Posted 9/10/2014 5:39 PM (GMT -6)
I have been suffering with chronic fatigue since I was 14 years old; I am now 25. It has gotten significantly worse over the last couple of years. I've had SEVERAL lab tests done over the last few years; actually, I just got more blood work done less than a month ago: inflammation/C-Reactive protein, auto-immune, thyroid, cell count, hormones. I've gotten checked for Celiac, allergy testing, etc. Everything came out normal.
My symptoms consist of:
* Chronic fatigue. I just want to sleep all day. I can fall asleep at any given time of the day despite now many hours I slept the night before. This has been going on for 11 years.
* No energy
* Chronic dry eyes - this is one of my worst symptoms I have been suffering from for about 5 years. I've tried EVERYTHING - about 10 dry eye specialists, plugs, Restasis, OTC drops, inserts, moisture goggles, stop wearing contacts//stick to wearing glasses, warm compresses, a procedure called LipiFlow, massaging, etc, and nothing helps...not even temporarily. My eyes are just as dry with contacts as with glasses, and there is DEFINITELY a correlation between fatigue and the dry eyes. When I am more tired, my eyes are a lot drier.
* Brain fog: This symptom came about a year ago. I forget what I'm saying in the middle of my sentences. I stumble on my words and sounds like I'm honestly dyslexic. I forget easy grammar, such as where apostrophe's go, or if it should be are/is and things like that when I am talking or typing. I over-think and get more confused. This is very embarrassing and frustrating.
* Terrible anxiety: I've had this for years as well, but I am not depressed. I have a wonderful, supportive family, amazing friends, a great job working with children which is what I always wanted to do. I think suffering from all of this has made me this way.
I've tried yoga, acupuncture, changing my diet to gluten free/less sugar/more green vegetables, seen countless doctors, go to bed early, exercise every single day, so many different vitamins, etc. I like natural treatments.
The only concern I have is my Ebstein-Barr Level. I got checked for it in Dec. 2011 and my level was almost 600! It was off the charts! Doctors didn't seem concerned as their response was: 99% of people have it and there is no cure and that won't cause all of your symptoms.
So I don't know what to do!