July 7, 2016 at 11:07 pm #7442venusofsurburbiaParticipant
Hi, I’m 28, female, and diagnosed myself with AF based on the fact I have had anxiety for 6 years. The fatigue started to affect me 2 years ago with no answers. I was watching a TV show the other day and the doctor on there said adrenal fatigue causes exhaustion from 1 -3pm and I could’ve cried… For 2 years off and on, 1-3pm is horrendous. No energy, and not just a sleepy feeling but heavy and panicked. Was tested for diabetes and then the doctor said it was anxiety. I definitely feel anxious when I get this tired. I can’t leave the house, I’m too afraid I will collapse. Weird thing is I went to coffee with a friend one day within these hours and I felt so fatigued and it eventually lead to full blown panic. Then I stopped feeling fatigued!
Come 4pm I have energy again and the heavy weak panicked feeling lets up. I don’t understand it.
However everything I’ve read says 3-5pm is this crash. So which one is it? Please help. Going to the doctor again this week because it can’t be normal. I feel like I am fighting for my life between 1-3pm and I wish I was exaggerating! I don’t just feel tired. It’s like my head feels full of a painless pressure too and heavy arms, just unexplainable.
How do you cope with these slumps? I fear my anxiety about it is adding to the intensity because a 2mg Valium took away the heavy, panicked feeling but I don’t want to take that every day to cope.
Thanks for reading.July 14, 2016 at 10:15 am #7522AnnabelKeymaster
Yes fatigue in the early afternoon is definitely very common.
Rather than fight it, have you tried listening to your body and taking a nap? It might not always be easy while you’re at work, but a quick snooze in the car or a quiet area might be just what you need. Drinking coffee and fighting through it might be sapping your energy even more.
Some meditation might help with your anxiety.August 18, 2016 at 8:06 pm #8053BenPParticipant
This sounds similar to what I was experiencing. It was like after eating lunch my body decided it had no energy at all. I read up a bit on Dr Lams website and it suggested that severe fatigue at this time of the day was metabolism related, and that you really need a good, experienced naturopath or holistic doctor guiding you to avoid the crashes.
I had a lot of problems with anxiety too, my panic attacks were increasing the more I went on treating AF, until after a few months I had a severe crash where I couldn’t get out of bed for 3-4 days. But my anxiety disappeared and was replaced with mild depression. I decided the anxiety must be linked to my energy problems.
Anyway, I tired a new naturopath who got me tested for pyroluria and it came back with a positive result. The thing with pyroluria is it blocks the nerve receptors from absorbing zinc and vit B6. This causes problems with energy production that then puts increased load on your adrenals to generate energy, until they burn out.
Anxiety and feelings of not being able to cope are also common as the nervous system is unable to process stress, it heads straight to the only working response left, fight or flight.
A few give aways for this problem are white spots under the finder nails (I’d get one small dot come up once every few weeks) skin rashes and dry sores in the corner of the mouth. I had heaps of others too, like eye infections and mouth ulcers that wouldn’t heal.
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