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Default Anyone have Traumatic Amnesia and Severe Chronic Fatigue from CPTSD?

I can barely make one trip a week to the store because of my fatigue. That fatigue is because of the work my body has to do to keep what is stored away from my memory. I barely remember anything from my childhood. I sat down once and wrote out what I could remember and it barely filled three standard size pages.

I have tried everything for the fatigue, shots, diets, everything I read up on to try, I tried it. The only thing that has helped has been working on my mental illness issues. I work through a problem and I get tiny bursts of energy. If I overdo, I pay for it for days.

Anyone else have fatigue problems or the amnesia?
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CPSD has ruined a lot of my memory. It is just not there. I no longer remember a lot of facts from my education. I am, though, remembering some childhood events with a new perspective. I don't know if it is a fair tradeoff but even at my age I continue to process events from my past. Sometimes, I let my mind roam free and when a feeling comes up, I ask myself "why do I feel like that?" Sometimes, after some time, the answer reveals itself. It's not a speedy process (at least for me). Sometimes our animal minds work in mysterious ways. Gently prod it and see where it takes you.
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Thank you for your feedback. Do you have problems with fatigue because of your CPTSD?
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Thank you for your feedback. Do you have problems with fatigue because of your CPTSD?
Yes. I am tired much of the time. I don't know if it is from depression or CPTSD or both. It could also be old age and/or heart disease. All I know is that the CPTSD seems to have control of my brain. I have a hard time completing things because the CPTSD constantly distracts me. I get triggered very easily and often. It is not easy to motivate me either as the CPTSD has me despairing much of the time. I can't see my way through to accomplishing things. Meditation only helped marginally, if at all. Somehow, I am managing to work but it is not easy and I am very tired when I get home - especially emotionally. The CPTSD really rages when I am tired.
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I am sorry to hear this. Are you in therapy or see a counselor?
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No. I have given up on therapists. I saw therapists for many years. Few were of help. Some were damaging. I no longer trust therapists.
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Yes, I have had a lot of trouble with my memory, but through journaling and other techniques I have regained a lot of memories that I had pushed away. I know this isn't possible for everyone. There's a lot that I just don't remember though. Then there are distinctly things that I do.

Regarding chronic fatigue, YES. I've struggled with this for a long time. I'm sure you struggle with insomnia or some form of sleep disorder (most of us with cPTSD have some trouble with sleep), so the chronic fatigue isn't just from the immense amount of adrenaline we are always pumping, but also from the utter lack of real rest that we get.

I practice super vigilant sleep hygiene and also have been very strict with my diet and physical activity to try and gain control over chronic fatigue. I've managed to build up my stamina over time, but there are days when I can't overcome the fatigue. I also suffer from sleep paralysis and other symptoms that point to narcolepsy, although I have yet to do the sleep study. I'm sort of refraining because I'm not interested in the medications for narcolepsy and I've been using the holistic management programs I've read about (including sleep hygiene, diet management, and physical activity - not working out, just activity) to try and manage my sleep cycles and improve my sleep quality as well as manage excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS).

It sort of sucks that I have to manage my diet so closely and cut so much "fun" stuff out, but I'd rather enjoy my existence and not feel like I'm asleep all the time than have fried chicken.

Every one experiences these symptoms in different ways and our "systems", I mean our bodies, all respond differently, so what has helped me may not help you. I assure what I used to experience was very severe and it has taken years to get these improvements, so it's not just like I flipped a switch and figured it out. I think sometimes it sounds like I just decided to change things and it worked. I've struggled with this for years, and sometimes it still doesn't work but mostly it does.

I know there are meds you can take but I have problems with medications so I try to avoid them at all costs.

Hope this helps! Happy to answer any specific questions on what I do.

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CPSD has ruined a lot of my memory. It is just not there. I no longer remember a lot of facts from my education. I am, though, remembering some childhood events with a new perspective. I don't know if it is a fair tradeoff but even at my age I continue to process events from my past. Sometimes, I let my mind roam free and when a feeling comes up, I ask myself "why do I feel like that?" Sometimes, after some time, the answer reveals itself. It's not a speedy process (at least for me). Sometimes our animal minds work in mysterious ways. Gently prod it and see where it takes you.
Is that what happened to my memory? It is awful how little I remember from my life. Forget about education. I had always thought I had a learning disorder because I could not hold information. I told my T I have an awful memory and it is hard to fully recount events. I read and was told by another T that trauma in childhood when the brain is still growing causes scaring on the brain. It made sense to me.
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