Out of the Blue

For the past week I've had a real pain in the ass. Literally. I went out with my friends last Friday night, and on the train ride home my butt started to really hurt, right at the top of the hamstring. At first this sounds like sciatica, but all that I've read about this suggests that it isn't, and I think it's just a muscle strain. But as far as I know I didn't do anything to strain it, and it was fine on the walk to the station before flaring up as I sat. I'm generally pretty good at tolerating discomfort, but this was bad enough that I was taking Advil for the next couple of days after that. The only thing I could connect with this is that I'd been sitting on a different chair since my Herman Miller Aeron bit the dust, and the chair was lower and much harder than my old one. I'd finally hauled the Aeron to the dump after failing to find a way to fix it or have it fixed. My impulse had been to find some sort of less-expensive knock-off to replace it, as the Aeron is quite pricey. But MrsBlue was insistent I get another, as the old one had served admirably for 20 years of heavy use, actually making it cheap compared to my previous habit of buying a new hundred-dollar chair every year. She also pointed out I used to get regular backaches in my pre-Aeron days, so she won the argument, and my new one should be delivered today. This probably won't help with the strained gluteus maximus I'm suffering at the moment, but hopefully will prevent recurrences once I've recovered.

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RedEye9 wrote on Aug 18, 2019, 00:38:
Mr. Tact wrote on Aug 18, 2019, 00:11:
gsilver wrote on Aug 17, 2019, 23:59:
Though energy is another factor. I've got some bad fatigue issues, and have to lie down for much of the time not spent working. It really makes the hour-each-way to meetup groups after work seem daunting.
You might want to see a doctor about that, it doesn't sound normal. Do you sleep well? Do you "wake up tired"? Could be anything from you are simply working too hard, or a medical problem of some kind -- lyme disease, sleep apnea, any number of other things... You're not vaping are you? (just kidding..)
Your fatigue issues definitely don't sound normal. Tact mentioned some common culprits and here's a few more. Thyroid, depression and leukemia.

It's time for a thorough checkup and a discussion of your symptoms with a medical professional.

As for loneliness, keep working on that, you would not be the first person to attend church with the express purpose of meeting people.
I wish you the best, on both fronts.

According to my insurance website, I’ve had over $35,000 in medical bills this year.
I’ve tried a host of antidepressants (which at best did nothing and at worst... I try not to think about it), sleeping pills (I always wake up tired, and almost always between 3 and 5)CPAP, Bipap, ASV (after the previous two saw almost exclusively central events, then was told by the doctor to stop after a month of compliance but no improvement), a mandibuar advancement split (since my sleep apnea isn’t all central, and this at least doesn’t increase central events), Provigil, Nuvigil, Adderall, supplements, talk therapy (which ends up being 70% “I’m tired”, 20% “I want to move” and 10% everything else, boatloads of tests, an endocrinologist, a nutritionist, an acupuncturist (not covered by insurance, but I’ll try anything at this point), even more esoteric depression treatments like transcranial magnetic stimulation (which may have helped a little), chiropractors, and who knows what else.
I’m still seeing the acupuncturist and therapist, and may soon subject myself to another round of antidepressants, though I worry about what will happen.

I seriously don’t know what else to do. I’m on my fifth or sixth sleep doctor, and they don’t know what to do.

//No smoking, no drugs, no alcohol, no caffeine (it makes my sleep even worse and doesn’t do enough to keep me awake during the day), diet is highly monitored (since the wrong foods make me feel even worse, if you can believe that), not overweight
Work schedule isn’t too bad (Just 9-5, for the most part), but even that frequently takes more energy than I have, and I spend the day with thoughts consumed by how many more minutes until I can justify sneaking out to the car to take a quick nap.
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