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    Old 08-12-2019, 12:53 PM   #1
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    Advice needed please: on going symptoms for 5 months NOT improving!

    Hi everyone, apologies in advance for the super long post and thank you so much if you do stick with it! I am literally at the end of my tether with these symptoms and feel I am getting nowhere with my Drs so just want to get some opinions/ advice as my Drs keep brushing me off claiming "anxiety". (I do suffer from anxiety and depression but have been on medication and received counselling on and off for this since I was 18 and therefore know the difference between an anxiety attack/ depressive episode compared to the symptoms I am currently experiencing).

    I am a 25 year old female and since the middle of March this year I have been suffering with profound and unrelenting fatigue. I constantly feel exhausted no matter how much sleep or rest I get. I am also having hot flushes and feel constantly overheated and clammy, which is made worse by the warm weather and my working environment. I am sweating more often than usual, sometimes to the extent that sweat is literally pouring off of me whilst at work, whilst everyone else is fine (I've asked before when having to constantly wipe the sweat off my forehead). I have noticed more recently as well that sometimes my sweat smells like vinegar (gross I know), which has definitely changed despite still bathing at least once a day, wearing deoderant and constantly spraying myself with perfume.

    I work as a sales assistant so it is a manual labour job with heavy lifting and being on my feet and I often find myself falling asleep these days after only working a 4 hour shift, which is highly embarrassing and frustrating! I am a young woman for goodness sake! This never used to be an issue and I have been at this job for nearly 2 years now, so there's no job changes that could be causing additional stress, like one Dr tried suggesting. Doing a full 9 hour shift now wipes me out for at least a day afterwards and because of this, I rarely ever socialise outside of work as I am too drained to do anything other than watch TV or sleep. Previously I could work a 10 hour shift or longer and still have the energy to do things after work whereas now I pretty much go to work and come home, then fall asleep. I feel like I am not living properly or being a "normal" 25 year old and it's starting to get me down. Especially comparing how I feel now to when I was in my 2nd year of University (2016) and would be on film sets for 12 hours a day - working on 8 projects in the space of 2 months, doing sports, working as both a Course Rep and Fresher Rep, as well as still having the energy to go out twice a week on nights out.

    I had bloods taken in May and as usual my results came back "normal" bar my iron which was low. On June 10th I was prescribed Ferrous Sulphate 200mg to take three times a day after being diagnosed with iron deficiency anaemia and ordered to eat more greens and red meat, which I have complied with. I love spinach, green beans and broccoli anyways so this hasn't been an issue.

    My symptoms have actually INCREASED and gotten worse since starting the iron tablets and I am now having heart palpitations more often than before and wake up all the time with a racing heart, something I never used to experience. I feel light headed, get confused easily and find I am extremely sensitive to bright lights and loud noises, which makes being at work more difficult as we're a busy retailer with those horrid florescent lights throughout the store. I have also began suffering from nosebleeds, which again is something I've never experienced in my life until going on the ferrous sulphate.

    I've already tried the 111 service who put me through to a Dr, who then turned me back to making an appointment with my regular gp surgery, where I have been backwards and forwards with no satisfaction other than trying to blame anxiety and brushing me out of the door. I feel like I am hitting my head off a brick wall and that my symptoms aren't being taken seriously even though I have been sent home from work a couple of times recently from almost passing out and people are constantly commenting on how pale I look. I am sick of feeling exhausted ALL THE TIME (for the past 5 months) and just want the old me back!
    Please help!!
    Thank you x

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    Re: Advice needed please: on going symptoms for 5 months NOT improving!

    Dear Wits3nd,

    What this first of all appears to me is that you need to change your schedule, or even what type of work that you do. Maybe you were a bundle of energy before, but there is another very real need in life called rest and relaxation! You do need to make time for that.

    Another thought is have you had your endocrine system checked? I am thinking you may be hyperthyroid, and an over-active thyroid can be dangerous if not dealt with. The feeling of anxiety could be caused by that alone. These issues are not always easily diagnosed, but need to be investigated, in my opinion. Here is a resource ~

    At any rate, I don't think anyone should be over-worked like you seem to have been, not even if you feel like you have the energy, which rather clearly you do not feel that way at least not anymore. It is up to us to schedule proper rest and relaxation into our lives. I hope you do make some changes. Your health demands it and you deserve it.
    I know the medical system there can be difficult. So if you can, get a doctor to investigate your endocrine system and take you seriously. Ask to be referred to an older more experienced endocrine specialist. Tell them you are not emotionally troubled, you are ill. It does not seem that this is all in your head. Insist on being taken seriously. Possible endocrine issues need to be ruled out, not ignored.

    I was taught to use the words 'just humor me', and then i was able to finally find out I am hypothyroid after years of being told that nothing was wrong. Even a chief of staff of endocrinology didn't believe anything was wrong. I have a fantastic endocrinologist now. And, I had to learn how to eat and rest and manage this (yes there are foods that interfere with thyroid balance). Maybe this is not your solution but I think it is highly important to at least investigate the subject.

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    Old 08-14-2019, 11:13 AM   #3
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    Re: Advice needed please: on going symptoms for 5 months NOT improving!

    Hi Tree Frog and many thanks for your reply! Apologies about my late response, didn't expect anyone to get back to me so quickly so I really appreciate it!

    You're right there in that the work I am doing at the moment probably isn't the best kind of job for me to be doing, not only because of the impact it is having on my health but because I am a naturally introverted person anyways and so customer service/ retail tends to deplete my energy on a normal day, so this has been exacerbated with my declining health.

    It's interesting that you've mentioned hyperthyroidism as my Dad actually has an overactive thyroid and his mother was hypothyroid so I know it is hereditary also. A lot of my symptoms are exactly the same as what my Dad experiences (albeit his are under control to what they used to be) and my hands shake pretty much all the time, as well as being clammy or sweating year round. I am fighting the Drs to try and get my endocrine system checked as I do believe like you have suggested that I could be hyperthyroid, (all of my symptoms fit) but every time I have had blood tests in the past (and one more recently in May this year) the Drs say my thyroid levels are "borderline normal", which to me indicates that it could become more of a problem if they continue to refuse to investigate my symptoms and family link to the condition any longer.

    I am pretty much debating whether to pay to see a private endocrinologist as I feel like my current Drs aren't listening properly or taking me seriously.

    I am so glad to hear that you have finally gotten a decent endocrinologist who listens to you and is treating your hypothyroidism. Though I'm sorry you had a battle to receive the correct diagnosis! Whilst I am not medically trained, I still think it's wrong that Drs often refuse to listen to their patients, especially as we know our own bodies better than anyone and when there is clearly something wrong.

    I have managed to push for an appointment with my Drs this Friday so with your advice, I will be insisting that they at least look into the function of my thyroid once again and the possibility of being referred to an endocrinologist as my symptoms are getting worse, not better with the treatment of anemia.

    Thank you very much again!

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