Before going to see a doctor, I would like to get a few opinions here first. I am suffering tiredness since a few months now. Well, to be totally honest here, it usually comes and go and it's been like that for atleast 2-3 years now. I feel my energy very low and I do not want to do anything. Related or not but a year and a half ago, I was not feeling so well and had a few appointment with a psychologist. I stoped seeing that specialist when the words "pills to treat depression" went out of her mouth. Either because the sides effects scared me or I thought that I could fight it myself with exercises. For a while, I have been into exercise but recently, I have been so tired that I couldn't find the energy to hit the gym.

For example, last night I slept for about 12 hours and this afternoon I couldn't resist taking a 2-3h nap and the wake up was hard. I doubt my sleep cycles are really good. I never seems to have deep sleep.

Oh yeah, and I find my digesting system extremely slow: If I eat a good breakfast in the morning, I could skip the dinner without any problem. Having that fullness feelings following me all the rest of the day.

So yeah, after reading a lot of articles over the past few days on Internet, I found out that it could be either the depression phase that came back harder this time without the unbearable sadness part.

Some says that people have a hard time digesting carbs, it could explain why my digestive system is slow. It could drains me energy.

Lacks of Iron. I am not a huge fan of red meat. Maybe, once a month? And I don't get supplements.

Should I try to fight the tiredness and hit the gym anyway? If one of the above problem is true. Is it dangerous to drain my energy even more? If in fact I'm fighting a diseases maybe I do need the sleep.

My overall info is 32 y.o in 4 days. 5'5" at 150 pounds. Muscular built but about 5% body fat over. Programmer with sometimes long workweek (60 h) and sometimes stressful.

Any experiences would be appreciated.

Thank you


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    The symptoms you describe can be caused by a wide range of things, and it is impossible to tell on-line how serious it is or what course of action you should take. It is not about the amount of detail that you provide (you have given a lot of those) but the fact that some things can simply be determined only in person. I have one piece of "advice" though: disagreement with something a therapist or a physician said is no reason to give up on healthcare practitioners - you can either state your concerns to the professional you are seeing at that moment, or go to another one for a second opinion.
    – Lucky
    Jul 27, 2015 at 13:25
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    Welcome to Health SE! Here on Health, we cannot reliably answer this question, as it is a personal medical question. There are too many factors and too much information that we don't have access to, so we can't properly diagnose you. Check out Are personal medical advice questions on topic here? or the disclaimer on the sidebar of this page. I would recommend that you see a doctor instead. Thanks :)
    – michaelpri
    Aug 1, 2015 at 6:31

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I also suffer from similar symptoms.

For about 3 years, I have been going to the (fighting) gym every other day and training for hours. At home, I would do my own exercises as well. By the end of 2-3 years, I had lots of energy throughout the day and had no real issues with sleep. (Before the 3 years is a WHOLE other story of mostly unhealthiness).

About a year ago, I stopped going to the gym, mostly due to financial reasons. I knew once I stopped for a while, it would be incredibly hard to get back into it (especially the self-motivation part). I continued to slack off and now I do not exercise nearly as much as I used to, my cardio is completely non-existent, and my energy levels are at an extreme low.
I come home from work, and I do NOTHING for a few hours, get more tired, and fall asleep. This is not helpful at all because I end up waking up in the middle of the night, trying to find something to eat, and then am too tired to do anything and doze in and out of sleep until work in the morning. Rinse & Repeat.

My digestive system has NEVER been good my whole life, but recently has been acting up a LOT more than usual. I too have been eating VERY LITTLE each day and feeling relatively okay about it.

I too am a programmer.


I have not gone to see a doctor yet (this time), but I am knowledgeable in many areas of human psychology, exercise physiology, anatomy, neuroscience, cog science, etc. and I am usually able to identify signs and symptoms and self-diagnose very well. I can tell you, I definitely have the signs of depression without the overwhelming sadness (like you described) but am yet reserved on outright calling it depression just yet.

First of all, just because the doctor mentions something about "pills to treat depression", doesn't mean you HAVE TO take them or go that route. You can visit the doctors and have all your discussions without things leading to pills, and it will still help you by providing you loads of insight, especially from a medical perspective. I personally am very against taking medicine for anything and only do so if absolutely required. Taking medicine to fix your problems tends to only treat your symptoms and not the REAL UNDERLYING ISSUES. This means, you will cover up your symptoms, but old and new problems can continue to arise. Sometimes, we have no other choices, but when and if I do, I make the choice to stay away from relying on external means of balancing myself. Like any drug, your mind AND body can become addicted or dependent, whether physically or not.

Exercise is extremely important for mental health and overall human health. There is just too much material on this to explain it fully, but regular exercise and regular sleeping patterns are so crucial to all the neurochemicals and cycles going on in your body that this would be the first thing I focus on.

Take vitamin supplements if you do not eat well enough to get all of your nutrients. I'm not too sure on the Iron and how it could affect you in your current situation, but I am a huge fan of red meat and I do not feel lack of iron contributes to my situation.

I suggest you hit the gym and exercise regularly. Draining your energy will only make your body realize it needs more energy. Unless you have any other health conditions that would limit your exercise habits, there should be no cause for concern. Dont go TOO HARD all at once, start slow and work your way up in a safe and controlled manner. If you get EXTREMELY tired, then stop and rest.

Maybe get checked for diabetes. (my dad has it so I need to be on the lookout too).

Hope it gives you something to compare to. My plans are to get back into the gym and fight it out until I feel better. If this does not feel like its working, I would probably take a visit to the doctors for some medical insight and continue doing what I do on my own.

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    This post has the makings of a good answer, but here on Health, we strongly encourage using references. They are the only way in which we can tell if information is reliable or not. If you are struggling to find good sources, check out, What are reliable sources? If you want to learn more about our site's stance on answers without references, check out, Should answers without references be immediately deleted?
    – JohnP
    Jul 27, 2015 at 21:34
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    Additionally, it is dangerous to blanket assume that because you have similar symptoms and you don't feel the need for medication, that another person with similar symptoms may benefit from said medication or other interventions.
    – JohnP
    Jul 27, 2015 at 21:38
  • @JohnP never made such blanket assumptions. i clearly stated that this post was for the purpose of finding a similar situation to compare to in hopes that it helps him in SOME way. thanks Jul 27, 2015 at 21:42
  • if anything, i actually recommended that he continues to see his doctor or medical professional. Jul 27, 2015 at 21:50
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    It can be read both ways. If you add references to support your assertions, this could be an outstanding answer. Please see the links in my first comment.
    – JohnP
    Jul 27, 2015 at 21:52

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