teenage girl fatigue

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i am 15 and fro the last month or so i have been tired literally constantly no matter how much or little i sleep. I have muscle aches all the time and i get out of breathe so easily its ridiculous. I have little to no motivation to do anything. etc. why could this be? 

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    At this point, if you've had no medical tests, it could be anything. Please get to a doctor and have a complete blood workup. If all tests come back negative, see an ME/CFS specialist. It is possible that you have that illness, but it is a diagnosis of exclusion--after everything else has been ruled out. There is no specific diagnostic test for ME/CFS. One big symptom of the illness is postexertional fatigue. In other words, do you get exhausted after doing the most minor activity? Like taking a shower? Sorry you're going through this. Don't let anyone tell you it's in your head, or that you're being lazy. You have to advocate for yourself and get a proper diagnosis.
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    It does sound like it might be ME but because you're so young you have a very good chance of recovery. As Jackie said find out and if you have it and if you do make sure your family know as much as they can about it so they'll support you and give you a chance to rest! Lots of people recover from it. razz
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      Yes, Georgie is right. I recovered. It is slow, it takes patience and perseverance. However as Jakie says rule out everything else. Even so I was treated for for something that did not need treated, although it saved my job for me. ME was not a acceptable diagnosis in my day. Be persistent. It takes toughness of mind even when you are weak in body. I wish you well. Keep with the formum. Here is where you will find friends, comfort, encouragement and information.
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    Hi Selena,

    Poor you.

    The easiest way of explaining this is that hormones control over 400 of our bodily functions.  I can really empathise how you feel as have exactly the same.

    If you look up hormone imbalance you will see that chronic fatigue is part of it and the muscle aches etc. etc.  Which I suffered from.

    Obviously at your age they are fluctuating widely.  But also if you have gone on a pill or had an implant etc.  It really could have up set the apple cart as it takes quite a few months for any thing to get in to your system and the same with hormones settling down at this age.

    I can recommend a good book on this for you, written by a professor in this field.

    I didn't start my periods until I was 15 and they wanted to put me on the pill to sort this out but I couldn't take it.

    I hope this helps - and if you need any more info here.

    Mel Xx

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    Hi Selena;   I can see you are concerned, and have probably been reading this forum page.  However,  if you have only noticed the tiredness for a month or so, perhaps yoy should first see your GP and have a talk/checkup..there are other conditions, like Glandular Fever, that can also cause similar symptoms.  (even anaemia, which is quite common in women/young girls who are menstruating)...think about it..talk to your mum (if you can)...and firstly see tour local GP and have blood tests, mouth swabs etc....let me know how you go..Bron

     

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    Don't mean to butt in and the advice you have given Bronwyn is spot on, but your local GPs are not geared up for all the appropriate blood tests needed.  There are certain blood tests that need to be done at certain times and also the levels that they hold on their computers, some are not really correct.

    I have had numerous tests, especially when I was too tired to even get out of bed with the GP's finding nothing - which I know is common in a lot of cases, and that is when I did extensive research and found the professor I am under in endocrinology.

    You can ask your GP to refer you to one, but it has to be in endocrinology and hormones and I found mine from the pituitary organisation.

    I hope this helps.

    Mel Xx 

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      thankyou Mel; yes this i also agree with.  An Endocrinologist will study your Hormone Levels; and just not your oestrogen/testosterone; but thyroid and other hormones that regulate your body.  I think we all hope that you do not have ME/CFS, but something that can be treated successfully.  Please let us know how you went, and also please remember, not to give up....I was once a person who followed some doctors blindly, until I realized that they  too are only human, and "don't know everything"; so you keep looking/researching - you can find sites on the computor where you can enter your symptoms, and find some direction; but don't jump to a Definitive Diagnosis without ruling out other causes.   I have also learn't that there are some herbal medicines (even Horse Raddish and Garlic) that assist our immune system, enabling us to fight other bacteria/viruses that bring us down. You can also consult an Homeopathist - some of these practitioners have worked in both general medical and have studied more of the Chinese/Asian medicines which can prove to be very effective.  Please keep in contact, and let us know how you go, as we can also learn from your experiences.  Talk soon  Bron
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      Hi there Bronwyn,

      The book that was past to our family through the medical profession is actually written by a professor in endocrinology.

      Our hormones control over 400 of our bodily functions and are actually our bodies building blocks.

      If they are out of balance - be it stress etc. etc. or like us a hormone imbalance runs through our family then the symptoms are numerous and actually this is where ME/CFS comes from and if you google hormone imbalance you will see it says about CFS.

      I am now on everol conti patches which have helped with the high hormone fluctuations through menopause and get my life back.

      I have used Homeopathist etc. etc. when they left me in a mess after IVF - but in the long run you have to resort to what I did - as my hormones actually gave me a psychosis - which is medically substantiated by the professor I am under.

      I know girls that I have helped who have had those 5 year implants and were suffering with bipolar symptoms because of them.

      Hence my training in neuro chemistry.

      I agree with you about GP's but the problem there is rather than admit they are out of their depths - they just fob you off with things like you are just over anxious about your health etc. etc.  I had a massive battle - but thank God due to research and the family history got my hands on this book - which pointed me in the right direction along with the pituitary org.

      If you look at my discussions - you will see how many people do suffer.

      Lots of women have breakdowns going through the menopause - those darn hormones can take us that low.

      This is a subject that is so close to my heart - hence extensive research - training and wanting to give people help - where for me there was none and to point them in the right direction to get there lives back.

      At 39 I was on the scrap heap as couldn't even get out of bed.

      Now back to living a normal life - albeit limping through the menopause.

      Big hugs Mel Xx

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      Melanie, I'm not sure where you are going with this letter to me...do you think that I am not supportive of the lady who is suffering from her symptoms?  Yes I have been through a lot of issues with all sorts of problems ( menapause, CFS starting with Fibromyalgia, osteoarthtrites, hysterectomy following many years of endometriosis and laparoscopies for same.etc...stress++  sometimes feeling depressed as not knowing what was happening to me and trying to understand my husband and a daughter with BPD..and the list goes on with even the normal probs of raising a family, and working full time in an ED).....I would never not feel and understand how another person is feeling...however, from your personal reply, I get the impression that you are telling me that you  think I do not understand this lady's issues, is that correct,?  Please forgive me if that is how my piece was taken, as I always only try to pass on my lessons that I have learn't from my experiences, and the best treatments that have kept me going.  I hope that you can reply and assure me , as I do believe all that you have said and do encourage her to have her hormone levels checked...for many reasons, as you say, our hormones direct the remainder of our inner organ functions. 
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      I also agree with you re "having hormone Rod Implants", as my son has a female friend who uses this type of contraceptive, and Yes...there are times when she is very moody, almost is another person..hence your statement re Bi-polar...and I worry re her, as her mother is Very Depressed  to the point that she becomes suicidal.  I don't remember suggesting that this lady use The Hormonal Rod....I said that after menopause, I use an Oestrogen Peciary (looks like a tampon, and is inserted into the vagina), to relieve the Dryness of the Vagina, and also protects against vaginites, vulvulites and other bacteria that causes irritation, eg thrush...
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      So sorry bronwyn - you are really supportive and have a great logical approach to your suggestions and empathy.

      At a loss as to what you mean???  Read it again and still can't see what you are obviously seeing.  Sorry again.

      Just posting what I have been through and the lack of support that I got - don't really want to post all the damning things that have happened to me under GP's as I could have taken it a lot further - but due to the fact that my mother was quite high up - I wouldn't as I do respect there a lot of good GP's out there - and the one I am under now after research to find her is absolutely brill and the prof. too.

      Just trying to point people in the right direction due to all that I have learnt and been shown.

      A lot of girls around 15 are even having coils fitted etc. - so I was just covering all angles as obviously at these tender ages, even though some GP's categorial state these things don't do this, they do.  But one girl I was helping they actually wanted to add more hormones to her and get her in even worse mess.

      Hope this reassures you.

      Mel Xx

       

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      p.s.  Bronwyn just saw your comments about acupuncture - oh boy could I tell you some things about that, but basically when I had it to help with those darn hormones - the guy put me in hospital and I know lots of other people that have had real bad side effects too.

      They don't publicise that it basically pushes our nervous system to get our brain to produce endorphins and like drugs can give you a nice high feeling - but on the way back down - oops.

      Have worked along side mental health as well in working with vulnerable adults and they are finding out things like this are actually brining out peoples anxiety!!!

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      Hi Mel; yes thankyou, it does reassue me that we are both on the same path.  I think that as we are both so passionate about trying to ensure that all get the right help form the right people/doctors etc, that we can over-read/re-act to those who are here with us...I appologize for any mistakes that I have read into....and yes,  I, too, am very against any form of long-term damage to our body's hormones, as they are needed for regulation....sometimes I even wonder, is this the reason for the increased  need for IVF?  are women using/taking the Easy forms of Contraception (as in the Rods), and of course, they will "Turn Off"  the body's natural hormones...and I also have witnessed the Severe Mood Swings of young girls who are using this method, and don't know how to advise them, as they are not my daughters/patients/clients....

       

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      Hi Bronwyn,

      I totally agree with you.  Once you have read that book it will give you a greater understanding of things.  But basically the only thing that links with our bodies is natural oestrogen all these chemicals we are putting in to our body is unbalancing them.

      The professor has categorially stated that IVF totally messed me up - due to the fact that my ovaries were just hyper and they couldn't control them.  But I already knew that they left me in a mess and I was left high and dry.  Produced 28 eggs in 8 days. 

      Mm the trouble with trying to advise people is unless they come to you, they think you are just interferring - as when we are young we think we know it all!! Guilty as charged.  I suppose I was lucky as couldn't take the pill - but then my ovaries run riot since they kicked in.  Just made me even more hyper.

      However one way is to let them self discover and I know if you google hormone implants and biopolar symptoms you will pull up lots of things as one woman I helped told her doctor that after having the merina coil fitted had terrific anxiety - but her GP told her that wasn't possible so after talking to me about it googled it and was horrified so getting it removed. This was 8 years later!!!!

      So you can but point them in the right direction as lots of people I know that have had them fitted have ended with breast cancer as well.  I took one of my best friends through breast cancer - going to chemo etc with her and you would be horrified how many youngsters are going through it.

      Keep up the good work and I hope and pray you find more answers for you to get back to good health and get your life back.

      Mel Xx

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      p.s. just googled it you will be amazed.  Thread in here actually.  14 Years on tablets.  patient.info and The Implanon. The truth about Implanon.  That one is a blog on it.  Good luck. 
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      oops sorry it was some one else that asked for the book that is written by a professor on endocrinology on hormones.
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