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Fatigue, frequent urination, appetite issues..among other things!

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  • Posted By: mari78
  • November 12, 2007
  • 10:34 PM

I'm a 29 year old female. I have been feeling lousy for awhile. Lately, I have been tired all the time. I have lost about 50 pounds recently with some simple dieting, but I havnt been able to lose a pound in over a month. And I have ZERO energy to even think about exercising!! I can't wake up to my alarm in the morning, I'm always late for work, and then I come home and sleep for another 2-3 hours in the evening. My appetite fluctuates. Somedays I don't eat at all, and other days I can't stop. I am on some psych meds for bipolar, which I have been treated for for 10 years and my psychatrist is certain my doses are in check and are not causing this...
In the early spring I had all the symptoms of PCOS, the acne, the obsesity, the irregular period, the facial hair and even the ring around the neck, but as I lost weight and went on birth control, those symptoms went away. I had a ton of blood work in august and I was tested for everything under the sun and everything came back normal.
I had my gallbladder removed in Feb and ever since I have diarreha all the time, especially after my first meal of the day, but that is getting better as time goes on, and as I cut down heavy fat content. But I still feel sometimes annoyed by having to plan my day around my irritatble stomach.
Then over the past week, I have been urinating, well it seemed like all the time. It's not like when you have a UTI, Ive had those before. I started to pay closer attention today and im urinating every 45 minutes. I guess I'm drinking more fluids, for i realized I went through my 2 liter bottle of sparkling water really fast, as well as 2 pints of milk in 2 days... and i have noticed that i feel thirstier than normal.
I went to the doctor last friday and it was suggested I had sleep apnea. While I have lost 50 pounds, I am still over 200 pounds, so it makes sense.I'm going to be having a sleep study within the month.
I have been suffering from some random headaches every few days, too..
I also have been feeling a really weird sensation in my ears, like i have foreign objects in them.. it's more than a fullness, and it's really bothersome. I mentioned that to my doctor, but sometimes I think where I'm a psych patient in the same hospital system, they think I'm crazy.. and maybe I am, i dont know. I definately know something isnt right. I'm trying very hard to lose more weight and be more healthy by eating right and exercising, but I have no energy to do anything. I feel so wiped out all the time. It is so bad that it is effecting my daily life. I'm always tired, and cranky, and plain old miserable.
I don't drink or smoke or do drugs.
Anyone have any clue? I'm getting frustrated and starting to think I'm losing it!!!

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  • Have you been on Lithium?If so (or even if not), please consider getting your thyroid antibodies checked, even if your thyroid hormone levels (TSH) are okay. You could have something called Hashimoto's Encephalopathy, which is diagnosed by elevated thyroid antibodies even when the TSH is oaky. It's highly treatable with steroids.Lithium can trigger autoimmune thyroid disease, which is why I asked about it.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 14, 2007
    • 09:55 AM
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  • Were you tested for Cushings? And if you were did you have your serum and salvary cortisol measured in the AM and PM multiple times as well as 2-3 24hour urine tests? I am asking because Cushings can be cyclic and therefor VERY hard to catch the elevated cortisol levels. Many people are diagnosed with PCOS and then turn out to have Cushings, and then there are some that actually have both. If you have a hump at the base of your neck and red striae anywhere on your body, you should do more testing. You can find more support at www.cushing-help.com. They also have a great message board. Kiera
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 14, 2007
    • 01:18 PM
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  • Have you been checked for diabetes insipidus or even type 1 diabetes? Diabetes insipidus has nothing to do with what people call "sugar diabetes." Often the only main symptom is excessive urination.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 17, 2007
    • 01:32 AM
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