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  • Posted By: needadvice
  • November 7, 2006
  • 04:41 AM

I've dealt with this for long enough. I'm almost 30, and this problem has affected my daily life for almost 3 years, and it is getting progressivly worse. With my mother-in-law just this past year diagnosed with cancer, my symptoms are scaring me even more. I'll start at the beginning...

First, I get terrible pressure headaches whenever I bend over, cough, sneeze, laugh, smile too long, or over exert myself. This leads to me no longer being able to run around with my young kids, and that really bothers me. Ive gone to the doctor for this and they told me they were just migraines. I asked them how they could just be migraines when I can CAUSE them to happen, and they just shook their heads. They put me on a strong dose of migraine medication and told me to take it the next time I had one of these "migraines". I did, and it nearly killed me. I ended up with blood coming out of my ears and a bloody nose, to which I rushed back to the hospital and all they told me was not to take that med anymore!

Second, I have an odd itch on the sole of one of my feet. This is no ordinary itch, this is the itch from he**. Nothing I can do will make it go away, and I can itch it until I bleed and it will still itch. And its CONSTANT, always there, never goes away. During the day, while I'm busy working I mainly ignore it, but once I get home and begin to relax, I can no longer push it away. I often am seen rubbing my foot on the edge of our coffee table while I watch television with my husband, trying to dull it, knowing I can never satisfy the itch, and always eventually giving in to an all out scratch to the point of nearly causing pain just to make it stop.

Third, I'm now having some 'minor' vision problems, but these are worsening as well. I often get tunnel vision, and floaty spots. Sometimes in one eye, sometimes in both. Sometimes, it will happen in one eye and last up to an hour, go away and then it will happen in the other eye. Sometimes, the vision trouble follows a headache, and occasionally, its the reverse.

Fourth, recently I've started having 'episodes' of facial itching, but not a skin itch, more like its an itch beneath the layers of skin, and it can not be satisfied. Sometimes its just my chin or forehead, sometimes my whole face, but it always last at least 20 minutes.

Fifth, I have always bruised easily on my legs, and only on my legs. I am constantly finding bruises of all shape, size, and color. I cant remember seeing my bare legs without bruises. Even a light tap will cause me to bruise. More recently, my shins are very sensitive and a light bump sends intence pain shooting through me. Often, I am left thinking "that should not have hurt THAT bad..."

Sixth and final, I fall easily asleep and I dont think I dream. My husband once stayed up to watch me sleep when I voiced this concern and when I awoke HE was concerned. He said I never stirred, or moved, and he never saw my eyes flutter, like I never hit REM. I can sleep anywhere and just about anytime, and Im always tired.

Lastly, a little bio on me. I am married (happily!) with two children, and a house full of pets that keep me busy. I was adopted at 5 years old, and the health record of my biological parents is unknown. I've never had any major illness (other than chicken pox) or been hospitalized for anything other than childbirth. No surgeries, or prescription or over the counter medication used. Pregnant twice, both pregnancies ended in live, full term births with no complications, and no medication used. Neither of my children share my odd symptoms, and both are of above average intelligence. I am a non smoker/non drinker, I'm 29 years old, 5' 5" and 121 pounds. I am otherwise healthy and active. Please offer any advice you can and feel free to ask me if you need anymore info. I may have left something out....I am sometimes forgetful


PS...I forgot to add that recently Ive had several people tell me that they have noticed I hold my head sort of tilted to one side sometimes. It happens usually when Im relaxed like watching TV, driving, talking on the phone, or something.

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  • Ive not a clue what could be causing your problems.. but i do have a suggestion for you to try. Try putting a good handful of table salt in a container of very warm water, to this you could also add a tablespoon of bicarb soda and then keep your foot in that till water gets too cold (or for 20 mins) and see if it helps that itch. This is likely to help. (It may itch more when you first put it in..but then you may find it helps with that itch.. esp if done regularly).
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies
    • November 19, 2006
    • 04:35 AM
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  • The first thing I thought of when I read your post was Leukaemia, you have most of the symptoms and it can take years before it manifests; there are several forms. I would go to the ER and not leave till they do bloods. Three years of this is long enough.I wish you all the best and my prayers are with you,Agape,searchingsam
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 19, 2006
    • 10:23 AM
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  • I do not have bad head aches but all the other symptoms and alot more. I fineally got to a pituitary doctor. I researched cushings and thought that was my problem but after seeing me the doctor says it looks more like acromegal but is testing me for both. Do a search for cushings info, fill out the symptom chart, it will give you ideas of what you have symptoms of.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 7, 2006
    • 06:57 AM
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  • i'm going threw almost the same thing.about three years ago.i started itching on shoulders till i would bleed.now it has spreaded to entire back,butt,legs,stomach,breast and etc.drs are unsure but now im going to go to a skin dr.this is driving me crazy.i have scars all over.i also get very bad migraines and much more over the years.everything i had got worst with the itching.if i find out what it is i will let you know.man i even itch in bath water.i've been checked already for scabies and etc and im very clean.i wish god would take this away.get check for everything.cancer,aids,lupus and etc to be safe for the kids they need you.i know i have 5 and im 30 years old.good luck for now.mrs.jones
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 26, 2006
    • 06:24 AM
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  • Hi needadvice, I have a suggestion, but it is going to take alot of work to see if this is it, but worth it IF it is what is causing your problems. I think that you have allergies..that involve your pets. Can you remove your pets to a relative or friend for awhile..at least 2 weeks? You will also have to clean the house from top to bottom, change filters in furnace, air conditioning, besure that when done cleaning the house, empty the bag in the vacuum cleaner, besure to wash all the bedding, clean pillows as much as possible, etc. All the symptoms that you have described can be caused by allergies, and pets are a very common cause of allergies. If your problems disappear after doing all this ( you will need to be away from your pets and all their things that animal leave behind, like shed hair, dander,ect.) for at least 2 weeks. GOOD LUCK..TAKE CARE..SKEETER :)
    skeeter 42 Replies
    • December 26, 2006
    • 03:15 PM
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  • I've been tested for alergies, and thankfully, I dont have any other than vinegar in high amounts. I'm looking into cushings and lupus as some of my symptoms seem to fit those. I hear there are illnesses that mimic these two diseases and cause similar symptoms. I cant seem to find what these mimics are called though! Does anyone here know? Thanks a bundle all
    needadvice 2 Replies
    • December 27, 2006
    • 09:08 PM
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  • Again I hear Lupus mentioned. I have an appointment tomorrow afternoon and I'm going to have him look into that. It seems to fit with some of my symptoms. I'll post again after my visit tomorrow and let you know what track we're on.
    needadvice 2 Replies
    • December 28, 2006
    • 11:42 PM
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  • I wonder did you ever find out the cause of your symptoms?When you said this: "I've been tested for alergies, and thankfully, I dont have any other than vinegar in high amounts."The first thing that came to my mind was this: You can be tested for allergies, but still be allergic to things. They can not POSSIBLY test you for all things. One allergy that proved to be almost life-threatening for me, was something that was not tested during my huge round of testing. And it was to a chemical which is used in laundry detergent.But alternately, from past experience... severe foot itching can be caused from a type of wart that grows beneath the surface of the foot's skin. (If I recall right, if this type of wart were anywhere else it would show up at the surface, but because it's growing on the foot, and you daily putting pressure on the soles of the feet, it doesn't "show up" like most warts would.) I can't remember the name of this - anyone else know it? I had this type once, and it was as if the thing manifested itself throughout my footbed. I was so itchy that I would make my feet bleed just scratching. Finally one doctor was able to diagnose it and help me ensure its cure.I don't know about all your other symptoms. But hope this helps for the feet.
    lillamae 3 Replies
    • January 10, 2008
    • 07:00 PM
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  • In response to the bruising, I’ve been using this stuff on my kids for a while that’s been working great. They both play soccer so they get cuts and bruises on their legs often, not to mention they’re just generally rough when they play. I was reffered to this stuff called bruiseMD (you can find it thorugh google) by another mother at school. The ingredients are all natural and it works quickly so it’s a great bruise remedy. Hope that helps!
    AlyCarter 18 Replies Flag this Response
  • I was thinking it might be neurological...I'm really sorry as I have nothing to contribute, information-wise at least. I'm pretty baffled. But I'm even more baffled by the incompetence, or even worse, negligence on the part of the health care professionals. It seems that you as the patient were much more sensible. My heart truly goes out to you. I wish you luck!
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