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  • Posted By: MissPickwickian
  • February 21, 2009
  • 00:14 AM

I am a seventeen-year-old female with a lot of odd symptoms that don't seem to add up.

1. A year of irregular menstruation (skipping, heavy flow, unpredictability, spotting, a period that lasted a month and a half---and regulatory birth control made it WORSE) followed by total cessation of menstruation. Last period ended on November 20th. Not a drop of blood. Subject not even close to sexually active.

2. Frequent infections, esp. sore throats, intractable boils and carbuncles, sinus infections, low fever of unknown origin, UTIs, and chronic fungal swimmer's ear.

3. Mood swings

4. Swollen lymph nodes on the neck (come and go)

5. Mild but totally unexplained weight gain last April. Extra twenty pounds have remained despite gradual reduction in food consumption

6. That reminds me: gradual loss of appetite over several months

7. Abundant, dark, manly chest hair (strange in a light blond woman)

8. Erratic sleep cycles

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  • OK, I am not even close to being an MD, but I did see a recent episode of Mystery Diagnosis where the patient had some similar symptoms. Have your testosterone levels checked. The patient's initial diagnosis was PCOS, but was eventually diagnosed with 'Nonclassical Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia'. Worth doing a bit of research on. Cindy
    laidbackmomto2 14 Replies
    • February 21, 2009
    • 01:32 AM
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  • What tests have you had? Have you had ultrasounds to rule out cysts, endo, PCOS? What blood tests have you had? Have you been to an endocrinologist? DOM
    acuann 3,080 Replies
    • February 21, 2009
    • 03:25 AM
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  • I think your main issue there may be Polycystic ovulation syndrome. That will cause many of the symptoms you mentioned there from the irregular periods to period loss, weight gain, hair issues and mood swings. Ive personally found that many GPs dont know much about PCOS thou it IS a very common issue. A GP ended up refering me to a specialist for that issue (someone who specialised in womens disorders). You should have blood tests and an ultrasound on your ovaries to find out if you have PCOS.
    taniaaust1 2,267 Replies
    • February 21, 2009
    • 06:39 AM
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  • Go to a gynecologist (or would it be endocrinologist?) and say you think you have PCOS. Get your parents in on the act if possible.
    rad-skw 1,605 Replies
    • February 21, 2009
    • 09:37 AM
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  • I had my blood drawn last week. They're going to check:---my white and antibody counts for autoimmune disease or immunodeficiency---my hormone levels for endocrine abnormalities (doc suggested hypothyroidism) or depleted estrogen (doc also suggested PCO and freak premature menopause, because low fertility and early menopause run in my small family) ---my vitamin levels for hidden deficiencies ---my cholesterol to see if I have genetic high cholesterol---my RA factor to see if I am predisposed to RA like my mom and grandmaBut the tests aren't back and I'm all bored and curious.
    MissPickwickian 15 Replies
    • February 21, 2009
    • 01:07 PM
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