Fatigue and memory problems

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Hi everyone,

Im new to this forum so not sure where to post this exactly. I have been struggling with so much the past year. 

It started with a minor back pain then I started losing interest in studying, going out, getting dressed etc. Then I started feeling tired all the time no matter how long I slept I would wake up super exhausted. I tried all kinds of hours from 4 to 10 hours of sleep nothing worked. I started taking vitamins, eating vegs and fruits and drinking lots of water. Nothing made me better. I got worse. I have trouble doing everyday things. I am at the point where every part of my body hurts and I have no energy. The pain is kind of like achy/sore. And sometimes I get muscle spasm (like a pulling pain) in my back, right arm and legs. Besides being extremely exhausted and in pain I am now having memory problems. I cant remember anything anymore, I get forget little things, have trouble recalling names ( I forgot a coworkers name whom I have been working with for years) and not just that I occassionally forget things that I never had trouble remembering. And new information does not get in my head (I had a great memory, I would remember the little things from years). So of course my memory problem is giving me trouble in college. I am barely passing my classes because of my memory and fatigue. Also, in the morning my hands have no energy and takes quite a while to be able to get up and get around. My neck hurts too. 

In short, my entire body hurts, my back is in extreme constant pain,no energy, fatigue, muscle spasm, memory problems and loss of interest due to tiredness.

A little info about me: No medical history, all regular blood tests came out normal( glucose, cholestrol, ana, thyroid), and I am over-weight (obese). I know my weight can contributes to all this but I dont feel its the main problem causing it. 

Any idea whats going? 

Thank you for taking out the time and reading this.

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    Since all your tests have come back negative, you might consider seeing an ME/CFS specialist. Your symptoms do sound like this illness, including the memory problems.
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    I've just read your post and it could have been me who wrote it, our symptoms are exactly the same.  I've not been diagnosed with ME/CFS but do think I have it.  I'm 72 and also obese, but don't think this is the problem causing it, rather the other way round.  I was always very slim, mobile and just couldn't put on weight even though I tried because I thought I looked too thin!  

    But this all changed around age 65 when these symptoms began.  The weight has gone on since then.  Giving up smoking around that time may also have affected the weight gain, but again, I don't think it was the whole cause.  

    I'm just about getting to the end of my tether with how I feel and I seem to be losing my temper with everything and everyone which is taking its toll on my marriage now.  It's a small comfort to know we're not alone in our suffering.

    i've been to the docs on a number of occasions with the varying symptoms, but like others, they seem to treat the individual symptoms rather than the whole problem.  All tests I've had have come back normal.  

    For various reasons over ther years, I don't have much faith in doctors any more.


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      I, too, seem to be having problems with my temper lately. I don't actually lose my temper, but I find myself becoming very intolerant of people. I keep these feelings to myself, but it's so unlike me. I think this is happening becauseI'm just so alone almost 100% of the time. I don't have the energy to talk to or to be with people. By the way, I assume you've had a complete thyroid workup, including T3 and T4 levels? Because low thyroid is very common with ME/CFS and can result in weight gain.
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      I have previously had my throid checked and it was OK but not for the last 9 months!  My doctors have changed from doing 6-monthly check-ups to 12 monthly (my next one isn't until June 2015!) and I haven't had a fasting blood test since November 2013.

      I did try Thyroxine about 3 years ago but it didn't seem to make any difference to how I felt. 

      My doctors' surgery is going from bad to worse in how they look after their patients!

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      Sorry about your doctors' surgery going from bad to worse. I think that, for the most part, the entire medical profession has let us down. There is little research being done, we're told it's all in our heads, and we're left to deal with this illness pretty much on our own. I do give what financial support I can to research.
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