My husband (51 years old) is diabetic, has high blood pressure (under control with meds), and chronic pain from a back surgery gone bad. He has been having multiple symptoms coming on since he had his gall bladder removed in September 2006. He started out with anxiety and was placed on Ativan. During the nearly four months he took Ativan, he had daily headaches. It has been about five months since he quit taking Ativan and is still having daily headaches.
In March 2007 he had an "episode" (which I now believe may have been a small stroke) where he lost all use and feeling in his left arm and leg for a short time. I took him to the ER, where he was treated for "headaches." They did do a CT scan of his brain, which we were told was "normal." We found out later, when we obtained a copy of the report, that there were small white spots on the brain. He had an MRI of his brain in July 2007, which we were once again told was "normal," but upon a visit to an internist, we were told he has "small vessel disease," or hardening of the small vessels in the brain. During a later visit to a neurologist, we were told the vessel disease caused the white spots, which are actually little dead areas of the brain, and that diabetes and hypertension can cause this vessel disease.
Every doctor we've been to--family practitioner or specialist--says they don't know what's causing his symptoms. Right now, the symptoms which are most disturbing are the constant headaches, loss of coordination, poor balance, drooling, stuttering, memory loss, difficulty remembering words, difficulty swallowing, tremors, confusion--the list goes on and on.
Does anyone have any ideas? Thanks so much!