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I have anhedonia which is a chronic 24/7 absence of all my good moods.  It is the result of a dysregulated HPA axis (stress response) that cannot calm down taht is always perpetuating 24/7.  I have also recently gotten a urinary tract infection and that has made matters much worse.  I now notice that I am having symptoms of hypoxia as well as anemia which are mild at this point.  I am afraid that this is going to kill me.  Is it really going to kill me?

The whole inflammation process during infection also further dysregulates the HPA axis which means my symptoms of hypoxia and anemia also cannot turn off since as long as the HPA axis is dysregulated, my symptoms also will not ease up either.  But my blood test results have come back negative.  But I know I really do have hypoxia and anemia.  So I am not sure what to do.  I know I am not imagining these symptoms either.

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Matt -

A fair amount of research over the last few years has demonstrated that sustained high levels of stress do indeed have negative effects on the cardiovascular, immune, and other body systems and can lead to an overall shortening of lifespan, but it's not the sort of thing that's going to kill you next week. I have never heard of anhedonia being listed as a cause of death. Mild hypoxia and anemia, and urinary infections, are normally treatable conditions; I myself have suffered all of the above at one time or the other and they have been successfully and routinely resolved. Note that I'm not dead.

I might add that if there's anything a blood test is absolutely going to be able to diagnose, it's anemia. If your latest blood test came back negative for anemia, you don't have anemia, no matter how much you may think your symptoms suggest it. Unless you recently became a Doctor of Medicine, I strongly recommend you follow Wooster's advice and leave the diagnosing to a professional. Otherwise, you're just guessing and making yourself anxious.

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Have you seen a doctor and expressed your concerns to him/her? That would the first thing that I would do if I were suffering from the physical symptoms you are.

I am not a doctor, but I strongly doubt that your symptoms will kill you. As I said, see a doctor.

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On 11/19/2015, 9:22:12, Cerberus said:

Matt -

A fair amount of research over the last few years has demonstrated that sustained high levels of stress do indeed have negative effects on the cardiovascular, immune, and other body systems and can lead to an overall shortening of lifespan, but it's not the sort of thing that's going to kill you next week. I have never heard of anhedonia being listed as a cause of death. Mild hypoxia and anemia, and urinary infections, are normally treatable conditions; I myself have suffered all of the above at one time or the other and they have been successfully and routinely resolved. Note that I'm not dead.

I might add that if there's anything a blood test is absolutely going to be able to diagnose, it's anemia. If your latest blood test came back negative for anemia, you don't have anemia, no matter how much you may think your symptoms suggest it. Unless you recently became a Doctor of Medicine, I strongly recommend you follow Wooster's advice and leave the diagnosing to a professional. Otherwise, you're just guessing and making yourself anxious.

Now I've heard that the body has the ability to adapt to hypoxia (lack of oxygen).  It seems as though this is what has happened to me now since I first started off having a mild difficulty breathing with some weakness, chills, and fatigue.  But I am no longer having that anymore.  But the fact that I had these symptoms to begin with means that the body was being slowly deprived of oxygen.  But question is, will my body eventually be completely depleted of oxygen to the point where I die and no adaptive mechanism can make up for it?  

I am worried about this because, even though my body has adapted now, I worry that more and more oxygen will be depleted which will result in something serious and fatal down the road.  You said you lived with hypoxia for years and that you are still alive today?  Is this really true?  So with that being said, does having chronic mild hypoxia deplete more and more oxygen over time to the point where it becomes serious and fatal?  Or is it instead just a matter of oxygen only being depleted to a certain point and that the body can adapt to it?  By the way, I am talking about hypoxia that is a result of chronic inflammation.  Not living high on a mountain.

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