I have gone through phases of severe fatigue, shakiness, weakness, etc for as long as I can remember. I have always had a heat intolerance (which sucks as I have always lived in the Southern United States!). I have gone to countless doctors all with different reasons for my problems. In the late 90s I was told that it might be chronic fatigue syndrome, a disease that wasn't even recognized by most medical professionals at the time. I've been told to eat right and exercise, which I do. When the last doctor refused to do more blood tests at my request (I'm a biologist, I at least know a little bit about what I'm asking for and their tests were not thorough) I went to an endocrinologist.
My thyroid was enlarged...he had me get an ultrasound and nothing stood out as too alarming. My results were still in the normal range but he said that didn't rule out the thyroid. He suspected reactive hypoglycemia so we cut sugar out of my diet and that seemed to help somewhat.
However, my symptoms are back in full force and I've lost 35 pounds since December. I am on ADD meds that can cause weight loss but not to this extent. I feel tingly and have weakness in my hands (sometimes causing me to drop things which is pretty bad in a laboratory setting). My tremors have gotten worse...another thing that could be caused by the meds I am on but I have had no side effects as of yet so why now?
I am going back to my endocrinologist Monday. I am just wondering if there is anyone else out there that has gone through similar stuff. It's so frustrating for doctors to look at you like you are a hypochondriac because you go all the time and they don't find anything wrong. This new endocrinologist has been the only one to actually identify a possible problem.
If it matters...I am a 31 year old caucasian female. I have had heat intolerance my entire life. I am very pale and have thin skin. My eyes are sensitive to bright light. I have anxiety, depression and ADHD (all which may be due to a thyroid condition if we ever figure out there is one). I have always had trouble sleeping (staying asleep, especially). I can't recall a time in my life where I ever felt "well."
Thanks in advance for responses....much appreciated!
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