Wednesday, April 1, 2009

An Update

I just wanted to take a quick second to update you guys (or whomever actually reads this blog) with how I'm doing. 

I've always had constant fatigue and headaches, and my doctor has been trying to figure out what the cause is. We've ruled out anemia, sinus problems, diabetes, kidney and liver problems, thyroid problems... basically any physical problem. I even found out that it's not lyme disease, which I had previously been tested positive for and subsequently had to take a slew of antibiotics for a few weeks afterwards (it's okay; a false diagnosis is common with lyme disease.). Kind of a pain in the ass, you know?

Well, after my doctor's appointment today, we've concluded that it's most likely something related to my ever-present anxiety. I've always known I've been an anxious person, but I never knew my nerves could drain me of my energy and overwhelm me to that extent. It's all starting to make sense now. Feeling that much tension all the time can be exhausting. I guess I am being completely overloaded with emotions and am in response draining myself. I'm glad it's being figured out now.

If you're feeling tired or fatigued, you shouldn't just learn to accept it - I'd check your symptoms and see if something could actually be wrong. Don't worry about getting treatment for anything either - that's the first step. Hopefully, now that I'm on the right path, I should begin to feel better soon! Nobody should constantly feel like crap - let's do something about it.

3 comments:

Fleecy said...

Glad you have an official explanation/ruled out physical stuff (well, the larger stuff.. anxiety could be argued physical too, brain chemistry and all)... what are you going to do now that you know, though? I mean what options are there to do about that much free-floating anxiety?

jameseverything said...

Interesting - I'd not considered that my own ever-present anxiety might be contributing to my level of tiredness.

I have Asperger's and also suffer badly from tiredness and anxiety. Coincidentally, a couple of weeks ago, I did my own musing about tiredness, and you can read what I came up with here.

Essentially, I feel that my own tiredness comes from the effort required to think my way out of the usual daily social situations that most people would breeze through using intuition.

I certainly notice that the more interactive I've been with other people over the course of a day, the more exhausted I feel at the end of it.

I also think that there may a connection to the overload that many people with Asperger's talk about in regard to the visual and auditory senses. When I get sensory overload, I feel tired and withdrawn.

But anxiety is always poking it's nose into my life too. I'm going to keep an eye on how tired I feel versus how anxious I feel to see if I can see a pattern there.

I'll try to remember to report back here with what I find out. It's great to hear other views on things like this, and I doubt there is one complete answer that applies to everyone.

pink said...

jameseverything - that's exactly how I feel. anxiety is exhausting! i'm working on managing mine now, and it's a little better - hopefully i'll pick up some tips soon, and post them here. in the meantime good luck!

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