I'm a woman in my mid-twenties, and for about a month now I've had this maddening illness. It started innocuously enough - with a mild sore throat. However, it just won't go away. Sometimes it seems gone for a day or two, maybe even a few days, and then it returns again. The symptoms are:
* FEELING EXTREMELY TIRED ALL THE TIME. That's the main symptom. Any exertion makes the tiredness much worse. I walk from the bedroom to the kitchen and feel as if I've just completed a marathon. Rest doesn't do anything to relieve the fatigue. I can be actually lying in bed doing nothing and just overwhelmed by the feeling of tiredness. It even makes falling asleep more difficult (though in general my sleeping patter is not disturbed). With this kind of fatigue also comes a tunnel vision of sorts. I tend to focus on the one thing I'm looking at, and the rest seems kind of blurred out. This causes a feeling of being somewhat disconnected from the environment. I know it sounds weird, but I have trouble trying to describe it. It's not that pronounced, but it's there.
* Weird feeling in the chest. As if there is a big lump occupying my lungs. That's the second worst symptom. It feels very strange and very bad. It's not painful per se, but something is definitely not right.
* Mild sore throat on and off. I feel the need to clear my throat a lot, but the "clearing" doesn't do anything.
* Low appetite.
* Night sweats, hot flashes.
* Enlarged lymph nodes - but only around the throat, not anywhere else.
* The weirdest symptom is that exposure to cool (but not too cold) environment perks up energy levels, while being in a warm/hot room brings on all the symptoms and causes severe feeling of hotness and tiredness. Yet overexposure to cold also makes the symptoms worse.
What surprises and confuses doctors is there lots of symptoms I DON'T have.
* I don't cough at all, and my lungs sound clear. All chest infections I know about (pneumonia, TB, bronchitis) come with a cough, but I just have this unpleasant weird feeling in the chest that no one can explain.
* I don't have a fever. A lot of the time I FEEL like I have a fever (feeling hot, fatigued, and generally unwell), but my body temperature is actually normal.
* No runny nose at all.
* No headaches.
* No joint pains and aches.
* Blood tests for enzymes, Epstein-Barr virus, blood cell counts came back normal. Slightly low on white blood cell count, but that's how it was a year ago during my last physical, and I felt fine then.
For now the doctor prescribed taking Vitamin B for two weeks - so far (about 1 week later) there is zero effect.
This thing is extremely debilitating. I don't want to do anything, can hardly concentrate. I used to be quite active, but I can't tolerate even a thought of any exercise anymore. Work is torture, but taking time off work doesn't improve anything. I look normal though, don't cough, don't blow my nose, so some I get a feeling that lots of people don't even think I'm sick, just that I've gotten lazy and am slacking off. All I can think about is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - nothing else seems to fit. That sounds unencouraging since no one knows what it is and how to make it go away. Are there any other conditions that might explain this? Thanks!
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