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Vague Symptoms

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 24, 2007
  • 02:18 PM

Please give me some direction. I've been exhibiting vague symptoms for some time and its becoming more troublesome. First, I am a 37 year old female who had my thyroid removed several years ago. Generally, other than the thyroid issue, I've been pretty healthy most of my life. Here are my sysmptoms:

Dramatic weight gain - in 1 year I've gained about 70 lbs. This is largely due to increased appetite. I feel sick if I don't eat often.

Irritability - it is interferring with my work and personal relationships. I am always angry and cannot control my temper. My behavior is often surprising to me.

Joint and Muscle Aches - I am always sore. The joints in my hands seem swollen and sore. I have back pain, pain my legs, pain if I lay in the same position too long.

Fatigue - I am extremely tired and find myself needing naps throughout the day. I have a hard time waking up and fall asleep early in the evening.

Mild Confusion - My memory is not very good - both short and long term. This is also affecting my work because I need to keep track of details.

Skin Changes - My scalp is very dry, my hair thinning, my face breaking out.

Headaches - I don't get headaches all that often but there are times when I get a sharp stabbing pain in the front of my head that travels to the back of my head. It lasts about 5-10 minutes and in pretty intense. However, they come in cycles - most days it doesn't happen at all, but when it does it occurs several times over a period of a few hours (maybe 5 times in 2-3 hours).

Digestive Issues - Flatulence, diarhea, bowel urgency, stomach pain and nuasea, occasional painful constipation

Shortness of breath - Having a hard time doing simple things I used to do with ease, like climbing stairs, carrying boxes, dancing, taking a brisk walk.

Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated. I talked to my doctor several times but he doesn't think these symptoms are worthy of additional testing or refferal. My quality of life is seriously diminished by these relentless symptoms. Also please recommend next steps - what tests I need, what kind of specialist might deal with these issues, etc.

Thank you!

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