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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Energy or Lack Thereof

I've been thinking a lot lately. About energy. And have a lot of questions. Is my energy level normal? How would I know? Is an outcome of working full time not having energy? Is it worth it? When I work full time, when do I put the laundry away, do yard work, walk the dog, do art, pay bills, knit? When am I not tired? I'm tired a lot.

I've had my thyroid tested. And made sure I'm taking the right vitamins and minerals. There's a what if living in the back of my head. What if I have something that's draining me? Is it possible to have chronic fatigue syndrome and still be on your feet? Would a drastic dietary change give me energy? (Would I have the energy to make a drastic dietary change?) Where is the line between normal tiredness and fatigue? And is there a magic bullet? Or a tree I can stand under and shake until the energy fruits come falling down?

13 Comments:

Blogger thailandchani said...

Yes, you can have CFS and still keep going.. but I wouldn't recommend it.

When it gets to a point where your tiredness begins to affect all areas of your life, it's crossed the line.

And I suspect the only magic bullet is a lifestyle change.

What are your thoughts on it?

7:48 PM  
Blogger Gordo The Geek said...

It could still be medical: I've been to my doctor for very similar problems recently. After all the blood tests came back perfectly normal, I'm waiting for a call with an appointment to the sleep clinic.

My biggest symptom was a sudden need to take lunchtime naps and falling asleep in the parked car waiting for Bridget after work. We'll see what turns up.

8:19 PM  
Blogger meno said...

When i worked. i wondered the same thing. But you should go with your instincts on whether or not it's something medical.

8:56 PM  
Blogger jen said...

how is your energy when you are travelling to foreign places?

i can very much relate, friend.

11:17 PM  
Blogger Rebekah said...

So many things it could be. I don't get headaches during my summer breaks; well, not too often.

For me it's not so much the work but the stress.

Take care of yourself.

11:39 PM  
Blogger Susan as herself said...

Getting your thyroid checked is good. My friend Janna was feeling tired and "not right" and turned out it was her thyroid. She's on medication now and feels a huge difference.

Of course it could just be stress, or lack of quality sleep. You could try B vitamins---sometimes that helps, they say. I find that eating whole foods gives me more energy---when I am overworked and have no time and forced to eat frozen dinners, I totally feel it.

I also find that having a nightly ritual that relaxes me and "brings me down" from the day lets me sleep wonderfully. Choose something---a shower, listening to music, reading, taking a walk, etc that eases you into bedtime.

Good luck!

9:26 AM  
Blogger QT said...

As others have mentioned, do you get decent rest? Just because you are in bed doesn't mean you are getting good sleep. That being said, what about exercise?

3:20 PM  
Blogger amusing said...

Stress makes me tired all the time. XLove can vouch that even after downing a cup of coffee, I'd sit in front of my computer, working hard to conjure up thoughts and words for my thesis, and all I could do was nod off. Weird what our bodies do.

11:37 AM  
Blogger Popeye said...

Yeah. I'm mostly tired, too but I think its become a chronic problem all over the place. I think we've all forgotten how to rest.

11:44 AM  
Blogger Tink said...

You, world traveler/extraordinaire, think you have an energy problem? Please. I haven't done anything but sit on my ass and/or make dinner for the last four nights. The couch has an imprint of my butt in it now. *Sigh*

1:01 PM  
Blogger KC said...

Could you be pregnant????

I swear, I could barely move from fatigue.

7:19 PM  
Blogger kat said...

Only be concerned if you are tired during things you enjoy. If you have no energy and are run down while doing something spectacular then you should see a doctor. Otherwise it's probably life just boring the crap out of you.

Sorry for my lack of eloquence.

9:19 PM  
Anonymous Sparky said...

What about sleep apnea? My friend Twinkle told me that treating it changed her life.

7:02 PM  

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