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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 12, 2008
  • 05:26 AM

I'm a 24 year old female, overweight, non-smoker (though I have had a couple cigarettes in my life) and rarely drink. For the past three years I've been trying to lose weight. I made the stupid decision to go vegetarian, and walked thirty minutes every day for two months and lost 25 pounds. After I wasn't loosing anymore weight and felt ill, I started eating white meat again and done everything I can to lose weight. I'm active (I work with dogs and am constantly on my feet 4x a week), I've taken jazzerscise classes, water aerobics, and am now riding my bike to and from work which is about a 5 mile bike ride. I appear to have gained back all but 10 pounds of what I'd lost 4 years ago. I sleep six hours on workdays, which is four times a week, but I don't feel fully awake until the afternoon. I admit, I oversleep on my days off which, most of the times, are over twelve hours.

But see, I've always had these problems for a couple years now, but they appear to be getting worse;
-Dizziness (which sometimes causes brighter lights or blindness)
Low sensitivity to heat (I've passed out once before, and then just this year I threw up from it.)
-Insomnia (trouble falling sleeping and then constantly waking up in the night)
-Tiredness/Loss of Energy
-Tossing and turning in sleep
-Heavy menstral cycle and cramps
-Easy bruising
-Pale skin
-Chapped lips
-Dehydration (I drink at least half a gallon of water a day)
-Ringing in ears
-Trouble losing weight
-Desire to eat dirt
-Low temperature (average is about 97 degrees for me)
-Pain in shoulders and sometimes fingers or knees

And now, each month for the past three months I've gotten a bad cold. Sore throat, runny eyes, runny nose, cough, irritated eyes, the common symptons. It leads me to believe that I've obtained a low immune system now. I used to never throw up, but I've done so already twice this year.

I've been eating white meat, taking a B-Complex 125 with C and Women's One Multivitamin pill for over a month and though I've got a bit more energy, I'm still getting ill.

I'm guessing, I either have a thyroid problem, or anemia. (Isn't it possible to have both?) I'm planning on going to a low cost walk-in clinic on Friday since I don't have insurance, but a couple years ago when I was insured and was having trouble losing weight, I got a blood test and my doctor said that "we'd keep an eye on it." She didn't say anything else. Then again, this is the type of person who comes in and asks what's wrong with you and when you say cold, she doesn't even look at you and instead sits down, scans through a computer and automatically assumes sinus infection.

I just wanted to hear your guys' opinion... Because even though I plan on getting bloodwork Friday, I'm a little scared and want to know if I'm right or if it's something else.

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  • Sounds like it could be glandular; thyroid is a good start. You should team up with a Preventative doctor for complete fine tuning...when you get some $$.
    Monsterlove 2,921 Replies Flag this Response
  • Eating dirt is called pica and it's related to lots of things. Try here: http://www.emedicine.com/ped/topic1798.htm
    aquila 1,263 Replies Flag this Response
  • it could be many different things.. and you really need blood tests first before your symptoms really can be commented on as things like anemia etc do need to be ruled out or confirmed IF the blood tests dont turn up anything (you may need though testing).. it is possible that you could have chronic fatigue syndrome with those symptoms.
    taniaaust1 2,267 Replies Flag this Response
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