Itchy Skin, Heat Intolerance, and Weight Falling Off

The story of my diagnosis

Jenn Leach


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All these symptoms started hitting me. It didn’t connect that it was all related.

I was in my twenties. I was a full-time college student working a full-time job. My life was busy.

Six weeks after the onset of my symptoms, it started to become more noticeable to me and I made a doctor’s appointment. I only had one complaint then and that was the feeling of going to pass out. I never had fainted but I felt close to it many times.

I remember fighting on the phone with the appointment setter who didn’t want to see me for feeling like I was going to pass out. I begged her and she allowed me to make an appointment.

When I saw the doctor and he retook my vitals a second and third time, I knew something was really wrong..

How it started

These were the symptoms I started having six weeks prior:

  • Itchy skin
  • Heat intolerance
  • Voracious appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Bulging eyes

The itchy skin was a nightmare. I had huge rashes all over my arms from scratching. My skin was scaly.

We complained to my new apartment complex, thinking it was the water or something.

The maintenance man helped us install a new shower head and I started using Aveeno lotion and products, at the advice of someone who said it can calm skin inflammation and itchiness. It provided little relief.

Heat intolerance was next.

I was hot all the time. I would freeze my coworkers at work when I’d adjust the thermostat downward because I was super hot all the time. I felt like I was going to pass out most often as work and I worked in a chill, slow paced job that was not stressful or difficult.

I had beads of sweat on my upper lip and forehead constantly. My armpits would sweat so badly it would go through my shirt and I’m not a sweater, even when I work out, I hardly sweat.