Hi, I feel a little like a hypochondriac here but I was hoping I might get a little advice? For years now I've had a variety of non descript symptoms and didn't put them all together until my Mothers cousin and her daughter were both diagnosed with lupus. Now I have to wonder could this also be what has been plaguing me since I was a child?
As long as I can remember I've suffered with painful joints, usually in my knees and hips but also in my arms sometimes. I was diagnosed with psoriasis on my scalp when I was 11 as I had a thick rash, I was given some betnovate scalp application and told I would probably have it for life. It went away a little while later and has never come back since! I've always suffered headaches and occasionally I get a vertigo type feeling where I get so dizzy I can barely stand. Also about 12 years ago I started suffering blackouts and although they could never find any evidence of it, I was diagnosed with epilepsy. I stopped taking medication for it a few years ago and have only suffered one further blackout which was a couple of weeks ago.
I've also been diagnosed with post viral thyroiditis, as I was losing weight and was suffering acute hair loss. I have also experienced my heart fluttering and skipping beats, night sweats and vitamin B12 deficiency and mouth ulcers drive me crazy! I have mentioned to my doctor recently about my hair loss starting again, headaches, mouth ulcers and tiredness and she said it is probably just stress related as I've had a tough year or so. I can't help but feel there is more to it. I just wondered if I really am just a hypochondriac or could there really be more to it? Thanks for your help!