I'm ALWAYS tired and I feel like I never have that much energy no matter how much sleep I get. I just had my daughter 10 months ago and I've been feeling EXTREMELY horrible the past few months. Is there anything I can do about this? Should I go to the doctor and get tested for thyroid problems or anemia? I am getting sick of feeling sick and tired ALL the time. Advice? What could the problem be?
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on October 29, 2013
at 02:16 PM
Could be any number of things, you gave very few details, so not much to go on.
Could be low cortisol in the morning, could be thyroid. You really won't be able to self-diagnose. You need blood tests. If you get a thyroid panel, you want the full thing, not just T4 and TSH. It could also be Hashimotos.
If it is adrenal, one thing you could try is some licorice root tea in the morning, along with a teaspoon of seasalt, but beware, don't do this if you have high blood pressure. Certain adaptogens can help: ashwaganda, ginseng.
L-Tyrosine can help on the thyroid side in the morning, but do take some 5HTP at night or you can cause other problems. Typically you'd do: 5000mg L-Tyrosine, 500mg 5HTP with some B6, Calcium, Vitamin C, cystine, and folate (think egg yolks and liver for the folate and B6).
If you haven't been getting any seafood or other sources of iodine, get some and balance it out with selenium - the balancing is critical - if that's the case, this will cause your thyroid to go low, and if it fixes it, an iodine deficiency was the problem. BUT if you have Graves or Hashimotos and don't know it, more idoine may be harmful, so it's important to know - so a thyroid test that includes antibody count is very important.
You can do a skin patch test for iodine levels. Get a bottle of Lugol's Solution and paint a square on your skin and let it dry (somewhere not visible). If the iodine brown vanishes in less than 24 hours, you're deficient. The quicker it vanishes, the more deficient you are. You can then use the Lugol's solution as a supplement. Put a few drops in water. Again, add selenium if you do this...
Regular doctors will say things like an Adrenal Stress Index is unscientific, or quackery, in that case you'll have a very hard time fixing this, and you'll need to seek out a naturopath. My wife recently got diagnosed with Graves' Disease, and her endo said exactly that. But if your thyroid isn't working, your adrenals can pick up the slack (or vice versa) until it too can't function any longer, so it's important to know lots of data about what's going on, not just one or two details. And you may need repeated tests to know if what you're doing is working.
Doctors will also tell you that you don't need supplements and will recommend a cheap, useless (and even harmful) multivitamin. Sigh...
It might even be that you just started paleo, and have gone low carb and are experiencing the low carb flu because you're not yet adapted to burning ketones and fats.
It could be some sort of gut disbiosis (wrong types of bacteria in the gut), or even leaky gut.
You do say you've recently given birth, that certainly takes a lot of you, literally. Diet is very important to replenish the lost nutrients. By nutrients, I don't mean just carbs, fats, protein, but rather micronutrients: vitamins, minerals, enzymes, etc. You might just be under constant stress and need a vacation. It could be an infection of some sort that doesn't have other symptoms.
Please don't just guess, ask your doctor for tests - they may resist, insist or ask for a referral to a specialist. Full thyroid panel, hormone panel is a good start. Remember, T3, T4, and cortisol are hormones; so are insulin, melatonin, and even vitamin D are hormone based - if you're low on good fats or aren't using them to make DHEA, that's a big problem...
I know you feel low on energy, but don't let that stop you from seeking out the help you need. There are a few things you can do yourself, but others need tests.
on October 29, 2013
at 12:20 AM
If you are low carb, I'd experiment with adding in some carbs. Extra fruit or safe starch.
on October 28, 2013
at 10:18 PM
My experience is that MDs are good for relief of acute symptoms of chronic underlying problems but not addressing root causes. I had to do a lot of reading on my own and work with an ND to even get the tests I wanted done for my lipids and thyroid issues.
I don't want to discourage you from seeing an MD; you sound in bad shape. But be aware that you might want to seek another health provider in conjunction with treatment by an MD.