 28, 2014 - 10 answers

Anyone else experience similar chronic illness symptoms?

Note: I am the patient. Describing the symptoms is pretty difficult task but I will try to do my best. The patient has not felt normal since sometime in October of 2013. The best way to describe it is a feeling as if patient is about to get sick. That feeling as if a sickness is coming on but never really comes on. This feeling is often strongest at night and continues throughout the day and will be gone by night. This toxic/sick feeling that radiates throughout the body seems to come and go at times. [more inside]
posted by kvoorhees on May 20, 2014 - 48 answers

I've forgotten how to work.

I'm a dissertating graduate student who, due to a whole host of factors over the course of a few years, has basically forgotten how to work. I spend days upon days at home, sometimes doing things and sometimes just hanging out, but the things I do are rarely dissertation-related (or they could be broadly work related, but aren't note-taking or actually writing the thing). As a result I have no dissertation progress to speak of, very limited levels of committee support remaining, and a bleak outlook. I used to be a real go-getter. Please help me get my head and ass wired together. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2014 - 30 answers

Diagnosing fatigue (snowflake details inside)

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 [more inside]
posted by kei02003 on Apr 18, 2014 - 14 answers

I'm on warm milk and laxatives. Cherry-flavored antacids.

I've had health issues my entire life. I'm approaching my mid twenties and it's time to accept the fact that I'll likely never be 100% healthy. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by Autumn on Mar 11, 2014 - 21 answers

Making lifestyle changes when too anxious and exhausted?

I've been struggling with fatigue and anxiety, and I've been trying to make lifestyle changes to help. But it seems like the fatigue and anxiety are causing the exact vices I'm trying to break. How to get out of this cycle? [more inside]
posted by Gravel on Feb 28, 2014 - 17 answers

What type of alternative medicine should I try?

I am exhausted, a bit depressed/anxious, and in general just feel completely drained. I know the root cause (12 month old baby who wakes up a couple times a night to nurse) but can't night wean right now due to his health issues. I'm interested in trying out alternative medicine to see if it can help me deal with the fatigue and depression, but I'm not sure what to pursue: acupuncture, massage (what kind?), or other? [more inside]
posted by Maarika on Jan 12, 2014 - 21 answers

I'd do all the right things if I only had the energy for it!

This was me last year. Nothings's changed. [more inside]
posted by nubianinthedesert on Dec 3, 2013 - 16 answers

Why am I so tired?

For the last several weeks, I've been very tired and prone to napping during the day. This doesn't seem to affect my ability to fall asleep at night. Before you suggest sleep apnea: yep, I have it. I use my CPAP as directed - I breathe so much better with it on that it's no hassle for me to use it (even during my frequent naps). More details below: [more inside]
posted by rikhei on Nov 16, 2013 - 13 answers

Brain not working. Who should I take it to?

Fatigue, low mood, and cognitive sluggishness, none of which is new but which has been more acute than usual the last few weeks. YANMD, but what kind of professional should I see and what tests should I get? [more inside]
posted by zeri on Nov 3, 2013 - 29 answers

Constantly tired: like depression without the hopelessness. What gives?

I'm constantly tired to the point of not being able to get out of bed until early afternoon, napping frequently and generally feeling lethargic, apathetic and kind of nauseous. I finished a contract job 5 weeks ago & assumed my tiredness was a result of wrapping up the project. Then I went on a very chilled 3 week holiday and put the exhaustion on return down to jet lag. I've seen my doctor and my bloodwork is fine. My diet is decent, minimal alcohol, one coffee a day, so I'm fairly sure this is a psychological thing. I take an SSRI for anxiety but was actually talking to my doctor about tapering off as I've been really well for the past year. Physically, it feels like the bout of depression I had four years ago, but my mood isn't low (more flat) and I don't feel hopeless, just like everything's a massive effort, even helpful things like exercise and socialising. Obviously, YANMD, but has anyone else been there? What can I do to shake this?
posted by rockpaperdynamite on Oct 28, 2013 - 21 answers

How does testosterone increase energy?

Testosterone helps my fatigue, but I have difficulty with the side effects. Explain to me the mechanism by which testosterone increases energy levels so that I can think sensibly about options and understand what this tells me about the cause of my problem. [more inside]
posted by Clay201 on Oct 18, 2013 - 2 answers

Feeling exhausted?

I'm curious if anyone else has a specific place in their body where they feel tired. If I'm quite underslept, I have what I believe are standard feelings of leaden limbs and blurry, burning eyes, but I also have a specifically localized feeling that's hard to describe, in the back of my throat, in the pharynx. It just feels thick and very, very tired back there. I'm not sure why I feel exhaustion in this manner--can anyone speculate or enlighten me?
posted by DrMew on Sep 2, 2013 - 9 answers

Am I overthinking these lab results?

I've been seeing an internal med doc for the past year and a half to figure out what's going on with me, and my blood work seems to indicate some kind of inflammation/autoimmune issues. My doc doesn't seem to be concerned, but I have the feeling he may not be looking at everything in totality. Should I just go ahead and see a specialist? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by Taystee on Aug 30, 2013 - 11 answers

I'm so tired.

How do I improve my nutrition and overall well-being in these circumstances? [more inside]
posted by annathea on Aug 25, 2013 - 21 answers

Crisis and exhaustion

Brief explanation: I am in crisis emotionally right now, and there is a lot of related spiritual stuff that goes along with it. However, I still have a lot of "real world" stuff to do that isn't getting done, mainly because I can't stop sleeping right now. I have good meds and a wonderful therapist. See extended explanation for more info. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Jul 22, 2013 - 10 answers

Please help me wake up!

I feel like I have been constantly tired for the past 2 or so months. I am tired from the moment I wake up until I go to bed at night and often have trouble keeping my eyes open during the day. I also suffer terribly from headaches and general neck and shoulder stiffness which adds to the fatigued feeling. I have been to the doctor and everything appears to be normal including iron levels, and also I'm not depressed. I am feeling quite stressed in my life though, I don’t enjoy my work and I have an 8 year old daughter and a partner who travels a lot for work. I’m looking for a new job but these things take time and I haven’t seen anything that takes my fancy yet. Also it’s coming up the anniversary of the death of a loved one so I wonder if that’s having an effect. I know I need to get more exercise but I am not sure what I should/could be doing and I’m so exhausted its tiring just thinking about it. I eat relatively well and make/eat a lot of home cooked meals. I’m hoping for some ideas on how I can beat this tiredness and find some motivation and energy in my life. I’d also love to beat these awful headaches. Please help me wake up!
posted by Youremyworld on Jun 3, 2013 - 30 answers

They tell me it's non toxic...

I had a small natural gas leak in my home for 9 days. No one seem alarmed except me. Put my anxiety to rest? [more inside]
posted by sunshinesky on May 14, 2013 - 13 answers

How do I keep motivating myself to do medical treatments?

How do I keep motivating myself to do medical treatments when I'm so tired, physically, intellectually and emotionally? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 14, 2013 - 15 answers

I need to do a system reset on my brain/body, right now.

I have a ton of work to do over the next few days, and I think the accumulation of poor sleep habits, stress, and caffeine have rendered me mentally impotent. I'm too tired to think clearly, but too wired to take a nap (I've tried several times in the last few hours). I've never felt like this before. I just want to wipe the slate clean somehow. Obviously a full day spa treatment or a weekend communing with nature would be nice, but I ain't got that kind of time. Any ideas? The only plus here is that I work from a computer and set my own schedule, so I'm beholden to nobody but me while I complete these work obligations. PS: I am writing this at 6pm on the west coast.
posted by malhouse on Jan 9, 2013 - 21 answers

Do some beta blockers cause less fatigue than others?

Do some beta blockers tend to have more side effects than others? [more inside]
posted by artistic verisimilitude on Nov 21, 2012 - 7 answers

Sleepy Koala asking "what the hell is wrong with me?"

(asking for sister) Why am I so tired? I feel like my brain is cotton wool, I wake up tired, all I want to do is sleep, and my short term memory is terrible. [more inside]
posted by saturn~jupiter on Oct 31, 2012 - 43 answers

If this doesn't work, can I trade her in for a kid who sleeps through the night? *sigh*

Please help me keep our 4.5 year old insomniac daughter from crawling into her parents bed in the middle of the night before I lose what's left of my mind from sleep fatigue. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Oct 22, 2012 - 52 answers

I got what I wanted but the doctor is a quack and I don't trust him. Help?

The doctor I just saw is a quack. I knew he would be, but I set up an appointment anyway. I've been dealing with fatigue and chronic pain, and regular doctors haven't had an answer. So I set up an appointment with a doctor that practices "functional medicine" as a last ditch effort. How do I reconcile what this doctor told me with what I know about real medicine and the load of bullshit I was just fed? [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Oct 14, 2012 - 31 answers

"It's all in your head." "I don't think it is." "Well you would say that."

I'm dealing with chronic pain and fatigue; after several specialists were unable to find the cause, I was referred to a pain clinic. I had an evaluation with a psychiatrist today, and at the end I asked him about his findings. Among other things, he said there was evidence of Somatization Disorder. But I don't think that is it; I think the pain has a physical cause. But if I do have Somatization Disorder, I would think that anyway. How do I determine if that is the problem or not, and if not, how do I make sure my doctors don't dwell on it. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Sep 19, 2012 - 11 answers

Why does sustained exercise sometimes make me very unwell for hours or even days?

Why does sustained exercise sometimes make me very unwell for hours or even days? I lift heavy weights at the gym three times a week with no problems, I get enough sleep, I eat very healthily (but perhaps my intake is low on carbs like bread, pasta or rice). But every now and then, when I do a sustained cardio type exercise for about an hour or a little more (playing a sport, taking occasional breaks for water, etc), I start to feel fatigued before everyone else does, then I feel extremely sick to the point of having to sit down, not wanting to move. In extreme cases, I've been unwell for more than two entire days after. [more inside]
posted by surenoproblem on Aug 5, 2012 - 20 answers

What kind of doctor can help diagnose my issue with fatigue and pain?

What kind of doctor can help diagnose my issue with fatigue and pain? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 28, 2012 - 10 answers

Beauty products, tips and tricks for the perpetually fatigued?

I want to hear about all your amazing beauty products, tips and tricks that camouflage or minimise the appearance of fatigue in the wearer's/user's face. Help a sufferer of a chronic condition avoid questions about tiredness when they're so tired they already want to lie down under the table! [more inside]
posted by thetarium on Jun 30, 2012 - 37 answers

Experience with thyroid medication for depression? (Ugh. What have I done by trying this?)

I'm on thyroid medication for depression -- did I just start a permanent sentence without realizing it? [more inside]
posted by ArgyleMarionette on Jun 26, 2012 - 17 answers

Is "yes, but..." okay?

What are the rules of social engagement for people with unpredictable health issues? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 7, 2012 - 21 answers

i'm on drugs and i'm tired

I start grad school in four months, and I’m worried about my apathy and extreme fatigue that are possibly a result of my marijuana dependency and/or my SSRIs. What are some steps I can take to get these issues sorted out in light of my anxieties about changing meds and my reluctance to give up marijuana? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 18, 2012 - 20 answers

How to start exercise and other daily routines when severely fatigued and depressed?

How to start exercise and other daily routines when super fatigued, sleepy, spacey, sad, but otherwise "healthy"? [more inside]
posted by ArgyleMarionette on Mar 28, 2012 - 33 answers

How can I get over fatigue?

How do I work through fatigue spells/flare ups? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 12, 2012 - 13 answers

I'm so tired, so very tired. Please help.

I am tired. I am always tired. I have always been tired. And it seems like nothing can change this fact. I'm asking y'all at this point because I'm out of ideas on what to do from here. [more inside]
posted by Modica on Mar 12, 2012 - 47 answers

Should I seek a second opinion about possible physiological sources of my fatigue, depression, and anxiety before contacting a psychiatrist?

Should I seek a second opinion about possible physiological sources of my fatigue, depression, and anxiety before contacting a psychiatrist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 23, 2012 - 16 answers

Powering through without the power nap

How to rest (in the afternoon, after work) without napping? [more inside]
posted by gakiko on Jan 30, 2012 - 10 answers

help me eat while I'm sick

Sick with an ongoing fatigue/pain issue and I can't cook for myself anymore. I need some help eating healthy still. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Dec 31, 2011 - 28 answers

Can I put my worries aside for Christmas?

How can I put off worrying about my health enough to enjoy the holidays? Also, what should I ask my second-opinion doctor? (A couple icky details inside) [more inside]
posted by whalebreath on Dec 13, 2011 - 28 answers

Body to Tired for Brain to Work

I started a very tiring full-time job for the Christmas season 2 weeks ago, and need hacks to help me concentrate on the college courses I'm taking during nights and weekends. [more inside]
posted by oceanview on Nov 11, 2011 - 8 answers

5500K balanced office = better productivity?

Office Colour Temperature: will I be less tired if the room's fluorescent lamps in the ceiling were daylight balanced to 5500K? [more inside]
posted by querty on Oct 31, 2011 - 7 answers

How to deal with sudden changes in the weather?

How to deal with sudden changes in the weather? [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu on Oct 10, 2011 - 10 answers

Bunch of symptoms, maybe hypothyroid, what do I do next?

Bunch of symptoms, maybe hypothyroid, what do I do next? For the past several years, I’ve had a bunch of nagging symptoms that together have been very frustrating, and at times debilitating. The onset of the symptoms was about 7 years ago. My GP initially thought hypothyroidism, but the tests came back normal. As the years have gone on, the symptoms have waxed and waned but never gone away, and I keep getting retested for hypothyroidism at my doctors suggestion, but the tests always come back normal. After looking at the actual values from the lab, and a bit of research, I’m wondering if it isn’t in fact hypothyroidism, and what to do next. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 30, 2011 - 15 answers

How can I learn to be comfortable and not so antsy, stiff, and tired while I work at my desk?

What can I do about this stiff/antsy/tired feeling I get when I'm at work? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Sep 15, 2011 - 23 answers

Newborn baby hacks?

Is there any way to make the first few months after our baby is born special and meaningful and not just ruled by exhaustion? Any newborn baby hacks you can share? Bonus points for happy newborn stories. [more inside]
posted by n'muakolo on Sep 6, 2011 - 51 answers

Running shouldn't be such a bummer.

How can I feel less fatigued (and depressed) after intense exercise? [more inside]
posted by zvs on Jul 26, 2011 - 18 answers

The lines between dream and reality are a blur.

I've frequently dream, and sometimes I have trouble telling them apart from reality. [more inside]
posted by your mom's a sock puppet on Jun 4, 2011 - 29 answers

Why does the water make me tired?

Why do I get so tired after going in the water? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on May 29, 2011 - 10 answers

Keep trying to find answers when I only really have energy to go to work?

How can I feel comfortable with a possible diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome when I've spent a year going to a doctor who doesn't believe in it and who has made me feel like there is nothing wrong with me? [more inside]
posted by rainygrl716 on May 15, 2011 - 29 answers

Help for iron deficiency anemia symptoms?

Iron deficiency anemia causing sustained exhaustion and fuzzyheadedness. How can I treat the symptoms? (Underlying cause is undiagnosable so far and only worsening.) [more inside]
posted by sparrows on Apr 21, 2011 - 17 answers

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