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Nursing mom needs diagnosis: sudden excessive thirst, tremors

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 28, 2008
  • 02:26 AM

Please help diagnose my problem. Two weeks ago, on the day I began monthly menses, I was suddenly seized with excessive thirst, hunger, tremors, hypoglycemia that was hard to alleviate, intermittent muscle weakness, intermittent tension headaches, excessive urination and a few loose bowels.
In the two months prior, I got to be very sleep-deprived. I got up 2 to 7 times per night to nurse my teething baby, because I couldn't bear to hear him cry. I was not eating enough protein and having too much simple carbs. I'm 10 months post-partum, and 43 yrs old. I'm basically a very healthy person, until this.
I have since had nutritional counseling and am taking Metagenix glycemic support and vitamins. I don't get up with the baby anymore, we trained him to sleep through the night, and I cut back on nursing to just 3 to 4 times per day, supplemented with formula.
Some days were worse than others, and I've had a lot of blood work done to check for all kinds of things.
I've been seen by an ER doctor who believes my problem has to do with my endocrine system.
My nutritionist believes my adrenals are depleted due to the stress of no sleep and inconsistent diet.
My GP internist doesn't know what is wrong. He even sent me for an abdominal and pelvic ultrasound, thinking my liver and spleen were enlarged (NOT); all appear normal (I have a small umbilical hernia and stretched belly muscles, that is all).
All of my blood work appears to be normal (glucose 3-month panel, full thyroid panel, a few possible viruses checked, etc). My WBC is totally normal; however, in the differential, my #Monocytes were just slightly elevated (suggesting infection or inflammation) and my CORTISOL was elevated at 19 (6 to 18 is normal range).
I think probably I should be referred to an endocrinologist.
I am stronger and better, much so. But I'm not well yet. The hunger is MUCH relieved, as I'm eating 6 small meals per day, and careful to include protein and carbs and balance. I'm drinking much more water -- but off and on, I still get that horrible thirst for a couple of hours, just drinking water and peeing, as if I ate a salty pizza. I still have tremors, upon active use of muscle (not really at rest) which flares up. So I feel my blood sugar is under control, but I am still very thirsty and I get the tremors.
What is WRONG with me? And will it go away for good? Please help! I want to be strong to chase my toddler around, I want these tremors gone and an answer for this thirst!
God bless you.

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