I'm 40, and for the last 18 months or so, I've been suffering from severe exhaustion. I've been stuck in this zombie-like state, living barely half a life, and it's wearing me down so much, I honestly don't know how much longer I can take it.
Just over a year ago I went to the doctors because I snore heavily and my partner had been saying that I make a lot of choking noises in my sleep. I'd been waking up gasping for air a few times each night too.
I was referred to the sleep clinic and eventually, after years and sleep studies, diagnosed with sleep apnoea. I had a CPAP machine, but it made no difference at all to my energy levels. I would still wake feeling more tired than before I went to bed. Eventually the sleep consultant decided that the apnoea wasn't the root cause of my fatigue, so she's taken the CPAP back and has referred me to a endocrine specialist. My blood tests were showing that I had plenty of the hormone thyroxine, but none of the hormone that produces the thyroxine, so she suspects a possible immunodeficiency issue (which is something a sibling suffers with, as well as sleep apnoea). I'm still waiting for the referral to come through.
In the meantime, I'm still exhausted. I work full time (my boss is very understanding if I need to come in late etc), but I find I have to sleep pretty much all day Saturday just to get over the effort of working all week. I used to have a social life. Now I just have my bed. I was told not to drive almost a year ago, because I'm so exhausted and fell asleep at the wheel a fee years ago, so I haven't driven for a year, and between walking and buses everything takes longer so wears me out more.
My muscles ache - particularly my left shoulder at the moment. My nose is always stuffy, and I have a sore throat more often than not. I have a lot of headaches, and my occasional migraines are now at a much more regular 1 every 2 months or so. I currently take the antidepressant citalipram (30mg) as have suffered from depression since I was a teen. I also take a WellWoman multivitamin every morning, along with an iron supplement daily.
This week I've started a major detox, in the slim hope that something I'm eating is causing this, so right now I'm just eating fruit, veg, a little white meat and fish, and oats with almond milk for breakfast. My plan is to see if I feel any different after two weeks, then assess it from there.
I suffer with bruxism too (grinding my teeth in my sleep), and am finally going to the TMJ clinic next week after 18 months of rearranged appointments.
Does any of this sound familiar to anyone? Or is there anything else I should be trying? I just feel like a waste of a person right now. My partner has been great, he grumbles, but still manages to do all the chores even though he works a lot of hours, as after work it's all I can do to eat before I fall asleep.
Any advice anyone could give me would be greatly appreciated.