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I am nearly 3 years postmenopause and 52 years old. I know there is something seriously wrong with me but I don't know what it is and how to get help to treat it. I have chronic dry mouth where I get crusties at the corner of my mouth regularly. I am forever checking and clearing them off. (I know gross). I have had off and on itchy skin and especially scalp but it has become worse. It's not severe gouge my skin itching, it's just moves. I itch a place on my arm, shoulder, thigh, scalp, back, butt cheek, calf, feet, etc. I lightly scratch or rub and it moves to a different location. It's my face and neck and even my vaginal area, the creases between my thighs hands.
I don't have a rash that itches, it isn't red. It just moves through my whole body and driving me insane. I have had some itchiness for awhile but for whatever reason it has ramped up in the past week and it's making me crazy.
I also have terrible skin. A lump on my lower side of my right leg is varicose. I have spider veins all over. Carbuncle like bumps on my thighs and elsewhere that my doctor says is part of aging and not to worry. How can I not worry and feel depressed.
There is no end. I seem to either always have a vaginal yeast infection or BV. My blood sugar is fine. I take meds to control my blood pressure.
To top that off I noticed that the right side of my face and neck are larger than the left. Has it always been this way and has weight gain made it more pronounced? My gland on the right side of my neck between my ear and chin I can feel it. It was achy and I went to see my NP and she felt for my thyroid and said it felt fine and that those glands (my enlarged one ) are called shotty glands. She says it happens to try and fight off infection and she felt it was nothing to worry about.
Worry? Understatement of the year for me. Autoimmune issues? Lymphoma?
I have chronic health anxiety, but I also know there is something wrong with me too and I can't find medical personnel to really help me. The medical is seriously lacking in my area. My really great young Dr. quite her practice for whatever reason. Leaving me in the lurch. So I have been seeing her nurse practitioner and though I like her. I feel like I am forever making an appt and feeling like a hypochondriac because my issues aren't resolving and it's always something else.
Now I have this weird chronic itchiness. I have arthritis, and crappy skin.
I don't feel I can get any medical help. It is depressing that I have to start all over and find a new Doctor and try and bring them up to date with all that is me and all my medical issues.
This all over itchiness is driving me insane. I don't want to mask it, I want to know why it's happening. This is only the itching icing on the crappy symptom cake that is me. Some symptoms are chronic (long lasting or recurring) and worrying. Some are shorter term.
I am sorry for the lengthy whining rant.
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