I'm wondering if someone here might be able to offer some kind of advice or explanation as to what is wrong with me.
I am a 24 year old male who, until last year, was totally healthy. Last November I got mononucleosis which lasted 3 weeks. During the time I had mono, I noticed my body mass was decreasing (as my clothing was starting to get too large) however my weight on a scale was the same as always. After recovering from the infection, my "visable" weight returned to normal.
Also after the infection, however, a hard lump appeared on my jawbone, below one of my back molars.
The lump has gotten larger and the adjacent bone is now expanded as well. There is no tooth infection, there is no pain, there is no sensitivity, etc. X-rays and CT scans show nothing. I finally pushed a doctor to perform a biopsy early February, and afterwords the "tumor" area got slightly larger, and I started to waste away. The biopsy came back as non-malignant.
By my own account, now in late March, I have lost some 20+ pounds of fat/muscle/both, yet the scale has not changed at all. I am a tall, relatively thin person so the doctors are at a total loss as to where this weight is going (its not as if there is a giant mass protruding from my abdomen that would clearly be a giant tumor). My entire body is thinning out to the point where bones are sticking out and depressions are now clearly visable. My hands and feet pratically look like those of a skeleton and feel that way as well in light of the loss of muscle/fat.
And it only gets more "mysterious": All of my blood work is normal, showing no irregularities. I am HIV negative. Blood sugar testing is normal. Thyroid hormone level is normal. I have no real muscle weakness, no fatigue, and my apetite is normal. The only thing that stuck out was my trygliceride level shot up from something like 80 to 209 in the span of 2 weeks, and my HDL cholesterol went from 54 to 32 in the same period. I have never had high tryglicerides before and NEVER had any cholesterol issues (always low if anything). Cancer-induced wasting, from my research, can indeed cause triglyceride levels to spike, and HDL cholesterol levels to decline.
I have also been having chest pains off and on, right around my heart area. I have also noticed a rapid heartbeat upon getting up from sitting.
This is really fusturating because doctors claim there is nothing wrong with me and don't even believe the wasting issue in light of my weight not changing at all. Yet I can SEE myself getting thinner each day and my family notices it as well.
Has anyone ever experienced anything like this? I am quite sure that I have some rare type of cancer (that "conveniently" is not showing up as a tumor on tests) as there is absolutely nothing that would otherwise explain this wasting.