I'm suffering with severe fatigue and exhaustion. I have a foggy


After having my baby girl 3 years ago I have suffered with a number of symptoms that are gradually getting worse and worse! Originally I just put this down to being tired from having a new baby but now it's taking over my life and my little girl has just turned 3 years old.
I am constantly tired and some days I feel as if I can't even walk up the stairs with out my muscles aching and wanting to collapse. I feel weak and exhausted all the time. Some days are better than others. It is also making me feel very down, depressed even. I struggle with anxiety since having my daughter and constantly worry that I can't protect her and over think every situation. I get tearful a lot and frustrated with how I feel. I have suffered hair loss, really sore hands and arms which I was told was repetitive strain ( I could move my thumbs and couldn't do up a button or hold my phone, pick up my daughter or brush my hair without being in real pain) my skin looks terrible, grey and I always have painful spots around my chin area especially ( my hair and skin used to be great ) I feel as if I'm missing out on the memories and time with my family as I just don't have the energy to do things and even when I push myself I don't feel like I enjoy it as it's a constant struggle for me. I also end up not being able to get up for a day or 2 as I feel like I've been hit by a bus!
I have had blood tests as the doctors said it could be iron and vit D deficiency but I am to,d these are all clear.
I eat rediculously healthy ( mainly vegetarian) I don't have gluten, refined sugars or much diary. I don't eat any pre prepared foods.
I really don't know what else to do as it's effecting my job and my family and my whole life is on hold.
The doctors just kept telling me that it's post natal depression and that I need antidepressants! I don't believe this is it at all. I'm not depressed but the who,e situation and the way I feel is defiantley dragging me down.
If anyone has any ideas as to what could be causing me to feel this way or have any ideas what I can try I would be so grateful as I feel so desperate and helpless right now.
Thank you

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Dr. Kokil Mathur

Hi, and thanks for your query on eHealth forum!

Since all this started after the birth of you little girl, and is now related to low iron and vitamin D, then other possibilities could be low calcium, low thyroid function, lingering infection in uterus, vagina or low grade urine infection. If all these are ruled out, it can be post-partum depression. This is very common, and usually some counseling helps overcome this.

Please consult your healthcare provider for further guidance. This reply to your query is just for education and counseling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit and treatment by a doctor who can examine you. Hope this helped you in making an informed decision about your health. Take care!

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