I have been sickly my whole life, with absolutely no explanation. According to all my blood work I'm basically healthy. I started out with two basic symptoms: fatigue and chest pain.
Through the years more and more symptoms have presented themselves and the pre-existing ones have gotten worse. I've been treated for and/or told the following in this order over the years:
-arrythmia of the heart, which later became known as the cardiac anamoly since several cardiologists have stressed there is nothing wrong with my heart in spite of persistent chest pain and the fact that I'm currently on beta blockers because my heart cannot keep a steady pace or rhythm
-some kind of thyroid condition, not sure if it was hyper or hypo. I had one lab come back abnormal all others have been normal
-i was also told that my problem was that I had a heavy period and was placed on birth control and iron pills.
My symptoms as of now are:
- chest pain accompanied by shortness of breath
- extreme fatigue (daily activities such as showering require frequent rest breaks)
- joint pain/stiffness/swelling (swelling particularly in legs, pain and stiffness affects all joints; aggravated by rainy and cold weather)
- dizziness (vertigo)
- feeling full quickly/ lack of appetite and nausea
- night sweats
- difficulty concentrating
- intolerance of heat
- fainting spells (syncope)
I am currently being treated for vitamin B12 deficiency anemia and iron deficiency anemia which are the only things that have ever come up as abnormal in labs. I am also on beta-blockers to regulate my heart rate.
I have family history of lupus and various forms of cancer on my mothers side of the family and heart disease and diabetes on my fathers side.
My doctor asks almost no questions and keeps brushing me off because my lab work is always normal. I've been hospitalized twice and all tests have come back normal.
What is wrong with me??? I'm in chronic pain which is made tolerable by otc ibuprofen which I take 800 to 1600 mg daily and no one seems to appreciate the fact that I have been unable to work for the past 6 months due to the extremity of my symptoms.
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