Okay, I've been feeling progressively worse for a while now. At first, I just figured I'd caught a bug that was going around, or I'd done something to myself without realizing it, but that wouldn't explain why I started feeling worse and worse instead of getting better, or why there are several things getting worse at once. At this point, it's impacting everything I do. I'm 26 years old, and I'm a distance runner and a weight lifter. I usually feel GREAT, and most often my friends can barely keep up with me because I have more energy than anyone else I know. Now, I don't even feel like myself. All of the following things have become more noticeable as time has gone by:
- Abdominal pains, mostly in the upper part of my abs, sometimes very sharp, sometimes just achey. Sometimes, it feels like I've been kicked in the stomach. Sensitive to pressure. Unrelated to eating.
- Lower back ache, but I haven't done anything that could have hurt it. The worst part of that was when my girlfriend was giving me a back massage because I'd said my back hurt, and her pressing on my back was even more painful and I had to ask her to stop. It's been sore for well over a month now.
- Light-headedness and dizziness, for no apparent reason. Extreme exhaustion, even when I've had a full night of sleep, and haven't done anything that should have left me tired. I'll try to go to the gym, and I'll get there and won't have the energy to move, much less exercise, when I used to be able to work out for two hours solid. If I go too long without eating, I get extremely dizzy and weak, more than a healthy adult should, and it comes on quickly. If I eat too much, I feel weird afterwards. Normally, if I miss a meal (too busy, etc), then I just feel hungry, but once I eat, I'm fine. This is just abnormal for me.
- Yellowish skin, especially my hands, but I can see it in my face and even my eyes a little bit. It's not really vivid yellow, but other people have noticed and mentioned this out of the blue, so it's not my imagination. My girlfriend is a phlebotomist and a lab-tech, and when I went to visit her, she did a blood draw, and when the red blood cells separated out, she said that the serum looked darker and more yellow than it should have.
I had headaches in the past, including migraines, but those also seem to be getting more frequent lately.
I'd love to be able to stroll into a doctor's office and get them to just test things to find out what might be causing these new symptoms, but I don't have the money and I don't have health insurance, and I'm afraid to spend a small fortune for a bunch of tests while the doctors play a blind game of hunt-and-peck. I just want to know if anyone else has experienced this, or if they have any idea of what it might be, so that I have some idea of whether this might be serious, and that I might have some advice for when I go to deal with the doctor. I don't typically trust doctors (I've had bad experiences in the past), and I'd rather avoid them if I can, but I might as well go in with some information. I want to go soon... especially if this doesn't get better. Nothing much scares me, but I'm starting to get worried.