I'm not sure if I posted this in the right area, but this is the closest thing I could fine.
My name is Joey and I have been having quite a few medical problems the past few years. Before I get started, I'll give you a little background about
myself. I am a 23 year old male, 5’10”, 160lbs. Before this, I haven’t had any major medical issues, and have been very healthy most of my life. The only diagnosis I’ve had before this was a slight case of ADHD.
It’s hard for me to decide where to start, but I guess I’ll go from the beginning. I am sorry if this all over the place and/or it is confusing. Please feel free to ask any questions.
In September of 2011, I started getting sick, quite a bit. I was getting a lot of sinus infections and had a few cases of tonsillitis. I started seeing an ENT, who was giving me antibiotics to help get rid of the infections. I made sure to follow the directions to the dot. After I was finished my script
, I was feeling better.
However, in December of 2012, I got extremely sick, with an infection, and something else, which cause me to be in bed for a few day. This is where all the problems begin. After I finished my antibiotics, I was feeling better, but not 100%. I went back to my doctor, and he said the infect went away, but we made sure to schedule a follow-up appointment to make sure. I went back, and everything checked out, but I still was not feeling well.
From there, it went downhill. I started feeling worse and worse over the next few months. I kept following up with my doctors, but they couldn’t find anything that was out of the ordinary. In August of 2013, I ended up getting a surgery on my nose/sinuses to help with my breathing and the infections. I can’t remember the exact names of them, but I know I got a rhinoplasty, a balloon sinuplasty, and something to clear up my nasal cavities. I assumed this would help me sleep better, and feel better, but it didn’t. As time went on, I kept feeling worse.
I’m skipping a bit here, because nothing major happened. I assumed if I just waited it out, I would start to feel better. After about
a year, in November of 2014, I still kept feeling worse. So, I went back to my doctors, and he ordered a sleep study. It turned out that I had a moderate case of OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea). So I went to a special, who gave me a sleep machine. That didn’t help, because I kept pulling it off in me sleep. I talked to my ENT about
other options, and once he did a Sinus Endoscopy, he recommended that I get an Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP). We decided that this was the best option for me. I got the procedure done in March of 2015, and I am still not feeling any better.
I have got a ton of lab work done, including CBC’s, Most of my hormones, and got checked for quite a few different diseases. I just got an MRI, and have an appointment scheduled with my Neurologist to go over the results. I also have to schedule another sleep study to see if my OSA is cured or not. I have more labs to get done, as well.
Does anyone have any input? I am not sure how much longer I can take this for. I work 45+ hours a week, and when I’m not working, I’m just laying around because I am so exhausted and just generally feeling unwell. I used to be a very active, social person. I’m starting to get REALLY depressed because of how debilitating this is. It’s been very difficult to get my stuff done because of how tired and crapty I feel all the time. It takes me forever to get lab work done, I miss appointments quite a bit because I don’t feel like getting up, my car and my house are messy because I don’t have the energy to clean. I have so much stuff I need to get done, including a ton of financial stuff, as well.
This is the complete opposite of who I am. I have always been a happy, outgoing, fun and energetic person, but now, I don’t ever socialize, I never have energy, I can’t keep my own stuff clean, I barely get by at work (and, again, I used to be a really motivated person who would go over the top to impress someone).
I am BECOMING depressed and anxious from feeling like this all the time. I am worried that I will never feel better and just become a lazy, unmotivated, mean person. I don’t want to hear about
how this is probably depression, because I’ve heard it enough, and I know it’s not that. I’ve even already tried so many anti-depressants, just incase anyway.
If I keep going in the direction that I am, I am probably going to end up getting even worse from all the medications I am taking, but I have to take them just to get by.
Also, my symptoms include:
- Brain Fog (like a cloudiness in my head that prevents me from thinking). This is the worst one.
I used to be great at math, but now it’s difficult for me to do a simple problem. I can’t think of words (tip of the tongue) all the time.
- Can’t concentrate
- Pressure on temples. Like something is pushing through my temples and poking my brain.
- Sore muscles (especially my legs by the end of the day, and also in upper back)
- Trouble falling asleep
- Depression/Anxiety from feeling unwell
- Memory Loss (Short term most, but long term as well)
- Waking up tired/unrefreshed
- Reduced Sex Drive
- Extreme Irritability
- Changes in personality
- Temperature intolerance
- Impaired or “Dulled” Emotions
- Frequent and Difficult Urinating
I can't really think of anymore at this time, but there are probably a few more.
Please help me. Any type of input would be great. I don’t know what to do and I’m getting to the breaking point. Any suggestions at all would be appreciated. I was thinking of trying to take some time off work to try to figure out what’s wrong, and so I can stop taking so many meds (time to withdraw). Also, so I can catch up on my personal stuff, but I can’t bring myself to do it. I need the money, and I would just feel so bad if I did. And since I am a young “healthy looking” young man, I doubt I could get any doctor to support my decision.
Thanks for reading,
Post Edited (ViaJustJoe) : 1/14/2016 1:59:17 PM (GMT-7)