What should I ask my doctor?
March 9, 2010 10:27 PM Subscribe
Years of fatigue and related symptoms. YANAD but what questions should I ask my doctor? What tests should I ask for?
For the past several years, I have been consistently fatigued and have had various other symptoms that could indicate anything from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome to thyroid issues to adrenal issues to anemia to a sleep disorder to depression. Assuming it is depression, I have spent years trying many different therapists and kinds of therapy, and several different antidepressants (prozac, wellbutrin, celexa, cymbalta). I am more than willing to keep trying different therapists and medications until I find a combo that works for me, but I want to unequivocally rule out all the other possible causes for my symptoms first.
Over the past few years, I have had bloodwork done several times and nothing abnormal has turned up. However, I just realized that I have only ever had my TSH levels tested, and not T3, T4, thyroid antibodies, etc - all the things that I am seeing recommended on various thyroid disorder forums. I haven't even had a chance to look up the recommended tests for the various other possible disorders. I have an appointment with my PCP tomorrow and want to be a strong advocate for myself. What should I make sure I ask my doctor about? What tests should I ask be performed? (I know YANAD, YANMD, etc, etc)
My symptoms include:
Fatigue (most deliberating, every minute of every day is an effort)
Feeling disassociated or foggy
Extremely poor memory (to the point where it is a running joke among my family)
Apathy / lack of interest in everything (even things I used to enjoy)
Weight gain (only over last 6 months, all other symptoms have been present for years)
Anxiety / panic attacks (possibly related?)
Sensitivity to heat and cold
Decreased sex drive and difficulty achieving orgasm