It's been 7 long years -- several doctors and therapy. I am no closer to a diagnosis. Can you help? My symptoms are:
general moderate fatigue (all I can do in a day is go to work)
mild to moderate depression, constant
initial extreme weight gain (60 lbs. in 1 year) no change in diet/exercise
extreme fatigue after eating (lasts 1 hour)
shakes, nausea if I go for longer than 2 hours w/out eating
dark, thick hair growing on neck, inner thighs, chest, arms
extreme depression/mood swings during PMS
poor circulation in hands and feet
I am a 5'3" 215 lb. woman in my twenties. I feel like I am 50! I'd love to find out what is wrong so I can feel my real age.
Diabetes: I've been checked 3xs for diabetes. I do not have it, according to the doctor's. Although I feel as though I get sugar highs and lows and other symptoms much as a diabetic would. The difference: it doesn't seem to matter what I am eating (sugary/starchy vs. protein etc.). I get exhausted after eating whether I have a small side of cooked spinach or a sugary piece of cake. I have tried several things: regular blood sugar testing, strict diabetic diet and exercise for 1 year, etc. Nothing works.
PCOS: I was also tested by an edocrinologist who concluded I might have Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome. However, she offered no solutions. She said there wasn't much to be done. I never had an ultrasound -- but she said my bloodwork indicated PCOS. She said there's no cure or treatment.
Depression: I have had mild to moderate depression my entire life. I have been on various mild anti-depressants and logged hundreds of hours of cognitive therapy. Nothing seems to beat it. For the most part, I just deal with it. Although I'd love to someday be depression-free. Right now I am on Lexapro 20mg/day. It doesn't seem to make much difference. Nothing too traumatic in my childhood/past. I get moderate to severe depression during PMS.
Weight Gain: When I was 15 I started on the birth control Depo Provera Shot. I don't know if there's a correlation -- but within 2 years I had blown up like a ballon. From 135 lbs. to 185lbs. No change in diet or exercise. Despite numerous attempts at improved diet and exercise, my weight has steadily increased. I stopped the Depo shots at age 18.
That's all I've got. PLEASE, any ideas, help or suggestions would be great!!!
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