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Doctors are confused, so am I

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  • Posted By: RDuBb2k1
  • April 5, 2008
  • 07:40 PM

First, a list of symptoms (in a semi-order time line):


-Months of Acid Reflux (Stress related from classes?)
-Semester Ends, Reflux dies down
-Full-Body Chills (Shakes)
-Sharp Stomach Pain below belly button
-Hospital Dec 26 (tests show nothing)
-Chills / Tiredness / Headaches / Some stomach pain / Infrequent Body Twitches
-Clinic (H-Pylori test negative)
-Family Doctor (Prescribed liquid for yeast, caused chest pain and nausea, only took once)
-Chills / Tiredness / Headaches / Fuzzy Brain / Some stomach pain / Infrequent Body Twitches
-Cold feeling in intestinal region (right side)
-Started Threelac for Candida (self diag, spit test), resulted in feeling somewhat better, but constipated
-Late March – Hospital again, only blood done, test showed possible dehydration, 1 bag of fluid fixed problem
-Was given anxiety medication, took once, had chest pain, stopped (during visit doctor said I was low on Potassium, started drinking V8 and eating bananas) Had purple halfway up my nails on hands during visit, hands were very cold, a slight shake (doctor said nails like this can be caused by anxiety, that you can hyper ventilate unknowingly)

-Started herbal parasite medication (self diag, running out of options), felt great first 3 days, pain in lower right abdominal on 5th day
-Upper back pain around heart region after eating, a tums cleared it up after 10 minutes or so, reoccurred after eating a 2nd meal, another tums made it better


First visit to the hospital had every test under the moon done (Blood, Urine, X-Ray, Catscan, Ultrasound) and came up empty. No signs of any stones, appendicitis, etc. 2 Doctors (one at hospital, and family doctor) are trying to tell me a lot of it is anxiety related, and that I'm dreaming most of it up myself, not letting myself recover. While I agree stress/anxiety is a powerful feel-sick agent, I highly doubt it is ALL of it. I'm really at a loss, and am looking for advice! If anyone knows anything at all, please lend me your ideas!

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  • First, a list of symptoms (in a semi-order time line): -Months of Acid Reflux (Stress related from classes?) -Semester Ends, Reflux dies down -Full-Body Chills (Shakes) -Sharp Stomach Pain below belly button -Hospital Dec 26 (tests show nothing) -Chills / Tiredness / Headaches / Some stomach pain / Infrequent Body Twitches -Clinic (H-Pylori test negative) -Family Doctor (Prescribed liquid for yeast, caused chest pain and nausea, only took once) -Chills / Tiredness / Headaches / Fuzzy Brain / Some stomach pain / Infrequent Body Twitches -Cold feeling in intestinal region (right side) -Started Threelac for Candida (self diag, spit test), resulted in feeling somewhat better, but constipated -Late March – Hospital again, only blood done, test showed possible dehydration, 1 bag of fluid fixed problem -Was given anxiety medication, took once, had chest pain, stopped (during visit doctor said I was low on Potassium, started drinking V8 and eating bananas) Had purple halfway up my nails on hands during visit, hands were very cold, a slight shake (doctor said nails like this can be caused by anxiety, that you can hyper ventilate unknowingly) -Started herbal parasite medication (self diag, running out of options), felt great first 3 days, pain in lower right abdominal on 5th day -Upper back pain around heart region after eating, a tums cleared it up after 10 minutes or so, reoccurred after eating a 2nd meal, another tums made it betterFirst visit to the hospital had every test under the moon done (Blood, Urine, X-Ray, Catscan, Ultrasound) and came up empty. No signs of any stones, appendicitis, etc. 2 Doctors (one at hospital, and family doctor) are trying to tell me a lot of it is anxiety related, and that I'm dreaming most of it up myself, not letting myself recover. While I agree stress/anxiety is a powerful feel-sick agent, I highly doubt it is ALL of it. I'm really at a loss, and am looking for advice! If anyone knows anything at all, please lend me your ideas!I can only assume they did a full cardiac work-up (EKG, echo, enzymes, etc.) for your chest pain. If they ruled out your heart than the chest pain is probably from your acid reflux, as is the other pain you are feeling after meals. If you're not on medication for this (e.g. protonix), you should be. If you are already on medication let your doctor know it's not working. The other stuff could be a lot of things, but once again I'll have to assume they're ruled out all the obvious stuff (kidneys, anemia, pregnancy). So it does sound like you have severe stress and anxiety, and/or fluid and electrolyte imbalances.-Did they ever tell you any of your vital signs were abnormal?-Are you a healthy weight? Do you take in an adequate, balanced diet and drink at least 8 glasses of water per day? Take a daily multivitamin? If not these things could be the cause of your problems.-Do you have normal bowel movements at least once every three days? A lot of GI problems can cause fluid/electrolyte imbalances. A stool culture may be helpful.-There is nothing to be ashamed of if it turns out your symptoms are due to anxiety. A lot of people don't like to get that diagnosis but anxiety is as real and powerful as any other medical problem. You really need to tell your doctor what happened when you took the anti-anxiety medication and that you are not taking it. There are many different things that can be tried. Give the medications a chance, as well as therapy and lifestyle changes if suggested by your doctor.Finally, until you are sure what's wrong with you, it is really not a good idea to self-diagnose or self-medicate, as you could end up taking something that makes your condition worse. These are all things your doctors have probably already said. Sorry I couldn't be more help. Best of luck to you.
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