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Hi,
I'm so glad to have finally found this board, I've been searching for about a week for some kind of way to communicate with others about this. I have a few things I'm hoping someone can help me with. First a little background on me:

I am 23 years old, I have 2 daughters who are 2 and 5 months old. In the last two years my health appears to be disintegrating. It started off with just a lack of appetite and slowly led to fatigue, weakness, low blood pressure, mental fuzziness and about a 45 pound weight loss. I ended up fairly underweight with no energy to try and find out what was going on. About a year after this all began I became pregnant with my second daughter. I had to fight with my body to get enough food into me to support my baby and myself. By the end of my pregnancy though I was at a normal weight and was able to maintain that with eating small meals throughout the night and day. The fatigue continued but I really thought it was just being pregnant.

After my 2nd daughter was born this past November I stopped working as hard to maintain my food intake. I was just too tired from constant feedings and the fatigue that was already there anyway. My appetite shot back down to the way it was before. It's now been almost 5 months and I've lost a significant amount of weight and am yet again fatigued, weak, foggy. It's taken me a long time to figure out that I should see a doctor about this. I'm otherwise a fairly intelligent person but this has somehow slipped me. At this point I'm trying to work it out with my insurance to get in with a doctor. I'm looking at a possible wait of a month or more. In the meanwhile I've been doing some looking around for anything that might provide answers.

After freaking out by seeing the word cancer come up way too often in searchs I consulted a friend who's husband is a doctor. He said he thought it sounded like some kind of endocrine disorder. So I looked at information on that and came across Addison's. Reading the description of it I feel strongly that this might be what is happening to me. And looking back I can see signs from my teen years that also might point towards it. I've never been able to handle the cold well, have always been slim from a low appetite, and have had periods of mental fogginess. It hasn't been since the last 2 years however that it's gotten so severe. These last two weeks have been particularly draining. I'm feeling very weak and exhausted and am unable to eat enough to keep myself "up and running". This is really hard on me as I have two young children. I worry also that I won't be able to keep up in school in August. I am enrolled as a pre-pharmacy student at the university in my city.

I'm unclear about if I'm just overreacting, I'm constantly doubting myself. I keep telling myself that maybe tomorrow it'll get better. I've been telling myself this for 2 years now. I'm frustrated with the wait time to see a doctor and am frustrated by not knowing if I need to see a doctor as soon as possible or if I can really wait.

I guess what I'm hoping anyone can tell me is if this sounds like Addison's to those of you who have it. And what path I should take? Should I push to be seen or can I wait? I know there probably aren't doctors here but I'm at a loss for what to do. I'm concerned I might be getting sick and don't really know what to do. :confused: Any advice or thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!

-Val





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