Exaushtion and tiredness - SoberRecovery : Alcoholism Drug Addiction Help and Information
Go Back   SoberRecovery : Alcoholism Drug Addiction Help and Information >
Register Blogs FAQ Members List Calendar Arcade Mark Forums Read





Reply
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 04-02-2013, 12:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
Member
 

Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: San antonio Tx
Posts: 34

Exaushtion and tiredness


I've been sober from alcohol 2 months 9 days and I'm having bouts of exhaustion. Two weeks ago I had a bout of tiredness and exhaustion then it subsided 2-3 days later. These bouts are awful. A month ago I was having bad anxiety laced with paronoia but that has subsided quiet a bit. I feel like on the inside I'm giving up .
Dimlitstar is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Dimlitstar For This Useful Post:
least (04-02-2013)
Old 04-02-2013, 01:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
Member
 
FeenixxRising's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Mid-Atlantic USA
Posts: 2,443
Have you had a physical exam lately? Might be time to have yourself checked out and get some bloodwork done. There could be some underlying organic issues.

And if not that I suggest daily exercise. You will have to break the cycle. A long brisk walk everyday can work wonders. Of course, I'm assuming you're not already doing some sort of daily exercise, if you are, then IMO a trip to the Dr. is in order
FeenixxRising is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to FeenixxRising For This Useful Post:
least (04-02-2013), milly4me (04-02-2013), MustLoveCoffee (04-03-2013)
Old 04-02-2013, 01:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
Keeping it simple!
 
LadyinBC's Avatar
 

Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Surrey, BC
Posts: 3,285
Blog Entries: 2
I agree with Feeni. It wouldn't hurt to go see a doctor. I was feeling that way last month so I got my thyroid and my liver (finally!) checked. They are both okay. I put my body thru years and years of abuse so it will take time for it to get use to the new way I treat it .
__________________
Sobriety Date: July 21, 2012

"God has a plan for you...and what it is is none of your business." (A Buddhist Monk)

“You can make mistakes, but you are not a failure until you blame others for those mistakes.” -John Wooden
LadyinBC is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to LadyinBC For This Useful Post:
least (04-02-2013)
Old 04-02-2013, 01:26 PM   #4 (permalink)
Forum Leader
 
ScottFromWI's Avatar
 

Join Date: May 2012
Location: Wisconsin, USA
Posts: 15,466
I would agree with getting a checkup. I did at about 30 days and a full bloodwork came back normal in every respect, but I still have days like that. Sometimes it's tiredness, sometimes it's just feeling totally spaced out/off balance, and sometimes neither. I'm almost at the 90 day mark and still feeling it at times. I figure I drank for almost 2 decades, and the last 4-5 years pretty heavily - so it's going to take a while for my body to recover.
ScottFromWI is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to ScottFromWI For This Useful Post:
least (04-02-2013), milly4me (04-02-2013)
Old 04-02-2013, 01:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
bona fido dog-lover
 
least's Avatar
 

Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: eastern USA
Posts: 74,047
Blog Entries: 32
It could be PAWS, post acute withdrawal syndrome.

Why We Don’t Get Better Immediately: Post-acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) | What...Me Sober?
__________________
I'd rather live in my car with my dogs than live in a castle without them.

Dogs may not be our whole lives, but they make our lives whole.

Don't wait for the Last Judgement. It takes place every day. -Albert Camus

Find the good and praise it. - Alex Haley
least is online now   Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to least For This Useful Post:
Carlotta (04-03-2013), nomis (04-02-2013)
Old 04-02-2013, 01:34 PM   #6 (permalink)
Member
 

Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: San antonio Tx
Posts: 34
Yes I have been to the ER five times and had labs done and everything checks out. I do have post acute alcohol Withdrawl. I failed to mention that in my first post. I'm just upset and I'm at my wits end at this point. Will this ever end!? How long does all this last?
Dimlitstar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2013, 01:36 PM   #7 (permalink)
Member
 

Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: San antonio Tx
Posts: 34
At one point I was sleeping in my car in the ER parking lot for fear of dying or loosing it.
Dimlitstar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2013, 01:41 PM   #8 (permalink)
Member
 

Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Canada. About as far south as you can get
Posts: 4,768
Are you going to AA meetings?

All the best.

Bob R
2granddaughters is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2013, 01:57 PM   #9 (permalink)
Member
 

Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: San antonio Tx
Posts: 34
I've been to 4 of them and I have been feeling so anxious to the point of not keeping still so I stopped going and I'm not anxious I'm just exhausted and unmotivated. I have the AA book and read it and I have a little support within my family.
Dimlitstar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2013, 01:58 PM   #10 (permalink)
Forum Leader
 
ScottFromWI's Avatar
 

Join Date: May 2012
Location: Wisconsin, USA
Posts: 15,466
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dimlitstar View Post
Yes I have been to the ER five times and had labs done and everything checks out. I do have post acute alcohol Withdrawl. I failed to mention that in my first post. I'm just upset and I'm at my wits end at this point. Will this ever end!? How long does all this last?
What did they recommend to you at the ER - or did they just release you? We can't give medical advice here but seeing a medical doctor or mental health professional specializing in addiction might help if you've ruled out any immediate physical ailments at the ER. Most cities have drug/alcohol councelors and help lines you can call to find resources that might help as well.

Sorry you are having such a hard time of it, i had panic attacks too. I'm about 3 months in now and have anxiety but the bad attacks have subsided for the most part.
ScottFromWI is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2013, 02:01 PM   #11 (permalink)
Member
 

Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Canada. About as far south as you can get
Posts: 4,768
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dimlitstar View Post
I've been to 4 of them and I have been feeling so anxious to the point of not keeping still so I stopped going and I'm not anxious I'm just exhausted and unmotivated. I have the AA book and read it and I have a little support within my family.
I used to go to meetings and hold myself in the chair with both hands... to keep me from shaking or running.

AA not only got me sober but addressed my physical/emotional/spiritual/mental maladies as well.

All the best.

Bob R
2granddaughters is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2013, 02:04 PM   #12 (permalink)
Member
 

Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: San antonio Tx
Posts: 34
They said to keep taking my Clonazapam I only take a quater pill a day. It's a .5 milligram and I take only a quater pill. Last month I took half the pill off and on as needed. The tough anxiety attacks have subsided at least but I do get side tracked with nervousness a lot. It's been 2 months and 10 days and the exhaustion and tiredness feeling just come out if no where just freaks me out.
Dimlitstar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2013, 02:10 PM   #13 (permalink)
Forum Leader
 
ScottFromWI's Avatar
 

Join Date: May 2012
Location: Wisconsin, USA
Posts: 15,466
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dimlitstar View Post
They said to keep taking my Clonazapam I only take a quater pill a day. It's a .5 milligram and I take only a quater pill. Last month I took half the pill off and on as needed. The tough anxiety attacks have subsided at least but I do get side tracked with nervousness a lot. It's been 2 months and 10 days and the exhaustion and tiredness feeling just come out if no where just freaks me out.
I get freaked out by stuff too, your body is trying to figure out what the heck you did to it and how to live without that constant feed of alcohol.

If you haven't followed up you might want to, perhaps you need a different dosage or different drug than originally prescribed. Sounds like you are pretty active in keeping track of your health with the doc though, that helps keep some of it at bay by just getting reassurance that you are physically OK.

I'm not an AA person but it could be helpful for you to tough out some AA meetings or other recovery groups. I find that getting out and doing things/talking to people in general gets my mind off constantly worrying about my physical perceived issues. Amazing how many of those little things magically disappear when your mind is engaged in something else. Not suggesting you ignore physical symptoms completely of course.
ScottFromWI is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2013, 04:03 PM   #14 (permalink)
Member
 
Sazzle's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: London
Posts: 1,010
I've read that PAWS can last up to 2 years. I was reading about it today, as I've been wiped out for 3 days. I get hit every 6 weeks or so and I bounce straight back. Considering I drank alcoholically for 20 years, 2 years of ups and downs doesn't seem so bad now.

I forced myself out to my local coffee shop, had some medicinal chocolate cake and a coffee and came home. It gave me the boost I needed to start cooking again instead of sleeping all day.

Good luck, it's not easy.

S x
__________________
Nothing changes if nothing changes
Sazzle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2013, 05:01 PM   #15 (permalink)
now's the time
 
fantail's Avatar
 

Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 2,167
I get days of exhaustion, too. Yesterday I slept in past noon and still went to bed well before midnight!

I did find this bit of advice in an article on the neurochemistry of recovery:

"However, if you want to speed the process a bit, this is possible. The keys to doing this are diet and exercise. To ensure that our bodies have the building-blocks necessary to rebuild depleted neurotransmitters, it is important to eat foods that are rich in the amino acids that are the chemical precursors of neurotransmitters such as dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin and endorphins.

The amino acids most helpful in the process of rebuilding depleted neurotransmitters are tryptophan and tyrosine. Foods like turkey, other lean meats, green leafy vegetables and dairy products are rich in these amino acids. The more often one make the choice to eat healthy, fresh foods, the more quickly brain chemistry will attain pre-use levels – and the recovering person will feel better and think more clearly. Moderate, regular exercise speeds the process even more."
__________________
"When your life becomes shattered, you have no choice but to become more of what you are." (heard on the radio)
fantail is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to fantail For This Useful Post:
Dimlitstar (04-02-2013)
Old 04-02-2013, 05:32 PM   #16 (permalink)
Member
 

Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: San antonio Tx
Posts: 34
Many thanks to Scott From Wi, Shazzle, and Fan-Tail. Your response and all the other timely responses give me hope. I'm getting headaches very faint head aches and electrical pulsating zinging liner sensations in my head. My exhaustion started yesterday and now I'm feeling a little more better as if I'm getting a hint of my energy back. I've lost 14 pounds and I was thin already and yes I had been excersizing but this past weekend was so stressful. Had a death in the family and there was a wedding in the family and then Easter grill outs and excersizing and my mom kinda stressed me out on Sunday and I guess it wiped me out.
Dimlitstar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2013, 05:35 PM   #17 (permalink)
Member
 

Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: San antonio Tx
Posts: 34
Quote:
Originally Posted by fantail View Post
I get days of exhaustion, too. Yesterday I slept in past noon and still went to bed well before midnight!

I did find this bit of advice in an article on the neurochemistry of recovery:

"However, if you want to speed the process a bit, this is possible. The keys to doing this are diet and exercise. To ensure that our bodies have the building-blocks necessary to rebuild depleted neurotransmitters, it is important to eat foods that are rich in the amino acids that are the chemical precursors of neurotransmitters such as dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin and endorphins.

The amino acids most helpful in the process of rebuilding depleted neurotransmitters are tryptophan and tyrosine. Foods like turkey, other lean meats, green leafy vegetables and dairy products are rich in these amino acids. The more often one make the choice to eat healthy, fresh foods, the more quickly brain chemistry will attain pre-use levels – and the recovering person will feel better and think more clearly. Moderate, regular exercise speeds the process even more."
This is very useful info can anyone give me a list of all the foods one should be eating to beat Post Acute Alcohol Withdrawl?
Dimlitstar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2013, 06:20 PM   #18 (permalink)
Member
 
Odelle's Avatar
 

Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: California
Posts: 2,644
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dimlitstar View Post
This is very useful info can anyone give me a list of all the foods one should be eating to beat Post Acute Alcohol Withdrawl?
I am at 8 weeks of sobriety and I am still battling fatigue. I sleep sound 8+ hours per night but still have bouts where I can barely keep my eyes open. I have cut out caffeine (which really helps with reducing anxiety) and fix a smoothie with banana, berries, protein, ground flax and a super greens supplement for breakfast. An alternate could be yogurt with fresh fruit; eggs with toast and fruit, or a high fiber low sugar breakfast cereal. For snacking try to stay with fruits, veggies and nuts. Lunch and dinner should consist of some lean protein, veggies and high complex carbs like beans, brown rice and whole grains. A good example for lunch would be a turkey sandwich on whole grain bread, with a side salad. For dinner, I love a large mixed green salad with topped with a grilled chicken breast. Avoid processed food and take-away foods as these are high in fats, sodium, MSG and other additives. Continue drinking lots of water and take a good multi-vitamin daily. For more detailed menu suggestions, take a look at the following link - Recipes by Diet or Food Type | LIVESTRONG.COM. Keep it simple early on until you start feeling more energized. I like making a pot of soup on Sunday which carries over for lunch for several days.

Try to not be discouraged; even with a healthy diet and regular supplements, I am surprised at how long the fatigue has lasted. I look at it as something I have to get through as my body and brain recovers. You definitely are not alone in the plateau!
Odelle is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Odelle For This Useful Post:
ReadyAtLast (04-03-2013)
Old 04-02-2013, 06:49 PM   #19 (permalink)
Member
 

Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: My city of ruins...
Posts: 593
I was exhausted, exhausted, exhausted for about 3 months. I slept so much I was really getting worried. But I listened to my body, slept when it wanted to, ate what I craved (healthy food if you can believe it) and just rode it all out.

I drank alcoholically for about 2 years and heavy for 3 prior to that so I figure it is going to take some time to feel totally right. At 7 months now I'm physically feeling much better and the mental part is sorting out too. I have some bad days, but I think it is just life - I was so used to having bad days all the time when I was drinking I was surprised to have them still happen in sobriety but apparently sober people have bad days too. Go figure.

Hang in there - it does get better. You just have to trust us and lean here when you need support
IWillWin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2013, 09:08 PM   #20 (permalink)
Member
 

Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: San antonio Tx
Posts: 34
I can't put into words on how instrumental you all have been to me today. I deleted this app a month and a half ago and reloaded today. I had dismissed the app as crap, but today I thought what if....
Dimlitstar is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing this Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools


Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

 



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 03:05 PM.