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Hello all,

First I'd like to thank you for taking the time to read my post. Fatigue is a symptom of so many things that almost every person out there could say that they've had it in some shape or form, at some point in their life. For me, though, I'm years past the point of wondering if something is truly wrong or if I'm just complaining about something that everyone else deals with in their own way.

My fatigue started in my early 20s, out of the blue. I'm 31 now and the only thing that sticks out from the days of its onset were the itchy eyes that I never had had before that. Since then I've always had itchy eyes and the fatigue has remained the same, if not worsened.

For the longest time I didn't want to complain so I just dealt with it. Then came the comments such as "don't look so sad" or "people are talking about you at work and wondering if you're okay". Or having strangers, coworkers or friends assume that you are apathetic.

So I reached a point where I thought "I have to figure this out. I need to find doctors, specialists - whoever can help me". I've visited about 15 GPs since my mid-20s. I've seen a Neurologist, Allergist, Naturopath, Endocrinologist, Internist, Psychologist and Psychiatrist. I've done the following tests: Multiple extensive blood tests, EKG, AM/PM Cortisol, sleep latency, 99 food allergy test, Celiac test. I put myself on antidepressants for months to rule out depression. Diet-wise, I've attempted months of gluten free, alcohol free and caffeine free diets. I tried excessive amounts of exercise. I tried napping every single afternoon for at least an hour. I tried drinking more water than I was thirsty for. I saw a Naturopath for months and tried many treatments, including vitamin B shots. The Naturopath even said that they saw an overall improvement in my health but it didn't change my symptoms at all.

I can say with certainty that not one attempt to alleviate my symptoms has made an ounce of difference. I would know in a split second if I was improving because it would be outside of my norm, which is constant and predictable.

Physically, I am 6'1" and have always weighed between 170-190 pounds. I've always had exercise as part of my day to day, including a few years of martial arts, some years of weight lifting, consistently exercising at home, yoga, breathing exercises, regularly biking to work, etc.

I've compiled a list of the symptoms as best I can describe them:

- Extreme fatigue (lethargy, monotone voice, heavy head, itchy heavy eyes, heavy body), worsened while digesting
- Poor circulation (hands go light blue when I'm out in the cold, wounds heal slowly). One doctor advised that I have slightly low blood pressure but the others didn't mention it at all.
- During the worst fatigue, I experience dizziness, mild tunnel vision, trouble concentrating
- Many times I cannot drive for over an hour without stopping for a break / coffee
- Caffeine only offers temporary relief - I never experience a jolt of energy, it's just enough energy to function normally when I really need to focus on something
- No sleep problems that I know of, no sleep apnea, sleep 7-8 hours each night and fall asleep within 5-10 minutes. My wife has noticed nothing at all during the night.
- Nose slightly blocked every day. Not runny, just have to blow my nose 4-5 times a day or it isn't very clear.

Since I feel that I've exhausted the resources of the medical profession I'm posting this with the hope that someone has taken a different route and found their cure, or at least their treatment. And if not, I at least appreciate those who took the time to read this, as I am not the type of person to put the weight of my problems on someone else's back.

Thanks so much
There is a sleep breathing disorder called "Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome" that causes daytime fatigue. It also causes poor circulation (cold hands, cold feet) and dizziness (orthostatic intolerance). It is common in people with nasal problems. It is detected with an overnight sleep study called a polysomnography which is different from your sleep latency test. The sleep clinic that performs it must specifically tests for UARS (not all do).

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