I am a 22 year old female that has been struggling for the past few years to figure out what the heck is wrong with me. There are a few symptoms I am very concerned about and I really need some guidance as my insurance is now non-existant and the doc I had in the past was an urgent care doc who didn't really hav the time for me. Here's the scoop:
I was always a chubby little girl, but not severely overweight or anything. In high school I was very physically fit and oned and exercised on a regular basis until my knees literally would not let me continue that workout. I went to an orthapedic doc and he gave me some knee braces (that were very ineffective) and sent me on my way. I have had continuoius knee pain from any type of activity since then, and also have sprained my ankle 5 times in the past 2 years tearing ligaments and tendons. All of those injuries happened literally from my knees and ankles just giving way and me falling down.
Next problem: A little over 2 years ago I out of no where began to put on weight at a very fast pace- it was A LOT of weight. I went from being around 150lbs. in Jan. of that year to being over 210 lbs. in Nov. of the same year. I did not have any type of change in diet, lifestyle, or exercise. It just started happening. I also started blacking out for a few minutes at a time or getting so tired I would have to IMMEDIATELY pull the car over and would wake up hours later. One day at work (@ an emergency care clinic) one of the nurses suggested I test my blood sugar just to be safe, and after eating an orange in the AM, my sugar was 210. The doc there that day said I def. had diabetes and that explained the weight gain. The fasting blood sugar test said that I didn't have diabetes and my average sugar was 84. Not bad at all, really. BUT, the doc said I probably still have it and sent me to a course about it, etc. I have never had that high of a sugar sense, but sometimes it will get to 180 or so, but rarely. The doc also said I didn't need any kind of insulin or glucophage. Try to keep it under control by eating well. Well, I wasn't and haven't been a fan of sugar or carbs for the past 6 years, so that wasn't really a change.
Next: I am CHRONICALLY tired. I wake up and do something for an hour and if I don't go back to sleep, I will fall asleep sitting up where I am. I try and try to stay awake, to get things done, but I am SOOO exhausted ALL the time. Its not that I'm being lazy, which my friends and family think that I am, I just literally CAN NOT do it. I will fall asleep during a converastion, wake up 6-13 hours later and wonder where the heck my day just went. This happens all the time. Because of this, I have developed an unhealthy fear of going to bed. I think when I go to sleep, I will sleep for 13 hours, sleep through my alarm(which happens A LOT), and miss something important. SO...now when I have something important to do in the morning, I try to go to sleep around 3 in the afternoon to make sure I won't be "in a coma" when my alarm goes off. That is the only way I can get "enough" rest. And after I go do whatever I do for a few hours, I AM EXHAUSTED AGAIN.
Some random things: I have had some ovarian cysts in my past. They started when I was 13, and 2 have ruptured. I do not have one now and no symptoms of that. When I was 13 having those tests done, they found that my spleen was abnormally swollen. Despite telling each doctor about this for 9 years, no one has ever re-checked it and I do have an uncomfortable feeling on the left side under my rib cage, and something FEELS swollen when I lay flat on my back in that spot. Also, when I am in a relaxed state, sometimes I am completely short of breath. I feel like I just am fighting to fill my lungs up. I can get some air in, but it doesn't feel like enough air and makes me feel like pancing, but I remain calm until it passes. (Sometimes up to 5 minutes.) Also, my underarms are very swollen. I noticed that most of my friends have concave armpits, and mine are VERY convex. They are not sore normally, but they are tender to touch. I also have dermographia, but I don't know if that is relative to this. I stay HOT. I have the AC on at all times. I feel like I am in a furnace if it is over 70 degrees.
Anyhow... I don't know what the heck is wrong, and maybe I am just crazy, but I just want my energy back. I feel like I can't have a normal life again until I can DO things again. People stop inviting you out when you are starting to fall asleep all the time, you know?
Any advice would be awesome. Thanks in advance!