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Strange symptoms
Jun 7, 2006
I posted in here a while ago because I was experiencing some strange symptoms but I removed the post because I thought that I'd figured out what the problem could have been and for some reason I felt embarrassed to have posted over here. But I was wrong and now I find myself right back where I started. I thought it was a thyroid problem at first and I found myself over at the thyroid disorders board. I want to copy and paste an excerpt of the posts from over there so you all have an idea of what is going on:

"Hi. I had been on dexedrine (dextroamphetamine- a "speed" prescribed for adhd) for several years until I decided to stop taking it a few months back. I didn't seem to notice any rapid weight gain over the months that I didn't take it until recently. I suffer from alcoholism that I'd had treated until I slipped a couple of months ago. I was drinking heavily for a couple of months until I just decided to stop. I noticed that after I stopped I started displaying symptoms of hypothyroidism, (SEVERE fatigue, hair thinning and falling out(including some pubic hair), rapid weight gain(about 15 pounds in about a month), thinning of the eyebrows, constipation, dry skin, and hypohidrosis)."

There was one thing I noticed after I'd stopped drinking that I didn't mention and that is an increase of hair before it all started to fall out. I'd always been a little more on the hairy side so I'd always had a bit of a mustache at least. Well, when I quit drinking I noticed that the mustache was even thicker and I even had a hair or two on one of my cheeks. It wasn't until after about 1 or 2 weeks after I'd quit drinking that I noticed a reduction. Only now I'm left with less hair than I had before I'd even started the binge. It's been a little over 3 months and things haven't changed.

My hair is still falling out, I'm having difficulty losing weight, and I just feel awful all over. I'd been taking dexedrine ever since I was 11 or 12 (I'm 20 now) and I've also found that I can't tolerate it now. Anyway, here's a list of all of my symptoms so you can get a better idea of what I'm dealing with:

-Weight gain (about 10 pounds), can't lose.

-Constipation

-Gas

-Dry skin (fluctuates)

-Dry eyes

-Seem to retain fluid easier

-Heart seems to skip beats/sudden rapid beating/sometimes heart rate drops significantly.

-Dizzy upon standing.

-Slow healing

-Slow hair growth on legs

-Cold hands and feet (feet especially)

-Ear aches or feeling of fullness in the ears.

-Forgetfulness/feel slower mentally/sometimes dizzy

-Mood swings, depression, stressed easily/react poorly to stress, irritable

-Thinning of eyebrows, pubic hair, eyelashes, and hair on the head.

-Pubic hair seems to be changing color (getting lighter) and coming out coarser

-Hair on head is growing out thin and dull/color changing

-Sore throat

-Reoccurring (twice) ulcer in the throat

-Somewhat patchy, dry, red skin on face (I used to have very oily skin)

-Tired/fatigued

-Sore and achy (mostly in the shoulders, neck, back and sometimes legs)

-Change in nails (growing slower and with vertical lines. Not as thick/strong yet not brittle either)

-Decreased perspiration (used to have hyperhidrosis, now I only sweat a little when I'm exercising or when I'm stressed)

-Decreased sex drive

-Dry mouth/mild sore, swollen feeling in tongue

-Decreased vaginal secretions

-No appetite yet intense food cravings

-Feel better at night

-Muscle twitching

-Symptoms flare up AFTER a stressful event. I actually seem to feel a little bit better in the middle of stress.

-Feel normal while on Dexedrine-accept it causes muscle soreness- ( I can actually have bowel movements-sometimes diarrhea-mild perspiration, have more energy, may actually have an appetite, oil production, hair shedding appears to decrease)

-When the Dexedrine leaves my system I completely crash. (Get achy all over, swell up, face turns red, hair seems to start shedding again, dizziness, stop sweating and producing oil, and sometimes feel severely depressed to the point of tears. My head feels like its swelling and my ears feel extremely full. Lips also turn dark red and joint pain increases.)

I want to know what everyone thinks. Aside from the intense alcohol binge and the stressful detox I've been going through the worst and most stressful two years of my life. (precancerous condition, EXTREMELY painful break-up with the person I considered to be the love of my life, death of a friend, severe family issues, had to run away from home.) And now this.

And not only is depression one of the symptoms but the other symptoms and fear of not ever being able to find out what's causing this is making the depression worse. I've already had my thyroid (runs in my family) checked and I've been checked for autoimmune disorders (also runs in my family) and those came back normal. I've also had vitamin tests run and those came back fine... I just can't imagine going the rest of my life living like this and not knowing what's wrong. I look and feel awful. I feel worthless because I haven't been able to look for a job. I'll be 21 in September and then I'll be off of my parent's insurance. So if I don't find out what's wrong with me before then I likely never will. I just keep thinking about what a beautiful, happy, and energetic young woman I used to be and that was only a few months ago. Now I feel like a fat 80 year old. [ [COLOR=Sienna][I]REMOVED[/I][/COLOR] ]

Any insight would be appreciated. I'm particularly interested in what you have to say about my response to the Dexedrine. In all of my stressful years of taking it I've never had a reaction like that to it. Thanks.





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