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noenergy
08-13-13, 10:31 PM
This is my first time posting on this site and I hope I'm doing this correctly.

I would like to know if people have had the experience of taking Adderall and having them feeling normal far as energy is concerned.

I was diagnosed with ADD 2004. The doctor at the time prescribed Concerta and Wellbutrin to treat the ADD. I did feel better, but it was the Wellbutrin because I had been depressed. The Concerta did not help me at all. After three years of going to this Dr. I decided I needed to see someone else. A couple of years had passed because of going through a divorce, and also been diagnosed with sleep apnea. In 2008 I found a new GP who recommended I see a psychiatrist that specializes in treating ADD. I felt right at ease with this Dr. and he recommended that I give Adderall a try. It was the second day on it that I had the wow this stuff really works feeling.

After about eight months I was given a different doctor in this group, and eventually she moved out of their office, and is on her own now. In the last year or so I've been asking her, why do I need Adderall to make me feel <!--><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves/> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:DoNotPromoteQF/> <w:LidThemeOther>EN-US</w:LidThemeOther> <w:LidThemeAsian>X-NONE</w:LidThemeAsian> <w:LidThemeComplexScript>X-NONE</w:LidThemeComplexScript> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:SplitPgBreakAndParaMark/> <w:DontVertAlignCellWithSp/> <w:DontBreakConstrainedForcedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> <w:Word11KerningPairs/> <w:CachedColBalance/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> <m:mathPr> <m:mathFont m:val="Cambria Math"/> <m:brkBin m:val="before"/> <m:brkBinSub m:val="--"/> <m:smallFrac m:val="off"/> <m:dispDef/> <m:lMargin m:val="0"/> <m:rMargin m:val="0"/> <m:defJc m:val="centerGroup"/> <m:wrapIndent m:val="1440"/> <m:intLim m:val="subSup"/> <m:naryLim m:val="undOvr"/> </m:mathPr></w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--> energized besides my issue with ADD. She has told me over and over that Adderall is a stimulant to correct the functions of neurotransmitters in the area of the brain that control focus and concentration and it was not designed or intended to be used for the purpose of giving a person physical energy. She recommended I see the endocrinologist I go to for my hypothyroid condition.

After a bunch of blood tests, and a visit with him, he said I should be feeling great because all my levels are in the normal range, and my TSH was a teeny bit low, and if anything should be bumped up a little in energy.
After knowing I had no thyroid issues, and still being extremely tired if not on Adderall, I had an appointment with another new GP. After talking to him for a while, he suggested I make an appointment with the sleep Dr. I was going to for sleep apnea.

After his normal how are things going initial sentence, I told him just like I have for the last five years I don't think the CPAP therapy has made any difference in increasing my energy.
After a couple of minutes of him looking at my past sleep studies, and printouts of the CPAP machine I saw some kind light go on in his head.
He then mentioned that I go into REM sleep very fast which is not normal. I asked him what that meant, and was it something that would affect my energy level. Without spending a lot of time because of their 15 minute per patient limit he said people that go into REM sleep fast have a tendency of being narcoleptic. He said I needed to come in for another sleep study but this time I would be spending part of the next day there for a MLST study.
When I got home from this appointment, I immediately started searching the Internet for anything that had to do with narcolepsy. After reading quite a bit I found some things that didn't make sense and others that did. When asking some my friends if they knew much about narcolepsy, most of them thought it was people that all of a sudden would go to sleep no matter if they were driving a car, walking down the street, or basically any time.
This doesn’t sound like me; I'm just tired in the day. I don't fall asleep anywhere but my lazy boy chair, or my bed.
I don't fall down, or anything else that I have read that has to do with narcolepsy. I'm just so god damn tired unless I have my 15 to 20 mg of Adderall 2 times a day and I then I feel “my normal self”

This has been very frustrating and confusing for me because I'm not getting a proper diagnosis of what's going on regarding my energy level.
One thing I did learn reading and surfing the net was that the medication that is used a lot for narcolepsy is [I]Adderall. I think it's time to change the person in charge of my ADD medication. I think she is behind in her pharmaceutical knowledge. Not that I love to be on Adderall but I'm preparing myself to be totally angry if that's what I am prescribed for energy by another doctor whether I am diagnosed with narcolepsy or not. I have my sleep study and a couple of days, and hopefully I will know what's going on, and can be treated for it the right way.

I hope I'm not being too long-winded.

Thank you in advance.
Larry B.
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