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No periods, no sex drive, big weight gain!

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  • Posted By: candigrll
  • May 28, 2008
  • 04:52 AM

I am a 32 yo female, and I used to be happy, free-spirited, outgoing and adventurous. Something bad is going oninside of me, and I need some help to figure it out....

Two years ago, I gave birth to a wonderful baby boy. I have a few bouts of depression in the past ( moslty brought on by situations as the sdden loss of a family member) but I was taking zoloft and it was working wonderfully. Eight years ago, my gallbladder was removed due to an infetion, and Five years ago, my appendix followed.)

After a difficult pregnancy (6 months of morning sickness, then 3 months os bedrest due to high blood pressure, followed by a rare case of postpardum toxemia), I lapsed into severe postpardum depression, which I tired to self medicate with pain pills ( bad idea). I went through several antidepressants (zoloft to wellbutrin) until I landed on Cymbalta, which seemed to at least offer some help.

However, lots of other things are wrong, and here is the list:
1. No period: I thought it might be thyriod related, but I've had 2 TSH tests , 3rd generation( one from my gyno, on form my GP) at 1.73, which is on the low end of NL. My gyno said it was prob because I was still nursing off and on, and put me on the Mirena IUD. I've now had a period off and on for 6 weeks, which is NL with Mirena, but artificially induced none the less.

2. NO sex drive: Before the baby, I had a very actve sex drive. My husband and I would occational swing, and I was sexually attracted to both males and females. And now, sex is an absolute chore and I am almost repulsed by it at times. My old gyno said this is typical in sleep deprived first time moms, and I should try harder to make time with my husband ( I wanted to kick him) I guess I should try harder to get my period to start too, huh?:p

3. Excessive sweating: After working out, it looks like I have bee swimming. My electric bill isthrough the roof because I'm in Houston andit's hot here anyway!

4 Weight gain: I initially last the 50 lbs of baby weight after the first six months. About a year ago, itstarted climbing and climbing and now I am 5'1 and 170lbs. As the weight went up, I began to get more and more careful about watching my calories, and as of last week, I was weight training for an hour a day 3x week, doing the elliptical 45mins 6x a week, in addition to chasing a toddler. My weight still goes up about 1/2lb per month. How much harder can I try than that?

I still feel a little depressed, and recently I have been having bouts of muscle weakness that have been getting worse and longer, almost flu wothout the pain. I still have the HTN form the pregnancy too, and prob form the weight gain.

I hae also had joint pain, co0nfusion and lethargy, especially when I wake up in the morning. Atfirst, I thought I was just getting old, but it gets worse over time.

Oh, and my resting pulse is freaking 120!!!!!:eek:


does ANYBODY have any idea what is goign on withme? I would almost believe that I'm crazy, but so much of tis stuff is physical, and I remember what it was like to be ME! and I am not ME!

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  • People with depression and suffering from stress.. can get all the symptoms you have. So could it be that? last week, I was weight training for an hour a day 3x week, doing the elliptical 45mins 6x a week, in addition to chasing a toddler. My weight still goes up about 1/2lb per month. How much harder can I try than that? You may of gained the weight last week due to the extra exercise putting more muscle mass. (i think muscle weighs more than fat). Instead of relying on those scales to see what is going on.. why dont you go and get tape measure and measure thighs, waist, butt etc.. then you can really see if that exercise is doing anything for you. I hae also had joint pain, co0nfusion and lethargy, especially when I wake up in the morning. Atfirst, I thought I was just getting old, but it gets worse over time. Oh, and my resting pulse is freaking 120!!!!!:eek: does ANYBODY have any idea what is goign on withme? I would almost believe that I'm crazy, but so much of tis stuff is physical, and I remember what it was like to be ME! and I am not ME! Maybe you have the beginnings of ME?? (sorry i couldnt resist the pun). Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. That can cause your symptoms including the high heart rate (tachycardia) of 120. (What has your doctor said about your high heart rate? You have mentioned this to doctor???).(Thou right now it dont sound as you are bad enough to be diagnosed with something like that..but you could be at the start of something like this with the symptoms you have http://wwcoco.com/cfids/bernesx.html). (CFS/ME may come in sudden.. or have a slow onset in which things get worst with time). As females with ME/CFS often have trouble in the mornings (more tired, confused, hard to wake fully up etc etc) and this has been put down to possibly the low cortisol issues often present in this issue esp in the mornings. (people who have depression and stress.. can have high cortisol but ME people with these.. it still often shows up as low). I suggest you go to your doctors and ask for your morning cortisol levels to be tested. (if you do have ME.. a third of ME people have cortisol issue). (If it is ME developing.. the sooner you are diagnosed, the better your chances of recovery).....................
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