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23 year old girl with chronic conditions

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  • Posted By: allyxrae
  • September 22, 2012
  • 05:25 AM

I am a 23 year old female with several "unrelated" conditions, and the older I get the more it seems like I'm being misdiagnosed. I've had asthma and eczema since I was a toddler, as well as severe allergies including tree nuts and shellfish. As a child I had a lot of issues with constipation, but as I've gotten older (15-present) it seems to have gone the other way and become more of an issue with diarrhea. Around 16 I started having grand-mal seizures and was diagnosed with epilepsy. The seizures stopped around 19 until two months ago when I had two back-to-back. I have not had any since then. I have a history of anorexia and have been on and off psychiatric meds for depression/anxiety for the past ten years. Other symptoms I experience are intensely dry skin on-and-off, hives, anemia, mood swings for no reason, weak tooth enamel, and some weird circulatory issues (hands and feet are usually cold, feet fall REALLY asleep when they fall asleep). I don't really grow armpit hair and my period is on and off even though I've been on a low-hormone birth control pill since I was 14. I'm in pretty good shape, possibly slightly thinner than I am at my healthiest weight (I am 5'6 and currently 117 lbs). I've been to so many doctors over such a long period of time and I refuse to believe my symptoms are unrelated. Does anyone know of anything that ties all of my problems together? Please help, if there's anything that could improve my health or make sense of it I think I'd be a much happier person. Thanks for reading.

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  • Sorry to hear about your issue. I have epilepsy as well but I am lucky to have them under control with medication. I would say for your height you are a little underweight. That would explain your periods probably. And as far as everything else those are conditions mostly seen in anorexics and bulemics who became sick at a young age and even older in some cases. Because you said you have had anorexia before I would say that is the problem. Your body is unable to develop poperly because of the lack of nutrients over the years and possibly to this day. And I would say some of the behavior you are describing could be symptoms of someone who is still struggling with creating a healthy lifestyle. Talk to your doctor about what you can do to get healthier. Look up thr side affects of eating disorders and see if they match.Best of luck.
    trulysplenda 9 Replies
    • October 7, 2012
    • 02:39 PM
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  • have you been tested for Celiac Disease? many of your symptoms match it. https://www.celiac.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6&Itemid=12
    tacomabeal 2 Replies
    • October 11, 2012
    • 05:53 AM
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  • Or PCOS?
    Mine was diagnosed in my 20's via exploratory surgery, but I think ultrasounds could also show any cysts. May be embarrassing, but it could be an answer, especially if your Mom or her sisters had abnormal cycles. (I have little (like A spot)
    LYNNMLARSEN 1 Replies
    • September 7, 2015
    • 07:17 PM
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