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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 2, 2010
  • 07:50 PM

I have been having a ton of problems and this is going to be a long post, but I sincerely hope someone can help.

I'm a 20 year old female.

It started in December when I was having depression so I went on Prozac. My doctor added lithium after I had no improvement after 6 weeks. My depression went away very soon. I then passed a kidney stone and a CT scan revealed that I had 3 of them. Haven't had any trouble with those and I haven't felt depressed since then.

About a week after the kidney stone, I started having shortness of breath. Not really shortness of breath, but the feeling of not being able to get enough air sometimes and like I have to take a really deep and uncomfortable breath to get enough air. I think it's worse when I'm talking to someone. Over the next month or two I also developed many other symptoms. My eyes are dry (I can't even wear my contacts all day anymore because they bug me and I usually end up switching to my glasses a few times a day so that I can see better). My mouth is also dry, I thought I was very thirsty at first, but I think it's more of a dry mouth thing because it gets worse when I talk. I also have been getting a generalized itching in various different places all over my body. I get really tired for a couple hours about 3 times a day too. I feel totally fatigued, and not even in a depressed way. I WANT to be doing things but I just can't. Finally, I get these sharp pains all around my abdominal area. Usually they are in the front below my ribs or in the back near where my kidneys are. Oh! I've also been having random muscle twitches (one of them is on my cheek right by my nose and above my lip and the other one is on my back behind my right kidney). Not really sure if that's related. I also get really dizzy and blackout almost every time I stand up, and my coordination and memory are worse than usual. I've lost about 15 pounds since December.

I have been to the doctor. My CBC, kidney function, pulmonary function, lung CT, brain MRI, and echocardiogram were all normal. She also checked for myasthenia gravis, it was negative. My thyroid was normal but the last time we checked it was early December, when my only symptom was depression. I've been checked for lupus 3 times in my life (the last time being about 3 years ago because of joint pain), they were all negative, but I'm thinking maybe it is some other autoimmune disorder?

I'm no longer taking the lithium and prozac, I took Wellbutrin for a while and now I'm taking effexor. I take Ambien every night to help me sleep because I wake up after about 3 hours if I don't. My doctor wants me to see a pulmonologist next to make sure there are no other tests we should do, but I'm sure there won't be. My old doctor eventually gave up and said it was just depression, but after over 2 months of this I really feel there is no way that is the case. I wish I could figure out what it is before things get worse.

Any ideas? Please?

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  • I have been having a ton of problems and this is going to be a long post, but I sincerely hope someone can help.I'm a 20 year old female.It started in December when I was having depression so I went on Prozac. My doctor added lithium after I had no improvement after 6 weeks. My depression went away very soon. I then passed a kidney stone and a CT scan revealed that I had 3 of them. Haven't had any trouble with those and I haven't felt depressed since then.About a week after the kidney stone, I started having shortness of breath. Not really shortness of breath, but the feeling of not being able to get enough air sometimes and like I have to take a really deep and uncomfortable breath to get enough air. I think it's worse when I'm talking to someone. Over the next month or two I also developed many other symptoms. My eyes are dry (I can't even wear my contacts all day anymore because they bug me and I usually end up switching to my glasses a few times a day so that I can see better). My mouth is also dry, I thought I was very thirsty at first, but I think it's more of a dry mouth thing because it gets worse when I talk. I also have been getting a generalized itching in various different places all over my body. I get really tired for a couple hours about 3 times a day too. I feel totally fatigued, and not even in a depressed way. I WANT to be doing things but I just can't. Finally, I get these sharp pains all around my abdominal area. Usually they are in the front below my ribs or in the back near where my kidneys are. Oh! I've also been having random muscle twitches (one of them is on my cheek right by my nose and above my lip and the other one is on my back behind my right kidney). Not really sure if that's related. I also get really dizzy and blackout almost every time I stand up, and my coordination and memory are worse than usual. I've lost about 15 pounds since December.I have been to the doctor. My CBC, kidney function, pulmonary function, lung CT, brain MRI, and echocardiogram were all normal. She also checked for myasthenia gravis, it was negative. My thyroid was normal but the last time we checked it was early December, when my only symptom was depression. I've been checked for lupus 3 times in my life (the last time being about 3 years ago because of joint pain), they were all negative, but I'm thinking maybe it is some other autoimmune disorder?I'm no longer taking the lithium and prozac, I took Wellbutrin for a while and now I'm taking effexor. I take Ambien every night to help me sleep because I wake up after about 3 hours if I don't. My doctor wants me to see a pulmonologist next to make sure there are no other tests we should do, but I'm sure there won't be. My old doctor eventually gave up and said it was just depression, but after over 2 months of this I really feel there is no way that is the case. I wish I could figure out what it is before things get worse.Any ideas? Please?girl quite taking all these pills, it could help, dont take ambien for sure, ive heard alot of bad stuff about that drug.
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  • I have been having a ton of problems and this is going to be a long post, but I sincerely hope someone can help. I'm a 20 year old female. It started in December when I was having depression so I went on Prozac. My doctor added lithium after I had no improvement after 6 weeks. My depression went away very soon. I then passed a kidney stone and a CT scan revealed that I had 3 of them. Haven't had any trouble with those and I haven't felt depressed since then. About a week after the kidney stone, I started having shortness of breath. Not really shortness of breath, but the feeling of not being able to get enough air sometimes and like I have to take a really deep and uncomfortable breath to get enough air. I think it's worse when I'm talking to someone. Over the next month or two I also developed many other symptoms. My eyes are dry (I can't even wear my contacts all day anymore because they bug me and I usually end up switching to my glasses a few times a day so that I can see better). My mouth is also dry, I thought I was very thirsty at first, but I think it's more of a dry mouth thing because it gets worse when I talk. I also have been getting a generalized itching in various different places all over my body. I get really tired for a couple hours about 3 times a day too. I feel totally fatigued, and not even in a depressed way. I WANT to be doing things but I just can't. Finally, I get these sharp pains all around my abdominal area. Usually they are in the front below my ribs or in the back near where my kidneys are. Oh! I've also been having random muscle twitches (one of them is on my cheek right by my nose and above my lip and the other one is on my back behind my right kidney). Not really sure if that's related. I also get really dizzy and blackout almost every time I stand up, and my coordination and memory are worse than usual. I've lost about 15 pounds since December. I have been to the doctor. My CBC, kidney function, pulmonary function, lung CT, brain MRI, and echocardiogram were all normal. She also checked for myasthenia gravis, it was negative. My thyroid was normal but the last time we checked it was early December, when my only symptom was depression. I've been checked for lupus 3 times in my life (the last time being about 3 years ago because of joint pain), they were all negative, but I'm thinking maybe it is some other autoimmune disorder? I'm no longer taking the lithium and prozac, I took Wellbutrin for a while and now I'm taking effexor. I take Ambien every night to help me sleep because I wake up after about 3 hours if I don't. My doctor wants me to see a pulmonologist next to make sure there are no other tests we should do, but I'm sure there won't be. My old doctor eventually gave up and said it was just depression, but after over 2 months of this I really feel there is no way that is the case. I wish I could figure out what it is before things get worse. Any ideas? Please? Your symptoms sound a bit like chronic fatigue syndrome, they also sound exactly (at least the ones I'v dcopied and bolded below) like what happened to me following an unfortunate exposure to a FLUOROQUINOLONE antibiotic, these are very toxic drugs - they damage mitochondrial DNA and induce chronic fatigue states in susceptible individuals. They are very often given for urological procedures and I wonder if you received one for your kidney stone? or as part of treatment? If you have taken one, don't EVER take one again, you can look up forums on what people go through with these antibiotics. There is universal joint damage to everyone with any usage (this is in the literature!) The first time I had one of these antibiotics I was 21 and had all the symptoms you described - I went from a 18 hour a day contact lens wearer to someone with eyes so dry a contact would pop out within hours of putting it in, I also developed symptoms of diabetes insipidus, which is excessive thirst and urination, I developed the shortness of breath (which is associated with chronic fatigue). My night vision was gone, my vision worsened tremendously after having been stable for years. Unfortunately I did not put the symptoms together and took the antibiotic a second time years later and have had a much worse condition since. The second time, more recently I went into a more severe CFS state. but the feeling of not being able to get enough air sometimes and like I have to take a really deep and uncomfortable breath to get enough air. I think it's worse when I'm talking to someone. Over the next month or two I also developed many other symptoms. My eyes are dry (I can't even wear my contacts all day anymore because they bug me and I usually end up switching to my glasses a few times a day so that I can see better). My mouth is also dry, I thought I was very thirsty at first, but I think it's more of a dry mouth thing because it gets worse when I talk. I also have been getting a generalized itching in various different places all over my body. I get really tired for a couple hours about 3 times a day too. I feel totally fatigued, and not even in a depressed way. I WANT to be doing things but I just can't. random muscle twitches ( Not really sure if that's related. I also get really dizzy and blackout almost every time I stand up, and my coordination and memory are worse than usual. the achy joints sound like fibromyalgia like symptoms that people with CFS often get also. Go read these links, you may have what is known as a 'methylation block' (google this term and read what Rich VanK has written) and B12 deficiency (specific forms VERY important, not what is in your typical multiple) B12 discussion thread: http://forums.wrongdiagnosis.com/showthread.php?t=9948&page=1087 Active B12 basics thread: http://forums.wrongdiagnosis.com/showthread.php?p=191131&posted=1#post191131 I've been following the reccomendations on the threads linked above for 9+ months and am doing a whole lot better. Please read them a seriously consider giving the suggestions a try. Typical MDs are not very helpful with this situation, they are not aware of the success people have been having with the approach outlined in the links above. If you would like a physicians feedback on this info, try looking for one who practices "functional medicine" they are more up to date on methylation and assorted issues. Velha
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  • Your symptoms sound a bit like chronic fatigue syndrome, they also sound exactly (at least the ones I'v dcopied and bolded below) like what happened to me following an unfortunate exposure to a FLUOROQUINOLONE antibiotic, these are very toxic drugs - they damage mitochondrial DNA and induce chronic fatigue states in susceptible individuals. They are very often given for urological procedures and I wonder if you received one for your kidney stone? or as part of treatment? If you have taken one, don't EVER take one again, you can look up forums on what people go through with these antibiotics. There is universal joint damage to everyone with any usage (this is in the literature!) The first time I had one of these antibiotics I was 21 and had all the symptoms you described - I went from a 18 hour a day contact lens wearer to someone with eyes so dry a contact would pop out within hours of putting it in, I also developed symptoms of diabetes insipidus, which is excessive thirst and urination, I developed the shortness of breath (which is associated with chronic fatigue). My night vision was gone, my vision worsened tremendously after having been stable for years. Unfortunately I did not put the symptoms together and took the antibiotic a second time years later and have had a much worse condition since. The second time, more recently I went into a more severe CFS state. but the feeling of not being able to get enough air sometimes and like I have to take a really deep and uncomfortable breath to get enough air. I think it's worse when I'm talking to someone. Over the next month or two I also developed many other symptoms. My eyes are dry (I can't even wear my contacts all day anymore because they bug me and I usually end up switching to my glasses a few times a day so that I can see better). My mouth is also dry, I thought I was very thirsty at first, but I think it's more of a dry mouth thing because it gets worse when I talk. I also have been getting a generalized itching in various different places all over my body. I get really tired for a couple hours about 3 times a day too. I feel totally fatigued, and not even in a depressed way. I WANT to be doing things but I just can't. random muscle twitches ( Not really sure if that's related. I also get really dizzy and blackout almost every time I stand up, and my coordination and memory are worse than usual. the achy joints sound like fibromyalgia like symptoms that people with CFS often get also. Go read these links, you may have what is known as a 'methylation block' (google this term and read what Rich VanK has written) and B12 deficiency (specific forms VERY important, not what is in your typical multiple) B12 discussion thread: http://forums.wrongdiagnosis.com/showthread.php?t=9948&page=1087 Active B12 basics thread: http://forums.wrongdiagnosis.com/showthread.php?p=191131&posted=1#post191131 I've been following the reccomendations on the threads linked above for 9+ months and am doing a whole lot better. Please read them a seriously consider giving the suggestions a try. Typical MDs are not very helpful with this situation, they are not aware of the success people have been having with the approach outlined in the links above. If you would like a physicians feedback on this info, try looking for one who practices "functional medicine" they are more up to date on methylation and assorted issues. VelhaVELHAHow are you doing? If not doing much better with earlier suggestions, check celiac.com for info. Your symptoms so sound much like mine were. When I gave up gluten i started getting back to normal in about 24 hours......dry eyes (could be vit A deficiency, but vitamins have to be balanced and Adele Davis is best writer on this), dry mouth, fatigue, night sweats, abdominal pain and distention, indigestion, bowel upsets, pain in bones and muscles, vision worsening, frequent urination.......so much better now that I'm on gluten free diet.....dont even need anti-depressants....my doctor was not willing to do more than standard blood panel and all came back okay so he dismissed me. He's getting dismissed next.....Halleluliah.....It was a great day when the dam broke and i started making saliva again....btw.Check celiac sites and see if you recognize yourself...then be tested before you give up gluten, as it won't show on tests if your body is cleaned of them.Good luck....
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  • I have been having a ton of problems and this is going to be a long post, but I sincerely hope someone can help.I'm a 20 year old female.About a week after the kidney stone, I started having shortness of breath. Not really shortness of breath, but the feeling of not being able to get enough air sometimes and like I have to take a really deep and uncomfortable breath to get enough air. I think it's worse when I'm talking to someone. Over the next month or two I also developed many other symptoms. My eyes are dry (I can't even wear my contacts all day anymore because they bug me and I usually end up switching to my glasses a few times a day so that I can see better). My mouth is also dry, I thought I was very thirsty at first, but I think it's more of a dry mouth thing because it gets worse when I talk. I also have been getting a generalized itching in various different places all over my body. I get really tired for a couple hours about 3 times a day too. I feel totally fatigued, and not even in a depressed way. I WANT to be doing things but I just can't. Finally, I get these sharp pains all around my abdominal area. Usually they are in the front below my ribs or in the back near where my kidneys are. Oh! I've also been having random muscle twitches (one of them is on my cheek right by my nose and above my lip and the other one is on my back behind my right kidney). Not really sure if that's related. I also get really dizzy and blackout almost every time I stand up, and my coordination and memory are worse than usual. I've lost about 15 pounds since December.Any ideas? Please?Did you take an antibiotic? I'm a 24 year old female and have several of the same symptoms after taking a dose of metronidazole for an infection: general fatigue, dry mouth and eyes, feeling the need to take in breaths, and a sort of feeling around my left kidney (it's not exactly pain), along with the coordination and memory. I've had other issues lately that have left me with greatly increased anxiety as well (I dont' take meds for that), so I'm not sure if this is a result of the antibiotics, anxiety, or something else. It's been 12 days since I took the antibiotics.
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  • VELHAHow are you doing? If not doing much better with earlier suggestions, check celiac.com for info. Your symptoms so sound much like mine were. When I gave up gluten i started getting back to normal in about 24 hours......dry eyes (could be vit A deficiency, but vitamins have to be balanced and Adele Davis is best writer on this), dry mouth, fatigue, night sweats, abdominal pain and distention, indigestion, bowel upsets, pain in bones and muscles, vision worsening, frequent urination.......so much better now that I'm on gluten free diet.....dont even need anti-depressants....my doctor was not willing to do more than standard blood panel and all came back okay so he dismissed me. He's getting dismissed next.....Halleluliah.....It was a great day when the dam broke and i started making saliva again....btw.Check celiac sites and see if you recognize yourself...then be tested before you give up gluten, as it won't show on tests if your body is cleaned of them.Good luck.... Hi mrs whipple, thanks for your comment, I just saw it!! I was tested for celiac and it was negative, BUT I have been gluten free and it has made a tremendous difference in my health. My problem was that I thought I was gluten free at first and wasn't, not so smart, I had so much on my plate I did not investigate thoroughly and didn't realize spices and natural flavors can contain gluten. After completely removing I've experienced another perk in my energy level. Essentially the antibiotics and the gluten sensitivity are causing intestinal damage and vitamin deficiencies. The protocol I follow above covers so many potential deficiencies it can work for many - in addition it includes some very important active forms of b vitamins (methylcobalamin or ACTIVE B12 and 5-methyl-tetrahydrofolate or ACTIVE folic acid) that many people have trouble converting. I think both girls in their 20's who have hte 'shortness of breath' will benefit from the above protocol. Please give it a shot...Velha
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  • Did you take an antibiotic? I'm a 24 year old female and have several of the same symptoms after taking a dose of metronidazole for an infection: general fatigue, dry mouth and eyes, feeling the need to take in breaths, and a sort of feeling around my left kidney (it's not exactly pain), along with the coordination and memory. I've had other issues lately that have left me with greatly increased anxiety as well (I dont' take meds for that), so I'm not sure if this is a result of the antibiotics, anxiety, or something else. It's been 12 days since I took the antibiotics. unregistered (please register, you will get email reminders when people post to your thread and we can recognize you more easily when talking) Please read my post above. THE SAME THING HAPPENED TO ME!! Within a few months of taking a fluoroquinolone antibiotic I went from a morning to bedtime, 16 h a day contact lens wearer with no issues, they were completely comfortable I used to even be able to sleep with them in to not being able to wear them at ALL because my eyes were so dry, I also had dry mouth and shortness of breath. When this happened to me (the first time) there was no internet. You don't have to deal with this. Metronidazole is known to cause similar symptoms - the reason I know is because I've participated in some forums where users have experienced similar things, this is after the SECOND time I took one of those antibiotics, my symptoms were much worse then. I would suggest you DO NOT take that antibiotic or a fluoroquinolone EVER. The symptoms will worsen if you take it again. Make sure to list it as an allergy as doctors don't seem to understand or respect toxicities from these antibiotics... Also, PLEASE take a look at the links I posted above. Give these vitamins consideration, you are young and still sound healthy. The shortness of breath is a physiological symptom that results from some aspect of lack of ATP (energy for your cells!!), I had this too, it went away upon following the protocol referred to above... Good luck,Velha
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