Since having my daughter (Sept 2010) I've had some pretty strange things happening to my body. I've been researching a lot lately since I've had some new developments in these symptoms. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated. I don't like to feel like a hypochondriac and its hard to get anyone to understand what's going on!
At first I started having lower back pains. I ignored them and a few months later I started having terrible abdominal pain. It felt like someone had sucker-punched me in the gut! It was constant and doubled me over. One morning I started to bleed both in urine and stool. I became really concerned and went to the ER. They referred me to a gastro doctor who did a colonoscopy and gastro endoscopy. He also did bloodwork. Nothing came back abnormal. He thought it was IBS. I assure you this is not what it was. The only symptom I had in common with IBS was stomach cramping. Again, I let it go and gave up thinking I was blowing things out of proportion.
In the past 6 months I've started to lose weight for no reason. I constantly eat. I get comments from people all the time because they see how much and how often I eat yet I never gain weight. I've always had a high metabolism but have always weighed about 130-135lbs. Since this past September I started losing weight. I weigh 114lbs on a good day. I am not bulemic or anorexic. I haven't changed my diet at all. I assumed maybe I'm udner a lot of stress. Having an 18month old while working and going to school isn't easy. My doctor thought maybe I was overly stressed and ADHD so she put me on adderall and zoloft. I took them for about 4 months and weened myself off after reading all the horror stories about ADHD meds. Not worth it. I don't think thats the problem anyway.
In the more recent months I've developed the following: short term memory loss, severe bruising on my legs for no reason (bruises the size of my hand and others smaller all up and down my legs) I'm cold all day (we set our thermostat to 73 and I'll be dressed in layers head to toe under a blanket still cold) sweating at night, extremely tired all the time and sleeping 12hrs a night plus naps and never feeling rested, constant achiness all over my body, I'm always sick with something, shortness of breath sometimes (I will literally have to make myself sit down and breath at times) 2 weeks ago I had a terrible neck cramp where I couldn't turn my head and it lasted for well over a week, sore throats frequently, all of a sudden I can't wear my contacts anymore (my eyes reject them and I've been wearing them since 2006)I've had a dry cough for months that usually disappears for a couple weeks and comes back, no energy, my face is so drawn and pale and I just look sickly (naturally I'm very pale but this is exceptional) I always get headaches, I have a rash on the back of my neck that is starting to spread and itch (had it since 2006 but it never bothered me or gave me cause for concern) I get light headed and dizzy all the time, and I have some serious anxiety (always assumed since having my daughter that anxiety was part of being a mom but this is different).
I don't know what is wrong but I can definitely tell something is. I am going back to the doctor this afternoon to talk to her about it. Its hard to explain this to anyone since my bloodwork came back normal and so did the tests. We all know our bodies....and I know I just don't feel good...ever. I've never been anxious/depressed or had any of these other problems before. Maybe I am overly concerned but since waking up with huge bruises on my legs, I've gotten a bit more worried.
Did your Dr check your Thyroid? A lot of your symptoms can be related to thyroid and its very common especially after childbirth for your thyroid to go out of whack. I had graves disease (thryoid disorder) so this is from experience and it plays havoc on EVERY aspect of your body - and can account for a lot of your symptoms. Just a suggestion
Yeah they did check it about 6 months ago cuz thats the first things they thought when I was showing extreme weight loss. It also runs in my family except my mom, aunt and grandma all gained a lot of weight (not sure if thats over or under active thyroid). I'm hoping to hear back Monday on the blood work they did today. Maybe 6 months ago my thyroid was not as bad as it is now and didn't show up in the blood work or maybe I'm anaemic (sp?) now and wasn't then. Who knows. My doctor did say that the rash on my neck looked like melanoma and I have an abnormally shaped mole on my leg she ssaid is concerning as well. She's referring me to a dermatologist and if necessary an oncologist.
Thanks for you suggestion!! I really hate waiting and not knowing whats going on so I'm fishing for ideas of what it could be!
I am currently experiencing everything you are its like reading something I should of written! except the rash is just happened this past week and its like hives, every night covering my whole body.
I went to 2 docs they told me allergy to something, stress and I work too much! Im terrified to push them for blood tests but Im going to do so this week..
keep me updated with how you're going!
I ended up having blood work done and it turns out my vitamin D levels are very low. They are at 12 and they should be between 50-150. I don't know if this is the answer to all the problems I've been having but I am starting on a Vitamin D supplement and so far I have had some improvement! I'm going to continue this treatment and see where I'm at in a month or so.
I've had all these issues and more and turns out its an allergy.. Wheat.. Self diagnosed because I was feeling that way too, like a hypochondriac.. You or anyone should look into celiac disease.. It's an underlying illness that gets overlooked and causes many diseases. many doctors don't test for it. Sometimes tests come back negative and DNA test needs to be done because it is genetic.. hope it helps