1. Extreme fatigue (i could and do sometimes sleep for days at a time, which is one reason my marriage is suffering. I can be up for just a couple of hours and feel exhausted.)(by the way, it isn't my baby either, she sleeps all night and has for awhile now.)
2. Depression, anger, very very easily agitated, health questiony all the time
3. Severe headaches, very sharp pains in head
4. Abnormal weight gain, can't lose no matter what I do. I hardly eat, I exercise normally, but still gain. Not typically a big person either. Have always been on the slim side.
5. Excessive sweating
6. No sex drive whatsoever
7. Trouble falling asleep even though totally exhausted
8. Forgetful (i have always had a superb memory until lately)
9. Dry skin, hair
10. Muscle/joint pain
these symptoms are all very severe to me and real. If anyone could offer any suggestions as to what may be going on, I would be forever grateful. I don't what my family to have to suffer because of this anymore.
Have you had any feedback? Please let me know!
They are sending me to an internal medicine doc but I don't know if it will help. I weigh over 200 lbs now! I am not depressed, but I sleep between 10-12 hours a night and still feel exhausted all the time. If i sit still for too long, I will fall asleep. I have mood swings and react terribly to minor situations. I can't exercise because even the slightest activity exhausts me.
If anyone gets answers, please respond here. I feel helpless. No one will listen to me, they think I'm just a lazy person who has gained weight and wants it to come off magically. I know something is terribly wrong inside!
Also, you may want to see an endocrinologist. They specialize in autoimmune disorders, such as hypothyroidism and diabetes.
Doctors can be great, but they can also miss the obvious. Ask your doctor what tests they performed, ask questions, do research, and become an active participant in reaching your diagnosis.
I have cut back on my food intake, even though I have always eaten healthily and was never an overeater. I have been hiking (hills, etc.) for an hour a day for three years, and STILL I continue to gain weight. The hiking is becoming more difficult because of the fatigue. My normal adult weight is around 130 pounds on a 5'7" frame. Several years ago when my thyroid was intially overactive (I have Hashimoto's thyroiditis, which can initially cause the thyroid to become overactive, then later to become underactive), my weight dropped under 115 pounds. While many people would have been overjoyed, I knew there was something very wrong and that this was not healthy. I went to a few different doctors, who all assured me that I was perfectly healthy. I was not diagnosed with Hashimoto's until years later, even though the thyroid antibodies showed up in my very first labs.
This is so frustrating because I have been told that 150 pounds is in the normal weight range for someone my height and age, even though I have reiterated to these doctors that this weight is not normal FOR ME, not to mention that even after one or two naps I can still barely manage to remain awake during the day.
I don't want to have to wait until I'm obese before someone finally decides to help me address this problem. I'm willing to do whatever I have to do, but first I need someone to identify the cause of my problem!
I appreciate any insight anyone can offer. Thanks.
My spouse gained weight...while eating very little, became depressed, battled fatigue, and irritability, occassional collapse, and in general not feeling well. Body pains, were a side effect of lack of proper sleep...all stages in order.
You may sleep alot but if you have sleep disorder your ability heal and rest are impaired.
After sever sleep studies...it was discovered...narcolepsy and mild sleep apnea.
Once on medication, weight, mood, health, energy returned to normal.
Just a thought..it took long time to weed out other illnesses
Read the book adrenal fatigue by James Wilson. He has a website called adrenalfatigue.org
Find a good reputable homeopathic dr that believes in adrenal fatigue.
I know a lady that used to run marathons and could get out of bed a year later, 30 lbs heavier. They told her she had ms/ chronic fatigue/fiber myalgia and the list goes on. She went to a homeopath and they had her 30lbs lighter and running 10k a month later. Very interesting stuff.
I suppose that was completely unhelpful to you unless it suggests why you're having a problem., i.e., does nothing to solve it.
and I have had all sorts of tests, seen 12 doctors; checked for Lyme's, thyroid, liver functions, kidney functions, heart, DEXA scans, MRIs, XRAYS, diabetes, sed rate - you name it! They finally told me I needed anti-depressants. Well, I actually believed one dr and tried them and it sky rocketed my blood pressure plus there was no relief of all the symptoms you mention. I stopped everything and went to an MD who also practices homeopathic in cases where it will get results. He ran a food allergy test IgG and I have 28 food sensitivities. I was on the newest diet where you get rid of all your foods and start over with yogurt, cottage cheese, wheat EVERYTHING, whole grain EVERYTHING, fruits & veggies. I was eating 25 of those 28 foods almost daily. It causes me to get so tired, my joints (I honestly thought my fingers and knee were broken at one point) and extreme weight gain. I also take a breakfast shake daily called UltraMeal Plus 360 (chaulk full of vitamins) for metabolic and adrenal support. He had me add 3000 iu of vitamin D daily, and 1000 mg Calcium, digestzymes after each meal (until I heal my digestive track from the inflammation caused by these foods). I have never felt better. I have gone from doctors thinking I am making it up / crazy to actually knowing what I need to do. Today I hurt and am tired, but I also ate several bad items in the last few days and this can take a week to get back out of my system... but it was cake and I decided the sacrifice was worth it! :-D Here are some examples of what I have learned:
eggs or citrus of any kind (mind you egg is in everything!!) - inflammation causes knee pain - if I eat too much of it my finger joints are also inflamed.
beer or any brewers yeast (this is a tough one!) - brain fog extreme which I lovingly call "food hangover" - I can't focus on the task at hand, general brain fog, ADD like symptoms and if I really have a night out I also get the inflammation mentioned above.
bread or yeast / wheat of any kind - inflammation mentioned above, fatigue
I could go on and on .. but the short story here is that discovering it was simply food sensitivities which cause inflammation was SO helpful.