My dumb body...

Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by ChrisHeflen, Mar 23, 2006.

  1. ChrisHeflen

    ChrisHeflen Supporting Actor

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    Ok, so I'm kinda getting ticked about always feeling tired and sick and getting injured or something.
    Here's my context.
    I'm 35, 5'9", 155#. When I am not sick I usually make it to the gym a few times a week, get about 7-8 hours of sleep. I eat normally, my only vice is a can of pepsi, sometimes 2, a day. I don't drink, smoke, or even drink coffee. I have high cholesterol, but other than that, always check out ok.
    BUT! I am always tired, or sick, or something hurts.
    Now let's take a look at my co-worker. I am not saying this to pick on him, but to make a point. He is my height, but pushing 200#'s. Drinks a 32 oz. Rockstar everyday with about 5 cups of coffee. He doesn't do anything active. His teeth are rotted to the point where he barely has any. He eats the same thing every day..BBQ beef/pork bento with rice. He has about 8 snakes and 300 scorpions, two rabbits, cats, and various other reptiles in his apt. that he goes home to every nite.
    He is never sick, always seems to be awake. Doesn't seem to ever have aches and pains like I do.

    Why is it me that is the sick, tired and hurting one all the time, when all things point to him being the one that should have the health problems?

    Help! Anyone?
     
  2. ChrisMatson

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    Have you talked to your doctor?
     
  3. CRyan

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    Always tired. Go to the doc. Might have a thyroid problem.
     
  4. ChrisHeflen

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    Haven't really talked to my dr. about being tired. I got a cold on New Years and kept the cough part for 2 months. Finally got that done with and just Sun. got either food poisoning or the flu, but threw up for the first time in 9 years.
    Some people have said it could be my job. I sit and stare at a computer all day. Then go sit in the car for over an hour to get home.
    I am not a talk to your dr. kind of guy. They never seem to have solutions. They just say well it could be this or that and see ya later.
     
  5. Lynda-Marie

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    Chris, become a talk to your doctor kind of guy. There might be something very simple underlying the lack of energy/getting sick all the time problem. It might be something like getting more vitamin C in your diet, such as a glass or two of orange juice might conquer.

    But you won't know that unless you drag your tired, sick ass to the doctor and figure it out!

    And from the sound of the guy you are using as a contrast, with that many nasty critters, he sounds like a Darwin Award in the making.
     
  6. Colton

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    Drink more water. You'd be surprised what it can do for you if you substitute water for soda.

    - Colton
     
  7. Hunter P

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    Ya, if this is really something concerning you then talk to the doc. Being tired can be so many things. Could it be your diet? Or maybe you are depressed?
     
  8. Malcolm R

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    Definitely. I've had several family members recently see different doctors and they all basically got the same diagnosis about their varying issues: "I don't know."

    So what's the point in going to the Doctor in the first place?
     
  9. BrianW

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    You had a cough for two months, and you didn't see a doctor? If it was bronchitis (coughs from colds don't last that long, so it was probably bronchitis or something equally chronic), he probably could have cleared it up in three days.And it's never occurred to you that that is why you're so miserable? I'm with Lynda-Marie on this one. Become a see-your-doctor kind of guy.

    When you're prescribed antibiotics, do you stop taking them as soon as you begin to feel better? Don't do that.

    Go see a doctor.
     
  10. ChrisMatson

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    To rule out serious conditions.
    To diagnose conditions that could be treated.
    To ease one's fears.

    If someone takes the time to post on a forum about a condition that he finds troubling, I would hope that he is motivitated enough to go the doctor.
    Please go.
     
  11. JonZ

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    Im always tired and find nothing helps better than the gym 3 days a week and smaller more frequent meals during the day.

    "they all basically got the same diagnosis about their varying issues: "I don't know."

    Im not big on doctors myself unless something is really wrong, but I have to say see your doctor.
     
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    Sorry to hear your difficulties -- hopefully you have some condition(s) that can be treated by a visit to the doctor.

    But life's not fair: some people just have poor health. A friend of mine is chronically ill. She has various severe allergies, and is has been afflicted by a melange of illnesses throughout her life; pneumonia, bronchitis, etc. She sometimes suffers serious fatigue as a side result. It's not about her pets, exercise, or diet. She's just a sickly woman. Married, has a child, a wonderful temperament, intelligent. But has ongoing health challenges.
     
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    There are some serious issues going on. Check for allergies (possible, perhaps a bit unlikely, but dust could cause or trigger this kind of situation), to the more ugly one, like a heart condition. Cousin of mine needed surgery - because the little hole we all had when a baby, so the blood passed by the lung circuit, didn't heal shut.

    Go visit a doctor. Find a specialist if need be. Check for sleep disorders - like sleep apnea, but there are many others.

    Mike
     
  14. Mike Graham

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    Could be iron deficiency or something like that. And like everyone else has said, you should become a steadfast "talk-to-your-doctor" guy. It may turn out to be a waste of time, but theres always the chance he could provide assistance, compared to just doing nothing, which will more then likely not lead to a solution.

    And I can relate to having low energy, and some of things I've tried include: eating fruits instead of junk, drinking lots of water, trying to walk outdoors as much as possible to get fresh air, etc.
     
  15. ChrisHeflen

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    Ok, I guess my point was more; how come I feel like crap more so than my other friends that don't do anything about their body.
    If you read my post..I do work out. I only drink only 1 can of pop a day. I do have water daily. I usually have a salad at lunch. Meat and vegetables at dinner. I don't eat alot of fast food.
    I did end up going to the dr. for the cough. He told me (no surprise) we've seen alot of these colds and stuff last alot longer than we're used to [​IMG]. He did say two months was pretty long though, and he did give me a antibiotic. I took all of it. Still coughed for about two weeks after. I don't mind going to the dr., but I am not one of those types that is gonna run everytime I feel crappy.
    Maybe it's just mental or I need a new job or something.
    Anyway, thanks guys for the concern and help.
     
  16. Andrew Pratt

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    Some simple tips to get started would be take a multi vitamin, cut out the Pepsi and drink as much water as you can. I find that if I have a water bottle sitting beside my work station its pretty easy to sip my way though it where as if its just a glass I don't drink nearly as much.

    I'd also see a dr. or at the very least a dietitian and or homeotherapist.
     
  17. BrianW

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    Chris, I think our point was not to brow beat you for not seeing a doctor, but to tell you that we think it is likely you often feel worse than your friend with the unhealthful habits because something is wrong. And that something could be serious enough to warrant a doctor's attention.

    I'm sorry if we made you feel bad. I don't think giving you a good scolding was anyone's intention here, but I can see why you might feel that way.

    I think I speak for all of us when I say that I wish you the best of health, and I hope that you will be unimpeded in doing whatever it takes to achieve it.



    Either that, or I hope that your friends with the unhealthful habits gets a lot sicker. [​IMG]
     
  18. Bob McLaughlin

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    There could be about a million things that could cause this. How about your immediate environment? Allergies? Could there be mold spores behind your walls of your house? Is there a pattern as to when you feel bad or good?

    Is it the same type of sickness every time? Respiratory or intestinal? Do people who live with you have the same sickness? Are you around a lot of children, aka germ and virus carriers?

    How about genetics? Any family history of chronic illness?

    Also, are you depressed or under stress? Stressed/depressed people do tend to get sick more often.
     
  19. Henry Gale

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    It's the scorpions Chris. Maybe the snakes too, for good mental health if nothing else.
    Just the other day a friend and his wife were showing me one of his fingers that had been completly immobilized and he let a scorpion sting it. Now he can bend that finger real good and his wife seemed particularly pleased about it but I tried not to let my mind wander at that thought.
    This may seem like some crazy folk medicine to you but our local scorps are pretty mild in the poison department. Probably not as potent as many wasps.
     
  20. Greg_R

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    GO TO THE DOCTOR. There are a number of possible things that could be occuring that have nothing to do with what you eat or the amount you work out. Thyroid or pituitary problem, adult onset diabetes, etc. are all possible concerns. Your staying sick for so long also points to thyroid and/or pituitary problems. You should seriously visit your doctor and possibly an endocrinologist (blood chemist doc).
     

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