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Headaches, Palpitations, Hot Flashes - 20 years old

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 30, 2009
  • 01:08 PM

I am trying to figure out how to help my son's girlfriend! She is 20 years old and is suffering from headaches, heart palpitations and hot flashes. She has seen doctors for three years without an answer. It started with terrible, chronic headaches three years ago. She saw a neurologist and did the battery of elimination tests: MRI, cat scan, EEG, etc. and ruled out the bad, scary stuff - tumors, seizures, etc. Headaches were/are not typical migraines, nor are they cluster - more a combination. Went on typical headache meds to no avail. In Dec. 07 was given DHE-45 intravaneously for a day or two to break cycle of headaches. Worked miraculously but only for a short time. Headaches came back along with hot flashes and in Dec. 08 was readmitted for second DHE-45 protocol, but for longer duration - 4-5 days. This worked again and she remained mainly headache free for several months. By mid-09 headaches were back and was experiencing pretty severe heart palpitations along with hot flashes, too. She had second round of MRI, scans, etc., has worn a heart monitor for the palpitations, done the food diary, done routine hormone testing - everything comes up 'normal'. If she were a 45 year old woman this might make some sense, but from 17-20? Does anyone have ANY idea? :confused:

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  • Google Electro Hypersensitivity - Talking to Your Doctor, and then compare her symptoms to the list.
    kermworm 81 Replies
    • September 30, 2009
    • 01:37 PM
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  • There was a women on discovery channel with the same symptoms starting around the same age. She ended up having a tumor on her adrenal gland which produced excess epinephrine and caused her symptoms. I don't remember how it was diagnosed but many doctors had missed it because it is not easy to see on a CT scan because of the location. It's rare but maybe she could suggest ruling it out?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 30, 2009
    • 09:26 PM
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