Two years ago when I started college (extremely stressful time, plus huge dietary change, went from extremely healthy food to crappy dining hall food) I began having extreme stomach issues and I lost 15 pounds. Around the same time I started anti-depressants, a couple months later I was put on ADD meds. About a year ago I finally went to a doctor who tested me for thyroid issues and celiacs. The blood test came back negative but he told me to try gluten free anyway. I tried halfheartedly and never made it more than a day without forgetting and eating something with gluten. I ended up gaining the weight back plus a little more over several months. As my symptoms got worse I went off my anti-depressant (celexa) and birth control (depo shot) and reduced my ADD meds (adderal) thinking maybe I was having a reaction to my medication. My symptoms got worse. Two weeks ago I finally went completely gluten free. My stomach problems have completely gone away but I am still so tired. Shouldn't the extreme fatigue have eased a little bit? I still have the vast majority of my symptoms except the stomach issues. I'm not sure I have celiacs because the blood test came back negative and because the symptoms aren't going away or easing. Could it be something else? Does anyone have suggestions on getting energy back?
List of Symptoms:
- liquid diarrhea every day
- stomach pain
- extreme fatigue, I can sleep 18 hours and still feel like I haven't slept in weeks, drink a double espresso and fall right asleep
- low sex drive, got a little better off the medications
- brain fog (hence the ADD meds)
- my long thick hair is now brittle and thin
- when I exercise, even just walking fast my bones in my legs ache
- I look like complete shit, bags under my eyes, my skin is tired looking
- Puffy bloated stomach that never seems to flatten
- I also haven't had my period in two years, about a year and a half because of the depo but it's been like three months since I should have gotten my next shot and I still haven't gotten my period back (I'm not pregnant though, I've taken like ten tests and continue to test every couple weeks)
I'm 20 years old (female), I've always been thin. I was 5'6' and 120 for several years then I went down to 105 in like two months, Now I'm 128. I was athletic as a child but not so much since then. Right before all the symptoms I was working out and going to boot camp and in the best shape of my life and then KABOOM!