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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 30, 2007
  • 04:15 PM

I've been having vauge symptoms for a long time but in the last two years, things have been getting worse and the doctors I have seen can't seem to find anything really 'wrong', but I can't keep from feeling like they have missed something. This is what is going on:
I'm now 28. I have 3 kids. Since I was a teen I have struggled with bouts of depression and severe fatigue. In recent years the depression has subsided (thank goodness) but the fatigue has gotten steadily worse. I stay so tired all the time that my house is always a wreck and I can barely make it through the day without a nap, even if I load up on caffine. My sex drive is long gone. My periods are regular but I have extreme PMS. I'm always hungry and thirsty. I maintained a normal weight until about a year ago (125-30lbs) but last year i suddenly gained 30 pounds practically overnight and my hair began to turn grey. I diet and manage to lose weight (10-20 lbs) and then it comes right back even though i have cut out sugar soft drinks and beef altogether. I am too tired to exercise anymore and when I try to, afterwards I get so hungry, I end up cleaning out the fridge, so now I just don't do it and find that it is easier for me lose weight. I am not anemic. In my early twenties, I started having severe constant back pain, in the middle/upper region of my back along my spine. This back pain is so extreme at times that it feels like there are needles being stuck in my back. Last year I was in the shower and I bent over to shave my leg and i felt a pop in my spine followed by what felt like fire. With one leg shaven, I crawled to the bed where i had to stay for two days. Most of my joints have always 'popped' freuqently, but some of my joints have recently begun to crunch. My right knee can be heard when i walk but it usually doesn't hurt. And starting just this past year, i can hear my neck crunching every time I turn my head. It doesn't hurt but it doesn't seem normal either. My doctor told me it was just crepitus and not to worry about it. Over the past few years I have also noticed a few small lumps under my skin on the backs of my forearms and one in the flesh on my right hip. They don't hurt, they are just pea sized soft lumps that will move around when i press on them. I also have recurring chest wall pain. Sometimes when I breathe, without warning, it will feel as though someone has stabbed me in the ribs and i will have to sit down and be perfectly still until the pain subsides, sometimes for up to and hour. My ribs are often sore with no apparent cause. I take a multi vitamin and have not been on any long term prescriptions. Doctors have prescribed me pain pills in the past (loraset,hydrocodone, etc.) but i cannot take them; they make me vomit, whether i take them with food or not. My thyroid has been checked, it's ok. Nothing in routine blood work has been revealed. I have had back x-rays that also revealed nothing about 2 years ago.
I do have a family history of both rheumatiod arthritis and diabetes, but doctors (GP's) say not to worry about those?
In a nutshell, I'm lumpy, crunchy, fat, minus a libido, desperately tired, irritable, hungry/thirsty and in constant pain with my back, shoulders and ribs and all of it is getting worse by the day.

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  • I was just browsing through, your post caught me--You definitely have some kind of autoimmune thing going on!! It manifests itself in soooo many ways! It can affect almost every area of life & it seems to be doing that to you. Do you often think "If I feel like this now, how will I make it to 60 years old??" I do, ALL the time! For me--all my tests come back negative and so my doctor says it's "Fibromyalgia" Your family history will help you out--you already said there's arthritis--do you mean the kind that most old people get, or do you have younger people with it (autoimmune problem) I have the same "neck crunching" problem you say you have & have had it for maybe 15 years--I can hear lots of noise when I turn my head & move my shoulder up & down. Pain in the mid back, like you--it's there most of the time. I hate going to the doctor so I usually don't. I go for my regular checks and live with the discomfort. Keep doing research--if you see something with symptoms like yours, ask for a test. I have the always thirsty/hungry thing too--I thought maybe I had diabetes--I cut sugar--I felt better (probably because I ate too much sugar anyway) but I did come across a disorder that just has way too many similar symptoms to what I have, maybe it will help you. Look up Celiac disease--search for symptoms--what it boils down to is that there are certain things that you each that are actually harming your small intestine (mostly wheat) so you can't absorb many nutrients--that would explain the hunger, depression, anxiety. I also have early signs of osteoporosis. (I never mentioned, I'll be 50 this year) No one would think to look at me that I have anything wrong. I complain to no one, but I felt like you do! Actually, it comes and goes. I will be getting a test for Celiac disorder (that is easier than following the no gluten diet--if the test is positive, trying to identify all the foods with gluten in it and NOT eating them will be a full time job for me) Keep asking--was just browsing, I read your post & thought "that could be me" hang in there--good luck!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 30, 2007
    • 06:50 PM
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  • Ps--I reread your post--the sharp pain when you breathe in--I've had that too--and still get it occasionally (once every 2 years or so). Once it was pleurisy, (inflammation in the lining of the lungs) once it was pericarditis (inflammation in the lining of the heart) it went away eventually, I am the queen of weird test results--I was even diagnosed once with emphysema but never smoked and never even had a lung infection (like bronchitis, asthma) and I never smoked, don't drink either. As I get older I get new, wierd stuff--spasms in my esophagus (ouch) constipation, leg cramps at night. I'm still here--trying to find out all I can--it's too hard to go to a dr. with a list of 25 things that bother you--find the most important few--definitely get tested for autoimmune problems--lyme disease (I had that, too)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 30, 2007
    • 06:58 PM
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  • I would have a strong look at fibromyalgia. Also have you had a sleep study done? Also check your list against celiac and see if it fits.
    jackrorabbit 113 Replies
    • January 30, 2007
    • 07:21 PM
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  • Lyme Disease Test.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 31, 2007
    • 06:29 AM
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  • Hormone imbalance - try progesterone cream - it's over the counter take 20-40 mg a day from day 10 of your cycle to day 25also, check for endometriosis
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 31, 2007
    • 06:39 AM
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  • Medical Encyclopedia: Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiencyURL of this page: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000120.htm Alternative names AAT deficiency Definition Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency is a lack of a liver protein that blocks the destructive effects of certain enzymes. The condition may lead to emphysema and liver disease.Causes, incidence, and risk factors Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency results from a genetic defect. The mechanism that causes associated liver disease and emphysema in some people with this deficiency is not known. However some evidence suggests that it may be related to inflammation. Approximately 75% of adults with severe deficiency will develop emphysema, which often begins before 40 years of age. Smoking can increase risk.Symptoms Shortness of breath with and without exertionUnintentional weight lossWheezingAdditional symptoms that may be associated with emphysema or cirrhosis include the following: Abnormal breathing pattern (exhalation takes more than twice as long as inspiration)AgitationAnkle, feet, and leg swellingAwakening from sleep not feeling restedBloody, dark black or tarry bowel movements (melena)Breast development in malesConfusionDaytime sleepinessDifficulty falling asleep or staying asleep (insomnia)Difficulty paying attentionDry mouthExcessive thirstFatigueFluctuating moodHeadacheImpaired concentrationImpaired judgmentImpotenceIncreased front-to-back diameter of the chest (barrel-shaped chest)Irritability or poor temper controlLight-headedness or fainting while standingMemory lossPalenessRapid heart rate when rising to a standing positionSkin rash or lesion on the hands or feet, rednessSlow, sluggish, lethargic movementSwollen abdomen or increased girthVision abnormalitiesVomiting bloodVomiting material that looks like coffee groundsSigns and tests A physical examination may reveal a barrel-shaped chest. Listening to the chest with a stethoscope may reveal wheezing, crackles, or decreased breath sounds. The following tests may also help with diagnosis:Arterial blood gasesSerum alpha-1 antitrypsin levelChest x-rayPulmonary function testGenetic testingTreatment Replacement (augmentation) therapy with the missing AAT protein is available. However, it is not known how effective this is once disease has developed or which people would benefit most. Certainly, quitting smoking is crucial.Other treatments include bronchodilators and prompt antibiotics for upper respiratory tract infections. Lung transplantation may be an option for those who develop end-stage lung disease. In addition, genetic testing of relatives may be recommended.Expectations (prognosis) Some people with this deficiency will not develop liver or lung disease. Emphysema and cirrhosis, however, are both progressive diseases that can kill.Complications EmphysemaCirrhosisCalling your health care provider Call your health care provider if you develop symptoms of alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency.
    msjkulig 3 Replies
    • January 31, 2007
    • 10:20 PM
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  • I would also suggest that you have a good look at fibromyalgia. Also, you should talk to a natural therapist about your energy level, depression and pain. I suggest acupuncture! The lumps on your hips are probably just adipose tissue deposits, gaining weight and loosing/gaining will cause those cells to expand without the actual size of the cell decreasing when the weight is gone leaving you with unwanted cellulite. TRY ACUPUNCTURE!!!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 1, 2007
    • 03:34 PM
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  • Please get tested for Lyme disease and its co infections. You could have been bitten long ago and not had a rash or any markings..It does lay dormant for yrs too... Fibromyalgia is actually UNdx'd Lyme disease...Please get tested, so you can get the right treatment....If one doc says the test is neg, get retested and find a new doc if need be...Otherwise it may drag on for yrs....Check out the lymenet info site. Hope you feel better soon.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 2, 2007
    • 11:48 PM
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