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4 yrs-fatigue/mood swings-related to allergies???

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  • Posted By: ame2o4
  • July 2, 2007
  • 07:25 AM

Here is my story, I would appreciate any tips of where to start my diagnosis research.

Going on five years ago, I quit smoking & drinking and pretty much had a whole lifestyle change (for the better). But seemingly after this I began to develop different "cycles" of symptoms that much later was diagnosed as either depression or PMDD.
I would only have about one normal week a month. One week I would be extremely irritable/ easily angry followed by a week of extreme mood swings and uncontrollable emotions next resulting in severe fatigue. I was able to function but not very well, at work I was coming in late due to barely being able to wake up, not being able to stop crying once something triggered me or over-reacting and becoming super angry over something that I normally wouldn't!
I didn't really want to take anything so I waited for about a year ... until it was so affecting my life that I had to do something... so I was put on Paxil then Zoloft which I currently am still taking...
These have made my symtoms less severe and I am now able to control them better but they are definitely still there....

Two things to add. For about 8 months I was not on the anti-depressants and began smoking again... oddly, the symptoms lessoned considerably! Every time I attempted to quit, I would become a mess again AFTER about two weeks of quitting (so it wasn't nicotene withdrawl). Finally I went back on Zoloft and was able to quit smoking again. (about a year ago)

I've had blood tests and my hormone levels checked as well as thyroid tests (a couple of times) as well as STD tests. Everything is normal.

Also, the other symptoms are really itchy, watery eyes accompanied by a stuffy nose... This usually goes hand in hand with the fatigue....

Can this just all be really bad allergies? I have an appt for that test but I can't imagine allergies causing the emotional ups & downs.
I am always really irritable & fatigued AFTER my menstral cycle....

Here are the main symptoms I experience regularly:

*Fatigue *Irritability * Mood swings * Being paranoid & negative in my thinking (not a normal thing :( ) * Extreme hunger * Weight gain * Short term memory loss * lack of ability to concentrate & absorb information * really low blood sugar sometimes (have a diabetic friend who pricked my finger and my blood sugar was 47 even after eating at one point) * itchy watery eyes * lack of motivation * All symptoms flaring up on a repeated cycle at different times.

THIS is a heck of a lot of information & I would be surprised if anyone were still reading this BUT I really wanted to give the full picture, just in case anyone can really shed some light on any of it... I'm aware there may be multiple things going on and they may not be all related... but somehow they all seem to be related to me!

Depression seems to be the popular diagnosis... I don't want to be on antidepressants anymore it's going on 5 yrs and they are not really helping. I want to feel like my normal self again :(

Thanks so much for any advice you can offer.

Amy

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  • i have a sis newly diagnosed with pmdd. her prolactin levels were elevated....which can mean several things..... but a re-test showed the levels dropped. dont know much pmdd as we are still learning but it seems that her levels go out of whack only during a certain time coinciding with her cycles. she is still trying to work out a regimine that will control her symptoms. your story sounds much like hers. talk with your Dr. and try to schedule more blood work when you are having the peak of your symptoms. maybe something will show.
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  • Here is my story, I would appreciate any tips of where to start my diagnosis research. Going on five years ago, I quit smoking & drinking and pretty much had a whole lifestyle change (for the better). But seemingly after this I began to develop different "cycles" of symptoms that much later was diagnosed as either depression or PMDD. I would only have about one normal week a month. One week I would be extremely irritable/ easily angry followed by a week of extreme mood swings and uncontrollable emotions next resulting in severe fatigue. I was able to function but not very well, at work I was coming in late due to barely being able to wake up, not being able to stop crying once something triggered me or over-reacting and becoming super angry over something that I normally wouldn't! I didn't really want to take anything so I waited for about a year ... until it was so affecting my life that I had to do something... so I was put on Paxil then Zoloft which I currently am still taking... These have made my symtoms less severe and I am now able to control them better but they are definitely still there.... Two things to add. For about 8 months I was not on the anti-depressants and began smoking again... oddly, the symptoms lessoned considerably! Every time I attempted to quit, I would become a mess again AFTER about two weeks of quitting (so it wasn't nicotene withdrawl). Finally I went back on Zoloft and was able to quit smoking again. (about a year ago) I've had blood tests and my hormone levels checked as well as thyroid tests (a couple of times) as well as STD tests. Everything is normal. Also, the other symptoms are really itchy, watery eyes accompanied by a stuffy nose... This usually goes hand in hand with the fatigue.... Can this just all be really bad allergies? I have an appt for that test but I can't imagine allergies causing the emotional ups & downs.I am always really irritable & fatigued AFTER my menstral cycle.... Here are the main symptoms I experience regularly: *Fatigue *Irritability * Mood swings * Being paranoid & negative in my thinking (not a normal thing :( ) * Extreme hunger * Weight gain * Short term memory loss * lack of ability to concentrate & absorb information * really low blood sugar sometimes (have a diabetic friend who pricked my finger and my blood sugar was 47 even after eating at one point) * itchy watery eyes * lack of motivation * All symptoms flaring up on a repeated cycle at different times. THIS is a heck of a lot of information & I would be surprised if anyone were still reading this BUT I really wanted to give the full picture, just in case anyone can really shed some light on any of it... I'm aware there may be multiple things going on and they may not be all related... but somehow they all seem to be related to me! Depression seems to be the popular diagnosis... I don't want to be on antidepressants anymore it's going on 5 yrs and they are not really helping. I want to feel like my normal self again :( Thanks so much for any advice you can offer. Amy I have PMDD too (brought on by another condition I have).. so are very familiar with what you are experiencing there (all except the itchy watery eyes part). I was getting suicidal at certain times of the month every month, so after a suicide attempt, decided to seek help for it. I tried St John Wort for this but had a bad scary side effect to it after a few weeks, (thou it did really help my mood swings and downers after taking it for a few weeks!). So St Johns Wort is something you could try (dont take with SSRI drug thou). I then was put onto an SSRI drug but that instantly gave me extreme side affects so I had to come off of that, (I also have MCS, multiple chemical sensitivity so dont handle meds well). My doctor as she'd read about a study with Calicum helping PMS/PMDD stuff (moods, cramping etc) in many women. she then put me onto 1000mg per day calicum and amazingly this worked for me. I still do get some mood swings but nothing like I was before, I dont go into depression at certain times of month.. and I dont now get suicidal at certain times of the month. The calicum took 2-3 mths thou before the affects of it was noticed. Get yourself some calicum and try this. (1000mg daily)
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  • Thank you so much, I will give it a try... :) Amy
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  • Listening to this I would get your liver looked at. Considering this all happened after you quit smoking and drinking. You may need to detox your liver. All your symptoms match with an overworked liver. It may just need a cleanse. There are people who have been sick for years who do this and feel better. Just a thought.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 30, 2009
    • 00:07 AM
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  • Here is my story, I would appreciate any tips of where to start my diagnosis research. Going on five years ago, I quit smoking & drinking and pretty much had a whole lifestyle change (for the better). But seemingly after this I began to develop different "cycles" of symptoms that much later was diagnosed as either depression or PMDD. I would only have about one normal week a month. One week I would be extremely irritable/ easily angry followed by a week of extreme mood swings and uncontrollable emotions next resulting in severe fatigue. I was able to function but not very well, at work I was coming in late due to barely being able to wake up, not being able to stop crying once something triggered me or over-reacting and becoming super angry over something that I normally wouldn't! I didn't really want to take anything so I waited for about a year ... until it was so affecting my life that I had to do something... so I was put on Paxil then Zoloft which I currently am still taking... These have made my symtoms less severe and I am now able to control them better but they are definitely still there.... Two things to add. For about 8 months I was not on the anti-depressants and began smoking again... oddly, the symptoms lessoned considerably! Every time I attempted to quit, I would become a mess again AFTER about two weeks of quitting (so it wasn't nicotene withdrawl). Finally I went back on Zoloft and was able to quit smoking again. (about a year ago) I've had blood tests and my hormone levels checked as well as thyroid tests (a couple of times) as well as STD tests. Everything is normal. Also, the other symptoms are really itchy, watery eyes accompanied by a stuffy nose... This usually goes hand in hand with the fatigue.... Can this just all be really bad allergies? I have an appt for that test but I can't imagine allergies causing the emotional ups & downs.I am always really irritable & fatigued AFTER my menstral cycle.... Here are the main symptoms I experience regularly: *Fatigue *Irritability * Mood swings * Being paranoid & negative in my thinking (not a normal thing :( ) * Extreme hunger * Weight gain * Short term memory loss * lack of ability to concentrate & absorb information * really low blood sugar sometimes (have a diabetic friend who pricked my finger and my blood sugar was 47 even after eating at one point) * itchy watery eyes * lack of motivation * All symptoms flaring up on a repeated cycle at different times. THIS is a heck of a lot of information & I would be surprised if anyone were still reading this BUT I really wanted to give the full picture, just in case anyone can really shed some light on any of it... I'm aware there may be multiple things going on and they may not be all related... but somehow they all seem to be related to me! Depression seems to be the popular diagnosis... I don't want to be on antidepressants anymore it's going on 5 yrs and they are not really helping. I want to feel like my normal self again :( Thanks so much for any advice you can offer. AmyI've just read your post and understand every symptom....I've been on HRT for over 10 years having had a Hysterectomy at 40, everything was fine until a few months ago and overnight I felt very down, really strange negative thoughts, itchy & watery eyes, immense back pain and no energy. I go to bed everynight hoping that I will sleep after 2 hours of itching and restlesness I'm up for about 4 hour then go back to bed and can't wake up in the mornings anymore. I've lost my zest for life and spend all my time at home alone as I can't be bothered with people and can't commit to anything socially, I get quite paranoid over getting dressed and going out and that's not me I use to be so full of life and energetic. I have had a few major problems over the last few years with a bad divorce etc., and my Doctor keeps telling me that I'm depressed and suffering with anxiety and need to seek counselling. I'm nervous, aggitatated and smoke, my weight goes up and down and I just don't enjoy life anymore. I just want to wake up and be the person I used to be. I'm 51 now but very young at heart, my partner is supportive to a degree but thinks I should just pull my socks up and get over it. It's very difficuly when your body and mind are so totally out of sync. I sympathise with anyone who suffers like this.
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    • October 12, 2010
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  • I've just read your post and understand every symptom....I've been on HRT for over 10 years having had a Hysterectomy at 40, everything was fine until a few months ago and overnight I felt very down, really strange negative thoughts, itchy & watery eyes, immense back pain and no energy. I go to bed everynight hoping that I will sleep after 2 hours of itching and restlesness I'm up for about 4 hour then go back to bed and can't wake up in the mornings anymore. I've lost my zest for life and spend all my time at home alone as I can't be bothered with people and can't commit to anything socially, I get quite paranoid over getting dressed and going out and that's not me I use to be so full of life and energetic. I have had a few major problems over the last few years with a bad divorce etc., and my Doctor keeps telling me that I'm depressed and suffering with anxiety and need to seek counselling. I'm nervous, aggitatated and smoke, my weight goes up and down and I just don't enjoy life anymore. I just want to wake up and be the person I used to be. I'm 51 now but very young at heart, my partner is supportive to a degree but thinks I should just pull my socks up and get over it. It's very difficuly when your body and mind are so totally out of sync. I sympathise with anyone who suffers like this.Im 19 and have same feelings, I were on many pils, alcohol, marijuana, I was exorcised once. Dont take nothing now and Im out of mind. I have allergies, panic, depression, anxiety, mood swings who are horrible, anger, even mania but I think Im not bipolar. Just want to start living normally..
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    • January 15, 2011
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