Hello, I'm new here and seeking advice after another frustrating GP appointment today. I've got tons of tedious symptoms:
Sudden, early menopause (HRT hasn’t helped)
Daily nausea and stomach issues (often extreme)
Weight loss and poor appetite
Headaches and facial numbness
Muscle twitches and tingling (periodic)
Weak muscles, easily tired and sore
Painful, swollen, stiff joints (hands, feet, back)
Exhaustion (sometimes severe)
Dizziness/spaced out feeling (most days)
Problems concentrating, remembering and thinking
This has all been going on and getting worse over the past couple of years or so. I've had lots of tests, but the only significant results so far are:
Positive anti nuclear factor
Low B12 - 166 ng/L (Jan 18) and 161 ng/L (June 18)
Lowish ferritin - 17 ug/L (jan 18) and 15 ug/L (June 18)
Endoscopy clear, coeliac negative, all other bloods withing range as far as I can see.
I have a strong family history of autoimmune disease (type 1 diabetes) and my mum had a pituitary tumour diagnosed and removed when she was about 50.
I'm 45, slim, 2 children aged 6 and 9. Vegetarian but eat as well as I can around stomach issues - plenty of dairy.
Doctors seem largely disinterested and have reluctantly agreed to run blood tests again and just advised over the counter B12 - but I've already been taking 500ug most days since February.
Sorry this is so long, but could anyone point me in the right direction to get help? Feeling really fed up.
Thanks so much