I am a 23 year old female with health problems that could probably rival those of any person later on in years.
Now, I am asking here because I have no way I could possibly afford to see a doctor, but my health has been declining a lot in the last couple of years, and it is starting to worry me. I know this is not professional, but I am well aware that my age means I have little knowledge in things like this, so I want to hear from those more intelligent and knowledgeable.
At 16 I began getting severe stiffness, grinding, and cracking in my joints. I was never overly active or under active, I merely began being unable to keep my knees bent (see: in a car) for longer than a few minutes without immense pain and loud grinding pops. Since then it has progressed to stiffness and swelling with the weather, constant aches and pains. My family believes it to be arthritis, as it is rampant in my family and my symptoms seem much like theirs. However, they are all fifty years and older, so that does little to ease my mind.
I have a child, four years old, with whom I had a terrible pregnancy (placental previa and bedrest from 3 months gestation until delivery). During my pregnancy with her, I gained upwards of 70 pounds. Yes, that is horribly unhealthy, and I had a hell of a time losing any of it again. However, two or three years ago the solution presented itself: switch to diet soda. Now, this seems rather trite, but it really did work. In a year, I had lost 50 pounds with even less activity than before (also, I know, horrible).
It wasn’t until the last year that my thirst started to bother me. It had never struck me that my ability to drink a twelve pack of soda in a few hours was unusual, or the fact that I NEED to drink over a gallon of water (oftentimes more) on top of my coffee every day. However, as money gets tighter and my health wanes more (sleep issues, nervous anxiety, *total* lack of energy) I begin to really worry if there is something deeper wrong with me.
The arthritis and weight issues I can handle. But the drinking starts to bother me when I look around at my family and realize that no one else has to have a cup full of (very cold) water with them at all times. No one else starts yawning over and over (painfully and contagiously) on a car ride if they haven’t had anything to drink in over 15 minutes. These aren’t exaggerations, and to be honest, it is annoying the hell out of me.
I appreciate anyone taking the time to read this, and if you could help I would be much obliged.
I just have a few questions to ask. Do you pee a lot? Are you really tired? I am not telling you that you have this problem, but what you say about your weight (losing a lot quickly), and drinking all the time, kind of sounds like what my husband has. 2 months before his 20th bday, he got diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. He lost 60 pounds from the time we got married (march 2005) till december 2005 when he got the diagnosis, and he drank ALL the time, and he was tired, and he peed every half our or so. He had to go to the hospital one night because he felt so dizzy, he couldnt even walk. He almost passed out, and he vomited a lot. If you have anyone that has a blood sugar meter, I would recommend checking your sugar just to be on the safe side. Like I said before, I am not telling you you have it, but it would be a good idea to check. Good luck, and I hope everything turns out okay. Let me know if you check your sugars too. Thanks.
I don't have access to anyone with a meter at this point, but I'll be sure to check it out. I am tired all the time, and end up running to the bathroom every half hour or so... I assumed it was the caffeine doing that, though. Again, thank you for replying. :)
I have type one diabetes and you are describing my symptoms. There can also be confusion, irratibility, visual disturbances, abdomanal pain, recurrent yeast infestions, UTIs, among others things. Get your sugar checked anyway you can.
As the previous posters indicated, these are classic symptoms of Diabetes. In regard to your joints aching, there are different types of arthritis besides djd (wear-and-tear type arthritis). You should see a rheumatologist if at all possible. Good luck to you.
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