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Old 07-13-2011, 02:24 AM   #1
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No Periods, definitely not pregnant

I am a 25 year old female and as far as I know I do not have any major health issues. I had my yearly womens' exam done about three months ago and all results came back normal. I am not on birth control, and I'm not currently sexually active, so I'm 110% sure that I'm not pregnant. For about a year, I have been feeling awful - constant general malaise. Last summer, my weight jumped up about 10 lbs for no apparent reason. It came on really fast, and I have always been a naturally slender person with no weight issues. I was feeling fatigued all the time, and it seemed that even when I began to monitor my diet closely and workout regularly, I could not lose any of the weight that I gained. I was getting so stressed out about eating altogether, because every time I ate a meal I would gain more weight. I went to a nurse practitioner who took my labs, since she suspected that I was hypothyroid. But... no - she said one of the levels was a little off but still within the normal range. So, basically, I spent a lot of money to be told that this was all due to "aging metabolism". What? I was 24 at the time... does that make sense for my metabolism to go from fast to a slow crawl in an extremely short period of time? I accepted her diagnosis, but I couldn't stop obsessing over food, and it was getting ridiculous. I spent hours in the gym and kept track of every calorie I consumed - and still had a hard time working the weight off. I also did not get my period one single time in about 4 months during this stretch. It was something I could not keep up, so this past spring I found myself becoming less obsessive. Immediately, my weight jumped up about 15 lbs in a matter of a couple of weeks. I seriously just want to live like a normal human being again and not stress about every single bite of food that I put into my body. I don't want to feel like I have to run 6 miles every day... and that's just to keep from GAINING weight. Losing it seems out of the question. I am so tired all the time as it is and it is hard for me to find any energy to workout. I just want to spend all of my free time huddled in a blanket, not even moving. I have gotten my period erratically over the last few months, but it usually only lasts a few days and is very light. I have been to my general practitioner 2 or 3 times since January, and she took my labs again since she wanted to re-check my thyroid, but again... everything is normal, according to the results. She thinks that it is just stress and depression, so she put me on Wellbutrin, which I have been taking for about a month now. I don't think I notice any significant changes in my mood, but I definitely am feeling just as fatigued and awful as ever. Also still experiencing the weight gain, and even worse, I get bloated to the most extreme degree. I could drink a giant bottle of water, and it just blows me up like a balloon... I hardly even pee. This makes me not want to drink a lot of fluids, which I know isn't good for me. I don't know what is wrong with me and I just want to feel normal again. Is there anyone else out there who has experienced these kinds of issues?

 
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