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Chronic fatigue, intense pain in the joints, history of PTSD - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi, I am a 45 year old woman, over the last 3-4 months I have been expereincing severe tiredness and pains in my body, mainly joints, all joints. I have noticed that I am sleeping longer and struggling more to be functional on a daily basis. I have been sufferring from PTSD for the last 3 years ! thank you
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Let me read your query
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   May I know your height and weight?
User :   I am 5 feet, 8 inches tall and my weight (thats seems to be rising) is approx 100 kilos
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Since when has it been increasing?
User :   over the last year mainly
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Have you tried to figure out the reason?
User :   I thought it was because of the PTSD...I have been depressed and have had anxiety issues related to an life and health have gone down considerably since. But the body aches started about 3-4 months ago
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Any significant changes in life in the past 6 months?
User :   no not really, if anything, I thought I was starting to get my life back on track.
Doctor :   Ok, that is quite positive
Doctor :   Have you checked about your thyroid status?
User :   I have had Hypothoridism since I was 21, after the birth of my first daughter...I take 150mg of Oroxine per day and according to recent blood tests it is stable
Doctor :   Ok, that is fine
Doctor :   Can I ask you about your menstrual history?
User :   normal till about a 12-18 months ago...then a slight change. It used to go for 6-7 days now it only goes for 3-4 and sometimes can be very heavy in the first 2 days.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   I am asking it because even pre menopausal stage
Doctor :   can cause such symptoms
Doctor :   though you are young for a menopause
Doctor :   there shall be slight hormonal changes at this age
Doctor :   added is your hypothyroid status
User :   I was thinking it that I may be pre menapausal, but was confused about body aches
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Such non specific symptoms do occur
Doctor :   during premenopause
User :   my thyroid test have come back normal
Doctor :   That , I did get
Doctor :   So for now the problem with you could be due to 2 possibilities
Doctor :   Premenopausal or Psychological
User :   The menopause tests came back normal too
Doctor :   Both are likely in your case
Doctor :   Fine
Doctor :   meaning the hormonal levels were tested?
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