Longstanding brain fog, fatigue, muscle weakness
I'm a 30 year old male. My problems with poor concentration and memory started at an early age and have continued to worsen over time. When I was about 18 I noticed that I had problems with fatigue, which was gradually getting worse. I was a physically active person, but after starting some cardio at the gym and a martial arts class straight afterwards I felt incredibly weak all of a sudden and broke out in a cold sweat and nausea. Since then, I've also noticed that moderate exercise or muscle stretching would leave my muscles aching for days, like they weren't being repaired efficiently anymore.
A year later, the fatigue and concentration problems were seriously interfering with my work life, so I had to quit my job. I went to the doctor complaining primarily about the sleep and memory problems, and because I felt so distressed about what was happening to my body and mind, I broke down in tears. This led to a diagnosis of depression. I was prescribed medication but after trying lots of them I have had no success. Now I'm at a loss as to what to try next. My physical symptoms don't fit in well with the d/x of depression. My doctors are trivialising the physical aspects, or thinking they are anxiety-based/somatoform or whatever.
I've had a neurology exam (walking in a straight line and the usual stuff), neuro obviously thought I was wasting his time.
Also had a daytime EEG, which was fine. If anything was abnormal they would have been able to give me a sleep study or nighttime EEG, as my sleep is very disturbed.
Had blood tests done again recently: blood count, biochemistry, liver & thyroid function, they all came back ok.
I have asked my doctor to check my testosterone levels, because of my non-existant libido, which has been beccoming a worse since around 5 years ago. I'm waiting for that result at the moment.
Some more symptoms...
Easy bruising & slow healing of cuts or other damage to the skin
Intolerance to heat & cold
Dizziness & problems when standing
Dry, flaking lips, skin & nails
Dark shadows under eyes
Lower back ache
Severe Brain fog/blank mind
Feel worse in the morning
Sorry if there is anything I've left out, brain is seriously fogged at the moment. Any responses are greatly appreciated. NHS doctors have let me down for so long!