Feeling tired all the time sucks!
Try to imagine what it’s like to force your feet to move forward…dragging large weights attached to each foot. Then imagine you need to bend over to pick something up…you immediately have sharp, shooting pains up and down your spine. Bend at the knees you say? Only if you have strong support in each side of you to help pull you upright into a standing position. Doing dishes is easy, right? Wrong again! It takes 5 to 10 minutes of standing before you start to tilt forward, resting your body against the edge of the counter for support. While your lower back pulsates with pain, your upper shoulder area, including the neck, feels like it will no longer straighten as all the muscles tense to a hardness no amount of heat relieves. As your eyes begin to roll back into your head and you start to feel light-headed and dizzy, you seriously begin to question how those dishes will ever get washed, dried, and put away.
Since I started taking Lyrica I have been able to get through some simple tasks, like doing the dishes with a rest period afterwards. I can do laundry if I rest while the washer washes and the drier dries. By the time I fold, hang and put away the laundry, I must rest again. Sometimes I can sweep up half the house but I have to be in a super-energetic moment to vacuum the entire downstairs. It takes my entire energy stores to accomplish this feat, then I am depleted for the rest of the day.
After the evening meal I make my way to the bedroom, put on my pj bottoms and a t shirt, sit in my most comfy chair until I’m uncomfortable, then move to the couch where I’m semi-sitting upright. I then wait for 10 PM with anticipation so I can go to bed! I’m up again at 3 AM so I really don’t want to go to bed any earlier. I’d love to go later but my body refuses to stay awake any longer!