I have been experiencing the below symptoms off and on for about 6 months with increasing frequency, but not not consistently every day. No one can seem to figure out what the issue is, but my quality of life is becoming severly impacted. Any ideas regarding what kinds of tests I should have next are greatly appreciated.
1. Edema - swelling of both legs (feet, ankles, calves), occasionally hands and face; suspect also have fluid retention in my chest - see next symptom
2. Shortness of breath, infrequent cough; feeling of pressure on left side of my chest
3. Lump or swelling, not externally visible, left side of my neck (ultrasound indicates that thyroid is not enlarged)
4. EXTREME fatigue
5. Headaches, get worse in the afternoon/evening
Items of note - blood test for thyroid function appears normal or slightly out of normal range; blood pressure is normally fairly low, still in the normal range but has gone up in the last 2 months, most recent blood test indicated "low protein" (sorry, don't have a more specific explanation at the moment); original visits to my Dr. were for hair loss and a lump in my throat, but the edema and shortness of breath have taken over as my main areas of concern.
I appreciate any insight!