Eyes feel like lead even though had good nights sleep
For the past week I’ve been feeling very tied even though I’ve had a good nights sleep every night. I go to bed at 10:30pm and usually wake up before my alarm goes off at 6:15am. I don’t remember waking up in the night and initially feel fine until after I get to work and sit down then my eyes feel puffy and heavy, I feel very tied all day long and can barely keep my eyes open.
I get light-headed, not dizziness per say but I do feel slightly unsteady sometimes especially if I’m using my eyes a lot, like reading. I feel like I’m in control and can concentrate when driving to work and back. It seems to be worse when moving my eyes a lot.
I work in a GP practice so I was able to get our HCA to give me a full blood test, the results came back with everything normal apart from my Biliirubin levels (it’s what makes urine yellow – broken down from red blood cells). I had one of the doctors take a look and he thought I had Gilbert’s Syndrome. As far as I can tell from a little research Gilbert’s only symptom is the occasional jaundice and is a benign condition that effects 10-15% of the western population and is nothing to worry about.
So I think spotting the Gilbert’s Syndrome is just a coincidence and would have been there all the time anyway (it’s a genetic condition) though I’ve noticed having jaundice.
I also feel like I have pressure behind the eyes, and sinuses – though no pain or headaches which should rule out sinusitis. The best way to describe what I have is a lack of sleep, effecting my eyes even though I’ve a good nights sleep. I have no muscle aces or pain and don’t have any brain confusion or disrupted vision in eyes. I’d been taking Loratidine for hayfever but stopped about two months ago, I’ve now resumed taking them thinking that perhaps I was having some kind of extreme reaction to pollens despite the lack of itchy eyes or runny nose. I take no other medication and I stopped drinking alcohol two days ago (I only have one alcoholic drink a day anyway).
I spoke to a doctor about it where I work, actually two doctors, and they both agreed that it was probably viral and will pass in a few days. I’m finding it difficult to book an appointment with my own doctor (my own practice is notorious for not being able to get seen). I’m going to try again tomorrow to get an afternoon slot – failing that I’ll have to see if one of the doctors where I work will consult me; I am a temporary patient now after all – had to register for the blood test. I’m also waiting for results of celiac disease due to having loose stools in the morning after breakfast for a long time now.