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Hello, my name is Philip and I'm 21 years old. Over the past several years I've been having some really bad health issues. They are making my life utterly miserable and I don't think I can take it much longer.
I've been having a boatload of symptoms for a long time. I know they have to be related somehow but, despite my frequent docotr visits, I've had no luck with a diagnosis. The long list of symptoms:
-I've been majorly depressed for the past 6 years of my life and no amount of medications or changes in environment have seemed to help.
-The depression never comes without huge mood swings. Out of nowhere I'll have a sudden mood swing that will consume my whole self. I'll get violently angry, break things out of my control and then 5 minutes later be unbelievabley sad.
-Overwhelming fatigue. I've spent entire days just laying in bed because I didn't have enough energy to even move. I've had to skip out on meetings with friends and family because I literally didn't think I could walk.
-Hair loss. I started loosing huge amounts of hair at age 17. Medication helps but now it's getting really bad at age 21. The hair loss isn't normal though, it will come out in chunks and not just on top, I'm almost bald all over my head. I've also been getting really bad dandrif lately, giant chunks of skin falling off.
-Head aches. I've had a non-stop headache for almost 3 weeks now. The doctor told me to try anti-inflammitory drugs but they didn't help. The pain is not bad but it's constant 24/7 and it's getting worse.
-Bowel problems. I've been feeling sick a lot randomly and have been having an excssive amount of painful bowel movements. Sometimes I can't even get food through my system before my body shits it out.
I've beeing trying for years to find out what's wrong with me. I've done extensive blood work for abnormal thyroid levels, they came back normal. I've tested for anemia, normal. I tested for several auto-immune diseases, normal. Vitamin deficiencies, normal. I went to a "functional medicine" doctor who recommended improvements in diet. I've been off all gluten and dairy products for month and have been eating a diet of only fruits, vegetables, and meat. Nothing! In fact, my symptoms have gotten worse! My mood swings are getting so strong that I don't know if I can control them much longer!
Please help! I see no hope for the future if I can't figure out what the hell is wrong with me! Whatever this is, it's ruining my life.
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