DawnS Posted May 3, 2014 Share Posted May 3, 2014 I've been hit by fatigue very badly this week. I thought it started on Monday, though my partner thinks it was a few days earlier. I work a full day on a Monday and I have no idea how I got through to 17:30. I couldn't think and by the end of the shift could barely speak properly. My employer doesn't accept a self-certificate in the week up to or including a bank holiday, so I went to work on Tuesday as normal. Within an hour, I was stuttering and couldn't think again so I went home. I went to my GP in the afternoon who was shocked to see such a change in me and phoned the hospital. They advised he send me to A&E for a CT. The scan was clear but they felt that the symptoms might be caused by a minor bleed not seen on the scan and kept me overnight to do a lumbar puncture the following morning. The acute admissions ward is awful and to be honest, if your weren't too bad to begin with, you'll be half-dead by the time you leave as it's virtually impossible to sleep. The consultant came to see me at 00:15 and was doing all kinds of motor tests and asking lots of questions. At the best of times, I find it hard to answer questions and I give very basic answers because I can't think. When I'm fatigued, there's no chance! Anyway, the upshot is that when they asked if these symptoms are normal for me, I've said yes. They are, but only when I'm wiped out. I'm not sure if I made that clear. When they asked me why I'd gone to the GP, I said it was because I need a sick note. Which is true, but not the whole story. Finally the following afternoon, they decided a lumbar puncture was not required and I was given beta blockers for the headaches and sent home. This is good as presumably they feel it's nothing serious. But now I feel as though I have trivialised how I feel by not responding well to the questions asked. I still feel very unwell and am struggling to talk properly, I'm exhausted! And in typical fashion, the more tired I am, the less sleep I am managing to get. I feel like I have cried wolf and now will not be taken seriously if I return to my GP to discuss how bad I feel. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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