7 years ago I started getting poorly with periods of what can only be described as a virus without the typical head cold symptoms. It would start with a day of extreme tiredness falling asleep at the PC and then the next day I was sick. I would have restless aching legs, aching pain in my lower back or between my shoulder blades, feel very weak with malaise and some joint pain and a vague headache. Appetite was fine.
I would be bed ridden until it passed which could be 2 to 8 weeks. I always assumed it was a virus but it was always the same symptoms.
The first time this happened I was in bed for 8 weeks and living alone. I eventually ended up being depressed and anxious and my parents came to get me and the doctor put me on meds for my heart rate ( I stopped them and anti depressants)
I had my bloods tested and the only thing "wrong" was Vit D so I supplemented.
I also started to experience PMS for the first time in my life and heavy periods.
It took me 2 years to work out my insomnia and anxiety were linked to my cycle and so the antidepressants did not work, obviously.
I had just turned 40 so again put the weight gain (first time in my life) and PMS to getting older but was till confused as to why I kept falling sick with this strange viral type illness.
The sickness would happen frequently, so much so I could not plan my life after once spending the whole 2 weeks in bed like this on my holiday in Scotland!
I don't have much faith in doctors so I never went to see any about my sickness and just learned to accept it.
Also whenever I tried to start exercising, I would fall sick with this viral type sickness and end up in bed again.
I had 2 glorious years were I was not bedridden once and was able to use my treadmill and felt great!
I still catch every single cold and virus going and then in Jan this year I caught a series of colds and viruses and after 6 weeks all of the old symptoms came back. My joints are sore and aching too and I can sleep 10 hours and STILL fall asleep after dinner. Plus I am either freezing or burning up!
I basically feel like my immune system is worse than a babies and I am sick of being sick.
My partner has Rheumatoid Arthritis and so he catches a lot of colds due to the medication he has to take to lower his immune system, but even he is never reduced to being bed sick! I catch his cold and it lasts weeks, he sneezes and its all gone in 2 days.
I had my bloods taken for the first time in 7 years: (My father has Hypo and his father had Hyper)
My cholesterol is very high (I never had that before) and I believe there is a link between the thyroid and high cholesterol (?)
Here are the results:
TSH - 0.62 Normal Range: 0.3 - 6.00
Free T4 - 12 Normal Range: 10.40 - 24.50
Free T3 - 4.5 Normal Range: 3.00 - 7.10
Serum Cholesterol = 4.3
Serum triglycerides = 3.61
Serum HDL = 0.78
The thyroid seems all to be on the low end.
Does anyone know if these mean anything?
They were taken at around 5pm I had not fasted or anything.
I am female, 47 yrs old, 5'7" and 11 stone.
I used to be always naturally skinny (9 stone) until I hit 40!
I just assumed it was peri-menopause but not the weak immune system surely. (?)