So I've been having a series of symptoms that I really can't quite figure out. I don't want to go to a doctor just to have them tell me "it's nothing to worry about." So I was hoping someone might have some clue what could be wrong, if anything, and if it might be concerning enough to see a doctor. Or maybe someone has a suggestion of something I could try to improve my condition?
First off, I'm a 27 year old male. I consider myself fairly healthy - I am 5'8" and weigh about 135 pounds. I'm active in the summer time. I work outdoors on a farm which requires a lot of physical exertion. I bike and hike often when the weather is nice. During the winter months I'm a high school teacher and also attend night school for a Master's so I do admit that I'm much less active due to lack of time and motivation during the cold months. However, although I may put on 5 to 10 pounds in the winter, I always lose it when Spring arrives and I'm active again. I'm not completely inactive in winter either - I like to ski and go on snow hikes frequently - so I'm not exactly a couch potato for 4 months - though I'm definitely not one who has a regular workout schedule.
Anyways, first off, I get random episodes where my joints feel very "dry" and like my entire body needs to be "cracked" to get relief. And my joints do crack - my knuckles, my toe joints, my knees, my upper back - even my sternum which lets out an incredibly horrific sounding but somewhat satisfying crack/pop. Again, this isn't something that occurs all day, every day - but when it happens it is noticeable. I find myself compulsively trying to crack or stretch certain joints to give my joints the relief they need. It isn't painful, but there is definite discomfort of some sort. Even after cracking the joints, it doesn't seem to go away - I still have the urge that the joints in my body need to be "lubricated" or just stretched or something to make me feel better. It's very hard to describe, but that's the best I can do. It feels almost like a compulsion - but I know it is brought on by a physical change in the way my body feels.
Now, when this happens, it is often accompanied by strong fatigue. My eyelids get heavy. My brain gets fuzzy and it becomes hard to concentrate and I crave an immediate nap (which I'll take if possible, but I often can't due to a busy lifestyle).
Then sometimes, this fatigue is accompanied by thirst. I get very thirsty. So I'll drink pure water. Then I have to urinate and I still feel thirsty. So I drink more and it seems that no longer than 15 minutes later, I urinate it all out - pure, clear urine. So it's like I "feel" thirsty, but my body isn't actually thirsty. It's weird. Sometimes the urge to urinate comes on very suddenly and very urgently - like I have to go right now and can't hold it very long.
This "episode" seems to happen more in the evening. It sometimes happens in the daytime. It never happens in the morning.
I don't have any other health problems that I'm aware of. I do admit that I live a very busy, very stressful life. For instance, tomorrow will be my first "day off" since the end of May. I worked 7 days a week during the summer and have worked weekends through the Fall in addition to my weekday teaching job. So I do work a lot which I know is enough to make anyone feel tired. I often don't get enough sleep at night due to high demands at my job and my schooling. I probably average about 6.5 hours of sleep each night on week nights - though there are times where I get less. I rarely get much more than that except on weekends where I sometimes can get in 7 or 8, however I can say, I often have trouble sleeping much more than 6 or 6.5 hours at this point. Even if I want to continue sleeping, I often can't stay asleep. On a regular basis I do often wake up at least once a night - so my 6 to 6.5 hours of sleep are not uninterrupted.
I have had emotional issues over the past 2 years dealing with a long-term relationship that went sour (I was cheated on after 7 years together) and depression does run in my family so I've considered that this could somehow be related, but the symptoms I've described here seem too odd to be caused by depression - at least not depression alone.
Perhaps a few things are at play here, but I've tried to offer the best description to maybe hope to get any feedback on what might be the problem or what solutions I might try. I can say this for certain, I am convinced I don't feel normal and whether this is could be a diagnosed condition or just a symptom of the way I live my life, I know I want to try to make it better.
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