I Assumed It Was A Physical Problem
For six years, I’ve been fighting a fatigue problem I told you about in the “Don’t Have That Luxury” series. All this time, I assumed it was a physical problem, that there was something wrong with the way my brain was working, so that I not only needed to sleep a tremendous amount of time, but brain fog kept me from thinking clearly much of the time.
I figured it had to be something like a chemical imbalance, so I tried herbal serotonin increasers; Niacin, St. John’s Wart and Vitamin D3, which didn’t do anything for me at the recommended doses. I didn’t know how much more I could safely take to see if they would work at higher doses, and couldn’t afford to go to a naturopath who could tell me that, and the pharmacist wouldn’t tell me that. So, I went to my doctor and asked him for a prescription antidepressant, but it didn’t work at the lowest dose, and made me barfy and dizzy at a higher dose, and still didn’t work. So I figured it was just something I’d have to learn to live with graciously.
Then, about a month ago, I came across a book that said something I didn’t know; that an hour’s worth of exercise, fresh air and sunshine increases serotonin as well as antidepressants do, but the exercise has to be vigorous enough to make me sweat and breathe hard. The problem is that even a slow, meandering walk exhausts me, so I decided to do an experiment.
Maybe the biggest problem wasn’t so much physical, maybe it was mental; that I had talked myself into being this weak thing that can’t walk more than a mile an hour, and most certainly shouldn’t walk if I don’t feel like it, or walk when it’s cold, or too hot, or when it’s raining, or…… get the idea?