- CASE FILE
Debilitating fatigue and constantly getting sick from viral and bacterial illnesses.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
I am constantly fatigued. I will sleep 9-10 hours at night and still have trouble waking up. If I am able to, I will usually take a nap during the day. When I am getting sick, I will take 1-3 naps throughout the day, ranging from 1-3 hours. I get sick with basically anything my body comes into contact with, it feels like. If an illness is "going around", I know I am going to get it - the flu, sinus infections, etc. I also get viral infections frequently that just cause fatigue, lightheadedness, and a variety of other symptoms depending on the virus. These viruses have not been identified, we usually just call them "one of those weird viruses you get" if it is not a known virus. I also frequently get a virus that mimics mono symptoms, and I have had actual mono before. I also get pneumonia almost yearly. I have kept track of doctor visits, but it will get exhausting. At one point, within 12 weeks I was sick for 10 of the weeks. Be that a sinus infection, the flu, or anything else. I usually get the flu every year, sometimes even twice a year even if I receive the vaccine. So at this point I have given up on getting it usually.
When I am getting sick or when I am sick I usually have redness on my cheeks, I just call it my "sick rash."
I also have frequent joint pain, specially in my knees and hips. The flare ups of these symptoms don't seem to be correlated to catching viruses or bacterial infections.
I am a graduate student and I want to work with children, so this ongoing seemingly never ending sickness is very debilitating and I cannot imagine my life once I start a full time job surrounded by children and their germs.
I have seen medical professionals for this. As most people here experience, all of my blood work comes back normal. My gamma globulins have been low, but not low enough to warrant treatment.