I also have hypothyroidism and find it hard to get out of bed on a daily basis. What kind of medication if any could be used to help me with my fatigue?
Amantadine - I feel like I may have a fatigue disorder. I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia?
- 18 Jul 2016 by Terrybear318
- 6 Mar 2017
- fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism, binge eating disorder, fatigue, medication, disorder, diagnosis
Added 18 Jul 2016:
I did not add Amantadine to my question. I was merely looking up medications for chronic fatigue. My question starts after Amantadine.
Added 19 Jul 2016:
I forgot to mention my medications. I take 2 - 50 mg Savella, 200 mcg levothyroxine, 1.5 mg Xanax, lasix as needed for swelling, recently put on Gabapentin for pain along with a muscle relaxer and prilosec for acid reflux. I have asked about something to help with my extreme fatigue, the doctor put me on Prednisone for awhile. It did give me some energy, but also increased my appetite too much as I am already overweight. He said there was nothing else to give me to pick up my energy level. Now I have found there are things out there to help with this problem. I think it is time to switch doctors!!!
Added 19 Jul 2016:
oh yeah also get something for depression too.
Added 19 Jul 2016:
I know my fibromyalgia contributes to my fatigue, but also hypothyroidism just makes it that much worse.
Told my psychiatrist that I had difficulty concentrating and feel so overwhelmed that I can't even start nor finish anything. I told him that looking back I could see that my Father more than likely suffered from undiagnosed ADHD & my daughter also had it, so could I also have it? Boom, 60mg of Adderall a day. Bye, bye chronic fatigue, I can take my Nuerontin and muscle relaxers without passing out, I have energy to complete tasks & my size 12 clothes got tossed and replaced with size 6. I realize this is kind of an unethical approach, but chronic fatigue sucks! I feel so much better & I use up my energy through out the day, so sleep better at night. Good luck!
I can relate to how you are feeling. I suffer with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and hypothyroidism. I also have crohn's, urticaria, and spinal stenosis. I am on Cymbalta for the fibro and recently started taking Lyrica for my back pain. I also take Eltoxin for my thydroid. I live where we have winter, so I avoid going out when it is very cold.
I have had varying degrees of these illnesses for my entire life. Most people cannot understand the pain, both physical and emotional, that we go through. I can tell you that at one time, I could barely get out of bed and I spent a lot of days crying. My head was always in a total fog. (I know that my meds produce some similar side effects, but even before I started on medication, I felt tired and sore all the time.) I have spent years going to doctors who said there was nothing wrong. This is before fibromyalgia was recognized as a real disease.
I found the most important thing when it comes to fibro is diet. Everyone is different. I am 60 years old and have had to make many diet changes in my lifetime. What works for one person may not work for someone else. I'll tell you what I've been doing lately, which has really been helping ease the pain and clear the fog, and I hope that in some way, I can help you.
I take magnesium and vitamin B12. (I also take B6 because I swell from the lyrica.) I have coffee, rye toast, egg whites, and yogurt for breakfast. I don't drink milk as I am lactose intolerant. (Yogurt does not seem to upset my stomach.) I cut out red meat altogether. I eat lentils and a piece cheese for lunch, and broiled salmon or baked chicken breast with rice for dinner. Once a week I will have pasta with pesto sauce. I snack on raw veggies, dark chocolate (2 small pieces) and a banana throughout the day. My snack of choice is raw celery, carrots and cauliflower with hummus. I space my snacks throughout the day so that I am eating something every hour. I don't eat anything after 7 pm.
I avoid anything with tomatoes and I don't eat potatoes or fruits (with the exception of bananas). These foods all cause me to have pain. I also avoid sugar as much as possible. Occasionally, I have some frozen yogurt that doesn't contain fruit. That's it in a nutshell. My diet is now very limited. (I would say it makes it easy to shop, but I also have to cook for my husband.)
Last year, went back to the gym (I use to be an instructor) and caused more pain to my back. My doctor told me to avoid exercise for now and just "putter" around the house instead. So I putter a lot! I have a small dog, and I spend a great deal of time cuddling playing with him.
This may seem strange to some people. I have one beer in the afternoon with a few pretzels, and I take out my colouring book. I find this very relaxing and it helps me a lot. I do not recommend a beer for someone with a drinking problem. A hot tea would be a great substitute. (I'm allergic to tea.)
Like I said before, everyone is different and those of us with autoimmune dysfunctions have to find what works for ourselves, individually.
I hope that this helps in some way.
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