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  • Andropause

    Andropause

    Andropause is the term given to a combination of symptoms that can lead to the male menopause. Read more →

  • MRI scan showing Crohn's disease

    Crohn’s Disease

    A condition that causes inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract (gut). Read more →

  • Chronic and persistent Hepatitis

    Hepatitis

    Liver inflammation caused by a virus. Read more →

  • HIV particles budding from a lymphocyte

    HIV / AIDS

    An incurable sexually transmitted virus that attacks the body's immune system, which provides a natural defence system against disease and infection. Read more →

  • The problem with narcolepsy

    Narcolepsy

    A condition that commonly causes sufferers to have an irresistible tendency to fall asleep at any time of day, often at inappropriate times such as eating or in the middle of a conversation. Read more →

  • Sun ageing

    Sunburn

    Sunburn is caused by ultraviolet (UV) light overheating and blistering your skin. Read more →

  • Secondary Syphilis sores

    Syphilis

    A potentially fatal bacterial infection that is typically passed through sexual contact. In its first stage syphilis is characterised by small sores called chancres (pronounced shankers) that appear wherever the infection was transmitted, typically on… Read more →

  • Tonsillitis

    Tonsillitis is a common, contagious infection that, along with flu, counts as one of the biggest banes in the lives of employers up and down the country. Read more →

  • Post Natal Depression

    Post Natal Depression is exactly what it says it is – feelings of depression after the birth of your baby. Read more →

  • Lyme Disease

    Lyme disease is an infection with the germ borrelia, passed to humans from infected ticks. Read more →

  • Prostatitis

    Prostatitis

    Prostatitis is caused by the inflammation of the prostate, often caused by a bacterial infection. Read more →

    I am 52 1/2 and just post menopausal. I have had a lot of problems over the last 4 months as I have over a few years. One being: Initially I had to have a D and C through excessive bleeding, thickening of the womb wall. Just prior to this my bowels had literally just got right and I was really happy with my bowel pattern. I have had anal bleeding regularly in the past and do suffer from recurring polyps/have them removed - used to be every 5 years I haven't had them done since 2002 they changed re-removal of recurrences to every 10 years (cutbacks). Since the D and C (coincidence??) my stools have turned to large peas and they are rock solid but normal generally in colour except odd times they go chalky. They only ever come out as pebbles. I hate to say but I have had to resort to removing contents manually as the stools do not seem to trigger the normal pushing motion. I bleed a good deal which is hardly surprising and I have enough wind to sail the Cuttysark. I drink water regularly and tea.I have done 5 a day veg vits longterm, 3 pieces of fruit a day, spicy food, fibre, oats all on a regular basis but nothing changes the stool size and structure and side affects. All that used to work has stopped working. This is just one of many problems I have at the moment but this problem is the one that tends to make me late for work, can't sleep, afraid to eat too much, afraid to start trying to go to the loo in case I end up in a mess with a load stuck inside that I haven't got time to remove for fear of being late. This year I have had a D & C, bowel problems, weight gain - about 1 1/2 stone, headaches,symptoms of abcess in lower jaw but no findings, long term sore throat on and off, permanent tinnitus pulsating tinnitus and crashing noises in my head, vertigo, a (now resolved) double ear infection, kidney and urinary tract infection after D & C, falling asleep at the drop of a hat at work,lethargy and fatigue, difficulty expelling a lot of air from my lungs and limited size of breath intake (genuinely I smoke 7 cigarettes a day - it has been worse/ noticeable since I put on weight, I have a beer gut but don't drink alcohol, pustular psoriasis. I personally cannot see how these things can be linked but I thought I should point them out. Any more time off sick with another doctor's note and I will lose my job/face a disciplinary. Can you help.





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    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).

    I have aparantly divicular disease of my lower gi. Would this explain my weight loss and occasional blood show and lethargy i am experiancing?





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    I have had problems with my digestive system since I caught a stomach bug 10 months ago. Started with diarrhoea, extreme belching, loss of appetite and lethargy.The diarrhoea improved after a few days but then I had bad stomach pains whenever I ate anything. It got to the point where I avoided eating all day until I was at home in the evening. Even bland foof=d like white fish and rice caused the discomfort. Doctors blamed IBS but I thought it may be Giardia so I asked for Metronidazole just in case. Symptoms improved slightly a few weeks after but then gradually got worse again. I then became lactose and fructose intolerant too. Dr then gave me Tinidazole which relieved some more symptoms. Nausea, lethargy and belching has now almost stopped but I still get discomfort whenever I eat (normally within 5 mins of eating).I keep a food diary and take peppermint capsules and tea. I do not smoke or drink alcohol or fizzy drinks. I avoid lactose whenever I can and take lactase tablets. I still avoid eating in public just in case and I take medication to relax my guts (Mebeverine) which helps a bit.I am taking a multi enzyme tablet and probiotic tablets to help restore bowel flora. Is there anything else that could be causing my problem and anything else I can try? I have seen 5 Drs who all say it is IBS and I have to cope with it.





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    I have had Giardia for 4 years, all the same symptoms as you describe. I have taked 4 courses of antibiotic's but am still unwell. I have been told by a dr, the best way to rid yourself of it is to let it run it's course. It is truly miserable. I have fond I am at my best if eating a low-fat, moderate fibre diet that is lactose and fructose free. I see a dietitian regularly.

    I have recently had an endoscopy and am waiting for the histo results. I am still avoiding eating out as so difficult to find anything I can eat safely. Now losing weight too. Consultant is suspicious it is either Helicobacter pylori or post Giardia. I am not coeliac. I will let people know my results on here just in case it helps anyone else who may have the same or similar symptoms. This really is ruling my life at the moment and is making me miserable. I think some of my friends think I am becoming anorexic but I cannot explain enough how much I sometimes want to eat but just don't want to risk it just in case my stomach plays up. This is not IBS.

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    I have worsening symptoms of hypothyroidism, carpal tunnel, lethargy, weight gain no matter what I do, joint pain, heavy periods, hair loss, dry skin, palpitations, anaemia, ibs. I also have pcos and after feeling a lump in my neck and gp sending me for ultrasound told I have a benign tumour on my thyroid. Gp just says can't be thyroid as bloods are fine, I've checked they are always on lower side of normal...help...fed up :(





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    Hi my name is James.Iam 30years old.i have suffered since the age of 13 with an underactive thyroid gland.since then things have got very bad for me.i have severe fibromyalgia,vertigo,lethargy,fatigue,depression & chronic pain syndrome.10years ago I was told I could have a tumor on my piturity gland.the consultant said I didn't need a scan even though I had low testosterone levels.i have resantly become very unwell and have hypogonadism from a tumor that has been found in a recent MRI scan.it is 6mm & have told me that it's not a big problem.if I have had this for all these years growing is this the cause of my diseases including arthritis.should they remove it?





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    Yes they should,mine was taken out and now I am much better..

    I have been told by endo. specialist that I may have a tumor on my pituitary gland. Hemoglobin A1c level 6.0. Symptoms cfs, testosterone level at 24.50 L, diplopia "vertical double vision" muscle pain and weakness. Does that sound like any one else's symptoms?

    Just wanted to add - dont know if anyone else has similar problems...to touch the skin around the vulva,or rub even softly, it is almost as if the skin sort of peels away, leaving red sore skin underneath, and more recently, i scratched an itch on my ankle, and the skin therre appeared to do the same. i now have a sore exposed area on my ankle. anyone else had anything similar? i ahve had behcets for years and get various symptoms, including oral and genital lesions and ulcers, aswell as extreme lethargy and bowel problems. x





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    Hi. I was diagnosed with dsap over 12 years ago. Never told to stay out of the sun so carried on going away on holidays to hot climates, using high spf but still on the beach, around the pool etc. I'm a runner so didn't do anything to cover up when running in the sunshine. As a result my dsap has got much much worse even though for the past 4 years I havnt exposed my skin to uv rays. Living in UK it's easier to do this but still it IS limiting. No more holidays in the sun, what is the point and now use spf 50 under longs sleeves and trousers but still it gets worse. there is NO cure and in this country NO help whatsoever. My health is good so in answer to your question re lethargy, no I do not ever feel that way. Bonnie

    Hello I have suffered for years with infections, pain and uncomfortable sex but no more! I actually got to see an excellent doctor whom within minutes explained that I had a cystocele, rectocele and a prolapsed womb! I am 38 and thought that these things only happened to the older ladies, but definitely not. I am now 8 weeks post op, I have had a hysterectomy a TOT tape for the cystocele/rectocele and a full pelvic floor reconstruction. I feel like a new woman and would say to anyone whom feels embarrassed or doesn't feel that they are being listened to to shout. Although the recovery was hard at first I am no longer embarrassed by leaks, in pain constantly or moody due to lethargy.





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    Hi Wendy I am am in the same situation as you (prolapsed everything) except I am 48 and gave birth via a vacum delivery about a year ago. I knew everything felt wrong after the delivery. I had 2 other children who I had many years ago. :( I am currently considering having surgery. I am afraid of the recovery especially with a little one to care for. But I don't think I can go on with the way I feel.

    Hi I really feel for you as reading your words were like hearing words coming out of my own mouth! Some of your symptoms and stories such as pain, lethargy, sweats, conking out, no life, unable to plan anything - I relate to ALL of these. Im not used to using these email pages and wondered if you could tell me after submitting your comment, do you get a reply back from this health page or embarrassing bodies OR is it just a page to express your comments and seek comments from other people. I would be interested in getting a reply from embarrassing bodies or reading replies from other comments. Thank you. I hope your situation improves.

    I had a period of unsteadiness/dizziness approx 2 years ago.I feel that it may have been triggered by a very difficult tooth extraction.I was referred to the specialist, but by the time I received the appointment I was already beginning to feel better. I was unable to go to work for approx 3 months as I felt I was walking on Marshmallows! Like some of the other people that have written I became depressed and frightened to venture out alone. This has now recurred over the last couple of months. I have now been given a quick appointment to see the specialist in a couple of weeks. I was interested to see that this can also be a hormonal problem? I am in my fifties and have been recommenced on HRT as a result of a recent blood test.I am hoping this will help with the feelings of anxiety and lethargy.





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