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anemia or something else?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 31, 2010
  • 04:39 PM

So my fiance has been feeling truly awful and fatigued lately and our doctors seem to be somewhat lacadasical about getting a diagnosis. I think anemia seems to be the running idea but if the blood work comes back negative we don't really know what to ask about further.
Here is the history:
25yo White Female
5ft 3. 142lbs

-Complaints of excessive fatigue brought about by minimal physical exertion lasting for almost a year.
-Changes in sleep patterns, needs lots of extra sleep, used to be a morning person but very groggy now in the morning. Always hard to wake up.
-She has gained around 15 lbs in the past year or so.
-About a year ago her doctors thought she had mono but I am not sure if she had conclusive bloodwork.
-Since the mono episode and during the last year she has had constant trouble with colds and gets sick very easily which is not normal for her. It also takes her a long time to get over these colds whereas she did not used to have such problems. It seems that extended physical exertion brings about these colds such as working a few long days in a row or going to the gym too much.
-(maybe related)Frequent urination issues. Multiple utis during the past year and vaginal itching.
-Appetite has increased, she is hungry immediately upon waking which was never the case before.

-Blood glucose test negative, thyroid blood work was negative

-During a blood draw today she became very week and almost passed out and was very fatigued the rest of the day. The people doing the blood draw were very worried and thought something was seriously wrong so they did not let her drive for almost an hour after only filling 1 and a half small vials. Even after this she constantly felt that she was going to pass out.
-Now even the smallest activity wears her out e.g. shes goes to the bank, post office, and grocery store and she comes homes feeling like she ran a marathon.

I am hoping that the bloodwork will come back positive for animea so we are not left in the dark but I am curious as to why they wouldn't have found that last year. Furthermore if it is not any type of anemia then where do we go from here?

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  • Since all the bloodwork is coming back negative, it could be directly related to the quality of the night time sleep. If something is going on that is interrupting her sleep cycles or not allowing the deep restful sleep that could be causing problems. As time goes on the issues could be compounding. Maybe ask the doctor if a sleep analysis would be possible?Just a thought.
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