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severe mood swings, body aches, pains in head, chills, fatigue

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  • Posted By: mich2975
  • February 23, 2007
  • 01:50 AM

Please help me find a diagnosis. I am a 31-year-old women, and have been suffering with severe mood swings since my teens. I have been diagnosed from everything to depression, to bipolar II, to chronic fatigue syndrome. In addition to the rapid mood swings, I have physical symptoms, like tiny stabbing pains that move around my head, brain fog, fatigue, body aches, chills, stomach pain, and sometimes fever and swollen glands. The physical symptoms come and go, but the terrible mood swings are constant. I had strep throat a lot as a child, and had my tonsils out at age 12. I also have had three surgeries for endometriosis in my mid and late twenties. Please help me find a diagnosis. I am so tired of doctors just telling me 'it's depression.' I have real physical, flu-like symptoms at times, and they go away for a time, but always come back. I have been tested for lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, and have even seen an infectious disease specialist, who tested me for numerous infections and viruses. Please help me.

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  • I just read your blog and I am having similar symptoms. It started 10 yrs ago after my 1st child was born and they diagnosed me with hypothyroid. Medication helped some, but never felt like my old self. My doctor just kept telling me the physical symptoms were depression related. Mind you...I never felt sad or depressed, I just felt physically bad all the time. It has been quite a struggle the last 10 years, but my symptoms got even worse after my second child was born 3 years ago. I feel like I am going crazy, because I have always been energetic (ran 5 miles a day, did aerobics, etc). Now I can barely work out for 30 minutes and sometimes my body aches soooo bad, I have to take Percocet so that I can function and do day to day activities. I have been tested for MS, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, etc.... Currently, I am seeing a neuroligist (for migraines, and nerve damage), a uroligist (for constant bladder problems), and my regular physician. I totally sympathize with you. If anyone out there reads this and has any suggestions, or ideas..Please, please send them on. I am to the point where I feel like giving up.thanksmakemebttr
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 3, 2007
    • 06:14 PM
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  • I just read both your blogs. I have body aches, horrible raging mood swing, extreme fatigue, chills but no fever over 99.0. I also went through menopause two years ago -no periods - and I was only 42. I've been treated with Celexa for my mood swings. It may help a little but none of the other symptoms are going away. Now, I am really suffering from depression because of how I feel. It all started after the birth of my second child at age 39. I'M DESPERATE FOR HELP. My husband is so supportive but I wonder if he will eventually give up and divorce me. I can't blame him. I can't stand myself so I know he can't stand me!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 10, 2007
    • 06:30 PM
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  • Read everything you can on thyroid disease and become your own advocate. Then find a doctor who will listen to you. There are some like that out there.Here's several websites on thyroid disease which will help you understand it and how it is diagnosed.http://www.thyroidmanager.org/http://thyroid.about.com/It's important to know how it's diagnosed through TSH, Free T4, and Free T3 tests. Many doctors won't say you have thyroid disease, specifically hypothyroidism, unless your TSH is over 10. That's simply not the correct way to diagnoses thyroid disease. Any TSH over 4 is indicative of subclinical hypothyroidism. If the Free T4 is low or below normal, this is indicative of hypothyroidism. Though many doctors won't do the required tests to determine how ill you are.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 11, 2007
    • 06:24 AM
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  • I also have similar symptons, including severe back pain and heart palpitations. I feel a little better knowing I'm not alone, but certainly empathize with what you are going through. Just came back from my Dr. and she is checking me for Thyroid disease. She was the one who mentioned it. My sister has it, and apparently it is (or can be) hereditary. I'll know next week. Thanks to Dxd for the links. I went into those websites and found alot of good information.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 19, 2007
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  • Hi, I am a 21 year old female experiencing similar problems for the past few months. I began experiencing extreme fatigue, moon swings, body chills that make me feel as though I am sick and come on randomly, severe muscle aches and overall strange sensations in the body and ickiness. I practically drove myself to a nervous breakdown trying to figure out what was wrong with me but the doctors say I am healthy and ran all sorts of tests on me. They thought maybe I had viral gastro interitis since I had alot of nausea and reflux symptoms as well. When they ran tests on my they said my thyroid level looked a little elevated but that was normal for someone who is sick. I am home from the hospital now and am again experiencing the chills, ups and downs each day, fatigue and ickiness, although I am now on Zoloft for Depression and occasional ativan for anixety. If any of you who responded read this, could you tell me whether you finally got a diagnosis for your symptoms? I would really appreciate it!Thanks!IngridDJOPITZ@aol.com
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  • Hi i am new to this site and came across this post and your symtoms could be thyroid..please go back and tell them to test you..not just one but all. I didn't show up with it until I had a goiter..and that also happened after the birth of my son..they at first thought my depression and other symptoms (dry skin, hair loss,weight gain or loss, body aches, headaches, fog, ) there is more but I think you get the idea. I actually have Hashimoto disease. Its an Autoimmune disorder. Then later got Lupus too. But the thyroid is much more treatable..soo please don't give up.Tishmist:)
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  • I have been going through the same thing since last june and it just keeps getting worse, the pain and all the symptoms. they keep asking me if im depressed and i say of course im depressed i can't function anymore!!im depressed because of the pain(the aches have gotten much worse) not pain because of depression.I have pain all over, chills, just recently my hair started coming out,fatigue,and kidney problems.I finally went back to my old doctor who can figure anything out(hes not on my insurance so i had been going to a different doctor) and he should be in the office tonight and all my blood work should be back i have my fingers crosssed that ill be on my way to recovery tommorrow.ill let you know what he said. by the way when i was in the hospital, they did do a tsh4 test and it was 8 but they didn't even tell me i saw it in my records i was bringing the rheumatologist they retested me for that too.
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  • Please help me find a diagnosis. I am a 31-year-old women, and have been suffering with severe mood swings since my teens. I have been diagnosed from everything to depression, to bipolar II, to chronic fatigue syndrome. In addition to the rapid mood swings, I have physical symptoms, like tiny stabbing pains that move around my head, brain fog, fatigue, body aches, chills, stomach pain, and sometimes fever and swollen glands. The physical symptoms come and go, but the terrible mood swings are constant. I had strep throat a lot as a child, and had my tonsils out at age 12. I also have had three surgeries for endometriosis in my mid and late twenties. Please help me find a diagnosis. I am so tired of doctors just telling me 'it's depression.' I have real physical, flu-like symptoms at times, and they go away for a time, but always come back. I have been tested for lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, and have even seen an infectious disease specialist, who tested me for numerous infections and viruses. Please help me. Hi Mich2975, Many of your symtoms are consistant with natural b12 deficiencies. We have a full symptoms list over there. You sound a lot like me in many many ways. No guarantees but check it out. http://forums.wrongdiagnosis.com/showthread.php?p=89664&posted=1#post89664
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  • I have and am dealing with many of the symptons you have discribed. I am better than I was several years ago, when my doctor figured out that I have antiphospholipid syndrome. It is a somewhat rare immune disorder that cases the blood to thicken and develop clots. Believe me, it makes you feel horrible, but with treatment, you feel better most days. Also, along with thyroid issues, you need to have your para-thyroid checked. If you blood calcium levels are high, it is probably due to a para-thyroid tumor. Once this tumor is removed, your calcium levels return to normal and you will feel much better. Have your doctor check your calcium, vitamin D and cardio lipin levels and see if they are not within normal range.
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  • Please all try and find a Mind Detox Practitioner. I was cured of my PMDD after 28 years of suffering, and it was after only 2 sessions!See www.NoMoreMoodSwings.co.uk
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 10, 2008
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  • I also have similar symptons, including severe back pain and heart palpitations. I feel a little better knowing I'm not alone, but certainly empathize with what you are going through. Just came back from my Dr. and she is checking me for Thyroid disease. I have all the above... and what the two previous women stated... but I'm on treatment for hypothyroidism. argh! Any good answers yet?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
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  • QUOTE]Hi, my name is Kay, I have so many of the same symptons as you. Can you please tell me if you have a diagnosis yet? I've been going through this since June 2008. I'm ready for some relief. Thank you for your time! Kay my email is dkh0511@aol.com.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 20, 2009
    • 03:43 AM
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  • Hi, I am 24 years old and I am experiencing severe body aches along with mood swings and extreme fatigue. The body aches are primarily in my hands, arms, and my shoulder and collarbone area. The fatigue and mood swings are pretty much constant but the aches come in waves, they go from being moderate to very extreme. Sometimes I can not hold a book or the tv remote with out having pain. This has been going on for about a year and a half now and I have been to a doctor. She ran blood tests and said that I was fine. I was tested from anything from lyme disease to heavy metals. But she also prescribed anti-depressants. They made me feel so hopeless and depressed that I didn't want to leave my home. She says that I am in pain because I am depressed. NO I am depressed because of the pain and the tiredness. I am not the same person anymore. She pushed me to use Tramodol or Ultram for the pain and when the prescription ran out I asked her about refilling it and she said no, you may be addicted. I do not want the pain pills, I want to know what is wrong with me. If anyone has any information that would help it would be greatly appreciated, Thanks my e-mail is Daydreamin1528@aol.com
    Daydreamin1528 1 Replies
    • February 3, 2009
    • 08:53 AM
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  • Hi, I am 24 years old and I am experiencing severe body aches along with mood swings and extreme fatigue. The body aches are primarily in my hands, arms, and my shoulder and collarbone area. The fatigue and mood swings are pretty much constant but the aches come in waves, they go from being moderate to very extreme. Sometimes I can not hold a book or the tv remote with out having pain. This has been going on for about a year and a half now and I have been to a doctor. She ran blood tests and said that I was fine. I was tested from anything from lyme disease to heavy metals. But she also prescribed anti-depressants. They made me feel so hopeless and depressed that I didn't want to leave my home. She says that I am in pain because I am depressed. NO I am depressed because of the pain and the tiredness. I am not the same person anymore. She pushed me to use Tramodol or Ultram for the pain and when the prescription ran out I asked her about refilling it and she said no, you may be addicted. I do not want the pain pills, I want to know what is wrong with me. If anyone has any information that would help it would be greatly appreciated, Thanks my e-mail is Daydreamin1528@aol.com Hi Daydreamin, I do understand. I went through that runaround from the time I was in my early 20s until 54, after 16 years of being a total basket case, when I found the soloution. All of your symptoms may be becasue of specifically the two natural b12s and cofactors. You haven't mentioned anythjing that isn't and I bet you have a lot of other symptoms the docs dismissed as not significant. Come on over and look at the complete list of symptoms, signs and co-correlates for the b12 plus cofactor deficiencies. We have plenty of folks recovering from things that describe just like yours. As not all brands are created equal your odds will be better if you read up on what brands work over on http://forums.wrongdiagnosis.com/showthread.php?p=143042&posted=1#post143042. Come talk to folks and check out the complete method and specific brands that work. See if it sounds like you.
    Freddd 3,576 Replies
    • February 3, 2009
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  • I just read your blog and I am having similar symptoms. It started 10 yrs ago after my 1st child was born and they diagnosed me with hypothyroid. Medication helped some, but never felt like my old self. My doctor just kept telling me the physical symptoms were depression related. Mind you...I never felt sad or depressed, I just felt physically bad all the time. It has been quite a struggle the last 10 years, but my symptoms got even worse after my second child was born 3 years ago. I feel like I am going crazy, because I have always been energetic (ran 5 miles a day, did aerobics, etc). Now I can barely work out for 30 minutes and sometimes my body aches soooo bad, I have to take Percocet so that I can function and do day to day activities. I have been tested for MS, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, etc.... Currently, I am seeing a neuroligist (for migraines, and nerve damage), a uroligist (for constant bladder problems), and my regular physician. I totally sympathize with you. If anyone out there reads this and has any suggestions, or ideas..Please, please send them on. I am to the point where I feel like giving up.thanksmakemebttr*********Dear Makemebttr:I just came across your post and even though it is 2007 I am taking a chance in replying. I am having the same symptons (I also have weight gain and bloated stomach) for the last year and tests as well. Can you tell me what diagnoises the doctors have come to?Thanks,Looking4answer
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  • check your home for mold, too. my neighbor had all these problems and when she moved got better. then mold was discovered all through her old apt.. hair loss, fatigue, mood swings, always sick. hope it helps
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  • It sounds like you are going through exactly what my 8 year old is going through. I have been researching trying to find things to help him and ran across your article. Cole, is 8. He was diagnosed with hypothyroidism at age 6. He is on synthroid. Although the synthroid raises his levels to what the Doctors think they should be he has all the side effects of stomach pains, insomnia but yet feels tired, mood swings, body aches, headaches, feels foggy, inattentive and seems to be learning slower than children his age. Last year he was diagnosed with an Auditory Sensory Deficit which means he doesn't get verbal instructions, sounds more like the child who is in a daze and a fog. Thus far I have not been able to find a Doctor who will listen to me or not look at me like I have 150 heads. Almost immediatly following synthroid therapy the school, the school psychologist and pediatrician said he was ADHD. 4 medications later none of them work, however they just slow him down a bit because he is hyper. But they do not stop all the other symptoms like ADHD medication would normally do. I strongly believe if the symptoms of hypothyroidism would be address in children and adults everyone would be in less pain. Imagine how an 8 year old feels when they cannot even explain how their own body feels. It's sad. I don't think you or anyone else is going crazy. I think your hormone is telling your body many things that you cannot control. For an adult you can try Kelp. Amazingly, Doctor's say my thyroid is fine. However I have every symptom and then some. When I take Kelp most of the symptoms go away. It takes about 1 month to feel full effects. When I don't take it I am the sluggish , moody constant PMS person :). There is not enough info on Kelp for youngsters so I am still off trying to find something or someone who will listen. Good luck to you. Hopefully we will all find the answers we need soon !Please help me find a diagnosis. I am a 31-year-old women, and have been suffering with severe mood swings since my teens. I have been diagnosed from everything to depression, to bipolar II, to chronic fatigue syndrome. In addition to the rapid mood swings, I have physical symptoms, like tiny stabbing pains that move around my head, brain fog, fatigue, body aches, chills, stomach pain, and sometimes fever and swollen glands. The physical symptoms come and go, but the terrible mood swings are constant. I had strep throat a lot as a child, and had my tonsils out at age 12. I also have had three surgeries for endometriosis in my mid and late twenties. Please help me find a diagnosis. I am so tired of doctors just telling me 'it's depression.' I have real physical, flu-like symptoms at times, and they go away for a time, but always come back. I have been tested for lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, and have even seen an infectious disease specialist, who tested me for numerous infections and viruses. Please help me.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 27, 2009
    • 03:20 PM
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  • Hi, I am 14 years old. I was adopted as a baby. My birth mother had not spoken to her parents for years and could not know of any hereditary diseases that may have been passed on to me. My mother now has told me that since I was a child I have had severe body aching in completely random places and horrible headaches and migrains. This is still happening. I am not growing anymore and I know that it is not growing pains. I also have slight scoliosis. Before this year I have hardly ever gotten sick. Now, i'm sick almost every other week. I am worried i may have inherited something that my birth mother did not know about. Please tell me if its nothing and im just paranoid or if there is really something going on. please email, katy.wilson1@gmail.com
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    • December 3, 2009
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  • I am 61 with a goiter for the last 8 years. I do all the tests that my doctor requires of me including the needle biopsy. He says that my levels are fine but I never ask what they are. I have been developing extreme body aches and fatigue for the last six months. It seems to be getting worse. Of course at my age I thought that it could be just signs of getting older. After reading your symptons, I feel sure that the extreme aching is from my Thyroid. I will make sure my doctor knows that this is possible and hopefully something can be done. Thank you
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  • I'm 26 and like everyone else I'm happy to know I'm not alone. I thought I was crazy. My issues started last june. I'm so tired all the time. I use to work out 5 times a week, i can't make it ten minutes now. I have heart palpitations and a rapid heart rate. I have pain in my head, chest, neck and arms (not cardiac according to my doctor). I now have trouble with my hands and arms falling esleep when my I bend my arm at the elbow. I also have very severe mood swings. i'm a newly wed and worried for my marriage. I have been tested for Thyriod issues, heart problems, and now my doctor is sending me to a endocrinologist. I hope to get answers, I need answers.
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