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I have not felt "well" for many years, probably since I was about 22, I am now 34. Whenever I go to my GP it has always been diagnosed as "depression and anxiety" as my moods do fluctuate, I am also very tired all the time. Not just a "bit" tired but like I could sleep on a pin. The tiredness comes and goes.
In the past 2 years I have also developed reoccuring shingles, my skin which was always flawless is "sh*t" (my Mothers words ..) with dry red sore blotches especially on my face. I also have coldsores all the time, my hands swell up to the point where I can't wear my wedding ring, I carry a lot of water and find it hard to lose weight, my joints ache, sometimes my knees and legs ache so badly I can't sleep. I also suffer with a sensitive stomach and have been given an epi pen for the excrutiating migraines. In a nut shell I am 35 and feel like I am 100 .. in the past 2 weeks my hair has started breaking and my eyebrows are coming out in clumps.
I have had to leave my teaching job because I just could not cope with the tiredness and constant headaches / exhaustion.
When I go to my GP they presume it is all depression related and I feel like I am being treated like a hypocondriac , all they want to do is pump me full of antidepresants - I feel they have no effect.
I have accupunture for the headaches and the pains in my legs and it was actually her (a registered Doctor in China) who pointed out she thought I had Lupus. I had never even heard of it to be honest and am so worried about going to my GP and asking - what is the proceedure? I presume there will be blood tests. I just don't want to waste their time and wondered if anyone who has experienced the frustration of always feeling rotten and no one believing you had any advice?
Thanks in advance.
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