I have had problems for 10 years with an undiagnosed illness. I also have an underactive thyroid and mild bronchiecstasis (lung damage) and I am 42.
I seem to have an illness that is intermittent. I can have periods where I am very well and periods where I have lots of symptoms. When I am well the nerve damage caused when I am ill still leaves me in pain and with numbness. When I am ill my symptoms include:
- generally feeling ill
- neuralgia pain down my right hand side - always worst in my face
- patches of numbness in my skin
- some problems with urinary and very mild fecal incontinence (although in past my urinary incontinence has been very severe)
- brain fog - at the worst I can barely listen and respond to a question
- mild sore throat - often the first symptom to appear
- mild puffiness in my face
- mild redness in my cheeks and sometimes my neck in a v shape
- occasional muscle weakness
I seem to get ill when I am run down, and often get fungal infections and cold sores at the same time. Being physically active makes my symptoms worse when I am ill. I often get very depressed when my symptoms begin or just before - but the depression never seems related to anything actually happening in my life, and can totally disappear after a few days.
I have had a number of tests e.g. blood work, emg, MRI, etc. Everything has always been normal. I have posted on here before and it has been suggested quite a few times that it may be my underactive thyroid, but all of my annual tests have shown my thyroid to be normal - last test a month ago was 1.1. Also my underactive thyroid symptoms were different to the ones above.
If anyone has any ideas these would be gratefully received. Thanks.