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    Hi, I'm 28. I lost my sex drive 3 months ago. First I thought it was due to exhaustion but it didn't get better. I always felt like my vagina was dry although I had a white/yellowish discharge often hanging out from my vagina when I peed. I went for a swab test but the result came back negativ. I don't feel pain or ichiness and there is no burning sensation. I've been with my boyfriend for over a year and we were both tested for sexually transmitted illnesses. Both negative. I feel like part of me died. I'm very unhappy and my relationship is in danger.





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    I was told for years I had IBS. Two years ago I paid to see a consultant and was told I had diverticular disease. The constant pain and alternating bouts of diarrhoea/ small pellet like motions, absolute exhaustion, lack of concentration. The feeling that my rectum is dropping out when standing is ruining my life. I have also a vaginal prolapse and have a pessary inserted, I had a hysterectomy in 1976. I have to manually evacuate my rectum as my motions are so gundgy they seal it if not entirely cleared adding to the pain I have. Does anyone out there suffer these symptoms.





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    Have you had tests for a prolapsed bowel? I have all your symptoms and was diagnosed with diverticulitis a year after my hysterectomy in 2000. I have had the sigmoid colon removed and a resection which had many complications, Though I now still suffer from diverticulitis it is not as frequent. After some helpful physio for a prolapse bowel I can recommend that when you are on the toilet, put your feet on a low stool and lean forward with you elbows on your knees. You then need to take deep breaths using your diaphragm, if you try yawning taking deep breaths as you yawn, you will be using you diaphragm and will fell your abdomen moving rather than your chest and shoulders. This will help hard stools to move. Apparently we should all lean forward naturally anyway. It is the invention of toilets that stop our natural stance. If you think about crouching we automatically lean forward. This has been the best advice I had since my bowel problems began. Good luck. I would like to know how you get on.

    I also suffer with diverticulitis - diagnosed 2010. Gas, constipation all the time. Then 2011 went to gasterentologist/surgeon to find out if anything could be done to help, had defacography told me to attend his wellness clinic, 8 sessions, on third visit nurse did a laser procedure for a "pocket" right at my rectum so I could evacuate better. I bled and could smell my own butt after that and dr. wouldn't see me because I quit his sessions! This made it worse, gas still a problem and now everyone at work can smell my butt too! Had to learn on my own how to evacuate completely in morning. I use gycerin suppositories if I don't feel like I had a complete evacuation. Sometimes, even that doesn't help and I get to work and the gas begins after sitting down for a while, which I cannot control long enough to get to the bathroom after that "procedure" for the pocket. Without a complete evacuation - then gas and pain. Evacuation sometimes consists of small pellets or even more bizzare, thin ribbon like sheets as if something has been smashed. I get pain on both lower sides. I have to take anitbiotics when the smell of the gas gets "horrible". I know I have infection then. But no dr. ever told me about that either...I found out on my own that antibiotics would make that horrible smell go away for awhile. Reading the post by Mary of bowel prolapse, I wonder if my problems began after my hysterectomy in 1995. If the divertic. is a result of incomplete evacuation. (I used to be regular like clockwork and no problems there) A few months after the hysterectomy, I experienced my first pain on my right side and the ribbon-like stool. If I jump around or stretch I feel the urge coming but sitting on the toliet... nothing! Get up and start walking...oops...gas! I went to a gynecologist recently and he said the pain and thin stool is a result of spasms! Finding a good doctor here is a challenge - I don't know who can help. I'm glad I read your posts!

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    Hi Im 23. 2 months ago I had intermittent Diarrhea and pain all over my abdomen. The diarrhea stopped, but since then the pain in my abdomen when I eat is unbearable at times, and I move my bowels between 2 and 5 times per day. I am extremely exhausted all the time, and my abdomen gets very distended and painful. Before this, I had gastritis and acid reflux in my stomach, and take acid inhibitors every day. My GP tried anti biotics at first, which didnt make a difference. He referred me then for a colonoscopy, but the waiting list is 8 months and I can barely function or go to work because of the pain, exhaustion, and frequesnt trips to the toilet. It doesnt seem to matter what I eat, whether its vegetable soup or a burger, the pain an need to go to the toilet seems the same. someone please help me!





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    this sounds very much like ibs to me?

    Hello before it gets any worse i suggest you go get it seen by a doctor you may have ciatica which effects your lower abdomen

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    Hi,im 23 and am so very worried im infertile. since starting my periods they have been extremely irregular. They started by bleeding continuously for 9/10 months only to stop for a few days then back to constant heavy bleeding which caused extreme exhaustion and abdominal pain. I was diagnosed with PCOS a couple of months ago after years of badgering various GP's.( they would not send me for tests due to not having symptoms i.e not overly hairy or obese) GP's put me on various forms of contraception, some regulated my periods i.e the pill but caused my weight to balloon to 12stone(im 5'3)i came off contraception and have since dropped to 9st yet since stopping contraception and loosing weight i have not had a period at all, its going on for 12months now. i am not pregnant as much as i would love to be .this is starting to worry me as my partner and myself have not been using contraception and would love to start a family.Are there any treatment that could check my fertility?? Any advice or information on this would be much appreciated as i have not found my local gps helpful at all.





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    Hi lauren.i have pcos and i have bad facial.hair and am over weight ect i think you should try and consukt with your gp afain as therr is a few treatments that they coukd offer you and you shoukd be getting referred to the ivf clinic to.see what they can suggest for you i know how you must be feeling we have been.trying for a famiky for 10 years and still no.success but you have to trt stay posituve as there is alor of peoplw who i have read up abour had pcos and they habe all had children hope you get something sorted from.your gp x

    Hey Lauren, I have the same problem with periods. I had the Implanon implant put in for 5 years (before I found out I had these problems) and got massive weight gain in this time, so had it taken out. When I did my periods which were always regular before started being all over the place; I'd not have one for ten weeks, then bleed for 6. My weight got worse after the implant was removed and I got a beard going on which I had IPL on, which has now all but cleared. I demanded, after getting ovary pain when I was ovulating, that I see a specialist and badgered them until I got what I wanted. turns out I have PCOS and fibroids on my ovaries, they are enlarged badly and spread too far out. we can't get pregnant and have been trying for a year, but you need to go for drugs to get your period working. After 4 months of not having one it can be dangerous. Try taking pregnancy tablets (Tesco's is the cheapest and I find the best) and that has been the best for re-regulating me slightly.. I now only have a one week gap where my period might turn up in. Try a GUM clinic if the doctors won't listen. or demand that you be seen at your local hospital. Pressure them, and they will do something. Good luck.

    Has anyone had sever exhaustion or lethargy once diagnosed with PG? My mum is 64 and was diagnosed with PG following many tests and a very lengthy stay in hospital after falling in ill in February. On top of that, she was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer in the lining of the lung just a couple of months before. The cancer is stable which is good news but she is just exhausted when doing anything, whether just walking up her driveway out to my car or when I take her to the supermarket. The oncologist ensures us it's not the cancer. Has anyone else had symptoms of real exhaustion (severe lethargy)? She is still being dressed for her large ulcers but they are healing fortunatley. We are really desperate to hear from others who have felt like this 6+ months on please.





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    hi Michelle my mum got pg in 2006. The drugs they prescribed did not agree with my mum and had the adverse affect. to this very day she is on microphenalate( hope thats spelt right) and highest intake of steriods she canbe on and still her legs break out. She has recently contractd a virul infection, but she has no imune system. She is constantly tired and has no energy. My mum also had cancer, bowel cancer. I know this is a incurable disease but im trying so hard to find something to control it

    I had to sleep enormous amounts while my PG was active. The fatigue was unbelievable. Once I was prescribed immune suppressing drugs, my fatigue improved (but those drugs can also cause fatigue themselves).

    hi, i'm 33 and my problem is really heavy periods with a severe amount of clots some a large as a £2 coin, im not on any contraceptive and i dont suffer with pain. just exhaustion and totally uncomfortable with every step. any help would be great





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    would it be worth checking your iron levels if you're losing that much blood? you might well be anemic.

    I'm 15. in march i didn't have a period for nearly 2 months. i was sick for two weeks during this time with basically exhaustion. i realised afterwards that it was due to stress because i had mocks then exams. how do i stop this from happening with my next exams? please reply!





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    Hi I found it had really started to work by the time my second period would have been due. The depo injection stopped my periods altogether and although I still felt a little tired and bloated when it was due I didn't have any feelings of absolute exhaustion and pain and uncontrollable mood swings any more.

    i too am 17 and have active boils in my groin and armpits, but all its been diagnosed as is cystic acne, its awfull and i have to have time off college as they make me very ill with extreme exhaustion, i wonder if i too have polysistic ovaries! i am currently on flucloxacillin capsuels 4 times a day which makes them go away but i need to be on antibiotics to have clear skin everyday of my life at the moment.

    I have have a haemorrhagic cyst on my right ovary just under 5cm and a cluster of small cysts on my left.I also had free fluid in my pelvis but that is now apparently gone.I suffer with exhaustion,pain daily,no periods for 6 months but yet gynae just keep sending me away with painkillers (which also make me tired) cant keep going like this as i have 3 kids 5,3 and 1 and i have no energy.any suggestions would be appreciated





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    Hello, I am a 30 year old female and am itching all over. Everywhere on my body contstantly itches. I have suffered from exhaustion and constant tiredness. I am aneamic, especially Iron, Vitamin B12, but my problem is I am allergic to anything iron. I have to take vitamins on a daily baisis but also have to take anti allergy medication. But lately has stopped to work. I am covered in dry hives and red rash in patches all over.. any idea what else to try?





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    Does anyone else experience severe fatigue? Some days i can not function and sleep for 24hrs straight. I have dystonia, following a car accident over a year ago. my symptoms have rapidly improved. At first I was in a wheelchair and couldn't walk and would have dystonic storms daily that would last up to two hours. Now I seem to have days of absolute exhaustion coupled with small storms. Other than that I am back to normal. The team of neuros said I was an exception to the rule and were genuinely surprised. Can anyone relate to my circumstances?





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    Hiya, I also have cervical dystonia caused by a car accident 14 months ago, had Halo traction and now on Botox, before the Botox I was exactly the same as you, constantly tired! I actually risked more pain by setting my pain relief to one side for a day to see if it was those causing it. But it is the injury itself. The neurologist told me that having cervical dystonia is equivalent to working out for 18 hours a day (or 24 if the neck doesn't relax asleep) so it makes sense that it tires you out. Botox jabs paralyse the muscles and stop it after a week of kicking in, last three months then symptoms slowly come back over about two weeks.. Ive had it twice and due another shot but have started getting really bad kidney pain.. So now I need to find out whether its caused by Botox or all my painkillers. So because of this, I wouldn't recommend Botox until Im 100% certain of side effects :) hope that makes you feel less alone!

    Ive just gone through 2 years of hell with my divorce ,and now at 45 my periods have just stopped .looking back on the last couple of year's iam now wondering if a lots of my stress was made worse by me going through the menopause and not realising eg depression , not sleeping , exhaustion patchy skin and weight gain plus no intrest in sex at all .My divorce is far from over but since my period stopped two month's ago i feel like a weight as been lifted of my shoulder and i feel so much happier is this normal ???





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    i am 15 years of age and just over a year ago i was diagnosed with an under active thyroid,since then my symptoms have gradually got worse and my GP is increasing my medication (levothyroxine) but i still feel the same my levels are very low and i just feel like a guinea pig i just want them to sort me out. i have weight problems because of my under active thyroid and because of my ever changing medication i cannot seem to lose any weight even thought i am very active and eat well. also i have stunted growth and i am only 4ft 11in when i should be 5ft 6in. plus i have extreme exhaustion and am missing a lot of school because i am so exhausted and i just cant seem to be energized which is very annoying for someone of m age!!! please can someone help me !!!???





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    Don't want to cause further upset but if it is the menopause, you may have a long way to go ! Sweats, lack of sleep and exhaustion are the worst part for me too. You can get help from your GP but you should also do your best to eat sensibly and keep yourself as fit as possible. One thing I have found is that however much harder it is to do - and it's extremely hard when you are desperately tired, exercise is vital(pref. something each day) and does help. Keeping your weight down is important not just for the usual health reasons but because of the 'feel good factor'- at this stage in life it's easy to feel unhappy about yourself. Drink lots of water to compensate for the sweating - dehydration will cause tiredness/ headaches. In short - fight, don't let it take over. You can do a lot to help yourself but if you need it,get help.

    Wow! I've had bechets for the last 20 years and it sucks. I feel for all of you. Please, please get your eyes checked. I lost the vision in my left eye and it still frustrates me to this day. I too, used to be so frustrated with the genital ulceration and I've been tested for herpes so many times, it was horrible. The frustration of going to specialist to specialist and not getting answers was awful. Always, the flare would have calmed down by the time I saw them. The exhaustion was evil, people never understand as it's one of those invisible diseases. I also went on to have neuro behcet's and now have Epilepsy as a result. Please find a rheumatologist or an immunologist. Not sure if you can get it where you are located (I'm in Australia) there was an awesome mouth anesthetic that I used to take so I could eat. It's called xylocaine viscous.





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    What were the symptoms in your eyes?

    I live in the Highlands of Scotland and got ill in May 2011. I was diagnosed by blood tests in July 2011 after two locum GPs explored all sorts of other possibilites (including neuroses - a common Lyme sufferer experience). In the end it was me suggesting to my regular GP that my weird symptoms of cramp, muscle twitching, exhaustion, brain 'fog' etc might be Lyme. I had no erythema migrans (bullseye) rash. Unusually, I have had brilliant support from my GP and progressively larger, longer, courses of antibiotics. I am getting better, slowly, but it cost me my job, almost cost me my marriage, and I had to struggle hard to get effective treatment at first. If I had to go abroad for testing and treatment, and pay for the drugs, like many others are forced to do I would probably be bed ridden by now.





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    I started the menopause at 40 & really suffered severe symptoms. The mood swings were horrific as well as the exhaustion. After 2 years of suffering & continual visits to the doctors cos I felt I was losing my mind I was finally given a simple blood test to check for hormone levels. I was then put on HRT staightaway. Before this my periods had stopped completely but because of my age I was told I would have to have a bleed (Boo). BUT the HRT was an absolute lifesaver. I couldn't believe the dramatic positive effect it had on me. The benefits far outweighed the scare stories & I had no side effects what so ever. At 50 my HRT was changed to 1 that no longer meant I had to have a bleed - HURRAY!. But 2 years later I was advised to come off as my sister had been diagnosed with breast cancer. I was really reluctant to do so, fearing a return to the nightmare situation before being given the drug. However I did. Some very mild symptons returned (hot flushes) but they were nothing really and are few & far between. I feel great now. WOO HOO!





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    I've had psoriatic arthritis for 22 years but it was not diagnosed (drs thought I was nuts) until blisters showed up on hands and feet 8 years ago. Steroids, methotrexate, Humira, Enbrel - side effects for me were severe. I have yet to see a doctor who has ever even seen a 'live' case because the disease is so uncommon. My feet haven't been clear in over two years. I try and explain it this way: imagine a second degree burn on the bottom of your feet. Skin blisters, peels and bleeds. Over and over and over. I shed huge patches everywhere. It is gross. I jokingly call it 'zombie-itis' but truly it isn't funny. In addition, this kind of pain and inflammation stresses the body. I am bed bound for days at a time from exhaustion and the inability to walk. They say no two patients respond to treatment the same way so I really pray fellow sufferers have better luck than I've had. At this point, I've given up...





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    I totally understand as I have both as well. I was diagnosed with everything but the arthritis and PPP after months of being off work and thousands spent trying to find out what was wrong I finally was diagnosed. It's been 6omthd and I'm on steroids for the arthritis which help but at night I get pain so take panadein forte or Valium just to ease it and able to sleep. My feet have been shocking but over Te last month Ive been soaking in bio carb and every night steroid cream my feet, cling wrap and soaks and they've cleared up they look new again. My hand comes and go haven't found anything that got rid of that completely but still working on it. Hope this helps!!!

    I wrote the other comment and this week was watching the American doctors show and they had PP Disease on it and they have created this new cream called derma rescue and I just ordered 2 tubes it's curing the disease I'm so excited!!! They have facebook site also. Kim

    I have been suffering from threadworms for about 6 months now i believe i contracted them from my daughter i noticed them around her anus when she had been to the loo one day . I feel at my whits end i have tried everything i have lost count of the amount of times i have taken mebendazole at one point i was taking it every couple of days i cant sleep at night as i can feel them moving around i have been to my doctors several times only to be prescribed the same medication over and over again my partner also contracted them we are all taking the meds every week at the moment which is £20 a time for 5 of us i have been washing the bedding every three days and wiping the kids toys with antibacterial spray along with regular hoovering im starting to believe we will never get rid of this infestation it is driving me insane im constantly washing the kids hands and my own please help i have been in tears over this many times and am now suffering from stress and exhaustion as im not sleeping i feel every night as if im laying in bed waiting for them to start





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    At 50 I was suffering with some very negative symptoms of menause (extremely heavy yet erratic periods, sleeplessness, exhaustion etc). Doc put me on tablets: Prempak C. I didn't really think "HRT", but the symptoms totally went. Within days I was playing with teenage son and dog in garden in a way I'd not felt like for years. To boot, I'd been single for several years, but on these tabs WHOOSH...I really didn't imagine (couldn't) stay single any more. Met a gorgeous American a year ago, I'm now 53 and having absolutely fantastic sex - prolonged, frequent, fulfilling. Not quite the same as 20 years ago as per one lucky 50 yr old commentator above, but certainly in the same ball park. This is due no doubt the lovely man too, but I'm under no illusion these tabs are responsible for my current sexual hunger, which probably led me to hunt him out in the first place. (Fortunately he's very virile, so we're a great match!) Like many of the above writers, I would actually be afraid to stop the tablets. They also help me concentrate, and my business life is better as a result. They are truly life changing. Thank you Doc.





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    Coping with vaginismus is really difficult. It can seem so demoralising to the girl and her partner and can take many months of heartache to solve. I had a girlfriend who suffered with it and we discovered some great ideas to help. Foreplay is always important but especially so with vaginismus. Also, practising penetration with a little finger helps. The most useful thing we tried was 'squeezing'; we found that if, a few moments before penetration, she voluntarily squeezed the muscles around her vagina extremely tightly, to the point of muscular exhaustion several times, that the problem was significantly reduced and insertion was much easier. After several weeks of squeezing before penetration, we found that it was no longer needed and were able to have sex quite normally thereafter. The support and patience of a loved one always helps. The most important thing is to practice regularly and frequently. Whatever you think is helpful make sure you try it at least once a day for as long as it takes to solve the problem. It could be months before it works. I hope that helps.





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    Hi, i suffer with IBS. i was diagnosed with it when i was 19 and i am now 21. i have been to my doctor several times who has advised i "just have to deal with it" (i hate being told that!!) i have been in so much pain that i have vomited and passed out during several attacks in the past. the worst attack i have had lasted for 4 hours and afterwards i was so weak i couldn't walk from the bathroom to the bedroom and when i finally made it to the bed i passed out due to exhaustion and slept for hours. for the next 3 days i felt like i was suffering from the after affects of being kicked in the stomach over and over again. this is honestly the worst pain i have ever experienced in my life! people have said in the past "what's the big deal?"....they obv have no idea! i noticed cutting my dairy intake helped loads. Also, i didnt realise at the time but the job i was doing was extremely stressful and this was when my IBS started and was at its worst. it has calmed down alot now i no longer have that job. The best thing i can suggest to sufferers is to try not to get stressed (i know easier said than done) and keep a food diary to see when you have an attack and see if there is anything in particular you ate alot of around that time. Hope this helps someone!!





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    Hi my age is 61 I have been overweight most of my life 7 months ago I had a severe headache loss of hearing vomited 3-4 times feel sick most of the time feel exhausted all the time was thought I'd had a bleed to the base of the brain but not proven now have hearing aids in both ears I tried to lose weight by exercising an hour a day step aerobics 30 mins and walking on an air walker for 30 mins but despite this I have gained 2 stone in weight I have reported this to my doctor who believes this may be due to my exhaustion I have now retired from work as I don't seem to be getting much better I am constantly trying to lose weight but I lose a couple of weight 1 week then put it back on the following week. I have problem with foods ie allergic to all fish products inc shellfish, brown breads cause migraines. I'm now over 16 stone. I keep getting pins and needles in the head I've been told this is migraine after I had a scan my brain has damage from a train accident when I was 23 months old Any help or suggestions you have will help.





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