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.