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mulitple symptoms and doctors can't find a connection

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 2, 2010
  • 08:27 PM

Ok so everything started out when I was little having constant fatigue, stomach pains, and the occasion to pass out, plus getting sick very easily. Finally in high school my mom took me to the doctor to be tested for hypoglycemia and lactose intolerance. Positive results. Passing out became less frequent but fatigue and stomach pains didn't. two years ago I went on medical leave from school because I had gotten the flu and my fatigue went crazy. I was sleeping 22 hours a day for a month straight. Got diagnosed with narcoplesy, undiagnosed, diagnosed with sleep apnea, undiagnosed, finally diagnosed with chronic fatigue, asthma, low blood pressure, and multiple vitamin and mineral deficiencies including calcium, vitamin D, and iron deficient anemia. So now I am on to figure out the stomach problems. I know there is no way I have all these problems and they are not connected. I have adbominal pain, bloating, muscle cramps, diarrhea, and nausea every time I eat. If anyone can think of what could cause all these things please tell me because the doctors just give me stuff for the symptoms and not the cause.

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  • Have you had your gallbladder function checked? Gallbladder disease can cause a lot of symptoms similar to yours. See a gastroenterologist, not a GP.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 4, 2010
    • 03:36 PM
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  • Have you gotten tested for celiac disease, or an alergy for glutten?I would try staying off wheat and see if that changes anything.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 5, 2010
    • 01:47 AM
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  • Often doctors use the term "chronic fatigue" for a huge issue which in fact is called chronic fatigue syndrome which in fact is completely different to "chronic fatigue". I hate it when they do that but that is seen so often the misleading term. I agree with your doctor if by chronic fatigue he in fact meant "chronic fatigue syndrome", also called CFIDS and ME. This quite serious medical condition is the highest cause of school absenteeism in children! Your stomach issues are just one part of the whole symptom complex of this illness, its part of the whole illness. check out http://wwcoco.com/cfids/bernesx.html . Note also on that symptom list.. that most of us have low blood pressure with this illness too. CFIDS food/tummy issues are often due to food intollerances. Having issues with foods can also cause more symptoms then just tummy/bowel ones but also can make the other symptoms of CFIDS worst. What you need to do to deal with this CFIDS stomach pain symptom is to work out all the different food intollerances you have and stop eatting those things....... Those with CFIDS also often have irritable bowel syndrome with it so that too is probably playing a part...... You may also want to consider having a 2 hr insulin tolerance test done as that too could be playing a part in your issues with food thou less common in CFIDS then the other things i said.
    taniaaust1 2,267 Replies
    • September 13, 2010
    • 07:32 AM
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  • Have you ever had a gastric emptying study done? It is a nuclear test where you eat some eggs or oatmeal that has radioactive iodine in it and then you lay on a table for a couple hours while a scan records how fast the food moves through your stomach. I have many of the same problems that you mentioned - and have been diagnosed with dysautonomia - dysfunction of the vagal nerve, which effects heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, etc. - anything that you do not have to think about doing. There is a medication that works to stimulate peristalsis for some people, reglan, unfortunately I had to stop taking it because the dysautonomia caused cardiomyopathy and consequently congestive heart failure. Meds aside eating small meals throughout the day helps as does not eating prior to going to bed and possibly raising the head of your bed about 10 inches. ( I have never done the later and just use pillows but it has been suggested by a few doctors. I hope that this helps - at least you are not the only one dealing with the problem. Best of luck!
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