Exhaustion 24/7 is it because of diabetes?

By jelipscomb Latest Reply 2010-01-15 22:43:11 -0600
Started 2010-01-10 18:46:19 -0600

I have had blood work done and meds checked and even back on Ritalin to try to get some type of energy. No sucess.I was a energizer bunny up until 3 years ago.I don't like this feeling I want to start enjoying my life again. I am the gardening and I love to stayin the yard till dark. But I just can't get moving! Does any one have this problem?

28 replies

Kirla 2010-01-15 18:21:40 -0600 Report

Very high blood sugars will make you tired all the time. They made me tired. Took a nap at work during lunch and had to take a 2 hour nap when I got home.

Good news is when you get your blood sugar back to normal the sleepiness goes away.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-01-15 22:43:11 -0600 Report

My neice, in her fifties, works in Medical Records at a hospital, is a real asset—-they let her come in later in the morn, 10 ish—as she just can't get going any sooner. She is on insulin but not sure of the details, anyway she does go, go , go, only starts a bit later than some and she had 3 children, just the last one when she was diagnosed and put on insulin right off! PR

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-01-11 15:32:55 -0600 Report

Exhaustion! Wow, I bet there are as many reasons to feel exhausted as there are folks to feel it!

I had been in an deep depression for over 40 years, was in so much emotional pain that I denied and buried EVERYTHING that stirred up the pain, (had trouble for several Years, trying to get out of bed, let alone fix one meal a day—-nothing else, just SLEEP!!!) which gradually became EVERYTHING !Well, that took lots of energy in FORCING MYSELF TO NOT FEEL OR REMEMBER!

Then a lack of thyroid also entered in, doing more exercies—starting slow, a short walk, then gradually building up—eating healtheir and DRINKING LOTS OF PLAIN WATER should help. Of course, some meds slow us down too—-my mom was on Toprol, she complained of feeling tired and her Dr said, "of course, that is one reason we give it, to SLOW you down so you won't have a heart attack!" but she chose to quit and go on something else!!

Best Wishes!! PR

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-01-11 21:25:09 -0600 Report

Depression sucks! Sorry to hear you were or have been in it for so long, I hope you are finally feeling better!

My mom takes toprol because she had a heart attack and some other kind of medicine and since she has been on them (almost a year), she has been sleeping for about half the day. I've been on syroquil, depakote and ativan for depression & anxiety and I felt too tired the next day so I had to get off them, but now, LOL I take prenatals for that extra healthy boost!

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-01-11 23:30:15 -0600 Report

I am coming out of THAT depression, thanks in part to the kind folks on this site!! Where I live, being TIRED etc or any illness is a NO-No—I used to give the scripture often at our women church gatherings,"Judge not, lest you be judged!" But I don't think it ever regesistered, thot I meant it FOR THE OTHER GUY!! PR

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-01-12 10:22:51 -0600 Report

I was feeling more DOWN one time, was seeing a different Dr and he prescribed a generic of VALIUM!! Normally I don't have much reaction to meds, But THAT ONE I sure DID!! Put me under the table, literally!! He didn't tell me what it was, just took it at a dinner with friends at a restaurant, and got so TIRED/WEARY—man, the man had to drive me home!! I complained to my Dr and he said that I needed it and to wait and take it at night, I tried ONCE, same reaction, and I QUIT! Checked with my psychiatrist later, and he said, NO< YOU DON"T NEED THAT! Great, with me, I had already flushed them! Wow, what a DOWNER!!! Pat R

cc9 2010-01-12 00:26:41 -0600 Report

geeze danni…thats some heavy meds you are on for depression and anxiety. i understand there are some drugs that are contraindicated for diabetes. there are some anti depressants that make you feel so flatlinned and energy-less that it does not help as the lethargy keeps you isolated from the community.

mamaoak 2010-01-11 13:23:47 -0600 Report

i find that walking helps a half hr a day. if my A1c is up i feel tired as well.

jaclyncrystal 2010-01-11 15:20:49 -0600 Report

Having been away from this site for quite sometime, I realized that I had a lot of questions an d concerns that were addressed here and I need help. Exhaustion is one of my main concerns now, I just want to sit and not move, but after reading this my first article of the day I am going down to walk on the treadmill for exercise is what my body needs. thanks for talking about this subject.

Blue Angel
Blue Angel 2010-01-11 12:14:33 -0600 Report

No wonder you are tired, you take meds for breakfast. I can understand why you are so tired, No room for breakfast,(LOL- to make you laugh)

Blue Angel
Blue Angel 2010-01-11 12:01:58 -0600 Report

Maybe your sugar is low. What about som vitamins or more fruit& vegatables if you can eat them.Ask your doctor and see what they recommened. Good luck I hope you get more energy soon.

Deb-G 2010-01-11 11:30:18 -0600 Report

Are your blood sugars swingin high and low…that wipes you out fast…you want to keep an even plane…the roller coaster = fatigue :(

Feel Better!

Cabinquilt 2010-01-11 09:10:26 -0600 Report

Seasonal-Affect Disorder (SAD) makes one very tired seasonally… like when there is not much sunshine and the sunshine hours are fewer. When you said that you enjoyed working in the garden, I thought of how much sunshine you would have been taking in. If you live in the northern clime and it's cloudy a lot, you may consider this possibility. A psychologist can help with this and a light-box is available for home usage. Vitamin D is a necessity and if you are indoors in the dark, you would not be getting as much Vitamin D as you did when you were gardening. Let the sun in your eyes and don't wear sunglasses in the winter. My two cent! Best to You!

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-01-11 15:28:25 -0600 Report

True, our EHU club had a lesson on fatigue and the cabin fever syndrome. We live in southern Ks and even we don't get enough true sun rays, should get them on your arms and legs, and not go thru clothes or glass (windows) so the vitamin D is essential for ALL from Oct thru to april, when the sun moves more overhead to warm us, don't use skin creame for the first 15 to 20 minutes, then apply your sun sceen—recomennded by our State Economics UNit. I hadn't realized some of the requirements to get a full, healthy dose of SUNSHINE! —PR

Deb-G 2010-01-11 15:31:16 -0600 Report

There's a light they sell called "Happy Light"…My Mom got me one for xmas…think she is trying to tell me something???!!!! hahaha

Cabinquilt 2010-01-12 12:11:43 -0600 Report

Do you know where she got the "Happy Light" from? A few years ago, the only place to get a light box was from a psychologist's supply mail order place. Thanks!

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-01-12 20:09:45 -0600 Report

I heard at church that one of our younger members, a school teacher, has to set under a "Grow Light" not sure if it is the same kind I put over my garden plants, but frankly, I think she needs one overhead, all day! I think that she things the same of me, probably like what came first the chicken or the egg? haha—PR

Deb-G 2010-01-12 21:09:13 -0600 Report

Its probably the same thing…its just a light you stick on your desk and it apparently gives off the right rays to offset seasonal sadness or whatever…I think i'm bitchy due to my blood sugar, not my daylight…but hey i'm willin to give it a go…

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-01-12 22:49:30 -0600 Report

Haha, your first clue might be, if you receive a Grow Light for next Christmas and no seeds! (Me too!) Lol, Pat r

Deb-G 2010-01-13 08:32:03 -0600 Report

lol this was my Mom who gave me this…um…"happy light" LOL…I wont tell you what my first thought was to do with it…but then…that probably would have proved her point…so I just smiled :D Hahaha!

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-01-13 09:50:02 -0600 Report

hahah—Oh, Deb!! I can just imagine! THAT IS TOO PERSONAL, especially from ones own MOTHER! Chheeez—mom!!! I would never do that to our daughters, even tho I have been tempted, it too would probably have ended up so I could never set again!! ha_PR

Hinboyz3 2010-01-11 06:30:29 -0600 Report

I use to drag like that all the time until my doctor realized I had a thyroid problem. Now I have energy cause Im taking a pill for that, and type 2. But I also exercise and when I do I have all this extra energy, before hand I don't have as much. Hope you feel better soon.

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-01-10 20:29:07 -0600 Report

When my blood sugars goes too high or low it exhaustes me, and the long they have stayed out of control, the more exhausted I feel. Awhile ago I started taking B12, that's an all around good Vitamin and ginseng is good too for natural energy. Good luck to you, hope you start to feel better and moving again!!

Ella Adams
Ella Adams 2010-01-10 19:50:36 -0600 Report

That can be one of the worst feelings and I feel for you for having them.
It seems that soon as I was diagnosed with diabetes I started in the depression direction. I just didn't think I could handle keeping up with all you have to do because I already had some chronic conditions(lung cancer included and was on chemo)COPD is another one but when I got involved with all the things I found I could handle it
better than I thought.It is no picnic for sure and sometimes I get ill because I have to do it but it wears off once I get everthing else done.
I sincerely hope you can get some energy
back and soon, just hang in there girl.
Ella Adams

Harlen 2010-01-10 19:33:09 -0600 Report

been there
working out seams to help me as well when I am draging my tell feathers I go and work out and after I feel a lot better
Hope this helps

cc9 2010-01-10 19:06:01 -0600 Report

i am not sure if the cause is just diabetes. i have felt like that at times. i suggest you see your dr to make sure u havent any other medicall problems thats not been picked up eg thyroid, depression etc.
i find when i am feeling exhausted that forcing myself to exercise helps to lift my energy level up. yeah i know the last thing we can think about to do is get active when we are so exhausted but try it, it may help.
hope this tip helps.

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