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Old 11-24-2009, 04:43 PM   #1
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Something is wrong

Hello everyone,

I am writing this post because I know something is wrong with me and yet no one seems that every doctor that I go see come to a conclusion that everything is fine. This has been going on for a very long time so I guess if I start by writing a bit about myself it will help me. I am a 24 year old male that has graduated from university just about a year ago. For the past 4 years I have noticed my health has been steadily declining. The three main problems that I have been having is constant fatigue, lack of concentration and intolerance to cold. There are of course other symptoms that I have been experiencing and I will mention them as I go on. One thing I should mention is that I weigh approximately 145 pounds and have had this weight for a very long time. It seems that no matter how much I work out, what I eat and how much I sleep I can never gain more. I always told myself that my metabolism must be good and stuff but perhaps there is something else that is wrong? So it seems that gaining weight seems to be hard, yet I canít say the same thing about losing weight.
Due to all these symptoms, I have gotten several blood tests done and all of them seem to come back correct. My doctor has not found anything wrong with my blood work. I believe I have visited the clinic approximately 3 times in the last 3 years.

About a year ago, I have started working a full time job, and therefore my University lifestyle has changed. I go to bed the latest at 12pm get minimum 7 hours of sleep a day. These days, it seems that the worst moment during the day is the morning/lunch period. At lunch I never have an appetite and am very unsocial. Throughout the day, I feel cold and just donít feel doing anything. My doctor has been telling me that I might have mild depression and this is why I have been feeling so tired, anxious and down these days however, I sort of do not believe this and let me explain why. Every since I started University, I have been fatigued and lacked concentration. In turn, I am way less performing than other students/workers and this adds more stress to my life. One thing that has started to worry me even more is that I have days where I feel very dizzy. My head feels heavy and my eyes feel like they want to be wide open, as if I am in a zombie state. During these days I feel like I respond slowly to everything, lack concentration, have zero productivity, am in a bad humor and feel sad. Another thing that is definitely worth mentioning is that I have developed pretty severe allergies in the last 3 years. I have never had a lot of allergies as a child and this has been very surprising to me. I also developed intolerance to alcohol. If I ever go out with friends for a few drinks and stay out late, I often see myself being sick the next day. It seems also that my immune system isnít responsive. If I get sick, I need a lot of time to get back on my feet and I have been sick a minimum of 3 times a year (I do live in Canada tho).
My doctor told me that I should go talk to a psychiatrist about these issues and I have an appointment scheduled for this. Can a doctor please tell me if these might be signs of either Depression, adult ADD or anxiety or might it be something related to neurology or some other health issue?

Thanks you in advance.

 
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Old 11-24-2009, 07:29 PM   #2
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Re: Something is wrong

doctors are always quick to assume that it's psychological when your symptoms don't match the bloodwork. to me, it doesn't sound like you have adhd, anxiety or depression (i have all). something to think about it hyperthyroidism. it explains the intolerance, the immune system, innability to gain weight, but easily lose. a primary doctor might look at your numbers and say your fine, but everyone's body is different. like, my aunt has hypothyroidism, and her doctor said everything was okay. she then went to someone who specialises in it. like, for a regular blood test they usually just measure the tsh, but they should get all these included to get the big picture:
Free triiodothyronine (fT3)
Free levothyroxine (fT4)
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That is good point about thyroid issues, because a routine blood test often will NOT identify a thyroid issue. Usually they need to do a more in-depth test, as hypo- or hyper-thryoidism often isn't identified from a basic test. However, usually hypder-thyroidism does NOT make you tired. Usually it's hypo- that will do this. Still, it's something you might want to look into if you have some of the symptoms. Perhaps the stress you feel is more of what is making you tired.

I've noticed that as I became in my 20's of age (I am 23 years old, female), my concentration has been getting worse as well. I notice that I also have much more allergies, feel bad more often, don't feel as energetic, and am stressed easily. Sometimes I just don't feel as much excitement in life. To be honest I do know that my mom feels a lot like this way too, so I think some of it runs in the family. I get pressure on my head quite often, and am migraine prone. I get dizzy easily, which is either related to sinus pressure or an inner ear imbalance. I also feel tired after a good night's sleep and get close to enough sleep most of the time. I wonder if I don't sleep WELL due to the allergies. I wonder if this may be possible for you too since we have a lot of similar symptoms? I don't notice myself waking up a lot due to allergies, but maybe it does disturb sleep a little bit. My mom told me that she developed more allergies as she got older, so I feel that the same thing is happening to me. I'm even more sensitive to certain foods.

I DO have anxiety and have struggled with depression in the past. I have been doing great with the depression by making lifestyle changes and getting a lot of exercise to increase my confidence and reduce stress. I feel much better, but like I mentioned, sometimes I just don't feel "excitement" in my life as much. I started taking Prozac because I felt pretty anxious and it was stressing me a lot, and I feel happier from taking it too. I noticed that I do feel much calmer and can deal with stressful situations much better. I took Cymbalta in the past and it just made me feel "numb" but luckily Prozac doesn't do this to me. Unfortunately the Prozac doesn't help at all with my attention and I am extremely forgetful! I just feel that I'd rather feel happy, so I continue to take it. I just have to write everything down and carry a planner around with me at all times!

 
Old 11-29-2009, 02:35 PM   #4
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That is good point about thyroid issues, because a routine blood test often will NOT identify a thyroid issue. Usually they need to do a more in-depth test, as hypo- or hyper-thryoidism often isn't identified from a basic test. However, usually hypder-thyroidism does NOT make you tired. Usually it's hypo- that will do this. Still, it's something you might want to look into if you have some of the symptoms. Perhaps the stress you feel is more of what is making you tired.

I've noticed that as I became in my 20's of age (I am 23 years old, female), my concentration has been getting worse as well. I notice that I also have much more allergies, feel bad more often, don't feel as energetic, and am stressed easily. Sometimes I just don't feel as much excitement in life. To be honest I do know that my mom feels a lot like this way too, so I think some of it runs in the family. I get pressure on my head quite often, and am migraine prone. I get dizzy easily, which is either related to sinus pressure or an inner ear imbalance. I also feel tired after a good night's sleep and get close to enough sleep most of the time. I wonder if I don't sleep WELL due to the allergies. I wonder if this may be possible for you too since we have a lot of similar symptoms? I don't notice myself waking up a lot due to allergies, but maybe it does disturb sleep a little bit. My mom told me that she developed more allergies as she got older, so I feel that the same thing is happening to me. I'm even more sensitive to certain foods.

I DO have anxiety and have struggled with depression in the past. I have been doing great with the depression by making lifestyle changes and getting a lot of exercise to increase my confidence and reduce stress. I feel much better, but like I mentioned, sometimes I just don't feel "excitement" in my life as much. I started taking Prozac because I felt pretty anxious and it was stressing me a lot, and I feel happier from taking it too. I noticed that I do feel much calmer and can deal with stressful situations much better. I took Cymbalta in the past and it just made me feel "numb" but luckily Prozac doesn't do this to me. Unfortunately the Prozac doesn't help at all with my attention and I am extremely forgetful! I just feel that I'd rather feel happy, so I continue to take it. I just have to write everything down and carry a planner around with me at all times!
Hey,

It seems we are pretty much going through similar problems. One thing that my doctor said that might be wrong is my sleep. She wants to do a sleep Apnia test for me however she told me she want's me to go talk to a psychologist before we proceed with the tests. She basically want's to rule out that its depression or ADD. I personally don't this this is my issue.

My girlfriend told me last week that during my sleep I grind my teeth. I did some research related to this and this disorder is called bruxism. Supposedly if this occurs the person is more prone to headaches, vertigo, poor sleep, waking exhausted, stress and tension, depression and other issues. The possible physical and psychological causes may be anxiety, supressed anger or frustration, change that occur during sleep cycles and complications resulting from a disorder such as huntington's or parkinson's disease. I hope that the issue i am having isn't the beginning of that disease.

As mentioned in the above post, i do believe that the issue I am having might be related to some sort of sleeping disorder.

I will keep an eye out of symptoms and post them here.

The input you guys gave is great!

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If you don't get enough sleep, it can create all sorts of problems. I had sleep apnea and never knew it until one day, I woke up with NO energy and I have more energy than the average person. When I say I had NO energy, I mean NO. the long and the short was I had sleep apnea and it had caught up with me. Had I known I had it, I would have done something about it. Sleep apnea, if not taken care of can definitely effect your thinking and energy. I also have HORRIBLE allergies and allergies can throw you off balance due to the inner ear, give you foggy thinking and make you walk like the city drunk. so, my advice to you is: Check out the sleep apnea and get tested for allergies. Hope this is of some help and good luck.

 
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I knew someone who was having issues with being tired all the time as well as a lack of appetite. Eventually, they tested him for hepatitis. This is not a routine test and many dr.'s don't test for it.

If you are having any more blood work done I would ask for 3 specific things, thyroid testing, A1C (3 month blood glucose), and a test for hepatitis.

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