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For nearly two months, Jenelle Evans has been battling a mystery illness that has been so debilitating she thought she may have to quit Teen Mom 2.

She sought help from numerous specialists, but she didn’t buy the diagnosis of anxiety most of them gave her.

Finally, she turned to CBS’s The Doctors, and they believe they have the answer.

“Six weeks ago, everything was going great with my career, and then I just had to put everything on hold,” she said during an episode of the show.

She complained of night sweats, severe anxiety, hot flashes, pelvic pain, joint pain, chest tightness, abdominal pain, loss of appetite and a host of other symptoms. 

After a thorough intake, examination and testing, an endocrinologist and an OB/GYN finally determined the root of her problems:

Birth control pills and withdrawal from marijuana.

The reality star had recently begun taking a new birth control pill, and the doctors deduced that her body had an adverse reaction.

They pointed out that not everyone reacts to birth control pills the same way and suggested she either change pills or find a new method of contraception.

When asked if she had planned to have any more kids in the near future, thankfully, she said no.

The physicians also noted that her system may be reacting to a sudden absence of marijuana. Jenelle said she smoked for "years and years and years" but quit in December.

She explained she is fighting her mother for custody of her son Jace and wanted to clean up her act. 

The medical team also suggested Jenelle seek counseling for her anxiety, which has been known to exacerbate symptoms.

But we don’t know if a counselor can make her anxiety disappear completely as she still faces assault charges, is mired in two separate custody battles and feuds with fellow Teen Moms on an almost weekly basis.

Still, we’re happy Jenelle is making positive changes in her life and getting the help she needs.