I have been on the night shift for two years and was doing really well until the last 3 months. I am now really struggling. I sleep sound for 11-12 hours at a time. I have tried getting up with an alarm, but I just hit snooze for hours without even knowing. I have low energy, crave starchy food and sweets, my mentrual cycle ranges from 30-75 days in length and I am so moody!! I feel like a sleep walker when awake.
My poor husband has to deal with me being so crabby, I yell at him for the most minor things. I used to be such a positive person with inner peace and happiness. Now I feel very "bummed" out. The things I love to do like hobbies are barely interesting me lately. Although every so often I feel I am back to normal again, then 2 hours later I am back to feeling down and lousy.
As a nurse, I wonder about depression, seasonal affective disorder, and every other problem in the mental health books. I am not in mental health nursing so but I am starting to feel like a hypochondriac.
I also went to see a physician and they did some tests. They found my hormone levels to indicate Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS. I think they found the estrogen and progesterone to be off.
I wonder if it is just the night shift that is causing this? I am getting off the night shift in a week. Do you think I will get back to normal when I am off the night shift? I worry that my body is forever changed.
Has anyone else been diagnosed with PCOS?
Please respond if anyone has any feedback, similar situations, or suggestions.
or .net has a wonderful support forum for women with PCO. It was started by a woman who is the weather anchor for CNN, who had severe PCO.
Last edit by DaFreak71 on Mar 21, '06