Feeling tired all the time

By margokittycat Latest Reply 2011-08-17 21:56:36 -0500
Started 2011-08-08 16:59:46 -0500

I have been feeling really tired for a few weeks now. I contributed to being bit by a spider when gardening and going to the doctor and being put on a broad spectrum antibiotic. They told me to watch my blood sugars as they had already start to climb within 24 hours of getting bit. The antibiotic seemed to make them go up even higher I called the docotrs office and was told to watch them and us my sliding scale as soon as my antibiotic was done my bloodsugars started going back down but I am extremely tired all the time. Has anyone else ever had this happen after being on a broad spectrum antibiotic?

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Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-08-11 23:13:53 -0500 Report

I am not sure if it was the antibiotics or the healing during my fight last year with MRSA. But I was most certainly tired.

jec4004 2011-08-10 19:06:06 -0500 Report

Check out my profile! Like I said there, I have been on and off antibiotics since January 3, 2011 and like a third of them did make me more tired than even my RA does normally. The diabetes makes it hard to heal too.

TF Wild Irish Rose
TF Wild Irish Rose 2011-08-10 12:01:29 -0500 Report

Margo - not sure about the antibiotics making you fatigues, but I do know that when your body is fighting an infection from any type of nasty reaction to bug bites, that you will feel tired and "sluggish" - I understand how you are feeling very much as I have had delt with toxic poisioning from bug venom myself. I have found that keeping hydrated with plenty of fluids to help flush my system and making sure I eat a healthy balance of meals and snacks to help keep my numbers level helps a lot. Making sure I drank enough water for me can be difficult at times so help on that I make a container of "flavored water" by using one packet of surgar free drink mix (type you would add to a bottle of water) with 24 oz of water - I keep this in the frige to keep it cold and have found my son drinks more water when I do this.
The other thing that helps is making sure your body gets the rest it needs to recover - and if that means taking a nap, then do so - I have found that when my numbers are up, I scar more and it takes longer for even a small scratch to heal.
Bottom line, listen to what your body is telling you. ;-) Teresa

margokittycat 2011-08-10 12:17:28 -0500 Report

Thank you for your reply and advise. I have actually been able to take a nap now and then the last few days as fairs are done for a few weeks. Scaring is pretty bad on this bite, got bitten by brown recluse about 10 years ago that was nothing compared to this. Water I do do and I am like you a little flavor is the key.

TF Wild Irish Rose
TF Wild Irish Rose 2011-08-10 12:34:58 -0500 Report

There is a jell out now that claims it helps "lighten or makes the scars less noticeable - not sure if it works, but I am giving it a try. I also use a jell found at the drug store (Rite Aid) that is vitamine E & aloe that I llike as it is not greasy and is absorbed by the skin quickly - have been using it for years as my moisturizer & lotion - found it helps some with the healing of bug bites and scratches.
I have no immunity to bug bites - got an over abundance of bug bites on my last 2 trips in Florida so now even mosiquitos leave a nasty welt that blisters that becomes a ruptured infection - I do not even want to find out what a bee sting would do.
Per my Dr - high blood sugar levels is the reason it takes longer to heal and more prone to infection along with more noticable scarring. Higher blood sugar levels is also the reason bugs are more attracted to us -

margokittycat 2011-08-10 16:07:47 -0500 Report

I will have to go on line to tire aid we don not have any around here and get some of that vitamin & and Aloe. I am going to Key West Florida in December I went there almost 10 nyears ago as a stop on a cruise I was taken and I loved it so I talked my husband in to going for a little vacation when our business is slow which is in December. Thanks Again.

sheriden 2011-08-17 21:56:36 -0500 Report

Florida may be just what you need. December will be great also. So humid there most of the time. I would like to find some cure for being tired all the time also. If you do find help with it let us know, prayers are with you.

margokittycat 2011-08-10 16:26:25 -0500 Report

I am going to enjoy it. My husband and I have not been on a vacation togther since we've been togther we never had a honeymoon either. So I am looking forward to this.

AuntieM234 2011-08-09 09:21:24 -0500 Report

Hey there Margo! I always get fatigued when taking antibiotics, unless I remember to load up on the fluids. The first time I talked to a Dr about it, he said it was because the antibiotic draws fluids from other parts of the body to help it flush out the infection. Its like you are dehydrating and you need to take in fluids to rehydrate. Of course, plain water is the best fluid with which to rehydrate. ;-) Mara

margokittycat 2011-08-09 10:39:06 -0500 Report

I have been drinking plenty of water as it said to on the bottle of medication. I maybe still was not getting enough though. I was really hydrating with it as we have been at county fairs since the bite was recieved. My daughter is in 4-h and we had three fairs back to back. Thankfuly they have ended as of Sunday until the end of August when our State fair starts and we have to be there as my daughter has projects for 4-H that were handed picked to go one being her quilt, the others being her rolls and coffe cake.

GabbyPA 2011-08-09 08:58:44 -0500 Report

I have not had that issue on antibiotics, but it may be more from the bite. Spider bites are rough and I have had one that required some serious treatment. You may want to revisit the doctor to make sure the bite is in fact better. Those little buggers go deep into the body and can be hard to get cleared up. I am speaking from experience. I still have a hard mass at my bite site that comes and goes and it has been nearly 8 years since my bite. They are nothing to mess around with.

margokittycat 2011-08-09 10:36:06 -0500 Report

Thank you for the advise. I have to find another doctor to go to as the one I was going to is gone for the next month and there is no other doctor in the office. I live in a very small rual community so I will check with another office that is the closes to us.