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Confusing brain, visual and weight loss symptoms

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  • Posted By: dreamfactory
  • November 25, 2008
  • 10:50 PM

I am really worried about my husband's health. Over the past year, he lost 33 kg and has only gained 2. He has increasing episodes of double-vision and then falling over to the right. He has an enlarged liver and spleen and is growing weaker and more unsteady by the month.

After numerous blood tests (I don't know what they were), a gastroscope, colonoscopy and stool test, the hospital has determined that he has an elevated number of red blood cells, an iron deficiency, a dark patch on his lungs, a gastric ulcer and chronic, severe osteoarthritis. Few of these symptoms (other than the osteoarthritis, weight loss and weakness) are severe, so little has been done about it.

He has had 3 'fainting spells' over the past 2 months. First, he has strange visual sensations such as double vision or blank patches/areas, then he feels as though he is being pulled over to the right. he is 72 and, until about 8 years ago, was never ill - not even once. He has ataxia if he stands with his feet together and his eyes closed.

His other siblings have all died from breast cancer that metastasized and his one daughter was recently diagnosed with colon cancer, but is in complete remission.

What more can I ask his doctor's to look for or test? I am at my whit's end with worry. :(

Can anyone give me any advice? :confused:

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  • C.E.A ,Alfafetoprotein,M.R.I.,and i would also have the Monoclonal Immunoglobulin tested
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 27, 2008
    • 10:17 AM
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  • Thanks so much to the Medical Student who replied so promptly. It's hard getting medical help here in South Africa at present. Thousands of doctors have left the country for greener pastures, but I can't blame them. We have no medical insurance or even a pension, so our only resource is to attend the out-patients clinic at our local government hospital. The staff are wonderful, but they are run off their feet and can't spend quality time with patients. Also, they have written my husband off, clinically speaking, as they said they cannot do anything more to help him. I'm going to try and get the tests done that you recommended, come ***l or high water. My darling husband is worth anything and everything. God bless you, Med Stud!Dreamfactory
    dreamfactory 5 Replies
    • November 29, 2008
    • 09:44 AM
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  • Hi Med Stud After taking time to look up the tests on the Internet that you recommended, I remembered that my husband did have a bone marrow test and blood tests for cancer of the colon, intestine and prostate. None of these were positive. I forgot to mention that my husband is 73. His appetite is normal. He almost eats as much as he did when he weighed 33 kg more a year ago, but has gained only 1 kg to date. In fact, I have gained 15 kg trying to feed him up, as I stupidly ate the same food! In Sept 2006, he had a total knee left replacement. In Sept 2007, he had the other knee replaced. After the 2nd op, he contracted a citrobacter infection and was kept in hospital for treatment for a month, until the infection had completely cleared up. Since I first asked for help, I have taken my husband to a private physician. It was the latter who discovered his enlarged liver. My husband seldom drinks alcohol (Scotch whiskey) and he does not smoke. The physician also recommended an MRI. Does any of this information help to narrow down the options regarding additional tests? Kindest regardsDreamfactory :)
    dreamfactory 5 Replies
    • November 29, 2008
    • 11:04 AM
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  • Hard for me to figure out what has caused such a weight loss in just a year,i would have considered the development of a malabsorbtion condition but he`s had a stool test that didn`t confirm that.The Ataxia and the Visual problems have a neurological cause that might not be related with the rest of the symptomatology
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 29, 2008
    • 02:39 PM
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  • For a few weeks now, on top of all the other confusing symptoms, my husband has daily headaches (moderate, frontal) and visual hallucinations. I'm getting really scared. He knows the hallucinations are not real, but sees them very clearly and distinctly. A week ago, he began seeing clumps of coloured dots, then patches of random numbers and letters tipped at all sorts of angles, Two days ago, he said it looked as though his bed sheet was covered in sawdust. Prior to a month ago, he has never had headaches, without a very obvious cause such as influenza. I'm trying hard not to let him see how concerned I am. We are seeing a physician at a government hospital this Monday (8th Dec, 2008). Just 'talking' about it helps a bit.Thank you for 'listening'Dreamfactory
    dreamfactory 5 Replies
    • December 6, 2008
    • 08:45 AM
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  • Hi,I can only imagine the turmoil that you have been going through. I don't know if this is a shot in the dark or not, but it certainly can not hurt. Please ask/insist that your husband be tested for Systemic Candiasis as soon as possible. It is SO over looked, and your husbands symptoms could ALL could be due to this. When every test comes back NORMAL, this is another indication Systemic Candiasis could be the problem. There is a blood test that will indicate how serious it is, if he does test positive. I have had clinical experience in the ICU, when it is diagnosed to late. My prayers are with you, and please let me know how your husband is doing. Best Wishes,Pam DI am really worried about my husband's health. Over the past year, he lost 33 kg and has only gained 2. He has increasing episodes of double-vision and then falling over to the right. He has an enlarged liver and spleen and is growing weaker and more unsteady by the month. After numerous blood tests (I don't know what they were), a gastroscope, colonoscopy and stool test, the hospital has determined that he has an elevated number of red blood cells, an iron deficiency, a dark patch on his lungs, a gastric ulcer and chronic, severe osteoarthritis. Few of these symptoms (other than the osteoarthritis, weight loss and weakness) are severe, so little has been done about it. He has had 3 'fainting spells' over the past 2 months. First, he has strange visual sensations such as double vision or blank patches/areas, then he feels as though he is being pulled over to the right. he is 72 and, until about 8 years ago, was never ill - not even once. He has ataxia if he stands with his feet together and his eyes closed. His other siblings have all died from breast cancer that metastasized and his one daughter was recently diagnosed with colon cancer, but is in complete remission. What more can I ask his doctor's to look for or test? I am at my whit's end with worry. :( Can anyone give me any advice? :confused:
    pamela5rn2 1 Replies
    • December 6, 2008
    • 09:43 AM
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