Published by Prevention Magazine

In 1989, Tracey Louise Marinelli was a young mom, working a punishing full-time job: the overnight shift for a British airline company. Exhaustion, she figured, was part of the package. However, the intense fatigue she was feeling on a daily basis didn’t dissipate when she transferred to an office job with more traditional hours.

“I would literally come home from work, sit down, and be fast asleep by 6 PM,” she recalls. She spent weekends in pajamas with her toddler son, napping, and going to bed at the same time he did—all while suffering intense stomach pain, which was later diagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome. But as time went by, tiredness would become the least of her troubles. “Over the years, pain overtook fatigue as my defining issue,” she says.

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