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Symptoms and no diagnosis

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  • Posted By: Jezidu
  • January 16, 2010
  • 06:24 PM

So I've all but given up on finding an answer to my symptoms, but I'm still a little to persistent. Here's what's going (I'll try to condense this):

I'm female, 21 yrs old. Everything started with breathing troubles: random moments of difficult or a slowed breathing pattern, restricted inhalation when exercising. Chest pain: sharp and stabbing when I would breathe in or sometimes move. Palpitations: at times can feel/hear heart fluttering in chest. Constant headaches: at least three times a week, ranging from low-grades to full out migraines. Extreme sensitivity to cold: regardless of temp (unless in sun or very heated room), shivers, body kind of goes into hibernation mode. Fluctuating weight: gain and lose 5-10 lbs within a few weeks. Extreme sleepiness with alternating moments of insomnia: can sleep all day and night, though sometimes can't get to sleep until 4 or 5am even later. Annoyingly brittle fingernails: they peel (get little cracks and kind of come off in flakes), they break way too easily. Dry cough: constant cough, worse at night, can feel hard mucus in chest but can't cough it up. Dry skin. Constipation: despite taking a laxative recommended by the doctor, it continues. Menstrual cycle: longer duration and heavier bleeding. Slow mental acuity: brain seems sluggish, harder to think. I don't now if I get fevers or not becuase by body temp fluctuates from 96.8F-98.2F, 98.6 isn't usual for me.

After being diagnosed with asthma, I was then told I had chronic sinusitis instead. The medication did clear the cough and cut back on the frequency of the headaches. The doctor suggested I have a FT4, FT3, and TSH test after a physical examination of my neck. My test results came back normal. After having my symptoms blamed on stress, or anxiety, or me just being "unhealthy", I gave up trying. He wanted to do a CBC but I was too frusrated to come back the next day. I use to smoke about 5-6 cigarettes a month, but I haven't smoked in about 6 months. I eat 2-3 meals a day a snack or two, sometimes I have no appetite and barely eat. Some of my symptoms are constant (cold sensitivity, constipation, headaches, brittle nails, dry skin, weight issues), others come and go. Hypothyroidism seems to fit, or perhaps some type of anemia.

I don't have insurance and I'm getting tired of going to doctors and paying to be told that I'm making this crap up. Sorry about the long post, but I'm annoyed and worried, so hopefully someone can help. Thanks.

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  • In addition to my other reply, to be honest you ought to try and sum it all up in one shorter version as it goes on forever... many things can cause problems like this...just plain overweight?are you on aspirin (self medicating) and possibly intolerant, have you considered possible intolerances in your diet (Gluten, Lactose) etc...and of course... hormonal imbalances? possibly just a hypochondriac who "finds" problems just because you are looking for one, I'd say the Asthma was pretty spot on, its unlikely thesmoking 5 to 6 a month would be that serious (though I can't help but ask if that's not a lie as its unusual to smoke less than say five A DAY and seems pointless otherwise (and I should know - coughs and lights one).does drinking coffee or tea help at all, as caffeine is a bronchial relaxent and although deemed one of the EVILS of modern life, could be just the trick, you'd have to judge that for yourself. Coffee in particular, strong, thick milky and sweet, providing you do not suffer with serious high blood pressure.I'd personally try Nescafe instant (regular) 1 and a half teaspoons in an average mug, at least 3 sugars, 3/4 water then 1/4 cold milk, it will coat the throat like treacle, also it acts as I said as bronchial relaxant and so ease any tighness in the chest and I do know it has even been known to help in mild asthmatic attacks or breathlessness, the old english addage "have a cup of tea" could well be a solution, however I'd get an inhaler in case of a serious attack. Also vaccuum the house well and beat the cushions about outside if possible.
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    • January 18, 2010
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