Hi charismatic_irony and welcome. I'm sorry that you have been having symptoms for so long and that you really haven't gotten any answers. A lot of times when docs can't figure out what is wrong, they like to suggest that depression is causing all the symptoms. I was like you and knew that I wasn't depressed and that the only reason my mood was down at all was because I didn't have the energy to do the things I loved to do.
I can't really be of much help with stimulants and cfs - I haven't read anything about
it, but it's something to talk to your doctor about
In your checklist, you have a lot of symptoms of cfs, so it does look very possible that you could have it. I'm not a medical professional at all, but when I first got lupus symptoms, my doctor talked to me about
the possibility of having MS, which fortunately I didn't have. SOme symptoms of MS do include blurry vision, weakness and some cognitive problems (brain fog, memory, etc) and MS can cause severe fatigue. It's worth talking to your doctor about
if you haven't already.
As you can see, it's so hard to diagnose diseases with these symptoms because they are present in a lot of illnesses and it can be a long road by using the process of elimination.
Let us know if you have other questions. I'm glad you joined us and hope that you'll find support here.
Diagnosis: UCTD (lupus) 2006; Raynauds 2006; Sjogren's 2006; lupus symptoms began 2003; CFS 1991; Mono 1985
Meds: Plaquenil 400mg; Prednisone 5-10mg; Tramadol 100mg 3-4x daily;
Amitriptyline 10mg; Neurontin 300mg; Prevacid; Steriod Cream and Mouth Rinse for tongue and mouth ulcers; Hydrocodone 5/500 prn for severe pain; Restasis eye drops
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