My history: Dealt with & recovered from anorexia, severe depression, and an anxiety disorder as a teen. Anxiety is the only one that is still an issue at times. Also was diagnosed with a heart murmur & mitro-valve prolapse around the same time but these apparently disappeared... further tests on my heart later showed "some abnormality" but nothing serious enough to diagnose or treat I guess, although I was on a beta blocker for a while. A little later tests showed I had a sliding hiatal hernia and "non-ulcer dyspepsia" which improved after taking Reglan for a few months.
I'm 26 years old now.
For the past 3.5 years I have been dealing with bad fatigue. Started in April 2006 (I remember because I first chalked it off to quitting my coffee-shop job so no more caffeine!) Put off going to the doc's for quite a while, tired of always hearing that it's all in my head -- it's NOT! Finally the fatigue got so bad I couldn't exercise even once a week anymore (I used to exercise daily) and it was getting harder to function. My husband had to start doing the laundry and cooking/cleaning. Went to the doc last year (Feb. 2008) and she diagnosed it as chronic fatigue before even examining/testing me (worrisome!)... Ran blood tests, they came back normal, only issue was low blood sugar (I have dealt with hypoglycemia since a child & hadn't eaten in a while that day). Showed I had Epstein Barr in the past too. Nothing else to note. I then asked her to check for nutritional deficiencies, since I have been vegetarian for about 14 years and vegan for about 6. No nutritional deficiencies.
I got desperate and read about allergies so I cut gluten and soy out of my diet completely. Within 2 weeks I felt great, nearly back to normal! Then got pregnant and was tired and starving so started eating gluten & soy again. Halfway through my pregnancy I was hospitalized overnight for severe pain on the left side of my back. I had a high white blood count (25,000) that they thought was my appendix but they couldn't find my appendix and there was something in the way. They ended up releasing me & I was fine. Remarkably by my third trimester I felt really good (besides being pregnant) -- I actually had a lot more energy! The energy disappeared by about 2 months after my son was born and has gotten progressively worse since. Went back on the gluten-free diet (and almost no soy) but the effect wasn't as drastic. It does help me to have just enough energy to cook dinner a couple times a week. Beyond that I can barely do anything!
I work from home & have trouble concentrating/focusing. I also have trouble getting out of bed, never feel refreshed no matter how much sleep I get. I try to stay somewhat active (take short walks several times a week etc.) -- it usually leaves me feeling wiped out. I am unable to clean, do laundry, etc. and taking care of my 8-month old is physically challenging (lifting/carrying/etc). I am getting more and more depressed about my inability to DO anything. Some days the fatigue is worse than others, and often I have a little spurt of energy around 5-7pm, but the rest of the day I'm like a lump on a log. My muscles feel like they are just dead. I will sit there and think about getting up for something and I just can't bring myself to move my body. When I do force myself to move I end up feeling way worse after a few hours of mild activity (like shopping or a walk). My other symptoms tend to come & go so I don't give much weight to them but they are: nausea, sore throat, general aches & pains, back pain at times so severe I can't sit or move, and often when I stand everything goes black but that hasn't happened in the last few months.
Sorry so long, I really hope someone can help me :(