| | Strange recurring flu-like symptoms - really need help
I've had these strange flu-like symptoms recur every month (just before my period) since Feb 2001, except during my pregnancy from March - Dec '04. My symptoms are always the same and last only two days and then disappear. I start feeling very tired, then have achey joints, mild swollen neck glands and sore throat, then later have night sweats and chills and low grade fever. My achey joints feel the worst, especially my hips, ankles and knees. Occasionally my eyes ache too. And sometimes I'm so sore and cold i have to have a bath every hour just to ease the pain. Tylenol keeps me sane but I just hate getting sick. I've always been the healthy one in my family, very sporty and rarely ill. Now I'm sick like clockwork.
Its strange that the symptoms seem like a virus but they occur around my period and not when i was pregnant, so sometimes i think it may be hormone related. But they also occur when I am exhausted or very emotional (e.g. after an argument or couple of late nights). I just don't know. I've been tested under the sun for Mono, Fibro, Lupus, Lymes, Rheum Arth., Thyroid etc. and the tests always come back negative. I look healthy (altho' tired) so doctors seem rather sceptical. Has anyone got a clue as to what I might have?
Last edited by sorebody; 03-09-2005 at 04:48 PM.