“What’s wrong with me?” I remember thinking. “Why am I so incredibly tired — all the time? And irritable? Why can’t I focus? I have lost all motivation. This is not who I am.”
There’s tired and then there’s T-I-R-E-D.
No amount of sleep can remedy it. That first cup (pot?) of coffee is required for basic functioning. You’re sluggish much of the day, yet perhaps get a burst of energy just as you should be going to sleep. You’re procrastinating on projects, or even small tasks. Even following your healthy diet without fail isn’t helping.
If any of this…
I had inadvertently set myself on fire.
Everything about me was hot and bothered. I was consumed by inflammation — overwhelming fatigue, painful joints and burning skin — and it was taking me down. I was just 32 years old with a 6-week old baby girl. Prior to that I was the picture of health — a competitive athlete and registered dietitian — but suddenly I found myself facing a debilitating autoimmune disease (rheumatoid arthritis) without reliable predictors to determine how quickly it would progress.
Conventional health care offered little guidance. The recommended treatment option? Long-term steroids and immunosuppressant drugs…