I have been visiting my doctor for almost 2 years now trying to find out what is wrong with me and every time I go they brush me off and tell me it's nothing. Around a year ago, I asked for help because I thought it might be depression as I felt sad quite a bit, and I'd spoken to a counselor who told me it wasn't depression and wouldn't help me. I was referred to a psychiatrist who told me that I wasn't suffering from clinical depression, but helped me anyway to deal with the upset as I'd had quite a big life change at the time.
The tiredness seems to come and go, sometimes I can function for full days and other times I can only go a couple of hours without feeling exhausted. Recently it has been really bad, but I don't feel upset about anything other than being ill. When I'm awake enough to do normal things, I enjoy them and have fun.
Lately I've been having problems getting to sleep, because I feel more ill at night, and when I feel ill I get frustrated because my doctors won't do anything about it.
I mentioned to the doctor over a year ago that I believed I was suffering from a food intolerance, but because they couldn't identify it directly as lactose or wheat, they ignored it and told me just to start eating the foods again! They did an allergy test, even after I said it did not appear to be allergy symptoms. I get a severe reaction from cheese (can barely stand up if I have a sandwich-worth!), but there's something else in my diet that I've not yet identified which seems to cause it to a lesser extent. I'm a vegetarian, so the things I eat are pretty limited.
I also seem to have some form of urinary problem which has been manifesting itself as recurrent cystitis. I feel dehydrated if I do not drink at least 7 pints of water per day. Regardless of how much I drink and when, I feel discomfort around my bladder at night and need to urinate frequently.
I have also spoken to my doctor about excessive sweating, although I am not sure if it is linked as a symptom.
Nausea, stomach pains, bloatedness and diziness after eating
Dehydration/Frequent Urination (at night)
My doctor has done a fasted glucose test, blood iron and what they called a full blood work (showed kidney and thyroid function I believe). I have been told that these all came back normal. I have had several urine samples confirm the presence of cystitis. They are now telling me that it must be depression because I have "too many symptoms" and the tests that have been done have come up with nothing. I refuse to believe this, considering a year ago I was told that I did not suffer from clinical depression.
The bloatedness is so bad that in profile my stomach doubles in size from morning to night. I'm starting to think that the urinary problems may be because my bladder is just being squashed all the time and it is a side-effect of a food intolerance.
I really need some suggestions to take to my doctor for my next visit, as I am sick of being told it's nothing. Are my symptoms typical for someone with a food intolerance? Is there anywhere I can turn without having to change GP to get someone to test for this?
I told my doctor that milk didn't seem to affect me, but I don't drink it very often and I only really have it when I already feel ill. I have cut cheese out of my diet completely and today I had milk and felt awful afterwards. I now think the doctor won't believe me if I turn around and say it does affect me.
Please help me :(.
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