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#1 Xi

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 10:53 AM

Always tired. What to do.
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Posted 05 September 2011 - 11:12 AM

Take vitamins? Sleep more? Get more exercise?

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 11:47 AM

Take vitamins? Sleep more? Get more exercise?

Totally agree. A blood test to ascertain what vitamins you are missing (usually a lack of vitamin D and others come with being tired), sleeping more, and exercising every day do the trick. And some good drugs before bedtime to make sure you stay asleep for a good number of hours usually helps too! :)

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 11:59 AM

If you take any medications consider whether this may be a side affect. I was taking a prescription cough medicine a few months ago that made me constantly tired and depressed. A day after I stopped taking it I felt so much better.

But yes, vitamins, adequate sleep and exercise help a lot.
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Posted 05 September 2011 - 12:08 PM

Make sure you're fuelling your body with enough healthy nutrients too.
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Posted 05 September 2011 - 12:17 PM

Being tired can be a matter of just not getting enough sleep, vitamin deficiencies, or something much worse. Not to scare you, but if this is more than just grad-school exhaustion or something of the sort, you should have it checked out ASAP.

When was the last time you had a checkup?
When was the last time you had a blood work-up?

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 01:26 PM

Thanks guys! I do sleep. I'll get bloodwork (haven't had it done in years & no insurance -- how expensive is it?). I don't exercise much, but especially not lately because a five mile walk will put me into bed for two hours.

PS -- You have failed to scare me, Starwolf. :p
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Posted 05 September 2011 - 01:29 PM

You might need more protein. You might need more activity. It might be thyroid related, too.

I'd do other things before I ran to spend a week's salary on bloodwork and a dr's visit or 2.
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Posted 05 September 2011 - 01:32 PM

I'll get bloodwork (haven't had it done in years & no insurance -- how expensive is it). I don't exercise much, but especially not lately because a five mile walk will put me into bed for two hours.

Even 15 minutes of exercise a day should make a difference. It's not even comparable how much or how well I sleep on a day that I've exercised vs. a day that I don't.

No idea how much blood work costs without insurance, but make sure to get the basics checked and your thyroid - that sometimes causes sleep issues. And taking a vitamin D pill is a really easy thing to do that will definitely help. Most people have vitamin D deficiencies. On non-summer days (when I'm not getting direct sunlight), I take a 5,000 IU Vitamin D pill every day. Older doctors will tell you not to take more than 2,000 IU, but newer research shows that 5,000 IU is a really decent dose, especially if you have a deficiency. Good luck - being tired all the time really sucks (I know, I've been there)!

I'd do other things before I ran to spend a week's salary on bloodwork and a dr's visit or 2.

I disagree. I think getting blood work done is worth the price, especially if you haven't had a basic blood test done in a while. It's really important to have that checked annually.

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 01:36 PM

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 02:00 PM

Thanks guys! I do sleep. I'll get bloodwork (haven't had it done in years & no insurance -- how expensive is it?).

Without insurance blood work runs a lot.

Companies like
http://www.directlabs.com/
allow you to get your own blood work done. Believe it or not their prices are less than you'd pay through a doctors office.

That being said, you should not be without insurance, in New York there are all sorts of low cost options. Start your research here:
http://www.ins.state...english/hny.htm
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Posted 05 September 2011 - 02:34 PM

Healthy NY costs more money than I have.
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Posted 05 September 2011 - 02:42 PM

Healthy NY costs more money than I have.

You might be covered by your parents insurance up to age 26.

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 02:44 PM

I was also going to suggest thyroid levels....
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Posted 05 September 2011 - 02:44 PM

Healthy NY costs more money than I have.

Then you should qualify for one of the Medicaid programs:
http://www.health.st..._care/medicaid/
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Posted 05 September 2011 - 02:44 PM

Are you feeling depressed?

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 02:46 PM

Or:
http://www.health.st...ly_health_plus/
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Posted 05 September 2011 - 02:57 PM

You might be covered by your parents insurance up to age 26.

Parent has individual insurance.

Anyway, on 14th thought, it's probably a mono flare-up.

Thyroid is okay. I'll take the Vitamin D suggestion, try to figure out health insurance (too tired to do that now, but later) and get back to you guys.
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Posted 05 September 2011 - 03:02 PM

You could always get married...
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Posted 05 September 2011 - 03:03 PM

Are you feeling depressed?

Or stressed?




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