Tired All the Time?

tired woman yawning with fatigue

If you have no energy, you’re tired, never wake up feeling refreshed or you have fatigue after any amount of effort, there are a few possible root causes:

  1. Underactive thyroid or hypothyroidism – you need a blood test for TSH, free T3 and free t4 to check this and even if these are normal, you may have a condition known as Hashimoto’s, where these blood levels are normal but the thyroid is being attacked by your immune system.  The tests for that include anti-TPO and anti-thyroglobulin antibodies.
  2. Allergies – having your immune system in overdrive to fight dust or pollen is tiring!  Balancing the immune system can relieve allergy symptoms naturally.
  3. Low ferritin – storage iron is called ferritin.  Optimal levels are above 60, although many labs will consider it normal above 12. Knowing your numbers will help you to know if your tiredness is due to low iron.
  4. Underactive adrenal glands – these underappreciated glands sit atop your kidneys and perform a number of functions including regulating blood pressure and blood sugar.  The hormones they produce can also help you have energy, drive and motivation.  Blood tests for adrenals include cortisol, DHEAs and testosterone.

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Diagnosing PCOS

“50% of women with PCOS go undiagnosed and it takes 5-7 different doctors to eventually get a diagnosis”. This is unacceptable.

Diagnosing PCOS is not that hard to figure out:  periods may be irregular,  there may be acne, excessive facial or body hair, head hair loss, infertility,  there may or may not be cysts on the ovaries on ultrasound, there may be glucose intolerance or a family history of diabetes. Doctors need to look at the whole symptom picture and a) not mask the problem with birth control pills and b) check some hormone blood work.