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Hello, i am a 18 year old male who is constantly dealing with fatigue and weakness so badly that it has led to my complete withdrawl from society. Ociassionaly i get hot flushes
(every 3-4 months) that also comes with a feeling of pleasure/calmness that feels really nice. I have had all basic blood tests done (no hormonal ones) and they all have came back fine. When the hot flashes occur it feels
like something is getting released/ happening in my body's systems that is causing this and the intese pleasure to happen(tingling like feeling in head and butterflys in stomach).
I always have aching thigh muscles that when used feel like they are taxing my system too much causing my heart to pound/flutter and make me out of breath on minimal exertion.
I also have severe anhedonia/ apathy that has caused me to be lifeless and not enjoy anything i do (the only break i get from this is when i get the hot flashes).
After the blood tests came back fine the doctor sent me to a psychiatrist who i had been under for over a year, intially i was fine with this as i thought i must have some sort of physical depression causing the anhedonia and my physical symptoms. However, it didn't take long
for me to reliase that i didn't have depression, as the symptoms i have didn't match any diagnosis of depression (only one symptom which was the anhedonia did). I also didn't feel sad which
i know isn't always present in depression but would have put me in a very small population of people who have depression but who are not sad. Never the less, i went on multiple antidepressants
such as: amitriptyline, prozac, sertraline, quetiapine and an anti convulsant with depression allievating properties. i was on each medication for atleast 6 weeks but none of them did
anything, which now doesn't suprise me, but back then i was thinking that the antidepressants could stop my fatigue, thigh pain and exercise intolerance. But i now know depression can't
really cause things like breathlessness and thigh pain/fatigued so an antidepressant wouldn't be much help. i also went through therapy, but i also didn't get a response. The main symptoms
i exerperience are very physical in nature and therefore i believe i am dealing with a physical condition.
I think i should also mention that i sleep for very long periods at night even though i spend most days not doing much. On average i spend about 10 hours a night sleeping. 10 hours
is well above the average amount of time of 7-8 hours, given that i do very little in the day this is clearly not a normal amount of sleep for me. Thinking back, i actually slept
less during my peak of puberty (7-8 hours) and was able to get up and go to school fine. Also if i were to get up after only 7-9 hours of sleep the pain in my thighs would be very
severe and also i would get heart palpitations on the smallest exertion. This causes me to feel extremlly weak and i simply just cannot function (i feel like i am about to faint). If
you recognise any of my symtoms or think you know what might be causing this please inform me as my life is quickly slipping away from my grasp.
Thank you for reading.
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