Anyone else experience similar chronic illness symptoms?
May 20, 2014 1:19 PM Subscribe
Note: I am the patient.
Describing the symptoms is pretty difficult task but I will try to do my best. The patient has not felt normal since sometime in October of 2013. The best way to describe it is a feeling as if patient is about to get sick. That feeling as if a sickness is coming on but never really comes on. This feeling is often strongest at night and continues throughout the day and will be gone by night. This toxic/sick feeling that radiates throughout the body seems to come and go at times.
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For example some days it will be present for a few minutes and then seem to disappear for five to ten minutes until returning again for a few minutes. The sick feeling is usually about 2/10 or 3/10 in intensity. Aside from this toxic feeling, there are a few other recurring symptoms. The first is a pretty consistent sore throat. It is probably about a 2/10 in terms of intensity usually, so relatively minor, but nonetheless is present. The most troubling and possibly most present symptom is fatigue. The fatigue usually starts in the morning where even 8 hours of sleep is now not refreshing as it once was. The fatigue is generally fairly minor (maybe about 2/10) but the patient has had a episode every couple weeks of extreme fatigue. This fatigue comes on strongly and has forced the patient to bed in the middle of the day despite a full nights rest the night before. The intensity during these episodes is a 9/10. The episodes usually last 2-3 days before the fatigue drops back to it's usual levels of 2/10. They do not seem to be triggered by anything. The patient continues to work out when the fatigue isn't too strong and also run several miles. After exercise, the patient generally feels a little more energized, as opposed to less and also notices no increase in fatigue the day following a work out. The final symptoms are a sneeze and cough here and there, but they are not too common, but present much more than they were before this disease started. There is no fever present.
The patient has met with several primary care physicians, several ID doctors, a GI, and two endocrinologists. All doctors are stumped as all tests come back completely normal (including HIV, lyme, thyroid, mono, etc). The patient has seen a psychologist who has ruled out psychosomatic causes of all symptoms aside from the fatigue possibly.