I'm a 29 year old female with2 kids. When I was a child i was sick alot w/ earaches and soar throats every month. I also felt tired and weak alot. I would have a hard time getting out of bed. It would take me hours to feel good. I would feel like this for a few weeks and then feel fine. My mom took me to my doctor a few times. They did blood work and never could find anything wrong. now that I'm older I feel this way almost all the time. The only medication that ever made me feel better was the pain pills I was prescribed after a minor car accident. I don't want to take pain pills for unknown illness. The pain pills just mask the problem not cure it. I have tried changing my diet and taking vitamins, but they dont seem to help. I just don't feel good about 5 days a week. Sometimes my body is sore or sometimes i feel sick to my stomach. Others times I'm just so weak changing my sons diaper makes me feel like I'm going to pass out. Any ideas of what doctor I should go to or what tests I should take?
Feel weak and tired all the time and doctor does not know why. Anyone else have this problem?
Added 2 May 2012:
I have had these problems since I was a child. They have just gotten worse as I get older. I'm about to turn 30, but feel like I'm about to be 80. My mother in law that just had a heart attack feels better then I do and has more energy. I have had many physicals and blood work w/ no answers. My next 2 steps is to see if it's hormones or fybermyalga. My body does ache most of the time but not to bad. Most of the pain being in my left shoulder and side of neck. Not sure if the body aches are a symptom or just from being to tired and weak to get enough movement trough out the day.
You should just see a general Dr, PCP or internist, whatever you want to call them. They need to run some general bloodwork like a metabolic panel, CBC, thyroid panel, Vitamin D levels etc. If everything looks fine, then you may have fibromyalgia. Are you stiff and sore when you wake up? Do you have painful "knots" in the muscles between your shoulders and neck, the back of the head/neck area, between the shoulder blades, inner elbows, hips, inner knees etc? These are prime fibro tender points. You describe pretty much how I felt in my 20's with fibro. Plus you have two little ones-that is enough to wear a woman out! Go ahead and get a good physical done. If they find nothing, ask the Dr about fibromyalgia. There are many ways to treat fibro but it does mimic other illnesses so you need to rule out other causes first. Keep in touch! There are a lot of us Fibro girls (and guys) on here!
Your symptoms describe several different illnesses and I would urge you to visit your Dr for more blood panels. I have hypothyroidism and it can actually take several years before showing up in the bloodwork. I've also had mono, which also exhibits a lot of your symptoms. This can also be diagnosed with a blood test, but you may have to mention it specifically to your Dr as it requires a specific test and won't show up on regular panels. Best of luck and keep us posted on your results.
I am going to throw this one out there as I am someone who has had complex health issues. I am low thyroid and supplement with 2.5 grains of compounded thyroid medication. I also take 5 mgs of hydrocortisone because my body doesn't make enough of what it needs.
How I got to the place that something was terribly wrong here was feeling a lot like you do. I was diagnosed with Addison Disease as well... hypokalemia, hypocalcemia, syncope... Behcets Syndrome. I am not attached to any one of these and probably misspelled some of them.
I read a book which is readily available at the library or from amazon called: THYROID POWER, TEN STEPS TO TOTAL HEALTH... The amazing program to help millions... conquer fatigue... depression... overweight... and other chronic conditions...
The authors are: Richard L. Shames, MD and Karilee Halo Shames, R.N., PhD
Reading this book was an eye-opener for me. What I took away from reading it was... how many conditions and symptoms are actually directly related to the thyroid and how well it is or isn't working. I couldn't believe it. The books takes many (easy to read) people's stories and their journeys through to better health once their conditions were properly diagnosed... mostly from an ill working endocrine system. I HIGHLY recommend this book to you which is written in layman's terms. There is a section at the back of the book which is written specifically for doctors. After I read the book... I took it to my endocrinologist with a list of questions which I gathered from reading the book. I believe I had my first ever open, honest and deep communication with my doctor because I had the right questions. Knowledge is power!!!
I am in better control of myself though I do still deal with issues... I no longer look at myself as a "sickly person"... I am a person dealing with issues! Big change for me and also helped me cope better. My outlook is everything so I am sharing this with you.
Peace and harmony to you and hope you take on this reading. It is fascinating and a good, quick read.
Best of luck and hugs,
Have you been checked for Lyme Disease? Even if you have it, a blood test might not come out positive, unless they are producing spirochetes. There is only one lab in the country that can give you a correct diagnosis, and that lab is in California. They can send blood to California BTW. Also, there are other tick related diseases that can cause the same symptoms. Sorry I am in fibro fog today, and cannot think of their names. But please ask your doc to check for those too. Best wishes, and I hope that you feel better soon!
i got the similar problems when i was young and doctors told me that i have ankilosing spondilities and every year is worst.. the only problem of this is too much pain but doesnt kill you the disease ; you have to learn to live with pain and be tired the rest of your life... good luck ,
@leolady, It's like you are writing my story! The ONLY relief is my vicoden (never more than 5/500 4 times a day) and that is no solution. I've done every test and NOTHING! I am 31 and this has been my life. I have a few suspicions... have you: ever had Mono? Were you ever abused? Or were you an accident prone child? some of my theories are that the mono wiped out my system (although wouldn't they see that on blood work?) or 'remembered pain'. the brain becomes trained to send pain signals and sends then as a response to everything. Or psychological pain manifest as physical pain because there is no other reasonable explanation in the brain... my goals, be able to keep a house for my husband, a good mother to my children, never take another pain pill for the rest of my life, and wake up one morning and say "i feel good today!"
Look into something called ehlers danlos syndrome.it would explain a lot of your symptoms.it may not be,but its worth looking into! I was diagnosed this year with it and I'm 30. I've had issues my entire life with no answer until I saw a chiropractor for my throbbing body.he suggested that I may have it.its a connective tissue disorder that affects a lot of things.its a mutation of the collagen making process.I finally got a diagnosis by a geneticist who now is sending me to all kinds of specialists.there's no cure... but there is treatments to try and help the pain.(my joints dislocate daily... sometimes without me even noticing)... good luck to you.hope you get answers soon!hang in there.please look it up and see if it sounds familiar.
Hi . I am 57 but back in my late 20's after suffering a minor accident I also started to feel very tired & had lots of pain. I suffered such bad migraines every day for 2 years that I wanted to die!!! I had two young boys to take care of so I had to force myself to function! I had & still have chronic neck & back pain. After several trips to my doctor & tired of hearing it was all in my head, I convinced her to send me to a specialist & I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia! ! I knew it wasn't all in my head because before all this I was very active & I went for long power walks & jogged & swam everyday , then after my accident I couldn't do the things I used to enjoy!!
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