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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

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

Why is stomach gas making me feel so terrible?

Whenever I eat, I get a lot of gas in my stomach. It starts building up shortly after I start eating and makes me feel short of breath, extremely yawny, and tired - even dizzy sometimes. It lasts for hours. It takes dozens or hundreds of burps to clear this up, and when I can successfully burp enough it always resolves. Why might the gas make me feel this way? [more inside]
posted by Earl the Polliwog on Jul 24, 2013 - 19 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

Tiredness after exercise

Every now and then, after exercising, I get overwhelmingly tired. How can I prevent this? [more inside]
posted by Petrot on Jan 22, 2013 - 17 answers

Functioning with bad jet-lag?

Help me survive a flight overseas... [more inside]
posted by LN on Oct 27, 2012 - 33 answers

Have you had parathyroid disease or severe vitamin d deficiency?

I'm having a couple more tests this week to determine if my medium-term pain and feelings of crapiness are down to severe Vitamin D deficiency or parathyroid disease. If you have been diagnosed with either, could you share your initial symptoms, how you were diagnosed, and how your treatment went? [more inside]
posted by crabintheocean on Oct 19, 2012 - 11 answers

I'm falling apart when tired

When I get very tired my normally well under control anxiety goes through the roof. Can you help me understand what is going on and what I can do about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 13, 2012 - 10 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 to deal with tiredness caused by social interaction?

How do I deal better with the tiredness caused by social interactions? [more inside]
posted by neilb449 on Oct 19, 2011 - 30 answers

Help a Peruvian deal with the jetlag he gets from overnight and weekend trips to Bolivia

Parents of 3+ year olds! How do you deal with being tired *all the time*? I've gone from being single and childless and in my early 30s to being the boyfriend of a mother of two boys (3 and 7). Things are astonishingly good between us, and the boys are great (albeit a lot of hard work, even according to their Mum), but I'm *so* tired after helping out with the boys - it's all the games of tag, the nerf gunfights, the question and answer sessions, etc. We're really enjoying ourselves, but ohmigod I'm exhausted. Help me not feel like I'm letting the side down at home with my housemates, at her place, out and about with my friends and at work. Other than 'coffee', 'more sleep' and 'less time with the girlfriend and the boys' (done, done, and ain't gonna happen), what are your protips for fighting off tiredness and irascibility?
posted by MarchHare on Nov 2, 2010 - 26 answers

Help me stay awake!

Narcolepsy, excessive daytime sleepiness, etc.: Aside from medication, how do you deal? [more inside]
posted by overyourhead on Aug 15, 2010 - 11 answers

Caffiene snooze

Why does one cup of coffee make me sleepy? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Nov 18, 2009 - 14 answers

How do you juggle anti-anxiety meds and tiredness?

How do you juggle anti-anxiety meds and tiredness? [more inside]
posted by isoman2kx on Sep 2, 2008 - 12 answers

How to successfully become sleepy

Here ye, here ye fellow MeFites. I come in need of some suggestions on how to successfully tone myself down better each night for sleep. [more inside]
posted by isoman2kx on May 29, 2008 - 21 answers

Mr Motivator I am not

I have 2 weeks left to write a pre-production document. But I cant get motivated. I don't feel I know what I'm doing. I'm always tired. Always have more interesting things to do. Help me get motivated. [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge on Oct 29, 2005 - 5 answers

can tiredness be quantified?

is it possible to measure exactly how tired someone is? how would that be done?
posted by ronenosity on Jul 22, 2005 - 9 answers

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