Originally Posted by ErinBeth
[FONT="Tahoma"][COLOR="Navy"]Thank you. I did look back at your most recent comments on this board, but really didn't get your story there. It is really hard to keep track of so many different ones.....................
Here's the thing............all the docs have run your standardized blood panels, etc, etc. and nothing seems to be surfacing. I cannot stress to you that the way I feel now is nowhere close to how I felt physically 2 years ago. Here's my story....
I've since spent all of the last 2 years feeling like crap all day everyday, living in a state of paranoia over what exactly is wrong with me. It's messed with every element of my life because I simply don't feel well and cannot keep up anymore. Finding information on the internet has been both a blessing and a curse. I've been able to zero in on the potential problem (hashi's/hypo), but at one point also got locked into a deadly game of "cyberchondria" ........ I literally couldn't stop searching the internet, trying to find explanations, but also scaring myself half to death with some of the results that come up.
I'm a 27 year old male....... 5'11, athletic 180lbs...... I don't smoke. I drink with my buddies on the weekends. I had spent the last 4 years of my life going thru the grind of waiting tables. I also spent a couple years of that on the road, working 13 hour days opening up new restaurants and training new staff for Brinker International. I love the gym, spend about 3 to 4 days there...... however there was a period from 2002-2005 where my workout routine drastically fell off to near nonexistent levels. Having worked in the restaurant industry, my eating habits have never been consistent..........and with Italian restaurants, as you'd think I had carbs all around me. If I were to rate my stress levels on a scale of 10, I'd say it's consistently been in the 7-8 range over the course of the last 4 years. Up until the symptoms started, I never really went to the doctor at all, never had checkups. Always thought I was healthy. Medical history consists of the concussion I suffered getting kicked in the head in a soccer game at the age of 8 and when I had mono (glandular fever) my sophomore year in college in 2000.
I'm going to attempt to detail the course of events, when symptoms really started flaring up. Looking back on it, I can see other times where there were little things that I just dismissed, but were part of the slow evolution of this problem. Chronology Childhood
- Constantly having headache problems and what seems like constipation issues. I get stabbing pains all of the time in the abdomen, so badly that at times I can't even stand upright to walk. Symptoms go away sometime around the age of 13. Adolescence
- Spending alot of time depressed. Feels like something I cannot control. Mentally, I don't feel like me. I become very disorganized, completely opposite of the orderly person I used to be. College Years
- I develop mono ('02). Depression is still an issue. I'm noticing I have no drive or desire to do things I used to enjoy. Notice a slight change in vision. I develop a sweating problem after all the years of barely ever sweating. November 2004
- In Seattle on a restaurant opening, I develop a massive infection on the gumline of my bottom, left wisdom tooth. Fight thru it for nearly 10 days, but was sick as a dog. Stupidly I try to drink on one of the nights with co-workers, which made it worse. Woke up feeling so sick, went to the bathroom and noticed my stool was black. Finally check myself into a local Seattle hospital and given antibiotics (Penicillin 500V). Took a day off then went back to work. December 2004 to April 2005
- Over the gumline infection. Feel somewhat normal. Notice that if I don't get sleep, I start feeling sickly the next day. April 2005
- I'm feeling very fatigued all the time. Noticing that when I get up from sitting, I get a little bit dizzy. I'm suffering from bouts of insomnia. When I do get sleep, I feel like it's never enough. I feel like a dead weight upon waking, my eyes sort of burn and I feel extremely anxious. Every morning I wake I always have some song playing in my head, never a soothing one, but something very loud, very hectic. Constantly feel bloated in the abdomen region. Can't eat as much as I used to when I had the bottomless stomach. My hair feels lifeless and is falling out at an alarming rate. My skin looks alot paler to me, feels differently. Getting itchy quite a bit. Notice a random hive or two on odd occasions. April to September 2005
- Still feeling very fatigued. Vision suffering tremendously, especially at night. Crashing alot after eating. For the 1st time in my life getting massive sugar cravings, especially after meals. At work, consantly feeling foggy, can't remember even the simplest of things. Strange heart palpitations and shallow breathing. Eyelids constantly twitching and my face on some occasions looking very puffy. The underside of the big toe on my right foot constantly feeling numb. Getting *****ly sensations at my finger tips sometimes. Hands and feet getting very cold. I'm getting very sensitive to different temperatures outside and inside. Going back and forth between constipation and diarhea. I develop some blood in my stool, which freaked me out, prompting my initial foray into searching the internet for symptologies. Stupidly, I start taking some expired, leftover Penicillin 500V tablets I had leftover from an infection I once had. Finally get to the doc. He diagnoses me with an internal hemorrhoid. I explain to him some other symptoms and he tells me that I need to eliminate stress. October 2005 to October 2006
- The symptoms start cascading out of control. I have a massive panic attack when a massive bruise appears on my left arm where my doctor had drawn some blood almost a week prior. I'm feeling malaised, feverish. My feet start hurting so badly all the time, especially my heels. My joints are popping so loudly all the time. My tongue feels and looks swollen, as well as scalloped edges. My neck aches quite a bit near my adam's apple. When I sneeze, I get massive, tight pains in my upperchest/throat area. My eyes look irritated and I feel so much pressure behind them. I'm getting massive migraines. My body aches in every place possible. I'm going thru bouts of hyperactivity. I'm crashing alot. I wake up the morning after St. Patrick's Day feeling nauseas. Thought it was just a hangover. The nausea persists for days.......then weeks.......then months. One night I'm at wedding and I feel very lightheaded, almost ready to pass out and have this odd sensation in my lower left abdomen. I pushed through it, even though I wanted to be taken to a hospital. My body seriously is aching all the time. I feel almost hypoglycemic. I've put on about 25-30lbs, which is odd considering how hard it was for me to gain weight prior. My wrists hurt so badly. I have periods where I feel ok, thinking maybe it's just the stress......then wouldn't you know it I feel like crap again. Symptom pairings are constantly changing. I'm going thru extreme bouts of depression, anxiety and very apathetic towards everything. I should note I'm eating alot of fish, after having never eaten it for 26 prior years. Tuna for breakfast, but nibbling off of the fish specials we go over in lineup before lunch and night serving shifts begin. November 2006
- Quit the serving industry. Sitting at home alot. Symptoms dowgrading a little bit, perhaps due to the fact that I'm not up on my feet all day long waiting on tables. Only symptoms I'm currently feeling are some body aches. Feet hurt. Eyes get irritated. Get really tired after eating. Hearburn. Tight feeling in the throat.
My mother's doctor, the one I saw in December, diagnosed me with Gilbert's Syndrome - a benign hereditary condition of the liver which causes the build up of bilirubin that's not properly being processed in the pathways of the liver. Lets me know that my good cholesterol is a little bit high, but it's not somethine he's worried about. Doctor not really willing to hear me out on all the research I've done and the new **** TSH range guidelines changed in 2003.
I should note that I took my temps on consecutive days and consistently finding myself right around 96.2 to 96.5 ..........blood pressure up to 131/80 now.