I have been battling severe fatigue since I was 16 (I am 28 now). It took a year to diagnose me with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Well, it got worse (in the meantime i had 2 episodes where I actually passed out, but the doctors found nothing wrong). Fast forward about 4 yrs and I was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (I was really sick for about 3 months, and then it just went away). I have not had any "IBS" symptoms since. Fast forward another 4 years and my heart palpitations are starting to worry me (I have always had palps, but hardly ever noticed them or were worried about them). I got pregnant at age 24 and then 26. After my second child was born, my heart palps were severe as well as severe sharp headaches causing vomiting, but would subside faster than a "migraine". This is the time my hot flashed started and I would get a tingling sensation through my limbs- my fingers were greatly affected during these episodes- and I would get light headed. I saw my doctor and they tested my thyroid levels which were fine. They said it could still be my body bouncing back from child birth (8 months ago) What made me go back to the doctor was I was getting my hair permed and in the chair my fingers started to tingle and I was getting hot flashes(like above) but then I couldn't move my fingers right (they kept wanting to curl up and I could feel them) and my legs almost went rigid, my heart was pounding and I ended up vomiting at the salon. After that episode I ended up shaky but fine. The doctor ordered a halter monitor, echo, and MRI (for the migraines). The MRI was fine, the halter showed A LOT of "skips" and "jumps" (I believe they are called PACs and PVCs). So then onto the echo- it showed that my mitral valve has a leak- allowing the blood to flow backwards. My doctor said not to worry that this can be monitored every two years to make sure its not getting worse. He diagnosed me with Hyperventilation Syndrome and said that the Mitral Valve could have actually been the root cause for the fatigue since my childhood (so I no longer really have CFS)
A year after that my hot flashes have totally hit full force, its unbearable. My fatigue is almost the worst its ever been. I had an episode waking me from my sleep at 3am the other morning and I vomited. I am forgetful, have a hard time concentrating, hot flashes that make me sweat, I have lost over 20 lbs in a year, my eyes sometimes feel funny- like out of focus-. Please, someone tell me if this has happened to you! I feel like my doctors think I'm being silly, but this is really starting to affect my life.