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I can't help but feel like all these things are related

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 28, 2007
  • 10:58 PM

I have been getting sicker & sicker for the last year. I keep going to the doctor & being told that I just have a virus, but I feel like I am ALWAYS sick. Maybe some of these symptoms are completely unrelated, but I feel like there is something seriously wrong with me. I'm 37 & female.

My symptoms:

I feel like I have a fever almost constantly, kind of flushed feeling & feverish, but when I take my temperature it's almost always normal or a little low.

I have no tolerance for extreme temperatures - hot or cold.

Almost all of the time, I just feel bad all over like I have the flu.

I seem to catch every bug comes through.

I am always exhausted, no matter how much sleep I get.

My hands, wrists, fingers will suddenly begin hurting like I have some repetitive motion injury. I immobilize whatever it is, & in a couple of weeks it goes away.

I get pins & needles in my hands often.

I cannot seem to lose weight no matter how little I eat, though my exercise level is so low because I feel so bad, that might explain it.

I have had recurrent bacterial vaginosis for 3 years.

If anyone has any ideas or thoughts I could look into I would really appreciate the input.

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  • Hi, I would look into thyroid problems and Lyme Disease and co-infections. Thyroid may explain the cold intolerance, lack of weight loss and fatigue. Chronically feeling like you have the flu could also be thyroid, but sounds more like an infection. Go to a dr and get some tests. Hope you feel better~~DEE
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 31, 2007
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  • HiI feel the same as Dee - I think a visit to the doctors and maybe a strong atibiotic might do the trick. The other thing is it could be your 'change'. ??I get pins and needles alot in my lower arms and hands - I have been writing a diary of what i eat and can you believe I have noticed it gets worse when I eat eggs! ( I have Carpel Tunnel syndrome). Also if you are sleeping awkwardly with yours arms above the heart this can contribute to the pins and needles. The other thing to look at is Carpel Tunnel syndrome which is a nerve that gets trapped in the wrist, this gives a very painful feeling in the wrists and pins/needles numbness in fingers. I have to wear a hand splint sometimes when mine gets really bad. Good luck in getting better soon. Nikki 1st Nov 07 ps try the food diary test, write everything you eat for two weeks and when you get good days and bad.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 1, 2007
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  • No antibiotics and it's not your "change" It's called Chronic fatigue immune dysfuncion syndrome or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. Google those names. See if your entire list of symptoms doesn't come up. To get fixed and not just your "symptoms masked" find NAET or Bioset therapy and go. You will get to the root of all of the problems without destroying your immune system with antibiotics. It's already a mess....why mess with it some more? I only know all of this because I lived it.Last year I was dying and no doc could tell me why.I was diagnosed with CFIDS and Fibromyalgia. I was fatigued and in pain everyday and it wasn't in my head. 8 sessions of Bioset and I am back to work.It worked a miracle on me. take care...mommy cat PS... I was 37 when mine began too. I'm a nurse...what do you do for a living?
    mommy cat 1654 Replies
    • November 3, 2007
    • 04:57 AM
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  • Have you had routine lab work? To rule out anemia, thyroid and diabetes problems?
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • November 3, 2007
    • 09:51 AM
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  • I would start with the thyroid. Ask for: TSHT4 (free)T3 (free)Anti-TGAnti-TPO When you get these results have your doctor give them to you and post them here. Alot of people have symptoms long before their tests pop out of the normal range. I know, I was one of those people. Hope this helps. Kiera
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 3, 2007
    • 11:58 PM
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  • I second Kiera's suggestion to get your thyroid checked out. Also do some research about hypothyroidism at http://www.endocrineweb.com/ . You can go through perimenopause at age 37, especially if you have hypothyroidism. And perimenopause is one of the changes which can trigger hypothyroidism.Educate yourself about your condition, your medications, your symptoms, etc. when you do get a diagnosis. In this day and age, you have to be your own medical advocate.Here are symptoms common with hypothyroidism. I had nearly every one when my thyroid started to fail in February 2007.Skin and outer body: Dry skin; coarse skin; coarse, brittle hair; hair loss; nail weakness/thinness; edema of eyelids; sensation of cold; cold skin; decreased sweating; pallid skin.Generalized: Weakness; insomnia; lethargy; slow speech; thick tongue; headaches/migraines.Muscles and joints: Muscle weakness; muscle pain; carpal tunnel; fibromyalgia; swelling of hands/feet.Gastrointestinal: IBS; abdominal pain; cramping; diarrhea/constipation; unexplained gain in weight; loss/gain in appetite.Hormonal/reproductive: PMS; excessive menstruation; lack of menstruation; menopausal sx's; infertility; frequent miscarriage; loss of libido.Emotional/mental: Brain fog; memory loss; panic attacks; depression; personality change; SAD.Cardiac: High blood pressure; palpitations; heart click; chest wall pain; heart enlargement; high lipids; low LDL.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 5, 2007
    • 08:23 PM
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  • I believe your ,metabolism is slow and, diet and excercise could factor in. I know you have probably heard that already, but I had the same problrm for years, I made a few lifestyle and habit changes, and now I'm good to go.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 7, 2007
    • 04:54 AM
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  • I third the suggestion that you get your thyroid checked. Normally they don't test your thyroid antibodies unless the hormone levels are abnormal. My hormone levels were prefectly normal and happy for years and years. It was only after they checked the antibodies that my autoimmune thyroid disease was picked up. My thyroid ultrasound showed a gland full of nodules from the autoimmune attack, too. Please get the antibodies checked even if they say they are not indicated. You need to make sure this isn't your thyroid but hormone levels won't cut the mustard alone.good luck
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 7, 2007
    • 11:20 AM
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  • Look up hyperparathyroidism. I felt like I had the flu for a year until a simple blood test diagnosed my condition.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • November 7, 2007
    • 11:38 AM
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