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Date Joined Aug 2011
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   Posted 8/31/2011 11:36 AM (GMT -6)   
  I have been posting a thread on the gerd portion of healing well. My recovery from the TIF procedure had been slow for some reason. Went through many days with diarhea and no apetite period. Then when I described my symptons which included extreme fatigue, no stamina and light headedness and dizzy to my surgeon, he ordered some blood work and an EKG. The EKG showed nothing though I really do not think much of the accuracy of EKG's, I do see a cardiologist annually so I feel I am sort of safe there. The blood work showed an abnormally low potassiun level and some thyroid problems.
 3 weeks later I returned to work but only made it 2 days, again dizzy and a "sinking" feeling when I did any activity, I was sent back to doctor who did a vitamin and mineral blood work up and nothing showed up. By that time I had written down all of my problems and symptoms for him, which helped. He ordered a thyroid check, B-12, Vitamin D, Testoerone and just on a hunch Epstein Barr. The testosterone was low, the vitamin D was low and to my complete surprise I have Epstein Barr.
  I have no idea how I contracted this, I have no idea what I can do but I definitely want my life back. I have no inclination to retire at 52 years old but I also know I can't go to work in the state I am in. Doctor has ordered me off work 2 additional weeks, put me on zoloft and vitamin D and come back. Is 2 more weeks of rest really going to make a difference? There is so much confusing info on the web that I really hesitate to read any of it. Any advice?

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Date Joined Dec 2010
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   Posted 9/4/2011 3:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hopefully the two weeks rest will help. I don't know much about it but think it's like grown up mono....but it can become chronic.

You mentioned your thyroid. If it is underactive, like mine, medication will help combat fatigue. As in my case and yours we have other conditions causing fatigue - but when it was first diagnosed in me I didn't have other problems and it did help.

Getting your vitamin D levels up will help too.

Advice, take the zoloft and D. Try to rest the next 2 weeks. I want my life back too and know how it feels.
Hysterectomy 1996, UC diagnosed 1997 - 1st surgery 11/2/10 colonectomy, 2nd J-Pouch take down 12/29/10, incisional hernia surgery 7/5/11, Restless Legs syndrome, Sleep Apnea,
Fibromyalgia diagnosed 1998, GERD diagnosed 2005, Morton's Neuroma diagnosed in both feet 2011 (symptoms 8 yrs)
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