I am an 18 year old female with no past or present physical medical problems, but I have been diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and mild Depression. I saw a gastroenterologist when I was around 16, and had an Upper GI series done, with no visible problems. My previous lower GI problems (bouts of constipation and diarrhea) pretty much cleared up when I eliminated all beef/poultry/pork/fish from my diet. I have no idea which, if any, of my symptoms are related. I'm hoping that someone can point in the the right direction, because I can't afford to see every kind of specialist out there.
Here's what I've got going on (sort of in order of onset):
1. Knee joint "crackling." When I squat, bending my knees more than 90 degrees, and come back to a standing position, my knees make audible cracking noises. I can feel it, and while it doesn't hurt tremendously, I really wish I knew what it was. Symptom duration: 10+ years
2. Headaches. Extreme tension headaches. I started getting these in 4th grade after carrying a lot of heavy books and hunching while I walked, as well as a lot of anxiety and stress of being in a special school program. I got terrible headaches almost daily, and continued to get them frequently for 3-4 years. Headaches have slowly spread out, from 2-3 days a week, to 2-3 days a month. While no longer a prevalent symptom, my tendency to get severe tensions headaches, that cannot be completely rid with ibuprofen, aceteminophen, naproxen sodium, OR aspirin, may be a symptom. Symptom duration: 9 years
3. Nausea w/o vomiting. What I can only describe as "waves" of feeling ill. Imagine a rollercoaster. The peaks are a feeling of wanting to vomit, the valleys are feeling fine, even hungry. That's what I get. The whole thing usually has a rapid onset (5-15 minutes, sometimes a bit longer, after eating) and peaks within 10 minutes, and slowly dissolves to hunger within 30-60 minutes. I can recognize the different types of nausea (that's how long I've dealt with it) and can prevent it sometimes (not drinking fruit "drinks," eating a non-sugary item after consuming a lot of sugar.) I was treated for Acid Reflux, but found very little improvement. Nausea has improved in the recent 2-3 years, but had extremely rapid onset. I was sitting in class one day and all of a sudden felt very sick to my stomach, and it faded after sitting in the nurses office for a bit. Symptom duration: 6 1/2 years
4. Orthostatic/postural hypotension. Honestly, I don't recall when I first realized that my "head rush" was out of the ordinary. I believe it used to be only when I got up really fast, but now, sometimes I'm a bit dizzy just sitting at my desk. I'm not diabetic, to the best of my knowledge, and I'm not on any medication that would cause this. When I sit up from lying down, or stand up from sitting, I get very dizzy, a little unsteady, and I have to close my eyes because of the dizziness and seeing spots before my eyes (sometimes my vision almost blacks out for a second.) All I can do is grab ahold of something and wait it out. Symptom duration: ??? at least 6 years, probably more, though.
Other, possibly significant sypmtoms:
-Balance problem. I can be standing, and all of a sudden I'll sway or start to fall to one side. I usually just say I'm a "spaz," but I started to notice, about a year ago, that I cannot walk a straight line unless I'm walking ON a line. Even then I wobble a little. I just assumed I was a little spastic, but this could possibly be an inner ear disorder? And I've been a "spaz" for my whole life, probably, but it's only been apparent over the past 6-7 years.
-Hot flashes/irregulation of body temperature. I've had no other problems that would point to a hormone imbalance (I have a regular menses) but over the past 2-4 years I've been having hot flashes. Almost always at night, I have to open a window and throw off my covers. Over the past month or 2, it's been very bad, and happened multiple times every night for about a week before I came home from school.
-Insomnia. Most likely unrelated to anything physical. Psychopathological insomnia. I think too much, end of story.
So that's it. Hope I haven't bored you to death. Thanks if you actually read it all. Even bigger thanks if you have any idea what's wrong. I know I should probably be tested for a lot of stuff (diabetes, hormone imbalances, etc.) but I've never shown problems on fasting bloodtests, and show no other symptoms that point to such conditions.
Hopefully I'm not the hypochondriac my mother thinks I am. And yes, I watch too many medical shows and know more medical terminology than most pre-med students my age.
Thanks for any help!!
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