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Fatigue
Posted by: Ted
Date: November 16, 2000 8:34 PM

I have had fatigue now for 2 years, (I've ruled out CFS) and many people (professionals and lay persons) suggested a blood test. As if! I got a full blood test 6 weeks ago by my HMO, and it showed nothing!!! Everything came back normal except for cholesterol, which was slightly high so my doctor recommended I eat more leafy-green veggies to bring down the cholesterol. But I am certain that slightly high cholesterol is not the culprit of my fatigue. I have been taking multivitamin complex (in the form of a hard tablet) and also mineral supplements and antioxidant supplements, both in tablet form. I was reading Dr. Andrew Weil's book yesterday "8 Weeks to Optimal Health" and he says that if you take Vitamin C in hard tablet form, it may not be absorbed. Should I drop the multivitamin tablet and instead get my vitamins in powder form?

I admit my diet over the 2 years has been rather unhealthy - too many carbs, 3 cups of brewed coffee per day (on average), and a few too many Burger King burgers. But you'd think that the blood test would have showed why my fatigue is just out of control. My life has not been very manageable. The symptoms are (1) brain fog and (2) fatigue and (3) worry and (4) slightly depressed. Someone asked me if I have clinical depression. I said, "Obviously no, because I don't need to be in a hospital!" She said, "Clinical depression has nothing to do with needing hospitalization." She said something like, If your depression is crippling you to a certain degree, then it may be classified as clinical." Well, clinical depression or not.

RE: Fatigue
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: November 17, 2000 4:15 AM

I have written an article just for you. Please read it: www.medical-library.net/gut_wall. This should set you on the right track.

RE: Fatigue
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: February 8, 2001 7:07 AM

Ask your doctor to order Methylcobalamine from McGuff Co. in So. California at 800-854-7220



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