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joint pain, hair loss, fatigue. just 20!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 16, 2011
  • 05:17 AM

Hi I am just 20 years old and these are the debilitating symptoms I've been experiencing. Does anyone have any idea what it could be??

Hair loss (for 3 months.. non-patchy. still obvious)
Fatigue (started a few months ago. ready to pass out after 9 hours)
Joint pain (in the knees for years. now in wrists, ankles, fingers, elbows)
Short term memory loss
Concentration problems
Depression/Anxiety (6 years)
Insomnia (since I was a child)
I have a high ANA(about 800) but I do not have any rash so Dr doesn't think it's lupus

My thyroid is supposably normal. My iron is in the low but still normal range. I don't know what else this could be. Please help! My joint pain and fatigue are handicapping me lately.

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  • this is a shot in the dark but you may want to google information on addisons disease. i have it and have some of these same symptoms.Hi I am just 20 years old and these are the debilitating symptoms I've been experiencing. Does anyone have any idea what it could be??Hair loss (for 3 months.. non-patchy. still obvious)Fatigue (started a few months ago. ready to pass out after 9 hours)Joint pain (in the knees for years. now in wrists, ankles, fingers, elbows)Short term memory lossConcentration problemsDepression/Anxiety (6 years)Insomnia (since I was a child)I have a high ANA(about 800) but I do not have any rash so Dr doesn't think it's lupusMy thyroid is supposably normal. My iron is in the low but still normal range. I don't know what else this could be. Please help! My joint pain and fatigue are handicapping me lately.
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  • I am not a physician, but do have a lot of experience with my own chronic illness. Please, please, please go to another Rheumatologist. In other words, a different doctor from the one you mentioned below. Even without your high ANA - that is, if you only had the various, debilitating symptoms you mentioned; I would be highly suspicious that you are suffering from a Rheumatological disease - probably an autoimmune disorder. Lupus does NOT have to present with a "rash." There are many "types of Lupus" - and the rash your Doctor mentioned is but ONE of MANY possible signs or symptoms that are possible in a Lupus sufferer. The American Rheumatology Association has established that a person should have FOUR out of a possible 12 ish+ signs to be diagnosed with Lupus. You should check them out - and then find another, (good), doctor. Especially with your high ANA levels - it seems at the very least, you have an autoimmune disorder such as "Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disorder." (Which is no less debilitating than Lupus). Good Luck.
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