Posted 8/31/2018 7:19 PM (GMT -6)
Sorry for posting in this section (just joined and am not sure where the right area is, I also just posted in the chronic fatigue syndrome section), I'm just desperate and I'm worried if I might have chronic fatigue syndrome or another physical ailment. Basically my question is, how do you tell whether chronic fatigue is due to depression or another physical ailment?
In addition to bad fatigue these past few months, I've also had a lot of weakness in my legs (sometimes they feel shaky going up and down the stairs), frequent headaches, some slightly painful palpitations (but it's usually only like one/two skipped beat/s at a time) and more recently, frequent dizziness/nausea/bad balance. Routine blood work came back normal and I've been told not to worry, and that perhaps these symptoms are due to depression. However, while I have felt down sometimes this past year, I have started seeing a therapist (who did not diagnose me with depression), and my mood has been getting better while my physical symptoms have gotten worse. Could this possibly still be due to depression? I'm worried that it could be due to something else, but because it's assumed to be due to depression it won't actually be alleviated/will get worse.
Have any of you guys experienced this? How did you guys discover that you had chronic fatigue syndrome, or depression, or etc?
I'm frustrated because I can't get referred to have more specialized tests to rule other things out, since I've been told twice that I'm probably having all of these physical symptoms due to depression (Also worried that this is a gender stereotype?)
Thank you for your time.