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    CF and Severe Fatigue

    I'm a 37 year old female with CF. I experience severe fatigue chronically, no matter how much rest and exercise I get, no matter how proper my diet is, how many vitamin supplements, natural supplements I take. I have fairly good lung function, but do consistently have lung infections. I've been tested for many others things to try and place where this severe fatigue is really coming from. I cannot even hold a full time job due to this severe fatigue, I get sick just from trying to push myself so hard to get through the day. I'll start running a fever, get the chills, sick to my stomach, headache. When coming home from work I many times just curl up in a ball and crash from exhaustion. Obviously this effects my social/relationship aspect of life as well. I've searched many web sites on this and haven't found much of anything that has to do with cf and fatigue. My CF doc says everyone experiences different symptons from cf. Others docs other than cf docs want to just automatically point to cf as it's hard to rule it as another health problem when I already have this one. There is really no test to measure fatigue levels that I know of. I was wondering if any other CF patients out their with fairly good lung function experience this severe of fatigue. And if there has been anything done to relieve this fatigue. I think the thing that baffles me is that I do have pretty good lung function, so should I be this fatigued from CF.

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    Have you been diagnosed with B. cepacia? That might do it, or so I hear. I sometimes feel that way, although a bit of Advil helps with the fever and chills and overall crappiness.

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    Ask your CF doctor to test you for Diabetes. That can cause fatigue.
    Good luck

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    No, but have Pseudonomas infections.

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    As far as diabetes, have been checked for that has well and I do not have that.

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    Hello,

    I've been reading these forums for some time now and just had to respond to your post because it hits so close to home. I can relate to exactly everything you wrote! I am a 27 year old female with CF and I am always tired no matter what - and I mean that literally. My CF is fairly well, but I do have my share of lung infections, I work full time, I'm married and have a 5 year old son, so my dr. has pretty much always passed my fatigue off as " that's just life." (Yeah, that's frustrating when you try to tell your dr. that you think something is wrong and he passes it off as something else) Anyway, I've been checked for diabetes, I've had my thyroid checked, my vitamin levels checked - it seems like I've had everything checked and everything is normal. It is SO frustrating to me and I'm sure for my family as well when all I want and need to do is sleep, no matter how much sleep I've already had. It does interfere with my job too. I have a full time job, but I technically don't work full time as I'm always leaving early, coming in late or calling out sick. I'm sometimes amazed that I still have a job. Anyway, I do have a point to my story. This last Friday, I had a CF appointment and once again gave my dr. the run down of how tired I am, etc.. he asked me if I may be depressed and to make a long story short - I think that is where my problem lies. I'm wondering if it's some sort of chemical unbalance as I have some pretty dramatic mood swings and my emotions are up and done. There is not really a reason for these to be happening as I have a good life and I'm in fairly good health, so that is why I'm wondering if it's a chemical unbalance? Right now, I don't know - but I will be going to talk to my primary dr. soon and hopefully find some questions. I believe I'm one step closer now.

    Good Luck to you, I hope you can find some answers! Take Care.

    SW
    27/F/wCF

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    Have you consulted your Doctor about a correlation between your fatigue and the medications you are taking. Perhaps one of the dosages is to high and even though it has to be that high it is causing you fatigue. Just a thought.

    Sincerely,

    "Senatorgraham"

    "My friends are my estate. Forgive me the avarice of hoarding them."

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    Another thought to try is using oxygen at night. I came home with it from my last admission. I initially thought it was the end of the world, but my doctors explained it to me like this. Our bodies go through a lot even when we are not fighting infection. Its very draining & using just 2 liters of O2 at night regenerates your body while you sleep. Its just a thought, but I am not sure it would be of benefit for you. I just know that even tho lung function is ok for you, the frequent infections could be draining your body.
    Another thought might be sleep apnea. Even tho you are sleeping a lot, you might not be getting quality sleep. Especially if you are having frequent infections, your breathing &/or coughing can interfere greatly with your quality of sleep. I found that I can manage on 5 hours of really good sleep better than I can 9-10 hours of poorer quality.

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    <blockquote>Quote
    <hr><i>Originally posted by: <b>Anonymous</b></i>
    Hello,

    I've been reading these forums for some time now and just had to respond to your post because it hits so close to home. I can relate to exactly everything you wrote! I am a 27 year old female with CF and I am always tired no matter what - and I mean that literally. My CF is fairly well, but I do have my share of lung infections, I work full time, I'm married and have a 5 year old son, so my dr. has pretty much always passed my fatigue off as " that's just life." (Yeah, that's frustrating when you try to tell your dr. that you think something is wrong and he passes it off as something else) Anyway, I've been checked for diabetes, I've had my thyroid checked, my vitamin levels checked - it seems like I've had everything checked and everything is normal. It is SO frustrating to me and I'm sure for my family as well when all I want and need to do is sleep, no matter how much sleep I've already had. It does interfere with my job too. I have a full time job, but I technically don't work full time as I'm always leaving early, coming in late or calling out sick. I'm sometimes amazed that I still have a job. Anyway, I do have a point to my story. This last Friday, I had a CF appointment and once again gave my dr. the run down of how tired I am, etc.. he asked me if I may be depressed and to make a long story short - I think that is where my problem lies. I'm wondering if it's some sort of chemical unbalance as I have some pretty dramatic mood swings and my emotions are up and done. There is not really a reason for these to be happening as I have a good life and I'm in fairly good health, so that is why I'm wondering if it's a chemical unbalance? Right now, I don't know - but I will be going to talk to my primary dr. soon and hopefully find some questions. I believe I'm one step closer now.



    Good Luck to you, I hope you can find some answers! Take Care.



    SW

    27/F/wCF<hr></blockquote>

    Wow, I've found someone who I can tell though your writing knows what I'm going through. I've had this same fatigue for years, when I was your age as well. I too have had thyroid and vitamin checks, iron checks, everything came out fine. I don't have diabetes either. I was also tested for sleep apnea and that came out fine as well. I too at one time was working a full time job and ended up always leaving early or calling in sick alot as well. It was so frustrating, so now working part-time works better to balance my life, but puts a big strain on my financial situation. As far as the depression their checking you for, I also was directed in that area to try and relieve the fatigue. I never seen myself as depressed, as I'm a pretty happy persons with high hopes and always have tried to make the best of what I have. I always tried hard to succeed at what I do, especially in my jobs, I took pride in working hard and going the extra mile. I also don't suffer from much mood swings or anything, but I thought I'd give it a try, I was thinking like you maybe it's a chemical imbalance. So the docs tried me on 5 diffdrent anti-depressants. One actually made me think negative thoughts more often and felt depressed and blue. I also experieced too many side affects from these drugs to continue taking them. The longest I tried them was for 1 month and that's all I could handle. But even in that 1 month I didn't feel any great surge of energy, but maybe I wasn't on it long enough. I hope that works for you because I know how frustrating it is. It is beyond normal fatigue/tiredness. Maybe if you can tolerate these anti-depressants, that may be your answer.

    I wish you luck as well and thank you so much for sharing your story with me.

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    RE:CF and Severe Fatigue

    <blockquote>Quote<br><hr><i>Originally posted by: <b>JazzysMom</b></i><br>Another thought to try is using oxygen at night. I came home with it from my last admission. I initially thought it was the end of the world, but my doctors explained it to me like this. Our bodies go through a lot even when we are not fighting infection. Its very draining & using just 2 liters of O2 at night regenerates your body while you sleep. Its just a thought, but I am not sure it would be of benefit for you. I just know that even tho lung function is ok for you, the frequent infections could be draining your body.

    Another thought might be sleep apnea. Even tho you are sleeping a lot, you might not be getting quality sleep. Especially if you are having frequent infections, your breathing &/or coughing can interfere greatly with your quality of sleep. I found that I can manage on 5 hours of really good sleep better than I can 9-10 hours of poorer quality.<hr></blockquote>


    Thank you for your input on the oxygen thing, that gives me something to discuss with my doc. As far as sleep apnea, I've been tested for that and it came out fine, but who knows I could have just had a good nights sleep the night of the test.

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