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  • Posted By: MotherOf2
  • August 22, 2009
  • 11:40 PM

Over the past year and a half i have had more frequent headaches and dizzy spells. I have also noticed that my arms in various places have gotten very tender to the touch and it usually lasts for a day or so...I have also been experiencing more frequent migraines and sometimes it is accompamnied with a sharp stabbing pain at the base of my skull. I have also experienced severe cramping and light headedness with sharp stabbing pains along the left side of my abdomen. Recently when I've had these cramps they have been accompanied by dizziness and shortness of breath and I felt like I was burning up from the inside out. Another symptom I have had is sometimes my eyes have felt like they arent able to focus...I have went to urgent care and they have checked me out and said that there was nothing to worry about, but all these problems seem to be happening more and more frequently and the symptoms have gotten progessively worse...I have no health insurance and don't know what else to do can you help me? Please?!!!!

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  • You say the Doctors say all fine, but what excatly have they done for you ? tests, scans etc ? Samanthahttp://www.undiagnosedillness.org
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 23, 2009
    • 11:00 PM
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  • Okay, we can certainly discuss your symptoms but realize that the internet is absolutely no place to go in search of an actual diagnosis. I can understand and appreciate that you are without insurance, but if your symptoms are persisting or worsening, then direct evaluation is advised. If the urgent care clinic does not provide adequate service, then if you live within distance of a state hospital, you can receive care even without insurance or ability to pay. At first blush, the collective description of your symptoms would appear to be stress-induced. I'm presuming that by your username, you are relatively young in age so the prospect of something like diverticulitis, which is an inflammation/infection of the colon, would produce pain in the left mid to lower quadrant. I would ask at this point whether you are experiencing any other GI symptoms such as any change in bowel habits, constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, etc. Also, please explain in more detail what you mean when you refer to "burning up from the inside out." Do you have a fever during the episodes or does it simply feel as though you do? Please tell me more about the dizziness. Are you actually referring to light-headedness or is there a spinning sensation more consistent with vertigo? With regard to your eyes, does your ability to focus seem better in the morning and worsens throughout the day, or is it more constant? Is it most noticable when trying to look quickly from near to far or vice versa? Also tell me a bit about your social/occupational circumstances. Has there been any significant event take place such as divorce or separation, loss of a job or a new job, death of a loved one, significant illness with your children, etc. that would tend to coincide with the onset of the symptoms? Once you can provide a response to my questions, I may be able to provide better direction. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
    JCottleMD 580 Replies
    • August 23, 2009
    • 11:35 PM
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  • I suggest you have a head CT first, and then we can discuss later. What you have said such as headaches, dizziness, stabbing pain at the base of scull seems like the symptoms of lacunar infarction.
    MONDAY 10 Replies
    • August 24, 2009
    • 02:44 AM
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  • Your symptoms do have some familiarity. Is it possible you have ingested a marine toxin? I contracted ciguatera, a marine toxin. look up the symptoms, your description would locate the pain in your adrenal gland area. The joint pain from nerve damage & the rest a neurologic response.
    Trindone 18 Replies
    • August 24, 2009
    • 04:11 AM
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  • I suggest you have a head CT first, and then we can discuss later. What you have said such as headaches, dizziness, stabbing pain at the base of scull seems like the symptoms of lacunar infarction. Lacunar infarct is an entirely painless occurrence and there's nothing of the symptoms described that would suggest an infarct has occurred. A CT should not be performed merely for exploratory purposes, but rather confirmatory. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
    JCottleMD 580 Replies
    • August 24, 2009
    • 02:57 PM
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  • You say the Doctors say all fine, but what excatly have they done for you ? tests, scans etc ? Samanthahttp://www.undiagnosedillness.orgwell the doctors have done blood work and urine tests but nothing further, its urgent care so because i dont have health insurance they feel like they dont need to do any more than that. the last time i went all the dr did was placfe me on a fluid iv and thats it....what kind of tests should they be performing or should i ask them to perform?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 24, 2009
    • 09:39 PM
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  • Lacunar infarct is an entirely painless occurrence and there's nothing of the symptoms described that would suggest an infarct has occurred. A CT should not be performed merely for exploratory purposes, but rather confirmatory. Best regards, J Cottle, MDOh well, I think it is my wrong diagnosis. Lacunar infarct does not present pain as a symptom indeed.
    MONDAY 10 Replies
    • August 25, 2009
    • 03:04 AM
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  • I understand completely, I have been working and going back and forth to the hospital trying to find out whats going on so this is why I have not been on the forum... the Drs at the ER and Urgent Care dont seem too interested in answering my questions or adressing my concerns. I feel like they are shoving me off to the side because I do not have insurance. What I mean by the burning up from the inside out I mean that I get extremely hot and sweaty and very sick to my stomach I have to sit or lay down and practically naked to cool down but my skin is very cold to the touch...not sure what it is. Also too I have had 3 menstrual cycles in a 6 week time frame which is not normal and although I appreciate the fact that it could be stress related I am under much less stress now than 2 years ago when my dad had a heart attack and my grandfather passed away so stress I dont think is the factor. I have been getting more and more headaches and fatigued. I will sleep 8 - 10 hours and still feel like I havent slept. I am 31 years old. The lightheadedness I get sometimes when I sit up or wake up in the mornings and sometimes the dizzy spells are so bad I cant even get up without feeling like I am going to fall over.. Just the other day in the shower while shaving I was barely leaning over and I felt like I was going to pass out I felt myself falling over, but I caught myself. In regards to my eyes I will be reading something on the computer screen or watching tv or just simply walking or even sitting and conversating with someone and they feel like they are moving like they are trying to focus but I can see just fine its not like my vision gets blurry or like I blackout for a minute its a werid feeling thats hard to explain. I work a full time job as a Wireless consultant but it honestly isnt a stressful job, I mean here in the past few weeks the store manager has *****d me off to be honest because she is not making the schedule on time and asking me to do things that she should be doing as a manager. I am not a manager and do not get paid management pay but just cause I am trying to be nice I help her out but I let that slide. These symptoms have been going on before I started this job. I did have an abnormal Pap in Nov 08 and had a colposcopy done in april or may of this year the dr said that the abnormal cell growth wasnt anything to be concern with but they never did a transvaginal ultra sound to see if there were things in my uterus or my ovaries that they couldnt detect simply by doing the colpo. The pain in the abdomal area has increased as well as some of the other symptoms since the colpo. I know that I jumped around alot in my response but I was trying to get all the info out as it came to mind and reading your response. Thanks for your response and I look forward to some more information that you are able to give and maybe some questions I should ask when I go to the GYN. Okay, we can certainly discuss your symptoms but realize that the internet is absolutely no place to go in search of an actual diagnosis. I can understand and appreciate that you are without insurance, but if your symptoms are persisting or worsening, then direct evaluation is advised. If the urgent care clinic does not provide adequate service, then if you live within distance of a state hospital, you can receive care even without insurance or ability to pay. At first blush, the collective description of your symptoms would appear to be stress-induced. I'm presuming that by your username, you are relatively young in age so the prospect of something like diverticulitis, which is an inflammation/infection of the colon, would produce pain in the left mid to lower quadrant. I would ask at this point whether you are experiencing any other GI symptoms such as any change in bowel habits, constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, etc. Also, please explain in more detail what you mean when you refer to "burning up from the inside out." Do you have a fever during the episodes or does it simply feel as though you do? Please tell me more about the dizziness. Are you actually referring to light-headedness or is there a spinning sensation more consistent with vertigo? With regard to your eyes, does your ability to focus seem better in the morning and worsens throughout the day, or is it more constant? Is it most noticable when trying to look quickly from near to far or vice versa? Also tell me a bit about your social/occupational circumstances. Has there been any significant event take place such as divorce or separation, loss of a job or a new job, death of a loved one, significant illness with your children, etc. that would tend to coincide with the onset of the symptoms? Once you can provide a response to my questions, I may be able to provide better direction. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
    MotherOf2 2 Replies
    • September 7, 2009
    • 10:01 PM
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  • could you please email me at hollyfarris1978@yahoo.comOkay, we can certainly discuss your symptoms but realize that the internet is absolutely no place to go in search of an actual diagnosis. I can understand and appreciate that you are without insurance, but if your symptoms are persisting or worsening, then direct evaluation is advised. If the urgent care clinic does not provide adequate service, then if you live within distance of a state hospital, you can receive care even without insurance or ability to pay. At first blush, the collective description of your symptoms would appear to be stress-induced. I'm presuming that by your username, you are relatively young in age so the prospect of something like diverticulitis, which is an inflammation/infection of the colon, would produce pain in the left mid to lower quadrant. I would ask at this point whether you are experiencing any other GI symptoms such as any change in bowel habits, constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, etc. Also, please explain in more detail what you mean when you refer to "burning up from the inside out." Do you have a fever during the episodes or does it simply feel as though you do? Please tell me more about the dizziness. Are you actually referring to light-headedness or is there a spinning sensation more consistent with vertigo? With regard to your eyes, does your ability to focus seem better in the morning and worsens throughout the day, or is it more constant? Is it most noticable when trying to look quickly from near to far or vice versa? Also tell me a bit about your social/occupational circumstances. Has there been any significant event take place such as divorce or separation, loss of a job or a new job, death of a loved one, significant illness with your children, etc. that would tend to coincide with the onset of the symptoms? Once you can provide a response to my questions, I may be able to provide better direction. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
    MotherOf2 2 Replies
    • September 8, 2009
    • 08:24 PM
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