Too tired

janet ann
By janet ann Latest Reply 2012-07-28 13:09:09 -0500
Started 2012-07-19 13:21:53 -0500

Does anyone get really tired for what seems like no reason, my doctor says sometimes diabetes just makes you tired (no help there!) It doesn't seem to matter how i'm feeling or what my BG is. I had my iron levels checked & they are a little low but ok, i take Insulin & Metformin (recent addition) I wondered if this happens to anyone else.

73 replies

JSJB 2012-07-24 15:47:30 -0500 Report

I start to get tired around 6pm but that can be from me getting up at 4am. There are many reasons to get tired. A good check up will help not just an answer like that is what diabetes causes.

CaliKo 2012-07-23 16:36:23 -0500 Report

I hope your doctor ruled out all the many other causes of fatigue before he blamed it on diabetes? High blood sugar can make you tired, but so can thyroid imbalances, west nile virus, high blood pressure, heart problems and lots of other silent conditions. So can the summer heat. Have your medications changed recently? If it is "just diabetes" that is making you tired, be sure your blood glucose is well-controlled, your diet healthy and varied, and a good dose of exercise in your daily regimen. Also, anyone with chronic conditions is supposed to be sure to get the correct amount of sleep each night.

"Sue" 2012-07-23 15:46:55 -0500 Report

Hi ,there; I have alot of problems with bring very,very, tried . But for me I can never know what it is because of my different health problems between my fibro-myaliga , thyroid disease , high blood - pressuser , type - 2 diabetes and depression . And I'm so dorn -tried all the time . It doesn't help that the drs. change my meds all the time . So I'm the same way you are . I have been like this since 2000 . And I'm still fighting it. and will always be fighting this . I hope that this will help you out some.

janet ann
janet ann 2012-07-24 05:57:07 -0500 Report

Thanks, i am following a lot of the suggestions i have got from all of you, as i said its not an everyday thing but sometimes the only thing to do is rest.

dmike1 2012-07-23 00:12:10 -0500 Report

I can sit down and fall asleep - I could have worked all day or done nothing. I usually don't sleep well at night. Up every couple of hrs.

janet ann
janet ann 2012-07-23 14:23:08 -0500 Report

I do try not to sleep during the day but sometimes there's no choice you just can't stop yourself, luckily for me that doesn;t happen too often. but i need to get checked out by the doctor, i am writing down all the suggestions i have got from everyone here & i will go through the list with him.

"Sue" 2012-07-23 16:06:49 -0500 Report

Why are you putting it off ? You should be taking care of your health . If it is about health -insurance …Then fine a different policy holder.

Mimiewal 2012-07-22 14:59:10 -0500 Report

I too get very tired for no reason, but i recently discovered vitamin b12 and vitamin d and so far so good. I havent been as tired as before. but best wishes in your situation hopefully you can find something that can help you too.

pixsidust 2012-07-22 10:49:14 -0500 Report

I am tired frequently. I can go good for a while then I have to nap. I only take metformin but the results I think are the same. How is your vitamin D? Iron, vitamin D and B 12 all affect energy. Sunlight helps but the heat drains me. I walk my dogs several times a day so its hard to avoid the heat!

Folllow Dietcherry's advice as well. I wish you all the best. If you find something that helps, let us know!

janet ann
janet ann 2012-07-22 13:11:45 -0500 Report

I will but i'm not letting it stop me anyway, i am usually ok and active & when i am tired i just rest awhile.

dietcherry 2012-07-21 19:10:13 -0500 Report

I had sub-clinical Hypothyroidism which means I was within the normal thyroid-functioning range but at the very bottom of it. Ideally we want to be near the top to feel our best. I still had ALL the symptoms of full-blown Hypo, constant fatigue being the most debilitating. Once I got on Synthroid, I was a new woman!

Please get your thyroid checked cuz T1s are prone to thyroid problems. Also even a slightly low iron level robs your cells of needed energy; you may want to consider adding more iron-rich foods to your diet and/or using a supplement.

Please dont ever settle for a Dr telling you that being tired comes with D, with getting older, etc! My Mom is 70 and runs circles around me! We should feel energetic well into our twilight years :)

roxiekb 2012-07-23 13:43:42 -0500 Report

i agree with you. I had my thyroid checked and it was low and since on meds I have had more energy at age 61. It makes a big difference. Last checkup my thyroid was great.

janet ann
janet ann 2012-07-22 05:07:23 -0500 Report

I have made an appointment with my doctor i only have to wait 5 weeks but thats not bad for here!. I feel fine most of the time and i take supplements and eat lots of iron-rich food (i have had problems with anaemia) i know my iron levels are near the lower levels but they are not low enough for treatment so i try to take in as much as i can, my nephew calls me"popeye" as i sit down to more greens, just as well that i like them. I will also be asking to have my iron levels checked.

CJ55 2012-07-21 20:23:51 -0500 Report

I am tired all of the time as well. No energy.. I could sleep for days at a time. I am always told it is my meds and diabetes.. It's a crazy cycle..

dietcherry 2012-07-21 21:57:56 -0500 Report

Hon there is something behind that Im sure of it! I dont want to keep mentioning the thyroid, but it regulates our metabolism and energy levels, among other things. Youre describing what I felt like before I got on Synthroid—I was sleeping 9-10 hours a night easily and would STILL need an afternoon nap! It was awful and yet more than 1 Dr told me I was just getting older. BUH-LONEY!

We are not supposed to feel tired and run down all the time! Its easy to tell ourselves that we are only slowing down with age—and there is merit in that—however we are not supposed to have ceaseless fatigue with age.

I strongly encourage second opinions—or as many as it takes until somebody listens. I have an excellent Endo who will run tests for me simply because I ask him to. I think you could benefit from a complete blood panel. Heres to our good health!!

sharon7112 2012-07-21 09:47:32 -0500 Report

I have been fatigued for years and realize because its from depression. Consider talking to a therapist and/or taking vitamins.

janet ann
janet ann 2012-07-21 14:02:47 -0500 Report

I take vitamins every day, i would be surprised if it was depression i don't feel depressed but its something to consider, thank you.

samiks82 2012-07-19 21:32:58 -0500 Report

Get your thyroid checked. That might be the problem.

IronOre 2012-07-21 01:09:10 -0500 Report

I agree with the thyroid check comment, but it can also be caused by an up and down on your blood sugar.
Maybe feel the sides of your throat (this is where your thyroid is; Does it feel enlarged ? Actually maybe compare your thyroid size to someone elses.

GabbyPA 2012-07-19 17:27:21 -0500 Report

Have you noticed when it happens? Does it happen after a meal or after exercise? Is it just hard to get up in the morning? There are a lot of questions and observations you can do for yourself to help your doctor figure things out. Don't just accept the "it's your diabetes answer". He should not be lazy about looking into things for you.

janet ann
janet ann 2012-07-20 02:33:02 -0500 Report

I have started to note in a diary when it happens but its not that often so it might be a while before i can see if there is a pattern. Its 4 weeks until i can see my doctor (national health service,UK) i will make sure that he knows this is a problem for me .

jayabee52 2012-07-19 14:38:10 -0500 Report

being too tired can be a symptom of so many conditions it is not funny. Almost easier (almost) to say what does not make one tired without seeming reason.

janet ann
janet ann 2012-07-19 14:46:09 -0500 Report

I agree, but it ticks me off to be told its just your diabetes.

jayabee52 2012-07-19 15:00:11 -0500 Report

well then get back to him and tell him that his attitude toward that is unacceptable to you, and if he does not start testing you to rule out potential causes then perhaps finding a new Dr is in order

Caroltoo 2012-07-19 13:32:29 -0500 Report

Sure do, but I find that the more I do the more energy I also have. I suspect it is a chemical imbalance caused by how our bodies function with diabetes, but it could also be a mild level of depression.