I have read 20 posts on fatigue and there are much more. There was only one it seems that deals with how to combat our fatigue and it’s old.
How can we do it? From reading the posts and frame personal experience, here’s what I got. Please, please add more and ask your medical team and anyone as I’m still struggling with it (and motivation/energy for work).
Energy vitamins such as B2 (400mg) and magnesium (600mg).
Going to bed and waking up at same time. I avoided this forever but it helps. Also figuring out your exact sleep cycle. For 10-14 days, you go to bed when tired and wake when not and then average it out. Or most people need 8hrs, some 7 or 9.
Figure out if your posture and breathing are poor. “Upright Go” is a technology that helps with proper posture and is on Amazon. Biofeedback and yoga can help with diaphragmatic breathing from the belly which can lessen hyperventilation which is exhausting.
Find things that give you a boost. Healthy snacks/pick-me-up songs/jumping/skipping/a little dance with yourself/force a smile/funny videos/pets/laughing/plants/a window/relaxing christmas lights/seeing nature or just having green, red, yellow or orange colors around.
As a naturopath, I can suggest the following herbs & supplements:
CoQ10 for the fatigue, I find sublingual has better effect
ginkgo biloba (increases cerebral circulation among other things, can reduce & in some cases resolve tinnitus)
activated B vitamins
removing allergens/intolerance/food triggers from the diet.
adrenal repair (I’m finding that the history for myself and the clients with this condition, we all had adrenal depletion/fatigue).
On a side note, I have also noticed that both myself and my clients with this condition all have the MTHFR mutation. I found this an interesting observation that I’m researching more. Fatigue is one of the hallmarks of MTHFR.
Thanks! How many mg of the things you mentioned? I’m on nortriptyline, an antidepressant, and read one should not take ginseng while on an antidepressant, although I don’t see any drug interactions when I search ginseng and nortriptyline.
What dosage do you recommend? I got some sublingual b12 from the store (5,000mcg pills was their max) as that’s easier than going to doctor’s for a shot though I’m open to it. I don’t have a depleted level of b12 I’m just trying to find something to help with the fatigue.
I’ve also been tested for allergens/intolerance and at one point they said it’s best I avoid gluten as I seem to be intolerant and I did for years with no benefit and I now find eating some gluten for breakfast helps get me up a little. I’m also on Buchholz’s migraine diet