OT - Is this normal fatigue?

8 posts / 0 new
Last post
harmonybear's picture
Joined: 06/06/07
Posts: 639
OT - Is this normal fatigue?

Sorry to bug everyone with medical questions these days. But I just want to feel better, and so I wind up chasing tons of rabbit trails. I'd rather chase them at home than run to the doctor with every question I have though, ykwim? Hopefully it's not too annoying. Smile

I've noticed that when I'm doing even minor chores like folding laundry or putting away dishes and I pause to nurse A or check my email, within 5 or 10 minutes I'm just exhausted and will feel the need to rest for a while - depending on the amount of exertion, maybe even the rest of the day. Basically, anytime I take a break it's not a break - I'm done for a while because I'm too tired to get back up, lol.

My sister says this is normal fatigue, that she's always been like this even though it's been worse after kids. I agree with her there - I remember feeling this way at age 9, though not as severely as I do now. But my mom says she never felt this way until after she got really sick in her early 30's and was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

So I wondered what other women besides those I'm directly related to thought. Is this normal for you, too?

Thanks for your input. Smile

ClairesMommy's picture
Joined: 08/15/06
Posts: 2299

Are you out of breath or just feel pooped? Either way, I think it warrants a trip to the doctor for some bloodwork, as a preliminary step to rule out some stuff.

babyJtime's picture
Joined: 05/23/05
Posts: 682

Have you had your iron checked lately?

Before I was diagnosed with Celiac, I had very low iron (almost not there) and the only way I could describe the feeling was like I was a knight with tons of armour on!! Every step would take effort, if I sat down, I would fall asleep. This might be more extreme than you're feeling but low iron can cause fatigue for sure!!

Hope you figure it out!

marymoonu's picture
Joined: 03/15/08
Posts: 2183

This happens to me sometimes, but not all the time.... And when it does happen to me, I can almost ALWAYS link it to something, be it a poor night of sleep the night before or a busy day at work. Actually, it most often happens to me on the days when I work. It's almost like I run nonstop while I'm there and then I just get home and sit down and I am DONE. I can not physically do anymore. Sometimes a power nap will help, but usually not. I'm the type that needs to nap for like 2 hours for it to do any good (but then I can't sleep at night). On days when I don't work though, I rarely feel the way you described. I definitely feel that way more often lately, but I think that's just having a new baby and a 22 month old.

I can't remember... Does A still wake very frequently at night? I know for a looooong time, it seemed she was waking every other hour at night and nursing a ton, right? Just wondering if you're able to get any solid chunks of sleep at night now? I'm sure that would make a huge difference.

harmonybear's picture
Joined: 06/06/07
Posts: 639

"Claire'sMommy" wrote:

Are you out of breath or just feel pooped? Either way, I think it warrants a trip to the doctor for some bloodwork, as a preliminary step to rule out some stuff.

Not out of breath, just feeling like I have no energy.

"babyJtime" wrote:

Have you had your iron checked lately?

Before I was diagnosed with Celiac, I had very low iron (almost not there) and the only way I could describe the feeling was like I was a knight with tons of armour on!! Every step would take effort, if I sat down, I would fall asleep. This might be more extreme than you're feeling but low iron can cause fatigue for sure!!

I was supposed to have my iron checked when she drew all that blood last time, but for some reason it didn't happen. I'm not convinced it's low iron, though. I've felt like this before in my life, even when I was a little girl, and my iron's always been fine. Of course, it's worse now....

"marymoonu" wrote:

I can't remember... Does A still wake very frequently at night? I know for a looooong time, it seemed she was waking every other hour at night and nursing a ton, right? Just wondering if you're able to get any solid chunks of sleep at night now? I'm sure that would make a huge difference.

She's been sleeping "better" recently, and she's not nursing overnight anymore (not of her own choosing Wink ). But it doesn't seem to correlate to how I slept the night before. I'm sure consistent sleep would help, though.

Another thought is that it's allergy season and hot outside. Both of those tend to wear me out faster. But like I said, I remember feeling like this for years. Pretty much ever since I had pneumonia in 4th grade. I remember my mom taking me to the doctor a lot in 5th grade at my own prompting because I just always felt drained. It never really went away, but I learned to live with it. Now it's worse. I hope it'll go back to previous levels instead of this becoming the new normal. :confused:

April777's picture
Joined: 10/01/08
Posts: 579

I don't have a heck of a lot of time to respond/read others responses, but I wanted to quickly add my two cents. Having had a bad sleeper for so long, I can say that this is pretty normal for me. Of course, being 9 months pregnant does taint my current experience a bit. But I've been completely wiped out since I got pregnant with Zoey. I think you should absolutely explore medical explanations, but I would also put a lot of weight into A's sleep habits. Even if she's sleeping better now, your body has gone without for so long. You can be in bed for 12 hours but if you've been waking every hour or two or three for years now, what's the quality of that sleep? Not very good. I do hope this is the explanation as opposed to a medical one, simply because eventually, it will get better.

Also, I have to wonder about extended breastfeeding. Could your diet need a little looking at, to make sure you're getting all the added nutrients and calories that you need? Maybe some tweaking in that department would help, too.

AimeeLynne's picture
Joined: 09/29/08
Posts: 572

I'm sorry you aren't feeling so good! I know I really only feel that way when I'm pg, or not getting enough sleep at night. I have had trouble staying asleep at night for the past 10yrs or so now, I wake frequently and I know that does me in during the day. I don't have any experience with chronic fatigue or low iron, but I do agree that maybe you should see a dr and get some blood work done. It must be so hard to feel that way and have to take care of a house and a baby all day. I hope you feel better soon.

PeppermintPatty's picture
Joined: 08/21/07
Posts: 426

You aren't pregnant, are you? Wink I know the first trimester always wipes me out.

I am sorry you are feeling so drained.