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Does anyone else get sudden tiredness/ weakness?

This has been happening for about 6 years. Now and then (maybe 3 or 4 times in 1 month) I get a sudden tiredness like all my energy levels drop and I have to put my head down for 10 minutes. Normally I'm fit and active, and I have an on-the-go job and attitude to life in general. After 10 minutes I bounce back to 100%, it's like it never happened.

I've started having a sugary drink or carbs to perk myself up when it hits, but it does unnerve me that it happens at all!

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    Irene
    Irene Administrator

    It may be a daft Q sassyl but do you get your blood tested regularly for vitamin deficiencies, including D and B12 and your iron and ferratin levels? Have you had a thyroid function test?

    sassyl
    sassyl

    Hi Irene,
    Yes, all of the above were done. Thyroid levels are bang in the middle of normal, excellent iron and ferratin levels and vits - doc could see nothing wrong (again!).

    Jerry
    Jerry

    Hi Sassyl, everything goes in cylces including our energy levels. And usually we feel tired and lack energy because it's mid morning or mid afternoon and we are bewteen meals. Or because we have just eaten and our bodies switch off to an extent so that we can digest our food hence some people have an afternoon nap after lunch.

    I asked my specialist to test me for diabeties because I would suddenly go ''low' and feel that I could barely function and then wham bounce back with a vengeance so yup it's very unerving. For me the test for diabeties was negative but it opened another can of worms as they found I had inflamed kidneys. Coeliac also suffer other autoimmune disorders including Lupus which makes our immune system attack our kidneys and causes temporary or pseudo diabeties.

    Also many coeliac take med's regularly like codeine and this can make us very woozy. So I'd check out any med's that you take, if any and keep a record of what time of day this suden tiredness occurs with relation to meals and med's.Then go back to your Dr armed with this info and ask for answers and
    ask for relevant tests. Because this has been going on for 6 years it's not just a funny 5 mins, no pun intended.

    AnneSmart
    AnneSmart

    Its been happening to me for years. I just suddenly get so tired and weary and have to put my head down and like you it wears off after 15 minutes or so. I think it may be when I have inadvertently eaten some gluten for lunch. I also have under active thyroid, liver inflammation and arthritis as well as the CD. All diagnosed within the last 5 years but with hindsight the CD been there all my life. MY 2 children have CD as well. It is unnerving because it is so hard to stop myself falling asleep when this happens and if I'm at work it is really bad.

    SarahB
    SarahB

    ..its probably not great to have sugary snacks or drinks at this point, as it can encourage more spikes and dips in your blood sugar. Something medium release might be better eg a banana with a mix of starch and simple fruit sugars will give you a more gentle hit without leaving you with a crash afterwards. I usually grab a handful of nuts or a rice cake when i feel like this and find that's enough but maybe that's not quick enough for you...

    swarthy
    swarthy

    I get like this when my Vitamin B12 levels are down, have you had your checked?

    sassyl
    sassyl

    Hi all,
    Had my bloods done again last week and waiting for results. Just want to have a clear answer now. Will bear your thoughts in mind.

    SarahB, I know Lucozade is not the most healthy option, but I've tried low GI solutions (& frequent small meals, etc) and it doesn't have an effect. Even though I continue with frequent low GI eating I still get these dips.

    Anne, yes unnerving! Especially when I am teaching!!!

    Jerry, I'm not on other meds, but your mention of pseudo-diabetes made sense; I can see lots of similarities with diabetes symptoms.

    Awaiting bloods and more investigations!!

    sassyl
    sassyl

    Results just in....

    Vitamin D deficiency! Am going onto pills to reset my system and hopefully that will be the end of it. After reading up on the deficiency it does seem to affect coeliacs widely, so if you have similar symptoms maybe worth a check, as it's not a normal part of the yearly coeliac check-up.

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