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Cold/Hot Flashes and Fatigue

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 28, 2007
  • 00:19 AM

Right now there are no doctors avaliable in our town so I've come here to ask for a vague diagnosis.

The current medications I'm on include Prozac and Alesse. I've been taking Prozac for about a year and a half and Alesse for 2 months.

I'm 15 years old and am in depression with bipolar traits along with an anxiety disorder. Please don't assume that because of my age I'm going to exaggerate symptoms. I will describe them as best as I can.

The fatigue I've been experiencing has occured on and off for 3 weeks now. Some days it's mild and others it's more severe. I've generally been sleeping in about 4 more hours than usual and am unable to stay awake in the morning. On some days I sleep more than 12 hours and hardly have the strength to get out of bed. I usually go to sleep around midnight, wake up at 8am, go back to sleep until 12pm, and then nap from 2 until 4pm on these days. On less severe ones I go to sleep around midnight, wake up at 8am, and sleep until 12pm. Before this I'd sleep from midnight to 8am and usually stay awake.

At night I've been experiences chills and cold flashes while in the afternoon I've been experiencing hot flashes. I've also been intensely worrying about school (I homeschool, and was basically kicked out due to lack of attendance from depression) accompanied by paranoia. In the last 2 weeks I've had a mild flu with lasting sinus congestion. My thoughts are pretty muddled right now and I can hardly distinguish one from the other. I'm sweating quite a bit considering I'm just sitting down.

The only way I can get help from a medical proffessional is if I go to the emergency room. Then they'll usually tell me to make an appointment with a doctor (but there are none right now!!) or contact my psychiatrist to switch anti-depressants (prozac hasn't been working even though I'm taking 40mg a day). I was on 0.25-0.5mgs Risperidal for approximately a month but that didn't work for me either.

Anyway, I'd like a suggestion of what I should get checked out (blood test? tempurature? anything?) and what sort of medication or ritual will help me feel better in the meantime. Thanks!

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