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Sick for Over 5 years - doctors keep telling me I'm fine

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  • Posted By: Mrfast
  • May 6, 2011
  • 08:30 AM

Hello fellow forum members. I apologize for the length of my post, but I just wanted to get everything out.

I really don't know where else to turn. I've been sick every day for the past 5 or so years of my life, starting at around 16. I've gone to doctors all throughout this time period, and have time and time again been told, after typical tests and sometimes prescriptions, that I am completely fine.

I would reassure myself that I am fine after every visit, but I knew that I was lying to myself. Now that I am 21 I simply can't let life pass me by...the past 5 years have been completely horrible for me in every way. I went from being a healthy/active kid/teenager with good grades to a complete slump with no explanation.

To start off, some general facts:

I don't drink, I don't do drugs, I don't smoke, and I eat almost no junk food.

I exercise roughly an hour every day. This includes sit-ups, pull-ups, stretching, using boxing gloves, etc... I would do more but I just get tired really fast when exercising/running. In comparison I was very active as a kid and would often be involved in various sports competitions in school (running/jumping etc). I can't imagine myself even coming close to being able to do the same level of physical activity as in the past.

I weight 141 pounds with a height of 5'8, which is within normal range. I sleep anywhere from 8-12 hours a day and still feel tired/fatigued every day.


-Pressure around eyes. This is mild around my right eye, but is always heavy and noticeable around my left eye.

-Sore/painful eyes. No matter what I do my eyes always feel sore and painful, and are especially sensitive to light.

- Dark eye circles/green veins. I had a completely clean face as a kid/teenager, and then these started to show up around 16-17 with no explanation.

-General fatigue/malaise throughout day, regardless of how long I sleep. Worse in the morning and gets better in the evening.

-Dry spot on mid-left section of bottom lip. I know this seems unrelated by it hasn't gone away after all this time so it's odd.

-Nasal congestion, especially in my left nostril. My nose is almost always blocked in the morning and night, and generally tends to open up in between these times.

- Unusually cold hands/feet. The doctor actually noticed this on my last visit but didn't give me any explanation. This is one of the reasons why I take frequent warm showers (along with blocked sinuses/nose) to feel better.

-Fullness/dullness/soreness of face around nose and eyes. This gets especially annoying whenever I go outside. I can barely keep my eyes open and it is difficult to breathe in with my nose.

-Pulsating Headaches on the left side of the head. These only happen about once a month, but the fact that they are always in the same spot and on the left side seems weird.

-Difficulty going to, and staying asleep. This happens quite often.

-Eyelashes falling out unnaturally often. I notice this at least once a day.

- Weird heart palpitations. These happen a few times every month and are really hard to describe; all I can say is I become aware that my heart is beating faster, and my hands get shaky, along with my voice.

-Post-nasal drip. This is the only thing that doctors have been able to confirm for me. I was given antibiotics but they didn't do anything.

-painful left rib. I was told that due to my scoliosis as a kid, my rib had moved during puberty. This causes my left rib to now be a bit "sunk" into my chest, closer to the heart, and causes a lot of pain/ discomfort daily. I was told that this is not a life-threatening condition and that I should simply learn to live with it, but I just wanted to mention everything.

Tests I've taken:

I've had all the usual bloodtests, x-rays of chest/sinuses and 1 or 2 CT scans of my brain over the past 5 years. So far the most obvious stuff (like Thyroid issues) have been seemingly crossed out with this. I also thought I had Sinusitis, but it didn't show up on X-rays and seems too mild for my symptoms.

I have an appointment set up with a specialist next month (I finally got a referral from my doctor after being frustrated from not getting any answers yet again), but I'm just getting really impatient seeing how long I've had this.

Thank you for reading this and for any help you can provide.

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