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Mixed Symptoms

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  • Posted By: jennidi
  • March 16, 2008
  • 03:49 PM

Female, Age 34, 5'0'', 109lbs

1a. Symptoms:

Approximately 2 years ago: bloating and lower right abdominal pain.
Weight gain of about 20lbs (over 20% increase within about 4-5 months)
Bloating lasted for about six months, progressively worse with the pain and the addition of periodic diarrhea and gas
Feeling tired or worn out all the time.1b. Doctor Analysis

Via laporoscopy found ovarian cysts, small acorn size
Also positive for Endometriosis1c. Action Taken

Placed on HRT, with NO FOLLOW UP (we did not have GYN's downrange)2a. More/continued Symptoms:

Abdominal pain worsened, became more consistent (difficult bowels, abdominal lower right side pain afterwards)
Left toe nail fell off (with no injury) and slowly grew back thick white/yellow not attached to the skin (and has been this way with small achy pain for about a year - sometimes with pain up my leg to my knee)
Legs ache and swell at night
TB Test a month ago was "partially positive" between a 6-10mm result (no treatment or further tests recommended until I come back in a year for a follow up - which is what they always to do national guard on active duty - come back to a doctor once you're no longer on orders, then it no longer becomes their problem)
Very tired and achy like the flu
Feel feverish, but no fever
Swollen glands (not consistent, but cannot find correlation with anything I'm eating or doing to cause it)
Hard time focusing or remembering things. I've always done very well academically, but I have a hard time remembering simple stuff or having "fuzzy moments".
Lost 11lbs in the past couple of months (feels good to have lost most of the weight I gained in the beginning of my pain, but it was not due to increased exercise or eating differently)2b. Doctor Analysis

Probably just stress or depression
Need to eat properly and exercise more (which I used to be a long distance runner until this whole thing started, but I just can't do it anymore)
Follow-up in a year (once I get home)It's been difficult to focus on getting tests or seeing doctors because I was on deployment, then home for a bit (stressed with seeing every family member from all over the continent), now I'm on another deployment (volunteered since my spouse is deployed to, sad we're still not in the same country). I just want to feel the way I did before I deployed.

Am I under stress? Yes, but no more than usual. Been in the military over 16 years. Should I eat better? Yes, but I hardly have an appetite most days, then other days I want to eat everything in sight. Should I exercise more? Sure, but I am so tired all the time. Even when I exercise (which used to give me energy), I feel even that more tired. By the way, I'm not depressed.

I will go back to the doctor once I'm off orders, in 11 months, but I'm hoping someone out there can help explain what's going on with my body.

Thank you.

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  • Hi there, except for the toe, your symptoms sound exactly like mine. I had a CT done and it showed several cysts on my right ovary. When the surgeon went in to remove them it took 2 hours. My ovary had imbedded itself into the abdominal wall and every time the cysts would swell they would pull on it. It was discribed as the equivalent of a man being kicked between the legs 24 hours a day and I dealt with that for 11 months straight.:eek: After the surgery, the doctor said there was no test that could have showed what they found when they opened me up. I feel a bit better, though I am having some weird bowel problems after the surgery. No pain like before though and that is a huge quality of life increaser:D Good luck
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  • Hey!Well, I think I may be able to help you a tad at least. I served 3-4 tours (mostly in classified locations as well as a TDY to the middle east.) I have all those symptoms PLUS I have been diagnosed with severe depression, severe and chronic pain, DAILY headaches and migraines up to 10x a month (requiring ER tx at least 2-5x a year). I suffer from chronic unexplained vomiting, swollen joints in multiple locations and multiple major joint deterioration (sp?). I have now lost ALL TEN toenails (as opposed to just the one or two that fell off) I initially thought it was due to when I broke those toes, however, then the rest all fell off and grew back (as you described) I became stumped. I am living soley off of my combat disabled pay (which is meager to say the least) and things have deterioriated to the point where I am totally unable to work. To top it off, I have an 11 year old son diagnosed with an immune system deficiency that less than 0.03% of the US has. They do not even know how to treat it. I also have the cysts on my ovary, have had the laparatomy, also had to have 3 knee scopes, and was dx with endometreosis (sp?). To top it off, (like that is not quite enough), UGGHHH, I started with severe pain, hiccups, and chronic vomiting that turned into daily vomiting along with gas like you have never even heard OF! I could literally burp up to 100x a minute (it was MORTIFYING) although my son and his buddies thought that it was the COOLEST thing EVER! SO enough with the terrifying news. I have no internet (am in the ER ISO room with my kiddo) right now, but if you wish to email me feel free (give me a long time to respond). Make sure that you document EVERYTHING!!! My point is DOCUMENT, DOCUMENT, DOCUMENT! Many and most of my records "disappeared" including my shot records. Make personal copies for yourself and put them in a safe place. If I didnt terrify you and you want to email me its hoopsdi@hotmail.com OR simplyins8n@gmail.com. as I said give me a while, I have no telly, no net right now and probably won't have net again for at least 30-90 days....best of luck to you.we will keep you in our prayers....(pick good countries! hehe)l8trdiana
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