I have spent the last few days looking over these message boards and doing searches online, and I have not seen anything to make me feel more hopeful.
Beginning in July 07, I began feeling very worn down and tired. Some joint pain, but not bad at that time (I do have a high tolerance for pain it seems). I assumed that this was due to the fact that I was a manager of a fast food resturant, stood constantly, and worked a minimum of 54 hours per week (not including phone calls at home, paper work brought home ect) working until 2 a.m. 3 days per week, and due to my four children that I raise, ages 13, 10, 4, and 1. I took a week vacation to recouperate and rest the first week of August. I returned to work as run down, actually maybe worse, than before. In the middle of September I had a bad chest cold. I ended up quitting my job during my illness, I think mostly because mentally, I could not take the stress of the job anymore, and the illness just made it that much worse.
Since that time I continued to feel run down, have a constant lower back ache and headache, morning stiffness and stiffness after sitting for a period of time occuring in my knees, shoulders, neck, hands and feet. I was sure that after a week or two of staying home and relaxing, that I would begin to perk back up. It has now been 2.5 months, and I feel worse that ever. I finally broke down and saw my physican at the beginning of November. She felt sure that my problem would be my thyroid or a rhumatic issue.
Blood work has now came back as not being the case. Of the 8 tubes of blood they took from me on my first visit, the only irregularity was that my platelet count came back low 136000. Not low by some standards, but I guess given my symptoms, she is concerned. She is referring me to a hemotoligist. I do recall that after my 1 year old was born, they did a second blood test in the hospital because my platelets were low then, 72000, but they were back to 114000 the next day. I assumed that this was due to the c-section, and no one mentioned it again, or told me to keep a check on it.
27 Year old female. 3 children 1 by c-section due to breech positioning, no major heath problems before now, BP normal, routine blood work all normal with the exception of platelet count. I have been checked for liver function, mono, rhumatoid, sed rate was normal, thyroid and a few other things that I cannot remember. I do not drink, or use recreational drugs. Only smoke cigarettes, less that 1 pack per day.
I have totally cut out caffine. I was a heavy diet soda and iced tea drinker, and seldom drank water. Now all that I drink is water, with a teaspoon of gatoraid mix stirred in to change things up occasionally. I also have started to really keep an eye on MSG content of what I eat. I do miss eating chinese :( but I read that may be contributing to my headaches.
I don't want to be one of those who use the internet for self diagnosis. I am just so tired of feeling like crap and if I can help lead my doctor in the right direction, I am all for it. My Dr. will not give me any meds until I see the hemotologist, which I understand, but the pain is intolerable at times, to the point that I leave my son in his babybed in the mornings with a bunch of toys until I can trust my legs to make it down the stairs with him without falling.
If anyone has any ideas of what I should be watching for or something that I should be sure to tell my doctor, I would appreciate it. I HATE going to the doctor, and I always seem to think that things are not significant, when they really are.