Who else is sick or has health stuff ...

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Who else is sick or has health stuff ...
Mon, 05-07-2007 - 11:32am

Who else is sick or has health stuff going on?

  • I have been disgnosed with a chronic condition
  • I have been diagnosed with more than one chronic condition
  • I have had odd vague SX for a long time, but thought it was poor diet/ exercise
  • The doctor told me it was "stress" (or some other BS)
  • I have been to several doctors, no DX
  • I don't have a chronic condition, but I catch every bug going
  • I am never sick
  • I probably qualify for my own episode on"Mystery Diagnosis"
  • I did have problems but resolved them with... (please post)
  • Other (please post)

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Fri, 05-11-2007 - 11:54am

DE-PRESS-ION. Both dh and I suffer from it. I manage it with exercise, healthy eating, journaling, long phone conversations and now, mood stabilizer. Dh manages by long hours on his computer playing games and brooding...

Definitely huge history of depression on both sides of our families, also super brainy folks. But until Malcolm, no history (that we know of) of any ASD. We'll see moving forward, so far no cousins either.


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Fri, 05-11-2007 - 11:52am

I just seem to be tired all the time. I try eating well and exercising and it does help. But there are some days that I eat less well and just don't feel like going for a walk (or don't have the time) and I feel like crap most of the morning.....until after dinner and then I feel great. I'm thinking of putting the little one into daycare or preK in Jan. when he's 2yrs 9 months a couple mornings a week so I have some time to paint. I hate to have to pay someone so I have a few hours to get some painting done. But by the end of the day, after homework, getting Sam to his appts., dinner, bedtimes...etc I really don't feel like "working" on the nights I'm not actually going to work (I work retail a couple nights a week and weekends.) I'd love to get my freelance illustration thing going so I can quit the night time job, but it's difficult to do and that is getting me wayyyy down on top of the everyday challenges I face with Sam, school and a hot tempered 2 year old. DS #2 is still very sweet though and makes me want to have another one - I must be insane!


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Fri, 05-11-2007 - 12:17am


Edited 2/19/2008 11:03 am ET by littleroses
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Fri, 05-11-2007 - 12:06am

I've got a few ideas of stuff that might be going on with me, but sometimes I'm feeling great and like it would be a waste of time to see a doctor.

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Wed, 05-09-2007 - 11:38am


Edited 2/19/2008 11:04 am ET by littleroses
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Tue, 05-08-2007 - 11:20pm

I voted resolved my problem with.... diet and exercise and lots of understanding about food.

well, about 1 1/2 yrs ago I was having knee and back pain, constant allergy problems and fatigue and headaches. I went to the Dr. He said, "well, you are a bit over weight, your blood work came back ok, but your glucose levels are very low." Hypoglycemia (I'd been Dx w/ it before). I met w/ a dietian. She also told me things I knew already, but wasn't doing. I was getting a 'quick fix' for my hypoglycemia by eating sugar. My body craved it I ate it. So... I went on a very strict diet for about a month. No added sugar at all, high protein, low fat and whole grain diet-- Lots of green veggies very few fruits due to the high sugar content. I lost 10 lbs in a month. I felt a bit better. Then I started adding in fruits and a little sugar. I went back to craving sugar. So, after that little sputter-- I went back to the strict diet. This time I lost 5 lbs and added back the fruits even more slowly. I have been on the restricted processed sugar part of the diet for 9 months. I've lost a total of 30lbs (still 10lbs higher than I'd like to be-- I'm 5'10" and weigh 155lbs). I also started reading food labels. I have cut out most food additives-- this and the better diet have helped my headaches immensely. It has made my digestive system work better. My skin, and hair look better now, too.

I also started a better exercise plan, including both aerobic and anaerobic exercise.

I started taking a multivitamin and B6, B12, and folic acid because the dietian said too many women are deficient in those.

I was doing so well until about 2 months ago. I've had chronic back problems since I was pregnant w/ my 2nd child (1993). I have been working a lot at my sewing machine and haven't been particularly careful about an ergonomically correct work station. That and some heavy lifting left me almost unable to function 2 months ago. I went to the Dr. He did some xrays and suggested physical therapy and chiropractic rather than surgery. I have problems w/ the SI joint on both sides and also have lots of calcium deposits and bone spurs on the lower vertibrae. So, I'm still seeing the chiropractor, but I'm moving a bit better and doing my exercises, but still haven't gotten back to my regular exercise routines.

A couple of times I have had a sugary dessert or something w/ food additives but I really notice how it makes me feel so I don't think it's worth it to be tempted. I managed to sit at a PTO meeting tonight w/ 6 sugary desserts in front of me and not even be tempted-- it's just not worth it to feel awful for the next 24 hours and then crave more sugar.

I finally realized when I started looking at 39 that I wasn't young anymore and my body isn't young either. I need to take care of myself so I can take care of everyone else. Nobody is going to do it for me.


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Tue, 05-08-2007 - 7:20pm

I voted other...I battle depression on and off. I'm currently under treatment for it but need to switch to a new antidepressant as the current one doesn't seem to be cutting it anymore.

I feel like I have a cold or sinus infection every other week (of course I have 2 kids in 2 different school so it isn't like that's a big surprise). But it drags me down and of course my kids are sick at the same time so I don't get enough sleep.

Of course I never get enough sleep cause my kids are just bad sleepers. Go to sleep but don't stay asleep, even the NT one. If I could figure out how to get melatonin down their gullets I would try it. And even if they do sleep through the night by some miracle I can't sleep through.

And I just feel tired and worn-out. My doc who isn't an idiot or a jerk says that it is from exhaustion (no kidding) and from being overweight and not taking care of my body. I know that if I went to see him again he would do the right thing trying to figure out what's going on. I just have to make myself do it which I don't want to cause I don't want the weight and cholesterol lecture. Oh yeah, I have high cholesterol too.

He says he has kids and understands but I don't think he truly gets it cause he isn't the mom who is in charge of the kids 24/7. And he doesn't have a kid with ASD.

Okay, I think that's enough for now.



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Mon, 05-07-2007 - 8:28pm
I'm 7 months pregnant and feel like garbage, physically. But even non-pregnant, I do have issues with chronic fatigue and depression.

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Mon, 05-07-2007 - 6:11pm

I'm on the list for a Mystery DX episode too, lol. As well, there were lots of things on the poll that I could have checked off, but I would have needed multiple chances to vote.

I've been dx'd with multiple chronic disorders. So many in fact, that when I got in with my current dr he frowned over the 'synopsis' of my health record, set it aside, and didn't look back. Well, except when he needed a base record for a test he was running. He basically started from scratch, with fresh eyes. And he's been the only dr that's actually HELPED me in any way, shape, or form, not just jumped to a conclusion and rx'd drugs. The first thing he did was get me in with a nutritionist at the Mayo Clinic. She started me on a diet that was designed to cater to my family medical history, not what was 'in fad' this year. For instance, breast and skin cancer run in my family, so she added 3 servings of cabage and 2 servings of white fish per week to my diet. Animea (of various kinds) also runs in my family, so 3 servings of red meat, 5 servings of dark green veggies (preferably raw), and 4 servings of citrus went onto the list. I'm extremely underweight, but my grandfather died durring a triple-bipass, so she spent a few visits educating me on healthy fats and unhealthy fats. Milk fat is not as evil as many people think, but fats from red meats are still the root of all vileness in the universe. Extra virgin olive oil is god. Bread can be made BadFat-free without tasting like cardboard! I', 6' tall and weighed 121 lbs when I first went to see her. That's 34 lbs under base healthy weight. It's 16 mo later and I now weight 146 lbs. Still underweight, but making progress (and feeling much better!).

My dr sent me to her, and to an appliance specialist to discuss appropriate and realistic safety gear for my beakable bones, to a physical therapist to learn new ways of moving so I was less likely to need said gear, found a charity that paid for my van to be fully outfitted with handicapped controls so I could drive again, sent a letter to the power company so I'd qualify for a disabilty discount on the grounds that my environment must NOT drop bellow a certain temp, sent me to a sitdown with a pharmacist to help me plan out when I should be taking things.... key note here ladies, don't take your calcium and iron suppliments at the same time as they interfere in each other's absorbtion, give them an hour between.... and all SORTS of stuff.

Basically, though even my current dr can't actually figure out what's wrong with me, he's not waiting for a dx to start treating the symptoms. And he's not ruling out all those possible dx's that are supposedly 'impossible' for one reason or another. Okay, so he can garauntee me that I don't have prostate cancer.... But he's not ruling out menopause even though I'm only about to turn 35. (see, even my brain's going, I thought I was already 35)

But basically, I'm a frail little old lady trapped in a young looking body. My conective tissue is shot systemwide and geting worse, the cartalige in my body is breaking down at record speed, and my bones are so frai I've broken feet by simply standing up. My teeth are falling apart and falling out, and no fix has held for the last 7 years. I have shunts in my mouth to keep down the number of infections and I'm thinking of buying stock in Listerine Pocket Strips cause I take them so often to help keep the bacteria level in my mouth down. Okay, that sounded bad... lol, it's not that I have excess bacteria in my mouth, but rather the regular amount, which is causing my teeth to decay more rapidly and it gets into all the little cracks and causes infections. I tire very, very easily and can get hit with sudden unexplained pain in multiple parts of my body that temporarily cripples me without any notice at all. Makes shopping an adventure! YEHAW! Nothing like suddenly hitting the floor in Blockbuster because some invisible imp just shoved a flaming hot sword through your hip and twised a few times to wake you up, and give the 24yo behind the counter cardiac failure.

OKay, anyhoo, that's not all that's 'wrong' with me, but now I have work to do, and this is already long winded. So, I'll go.


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Mon, 05-07-2007 - 6:03pm

I get a sinus infection every Spring and every Fall.

I take Claritin (or something similar) when I remember, but I always miss the crucial time around when the weather changes, and I start getting allergy symptoms. Then I just hope it goes away until it turns into a sinus infection.