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Sick and Tired

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  • Posted By: Delisha
  • September 22, 2008
  • 07:24 AM

Hi - I am a new member and hope that someone can help me with some suggestions. I have such a long list of symptoms, so please be patient. I have chronic fatigue, insomnia, no restorative sleep, muscle cramps, joint pain, puffy hands and feet, persistent and worsening dry cough, excessive weight gain, choking, breathlessness, chest pain, attacks of epigastric pain accompanied by severe vomiting and fever (which has necessitated trips to the ER). I have been referred to various consultants for some of these symptoms, but no one has ever look at the whole picture and I now believe that there is a connection. I have not really been well since I had a ruptured appendectomy resulting in peritonitis and pneumonia and a month long stay in hospital (2001). My weight has steadily increased since 2002, but at an alarmingly increased rate over the last year. I stopped smoking in September 2003 and at first thought my weight gain was due to that, but the rate at which it continues to escalate has me very worried as my diet does not account for it. (I have gained approx 60 pounds in 5 years and 40 of those in the last 2 years!) I had a partial thyroidectomy (because of a benign tumor) in 1979 but have always been told my thyroid levels are "normal". I presently have another lump on my thyroid which is scanned every 6 months and aspirated occasionally. They are reluctant to operate again and I am happy with that decision. I had an abdominal hysterectomy in April 2008 necessitated by fibroids. I have a hiatus hernia and acid reflux but have been told that this reflux is not the cause of my cough. I have chronic arthritis. I have done some research of my own and have suggested to my doctor that I may have hypothyroidism, hyperparathyroidism, ME or fibromyalgia. I went for blood tests on Friday and am awaiting results. I want someone to look at the "whole picture" rather than bits and pieces. Any suggestions/feedback would be most welcome.:)

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