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HELP, doctors can't figure out what is wrong, and its getting stressful and expensive

Posted In: Cardiovascular disease 0 Replies
  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 11, 2007
  • 11:24 PM

I don't even know where to start, but was hoping someone here would know these symtoms.

In Feb of 2007 my hand swelled up pretty bad. Went to urgent care, told me it was probably reaction to cleaners i had used that day. Told me to take benadryl. Nothing really new until beginning of June, foot swelled up, took the benadryl again, not really putting much thought into it. Come August things really started picking up. Swelling in hands and feet. Sometimes in just a finger or toe. Also started having tingling of feet and hands as I would lay down to go to bed. Started having heaviness in chest, i think i made it worse by stressing out and possibly having an anxiety attack, because i was sent to the hospital and a chest xray and EKG were fine. Two times in August i went to bed and woke up with my lip swollen like three times the size it should be. Ran blood tests for allergies-nothing. Ran tests for Lupus and the like, still nothing. Recently ran full blood counts and hepatitis, nothing. Was sent to an allergist, who seems to just assume its an allergy. But i'm afraid to let it go. I've always been healthy and have never had any issues with allergies.

He thinks it might be related to my taking aleve. I take 3 tablets or so a few times during my period every month to deal with cramps. It doesn't always line up though, so how do they know that? I'm running myself into a deep hole of debt and can't really leave work much more before that becomes an issue. Just last night my eyes started swelling shut along with my hands and feet. I'm freaking out that its some kind of disease, but don't know what other tests they could run. Plus could it be something that they've already run a test for and it came back negative? I'm scared to chalk this up to an allergy and maybe loose precious time figuring out what it is. I've had to take prednisone to get the swelling down. Its so random that its really affecting me in my everyday life. Any ideas? I'd appreciate all who can reply. I don't know what my next step should be or who i should see next since i've seen my regular doctor and an allergist already.


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