I forgot to introduce myself so am editing this, sorry if you have already read it! I am 65 and retired.
I wrote a little while back listing my symptoms and someone (I think the administrator?) suggested I come back with results of private blood tests I was having done. Well the results are back and now I feel disappointed not to have any answers at all, but also confused as I did think my B12 level might have explained things but the vast majority of my figures were more or less in the middle of the reference range. I do have a low Lactate Dehydrogenase (212 (range 310-620), borderline/insufficient Vit D level (despite my being on a supplement and my GP saying only last week that the level was fine in a test a couple of weeks before), my B12 was 355 (range 191-663). I did wonder about thyroid deficiency as well but my Free T4 was 14.42 (range 12-22), Thyroid stimulating hormone was 2.350 (range 0.270-4,200) and Free T3 was 4.5 (range 3.1-6.8). The only strange thing was my Ferritin count which was high at 192.1 (range 13-150) and can't be accounted for by drinking alcohol or any of the other possible factors, but I am told by the GP comments that the high Ferritin is of little consequence.
I get symptoms of continual feelings of being under-par and exhausted, recurrent viral type illnesses resulting in chest/throat/ear soreness, the usual signs of a cold and swollen glands which come and go but my GP says no infection, hair loss, nails that are very poor and continually breaking, recurrent mouth ulcers, joint pain (diagnosed as fibro), tinnitis, vision problems despite new glasses, dizziness (diagnosed as vertigo), and shortage of breath and continual coughing when active or talking for long (diagnosed as asthma). I can sleep 10 hours and still feel exhasuted but do know that arthritis at the top of my spine causes me pain and may be interfering with the quality of my sleep. 9 months ago my health had improved drastically, I was walking 7m frtnightly with ramblers as well as shorter walks between times, had lost 21lbs weight, looked and felt really good. In October I had the flu jab and since that time have had 16 weeks when I have felt definitely unwell and the remaining weeks I have good/bad days but never feel fully well.
I wonder whether anyone has any thoughts or ideas please?
Sorry I have just realised that I forgot to say that I have a lifelong history of depression as a result of childhood trauma and that during the process of therapy to work through the past I re-lived a repetition and felt traumatised. I do not regret the process because it has enabled me to feel real and largely move beyond the depression - now it's more sadness about the effects upon my life now - but I did feel totally overwhelmed for a number of years. When I developed fibro I was not surprised as that fitted with my own understanding of my immune system having been overwhelmed.
If you do have any ideas or advice that will be great because like other people on the site I feel despair about the deterioration in my health over recent years and in particular over the last 9 months. I am not ready to be old!!