**UPDATED** 1/9/2007 I have come to the realization that lab work is worthless. What is a normal result? You have a number from 1-10. The doctor tells you, you're a number 3, so you're in a normal range. But... what if YOUR normal results are suppose to be 7 or 8? You would be on the low side. I'm no doctor, but this doesn't make sense to me. How can you accurately determine that someone is feeling one way from a test? You can't. Everyone is different. One person level is different from another. I believe I just need to find a doctor who is willing to treat symptoms, instead of lab work. This is going to be hard to find, but it's just another steping stone to take on this journey to get my life back.
I've been tired for the past 4 months (Started getting bad in Jan of 2006). I use to workout 5-6 times a week, ate extremly healthy, didn't drink/smoke/do drugs, I was getting a good 7-8 hours of sleep a night
I've been to 2 different doctors. Have had blood tests done, Chest X-rays, 24 heart rate monitor, EKG... and they cannot find a thing.
My doctor thought it might be depression, because during the months of October through January, I was very stressed, but I've been like this before. He put me on Paxil, which did nothing for me but
make me more tired. I went off it after 10 days.
I'm always tired, every day...24/7. It starts after 20 minutes of waking. I usually have around 20 good minutes of energy (around 80%), then I crash. It never fails, every day.
I don't have headaches, or sorethroats (not one). I'm not feeling sick, just very fatigued. The back of my neck is sore atleast 5 days out of the week, and my lymp nodes under my jaw line seem to be a little swollen. the only
other thing that bothers me, is my lat muscles. They're sore to touch, but if I push them in, they don't hurts.... just grazing them seems to feel sore. Almost like they're bruised.
The only thing that makes not sense, is when I took a 4 days vacation to Florida, I felt better (on the last day). I left on a Thursday, and came back on a Sunday evening. I felt GREAT!!!! Monday-through Thursdays, but when Friday hit, I felt
horrible again, and was on the couch all weekend. During those 4 days of energy, I was able to workout again, I was eating great again, and felt awesome.
I thought it was something in my house, so I brought a Mold inspector through... he found nothing. I thought it might be something else in the home, so I left for 3 days, and didn't feel any better.
I'm sorry, I know this is a lot to read, but I have no idea why I feel so tired.
(TESTS I'VE BEEN THROUGH AS OF 1/2/2007)
-Blood tests : EBV/CMV, standard blood panel, Lyme disease (Twice through LabCorp)
-EKG and 24H Heart rate monitor
-Pulminary chamber test for lungs
-Therapy : 3 different types of SSRI's (Paxil, Effexor, and Prozac)
-Mold tests in home. Normal readings, house in great condition
-Allergy test (skin injections) common and foods 1 and 2
-Dietary change (Multiple times)
-Quit using aspertame
-Saliva Test : 4 x's Coritsol and DHEA-S (BINGO!!!! This showed the problem. Low Cortisol all day). Here are the results
-ACTH/Cortisol/TSH/t3/t4/Testosterone (Blood work). All tests came back normal, however cortisol was borderline normal (5-25).. mine was an 8.
-24 hour urine test (Cortisol) - Oh look.. another normal results. My level was 27 (10-105)