Fatigue

For days, even weeks, I have been feeling tired. Extreme fatigue. I get to bed about 9 every evening, am not on electronic devices, there is nothing much worrying me- anyway nothing more than normal and I had no physical illness, that I knew of. The only thing I could find about myself was that I was not walking enough but I couldn’t find the energy to do it. January 13 was my TOEFL exam and after my GRE ( which I prepared for in 2 days), I had resolved to put in at least one month of study for this exam. Christmas came in between of course, but give and take a few days, I should have managed to put in a good amount of study time. No. It didn’t happen.

Most days, I dragged myself out of my sofa-bed and when I did, my eyes wouldn’t stay open. If I went back to bed, for a few more moments of shut-eye, I couldn’t get back to sleep and even if I did, I woke up same as before. There was nothing new in my diet except a Trader Joe’s Matcha Green tea that I drank every morning. All systems seemed working normally. I couldn’t pinpoint what was wrong or where it was going wrong.

I could study only on January 12- revise all the books I had borrowed with good resolutions more than a month back- the fatigue had driven me off my study time. I had almost no motivation and I knew I was not depressed.  The exam passed off well, by God’s grace.

Yesterday was the first working day after the exam. I resolved to do something about my illness if it could be called that. One of my other symptoms was the pain or feeling of pain behind my eyes. This suggested viral myalgia to me. Yesterday at work, it struck me that the extreme fatigue might be because of pregnancy. Could I get pregnant at 48 ? There have been stranger cases and I hadn’t had my monthlies for two months now, come to think of it. And husband had reminded me of this just the day before.

At work yesterday, I decided to do a pregnancy test. Luckily for me, there is a pharmacy at the Students center so, I managed to get a kit. I had had pregnancy tests done before but others used to do it for me. This was my first experience of doing it on my own. Good news, I am not pregnant. So that was ruled out. It must be menopause.

Second, I decided to start myself on an antibiotic and see if that helped. Three doses later, I am better. My fatigue has almost completely disappeared. I haven’t had a flu vaccine this year. Probably I am harboring some germ inside that is not manifesting itself in an extreme way but the fatigue.

 

28 thoughts on “Fatigue

  1. You had me in a panic, thinking of you being pregnant at age 48. I’ve had what we call “the crud”. It’s not the flu, but you do have some symptoms. Maybe you just had a light case of the crud.,
    There is a flu epedenic here in Alabama. Praise God, I’ve only had the crud.

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  2. Oh, Susie! I’m sorry to hear you were so tired!! But happy for you that you weren’t pregnant!!
    As you said, stranger things have happened!! My grandmother had 3 babies after age 40!!
    So, one aunt is 6 months older than me, and 2 are younger!
    So glad you are better!! Fatigue is not a joke!!
    Love, Lucy

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  3. May you continue to be in good health and I hope that nothing else comes along to put you back again. None of us realise how important sleep really is, until we aren’t getting enough of it …then everything begins to fall apart.

    Glad the short course of antibiotic sorted you out Susie. ~ Cobs. x

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      1. Hello Susie 🙂
        My daffodil . . yes, and still standing in bloom, even in the little snowfall we had again yesterday. I’m incredulous and filled with awe each time I go out to the car or walk down the drive. It’s standing strong in the really bad winds we’ve had, lashing rains and the snow! I’m going to try and get a decent photo of it today, to share with everyone.

        Glad to hear you’re still on antibiotics. I was a little concerned that you’d only taken a short dose of them, as I worried that whatever it was might still be inside you, and would come back to make you poorly again, if you hadn’t blasted it for good.

        I hope you continue in good health.
        Sending squidges and wishing you a Happy New Year. ~ Cobs. xx

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  4. I am so glad you are feeling better Susie. When you mentioned the pregnancy test my mouth kind of went “oooohhhh” My grandma had my uncle and and aunt when she was in her 40’s. I will say it did keep her young and my uncle and aunt are more like my cousins!
    I hope you keep regaining your energy as the days go by. It is absolutely no fun feeling under the weather. Lots of people sick in our area also…not sure if that makes you feel any better but at least you know you are not alone.

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  5. I would have loved to have babies even now if it would not hinder my other plans.:)
    How horrible that sounds, doesn’t it, Faye ?
    My mother had my youngest sister when she was 40.
    It would be good to have uncles and aunts who are like cousins.
    My daughter does not get along with my youngest sister though- the age difference between them is exactly 6 years- they fight like siblings.
    Susie

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  6. We have so much Flu down this way, they are asking people , not to come to the ER unless absolutely needed.

    I have been fighting some type of fatigue for the last three months, it is no fun at all. I hope you continue to improve.

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