29 yo Male
overweight but not obese
no allergies/medical condx (other than exercise-induced asthma but haven't used my puffer in years)
About 3+ weeks ago, I started to feel run down like I was fighting off a flu. Became very fatigued, weak, and started to feel dizzy and unbalanced when I walked (feel a bit better lying down). Saw family Dr (haven't been in a couple years, as I've felt fine until recently), he ordered some tests (blood profile/ferritin/mono/ C-Reactive Protein/Thyroid) and told me it was probably a "low-grade subclinical depression". Bear in mind that this dr. tells everybody that they are depressed or anxious (sister was even institutionalized for a month because she thought she was going crazy, ended up being a thyroid issue that SHOWED UP on blood tests he ordered but he ignored them).
A couple days later, I started to have episodes of feeling extremely light-headed like I was drunk or high (don't do drugs and drink MAYBE avg. 1-2 glasses of wine a month) and I was slurring my words, forgetting words, confused, dizzy, etc. Also felt needles and pins in my arms and legs and numb in my lips. Finally, called our provincial nurse line and they told me to go to the ER in case it was a stroke/TIA. I took some chewable asprin and went to the ER even though I hate hospitals. BP was a little high, they took an ECG (normal) and eventually sent me home; the ER nurse said based on the ECG it probably wasn't life-threatening and to go see my family dr the next day. Nobody even examined me or did a neuro exam.
I went to my family Dr again. Without asking me any questions or anything, he started to talk to me about depression/anxiety and gave me a questionnaire. The thing is I have NO signs of depression--no feelings of hopelessness, I can laugh easily (and joked around with the dr), no anxiety either, no suicidal thoughts, no loss of pleasure, no external stressors either. I feel that my doc is trying to pigeon hole me into this diagnosis and he didn't ask me ONCE if I felt depressed or listened to my symptoms. I'm worried that he's basing his diagnosis on assumptions because of some mental issues that my sister had. I don't really trust him 100% either because he is ALWAYS trying to blame symptoms on stress/anxiety/depression and he misdiagnosed my father's severe back pain 6 years ago as "probably just a torn ligament" and he ended up having terminal kidney cancer and died 6 months later.
-cognitive issues (brain fog?): forgetting words, slurred speech, feeling "drunk"
-tingling or pins/needles in extremities and numb lips
-muscle pains and "sunburn" sensation on parts of my skin
-NO temperature, cough, rash, etc.
-all blood tests mentioned above came back negative/normal
-just a weird virus?
- possible (but unlikely) Multiple Sclerosis?
Can anybody help me figure this out? I'm going to get a second opinion and talk to my Naturopath because he's awesome and will actually spend time with me and listen and try things.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read this!
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