I am desperately seeking a new set of eyes to give me a clue as to what may be wrong. I am a fairly active female, though I do admit that I am overweight (about 40lbs before this saga began). I had a serious back injury (hernated disk with anular tear L5-S1) a year ago in March and have been slowly rehabing since. I received 3 epidural steroid injections, one round of oral prednisone, and have been on Mobic (anti-inflamatory), Norco (narcotic pain reliver), Tramadol (non-narcotic pain reliever), and Flexeril (muscle relaxant) at varying times for the year. I also suffered from repeated sinus infections causing respiratory symptoms treated with antibiotics and prednisone as the infections were highly resistant. I agreed to and had sinus surgery on Dec 23rd and since have had no sinus problems (since I was on prednisone at the time of the surgery they gave me a high single dose of methylprednisolone as per protocol). In the past I have had increased heart rate and fatigue with steroid treatment, so in mid December when I started feeling palpitations and fatigue I figured it would subside when I was done with this round. I was wrong. My normal resting heart rate is around 60bpm and my blood pressure is 110/70. A week after being off the steroids my resting HR was over 130 and my BP was 140/90. I had to take a Functional Capacity Exam for work, which is a picture of my cardio and physical strenth/endurance and they stopped me when my HR got to 170 and my BP was 210/150. My other symptoms include excessive weight gain around the midsection of my body (25lbs in 5 weeks while on a 1200 calorie diet and exercising 4 hours a day in a work conditioning program), redness and weight gain (moon face) to the face, pitting edema in my legs, loss of labido, insomnia, fatigue, and thinning of the vaginal skin (OB suspects decreased estrogen production but not confirmed by serum). I had 2 EKGs--both normal, a treadmill stress test with echocardiogram--normal, my cortisol levels are repeatedly normal both serum and 24 hour urine as well are my thryroid hormones, sugar level, and auto immune indicators. Tests for PCOS came back negative and so did tests for celiacs disease and mono (epstein barr--shows history of with no new infection). I am set up for a sleep study and my HIDA scan was positive for gallbladder disease but I have been living with that for over a decade and have been able to control it with diet. I have had food alergy testing--also negative and eat a wide variety of foods. I do consume dairy, wheat, white sugar, and meats, but removing these from my diet does not change the symptoms.
Thanks for reading this and please respond if you have any ideas.
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