I have been reading a lot about my condition, and it shocked me to see how many symptoms actually match. Some symptoms were totally not true so I left them out, others I answered with "no".
■Less stamina than others
■Less energy than others
Yes, often..not always
■Long recovery period after any activity
■Chronic Low Grade Depression
Yes, very lowgrade
■Often feeling cold
Oh yeah..but only inside
■Cold hands and feet
My nickname is "vampire
■High or rising cholesterol
Dunno, but my mom has it, will get that checked.
■Bizarre and Debilitating reaction to exercise
Not really but it seems harder than in the past.
Not really dry, but it feels dryer than before
Thats the reason this blog exists
■Dry cracking skin
My skin got dryer, not too bad though
■Nodding off easily
■Requires naps in the afternoon
■Sleep Apnea (which can also be associated with low cortisol)
Well I sometimes don't need to breath, I thought I was an undead..:P
■Air Hunger (feeling like you can’t get enough air)
Not sure..but I feel like I can't get enough COOKIES o_o
■Inability to concentrate or read long periods of time
Yes, and lately its been harder for me reading a book :(
OMFG YES YES YES
Yes, I wondered why that was..I'm not doing drugs you know..
■Inability to lose weight
teehee..NO, its the opposite
■Always gaining weight
try 'never' to the point where I hate it.
■Inability to function in a relationship with anyone
Duh! With all those symptoms, which relationship would not be troubled?
■NO sex drive
Lets hope that won't happen
■Failure to ovulate and/or constant bleeding (see Rainbow’s story)
No, and rainbows don't ovulate where I come from..<_<
They are very much on time
Aren't those normal for most women? I never had any.
■Excruciating pain during period
I get nauseated easily
■Exhaustion in every dimension–physical, mental, spiritual, emotional
Yes, yes and yes...
■Inability to work full-time
I would imagine it very hard the way I feel momentarily (currently part time)
■Complete lack of motivation
■Slowing to a snail’s pace when walking up slight grade
What does that mean?
■Extremely crabby, irritable, intolerant of others
No, I'm nice.
Last thing I need...lets hope it never happens
■Inability to eat in the mornings
Nah...just takes me a moment.
■Carpal tunnel symptoms
Appetite is always there.
■Blood Pressure problems
Sometimes its high..
A few very fine ones on my leg, they faded some after quitting the pill.
■Low body temperature
Yes, like I said..they call me vampire, but it was always lower.
■Tightness in throat; sore throat
No, sometimes sore throat
■Headaches and Migraines
■Extreme hunger, especially at nighttime
I like to eat at night, but I guess its more a preference.
With all those symptoms I wonder if medical treatment would be the better option for me...
Update May 2012:
Any little symptom or problem disappeared when I started changing my life after separating from my Ex husband, spent time with friends, had hobbies, had fun.
By the time I moved to California to be with my new love I felt a million times better, during my pregnancy I can say all symptoms disappeared except one (mild fatique).
For a while even the fatique has disappeared, completely because of my change of diet, especially the intake of raw saturated fats.
I have been off meds for almost a years now and my levels are much better :)
Moral of the story is: being unhappy can get you sicker, searching in the wrong place for treatment can make you feel weaker. There is more that can be done than popping pills. :)