yes, GP is a good call - if you think you are not well, then do go to your doctor. Make a list of any symptoms, and check out what people have suggested below. Someone in my family has a thyroid disorder which sounds very like what you describe, but you need the opinion of a qualified medical professional
also have a look at your diet, is an important way of balancing your energy
in Traditional Chinese Medicine, the organ most closely connected to digestion is the Spleen and its partner the Stomach; they are described as "officials in charge of the granaries." Spleen is most important, and when it is out of balance we can have feel heavy, tired, "weakness of the four limbs and desire to lie down"
Emotionally Spleen is to do with caring for other people and ourselves, mentally to do with intellectual thought; so looking after people and studying are both a drain on Spleen energy. When it is out of balance it can result in physical tiredness and heaviness; emotional self-pity or melancholy; and overthinking ("pensiveness" is what some books say - the pointless activity of a mind whirring around like a hamster in a cage, looking endlessly at a situation from sheer restlessness of mind).
Drugs (alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, caffeine etc) are all a drain on the system; they can give a temporary boost but draw on the basic energy reserves so we we end up feeling worse. If you do indulge in any then cutting down will help but you will feel worse at first : ( but after a couple of months you'll hopefully start to feel better
Harmful to the Spleen in particular; alcohol, refined sugar. Raw foods (eg salad, veg or fruit juices), wheat, dairy, coffee, and large quantities of tomato or citrus are hard work for the Spleen.
Good for the Spleen; fruits (particularly seasonal ones, plums, apricots, cherries, peaches, apples), best if stewed as they are easier to digest. Not bananas which are damp and chilling; veg (partic orange and yellow root veg, carrots, sweet potatoes, squashes, pumpkins - orange/yellow is the colour of Earth in TCM correspondences, and beetroot is a good blood builder); pork, beef, mackerel, chicken; millet is good (drain overnight and rinse as it is a bit stodgy), also buckwheat which you can cook like rice (and it has a nice texture); warming spices such as black pepper, cayenne, cardamom, ginger.
Try soups with root veg and spices; millet or buckwheat for breakfast; tea with grated ginger, or cayenne (pepermint tea with cayenne is quite nice); fruit cooked with spices and/or a little plain yoghurt to give it a lift.
Your attitude to food is important; it is not what you eat but what you absorb which is crucial. Take your time over your meals. Eating well is a way of showing your body you care about it. If you don't find time to eat or you eat and run, remember that you need to show yourself love before you can have the strength to give it to people you care about.
Good luck : )
Last edited by JohnnyB; 18th August 2009 at 08:06 PM.