Up until a couple of years ago, I used to be a very happy and active person. I began to have episodes of sleeplessness and depression corresponding to a worsening menstual cycle (pain & heavy bleeding, avg 21 day cycle). Also worse migraines, but have had menstrual migraines and endometriosis all my life and dealt with it. Tx w/imitrex 4 migraines. Blood tests showed low red count, low calcium, low potassium and low tsh and slightly elevated CA 125. Also, unexplained elevation of cholesterol/triglycerides, though i put it off to the lack of exercise at the time. Also sonagram showed complex cystic mass on L ovary. (R ovary previously removed along with appendix) I had a hysterectomy, L ovary was saved and left in. No evidence of cancer. I expected to be better after an appropriate recovery time. And, while the abdominal pain improved significantly, the general fatigue and pain got worse. Pain is throughout body, not in joints but in the large muscle groups of the legs and arms, with the legs always worse. Sometimes they repeatively twitch, more often legs, but arms too. Pins and needles too, sometimes. I am losing fine motor skills and memory is progressively getting worse. Severe fatigue some days so bad between that and the pain, i cannot even shower. Also, began to have difficulty swallowing and a small throat lump, which sonagram has shown to be a thyroid nodule .5 cm. in size. However, my thyroid and pituitary hormones have, over the past year, gone back to normal levels on their own, without medication. Current meds are loracet for pain, ambien 10mg for sleep, ativan for anxiety, though i have been using it to ease the muscle spasms, and imitrex for migraines. All of these meds I was on before I began to really decline and I have phased out both the ativan and the ambien at varying times to see if I felt better, but i did not. OTC I take tavist, excedrin and/or motrin additionally for pain. I also receive acupunture weekly. I guess i should mention that i have had intense bipolar-like mood swings with no previous hx of such a thing. So, I have gone from an active person, who always worked and helped others, to a shut-in who can barely take care of herself. I have had DNA blood factor tests for common autoimmune - all negative (scleroderma, lupus, etc.) Current dx by neurology p.a. is chronic fatigue syndrome. ANA and Sed rate negative. However endocrine dr says it is thyroiditis. There is some cylical factor, i guess, meaning that on the "good" days, I am able to do some light housework, maybe 1 week out of three on avg. The symptoms, when they get worse, all get worse together - the fatigue, pain, difficulty swallowing, insomnia, muscle pain and spasms, fine motor skill disruption (i drop things a lot more or have trouble manipulating things that require fine movements, like opening a bottle)
Please help, if you have any idea. i have been looking on this site for the possibility of a parathyroid issue rather than thyroid because of the lower calcium, but honestly i have no idea and neither do my treating physician. Thank you for your time.
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