Since my full story is very long, I am going to break it down to save you some time. You may ask questions if you need more details to make educated guesses or suggestions.
I'm a man in my early 30's and I have been sick on and off for about 12 years, extremely so the last 8 months. I am pretty fit as I have been exercising regularly and eating extremely healthy for as long as I can remember.
I have done probably all tests doctors would ever recommend without finding anything special.
After being very ill for the last few months, I haven't been doing any exercise. The last month I was actually starting to feel real good again. I started working out in the gym and after just 2 weeks, I crashed. After everything I've tried changing in my life, I would never have guessed that exercise was the culprit that made me sick.
Here's the list of my todays main symptoms:
- Extreme mental and physical fatigue/lethargy for days/weeks/months.
- Having the need to take naps during the day despite of having long good sleep.
- Massive brainfog and cognitive impairment
- Very sore muscles (especially legs) 2-3 days after working out.
- Shortness of breath
- Constant Bradycardia (47-55 beats/minute).
- Occasional arrythmia (quick beats followed by pause).
- Stiff muscles and joints in the morning.
- Constant stiff and painful neck.
- Low libido for weeks.
- Occasional blurry vision, especially in the evening (washing eyes won't help).
Here most of the tests I have done that all showed normal with few minor exceptions:
- Testosterone (total/free)
- Cortisol (blood): showed elevated
- Cortisol (24h urine): showed normal
- ECG (showed bradycardia)
- Thyroid (TSH, T3, T4)
- Blood Culture
- ANA Immunoflourescent
- All diabetes tests
- C-reactive protein
- Spirometry and anti-astma medicine
- Lung and heart x-ray
- Yeah, even brain CT...
My latest doctor recommended me to try the Stress Test and I am waiting to be scheduled for this.
1) What diseases can make you sick long term when you exercse, even as little as 3h/week?
2) Are there any other tests left that you would suggest me ticking off?
3) Other thoughts/suggestions?
I am of course willing to give up exercise to live a normal life, but it would truly blow to not be able to keep the weight, and I also tend to get very stiff without exercise.
I am extremely thankful for any help I can get. I know time is valuable and I therefore consider those helping out on forums true heroes. I am even willing to donate money somewhere if I could be pointed in the right direction and figure it out. I plan to do a lot of charity in the future and help others who are trying to find their "health culprit".
Thank you for listening.