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Old 05-21-2010, 06:25 PM
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For about the last 6-8 months I have been dealing with this constant feeling of being tired and no energy. I just turned 50 so I thought it was just part of the aging process but it is getting worse. I fully plan on making an appointment with my doctor to discuss but I was wondering if anyone has experienced this and if they had a "magic solution" that worked for them.

I don't drink coffee and my only source of caffeine is a couple of cups of hot tea or iced tea but I don't drink either one every day. I don't know if it's possible but caffeine seems to have no effect on me. I have taken caffeine pills and the only thing I get is jittery, it seems to have no effect on my energy level.

I haven't changed or added any prescriptions for several years so it's not drug related. Now believe it or not, previous to about 48 years old I literally never took naps, and I mean never. When me and my buddies go salmon fishing we fish early morning and then fish the evening bite. Every one of the guys would take naps after the morning fish except me. I would take the time to clean the boat, respool reels, walk around the docks and see what other guys were fishing with, etc. I also don't ever remember falling asleep in front of the TV or any other place.

OMG has that ever changed. Last week I fell asleep waiting for a train. I can literally close my eyes and fall asleep...except for evening and at bed time. I don't fall asleep easily at night and have taken OTC sleeping pills for over 30 years. Because of this tired feeling I have switched to natural Melatonin pills but that hasn't changed anything. Some nights I fall asleep within a half hour but like last night I was up until 3:30a.

I don't know if this is possible but I seem to be on a completely different time schedule than the rest of the world. I am more wide awake in the evenings and night than I ever am in the morning or during the day.

Suggestions from anyone that have dealt with this would be greatly appreciated because I hate feeling like this and have to do something about it.


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Old 05-21-2010, 06:33 PM
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Hey Russ,

Couple of things, but Sleep Apniea comes to mind first. Second would be age. I NEVER napped until I this year. I'm now 47 and cant stay awake during the day. Stress puts me to sleep immediately so I would look into that as well.

I would see about a sleep test. It takes all night in a clinic, but it may also save your life as well as make you happier during the day.
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Old 05-21-2010, 06:34 PM
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Get to the doctor - check for pre-diabetes or diabetes 2. Being tired is one symptom.

Get more physical exercise - run/walk/bike to boost cardio and burn fat. Also lift some weights.

Do you have more stress from something? Is it possible you are feeling depressed?


S_cks getting older but its the only option I like.
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Get your blood checked for iron levels.
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Old 05-21-2010, 06:56 PM
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try exercising more, and on a more consistent basis. if that doesn't help, it may be time to see a Dr.
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See a doctor - there are a zilion possibilities - you mention age - diabetes comes to mind - real simple things like - being even a litle extra heavier than normal can do it - there are tons of diseases like lyme disease, allergies and that something bair syndrome - stress alone, dehydration and super hydration - electrolyte levels, testesterone levels. And the main reason you need to see the doc is the possibility of heart problems and othe rmore serious issues like cancers etc.

Whatever- I would definitely try more exercise, less food and more water, basic vitamin supplement and see what happens -

I have had this several times thru my life - once it was low sodium - salt tabs cured me instantly, once was just overweight - that took longer and onve it was - lately it is diabetes and I have to watch my diet and stay hydrated.

Good Luck and see the doc just in case
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Get checked for Lyme Disease too.

Just turned 53 and actually enjoy a nap now and then!
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I was surprised to find out a bunch of the guys I work with have discovered a General Doctor that specializes in aging and he will write a script for testosterone and vitamin B12 injections to help guys over 40 gain back some of the pep in their step. I am 44 1/2 and I have to admit I have slowed quite a bit in the last 2 years also. I think it is just part of aging...
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vitamin b12 deficiency is possible, diabetes, guillain barre syndrome (highly doubt that but...)...best thing is to go get a check up with you doctor being sure to tell him all your symptoms and how things have changed over time. The more you tell him the more he will be able to diagnose and treat. He'll check for anemia, thyroid function, etc. Also, stop taking the benadryl at night. If you haven't already noticed, your body becomes immune to the side effect of drowsiness in about 1 week. Melatonin will only help if you have a deficiency, so we use it for jet-lag or shift work disorders. Tell your doctor you are having trouble sleeping. He will likely do a sleep study and depending on the outcome, he maybe decide on something like Ambien (Zolpidem) which is better for sleep than benadryl. I'm a PharmD student so if you have any questions fill free to pm me and I'll do my best to get you an honest answer.
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The exercise thing is something I gave up because I have no energy. For those of you that have dealt with this may understand but I am so tired during the day that I have no where near the energy to exercise. Some days it's a chore just to walk up the steps let alone actually having the energy to exercise. The worst part is that I love fishing in the afternoon after work but I simply have no energy to go.

I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes 3-4 years ago, my blood sugar is always around 115-130 and the last blood test I had 3 months ago it was 119 where is usually is. I initially thought of that but my level has been the same for many years. Diabetes runs in my family and my grandmother (fathers mother) died from it. I weigh about 20 pounds less than I did 5 years ago but could tend to lose about another 30 pounds.

When I first started feeling this way both my wife and myself started taking supplements. Every day I take 4 fish oil pills, multi-vitamin, 2 baby aspirin, and a niacin pill. The only difference I noticed is my pee turned to a weird shade of orange...LOL.

I know there is a myriad of possiblities including sleep disorders but I rarely snore and sleep very peacefully according to my wife. I have been reading about REMS sleep and how when you get older your REMS sleep decreases. I have not read how to increase your REMS sleep or else I would be trying it.

I called my doctors office yesterday morning and got an order for a blood test which I gave this morning. Maybe something will turn up with this recent blood test.

Just hoping someone would say " had the same thing, try XXXX ".

DPowell- an occasional nap would be fine, but falling asleep at a RR track is really bad...LOL.
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It hit me 7 years ago and I have been to the Doc probably 20 times
my iron was just a little high, everything else was good

was full of energy for 45 years, and worked out at the gym 3-4 times a week

I thought it was lymne disease maybe, because a friend had it and he was real bad off for several years


It really sucks

Going back next week for more tests.......


worst thing is your mind is not as sharp when you feel exhausted
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Sleep apnea is a definate possibility, my father has it and the difference in energy before and after he got a cpap machine was amazing.
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Originally Posted by Mike Boehler View Post
Sleep Apniea
Originally Posted by LI Sound Grunt View Post
LOW testesterone levels.
Be sure to get those two checked.
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Nat- OMG I feel for you. That is way to long to have to deal with this. I hope to God it doesn't take that long to find out the problem.

Fishinmaniac- How can anyone sleep with all that crap on their head and face? I sure hope I don't have to resort to that. But I will if it makes my life better that's for sure.


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Originally Posted by cfarmd View Post
vitamin b12 deficiency is possible
I have read that there is a correlation between the B vitamins and energy.

Several months back I began taking B6 and B12 in the morning. I think it does have an effect.

I used to experience the problem you are describing. The primary cause of my problem was that I was not sleeping well. Now that I have a post nuptial agreement, I sleep much better. Have your Lawyer prescribe one of those.
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I have both sleep apnea and clinical depression. I sleep with a BiPap and also take Citalopram for the depression and now I'm not as tired. This tiredness hit me last winter like a ton of bricks went and saw my Dr and he diagnosed me with the depression put me on this and walla more energy again. I will turn 50 in October so you could have the depression as well. It isn't being depressed it is a chemical imballance in the brain that causes this. I have been on the BiPap for 10 years so the apnea wasn't my tiredness this time.

Good luck and let us know what your Dr says.
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Old 05-22-2010, 06:08 AM
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I was surprised to find out a bunch of the guys I work with have discovered a General Doctor that specializes in aging and he will write a script for testosterone and vitamin B12 injections to help guys over 40 gain back some of the pep in their step. I am 44 1/2 and I have to admit I have slowed quite a bit in the last 2 years also. I think it is just part of aging...
My boss does both of the testosterone and B12 injections. He also has some contraption for sleep apnia. He is 65 years old. He still falls asleep when you are talking to him though. We all joke because he has a motion sensor light in his office and the light goes off half the time. When I go buy his office I stick my hand in the door and wave it past the motion sensor to turn it back on and he says "thanks".
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I have read that there is a correlation between the B vitamins and energy.

Several months back I began taking B6 and B12 in the morning. I think it does have an effect.

I used to experience the problem you are describing. The primary cause of my problem was that I was not sleeping well. Now that I have a post nuptial agreement, I sleep much better. Have your Lawyer prescribe one of those.
Actually, I do recall reading that myself. I had was under alot of stress in my last job and didn't sleep much. I would drink those energy drinks because they were loaded with the B vitamins for that reason. Don't recall if they helped or not but the poster might want to try drinking some of them as well.
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I've got a teenage son who wants to stay up all night and sleep all day. Maybe you're getting younger.


Seriously, there's no way you should be that tired. You should see a doctor as soon as possible. Although your symptoms sound much more severe than anything I've experienced, it could be hypothyroidism. Feeling tired is supposed to be one of the symptoms. It runs in my family. My mother, both my brothers (51 & 47 years old), and I (49) have it to varying degrees. My younger brother seems to suffer most from it but he's not falling asleep during the day (as far as I know). He does complain about being tired allot.
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russ, a lot of things can contribute, and many of them have already been mentioned, but you do need to see a doctor, and sleep hygeine is important (Use your bed only for sleep and sex...don't read, eat, watch t.v. in it).

sounds like your circadian rhythm is really messed up. (the 3:30 thing)

i have been the same way for years now. you will need help getting back on track, and this is not a game. sleep deprivation is dangerous in a lot of ways. get it fixed a.s.a.f.p.
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