I have been a frequent visitor to this site in hopes of finding answers but so far I have had no luck. I have multiple undiagnosed symptoms and some diagnoses.
I am 28 years old (female) and in 1998 when I was just 17 I had severe back pain. At first it would flare up every few months and then disappear. By 2002 however it was almost constant so I went to doctor after doctor in search of answers. Because of my age, no doctor believed I was really in pain and I guess thought I was just seeking attention. Finally last year one doctor took me seriously, ordered an MRI and it turns out I have 6 'slipped discs' - 3 in neck, 3 in the back - dehydration of the discs and degeneration of the spine (more than expected for my age). I did physiotherapy for 6 months and I must say the pain is considerably less than previously. However, during the course of physiotherapy I developed carpal tunnel syndrome in my left wrist and trigger finger in the ring finger of my right hand - I do not hold a job which requires a lot of work on the computer/typing/repetitive work etc. I cannot help but think that there must be a reason that brings together all these symptoms, especially given my age.
As for the rest of my health problems I was diagnosed two years ago with non-genital lichen sclerosis et atrophicus (confirmed through a biopsy) which is a rare incurable autoimmune skin disorder. About 9 months ago, after being misdiagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome, an endoscopy revealed a stomach ulcer. Despite 13 different medications in the course of 6 months (Zantac, Controloc and Ompranyt among others) another endoscopy revealed that though the ulcer had healed I now have multiple ulcerations in the stomach.
My latest symptom is extreme fatigue despite more than adequate rest. Psychologically I am well, the only thing that gets me down is my health as it interferes with my work with children with special needs as well as preventing me from having a social life and dealing with simple housework chores etc. (I have been having B12 injections - I am a vegetarian - for two weeks now but they havent helped)
Please respond with any advice or comments.
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