What can be the cause(s) of sleeping all the time, joint pain in elbows, fingers and knees, easy bruising, swollen glands, depression (although I have been on Paxil for 5 months with great reults until now), hair loss, weight gain, inability to lose weight, water retention, occassional night sweats?
I am a 41 year old female. The swollen glands come and go. Joint pain is consistant. I generally sleep 7 hours a night and take naps 5 days a week for 2-4 hrs each nap, yet still feel tired. I have always retained water easily but lately it has worsened although I have cut my food portions in an attempt to lose weight (I never eat fast food, all meals homemade) I have been obese most of my life, but lately my attempts of losing weight have had no effect, or I have gained weight. Some of my bruising is unexplainable - I will notice a bruise and not remember bumping that part of my body. I have always had thick hair but have noticed more than usual hair loss for the last year and noticed definate thinning. The night sweats come and go - I had them even in January and I live in Minnesota.
I am worried since these symptoms have started to affect my life. What can be the cause(s)? Also, and I'm not sure if this is pertinant information, my dad was diagnosed with my dad was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome 8 years ago, the cause likely environmental. Could this be hereditary?