I will first start with the fact that I am only 22 years old and up until my late teenage years I considered myself very healthy despite the fact that I had previous health problems they all seemed minor and I was basically invincible.
I'll list my current symptoms and below that I'll note my medical history for those who enjoy reading.
My current set of symptoms began in late August of 2009, so just a couple months ago. I am experiencing a burning pain in my stomach, sometimes just below my left rib, sometimes between my ribs but always located very closely to my stomach. Digestive problems, since I typically feel worse after eating, gas, bloating, hiccups, burping, abnormal bathroom habits as opposed to before August. Low grade fever almost constantly, nausea, motion sickness, blurred vision... This has actually led me to be curious about my eyesight however I have always had better than perfect vision.
Ringing in the ears which I have had for years but I'll include it in my current symptoms since I still have it. Headaches, hot flashes, chills, sweating, weakness, fatigue, occasional shaking.
Also noteworthy is the fact that I used to love dairy products, I was a milk and ice cream addict but I haven't been able to eat dairy since early August. I also haven't been able to tolerate regular sugar, it gives me headaches, dizzy spells, I get nervous and anxious after eating it and always feel really ill when I have some, in all honesty it seems like it affects my brain more than my body. Though I also would tremble, shake and appear to have massive sugar crashes after consuming sugar, I'd get very cold and weak and feel like passing out.
I also have tachycardia, weight loss, abdominal pain, shallow, difficult breathing. Also Joint pain particularly in my right arm but also in my hips, shoulders, right elbow, hand and wrist (wrist most likely because I broke it when I was four) knees ankles but particularly my left ankle.
Wow, more than likely I am forgetting something but I'll add anything else if I remember it.
At 4 yrs old I fell out a two story window, landed on straight asphalt, broke my wrist, bruised my hip and face as well as did some spinal damage, I have back pain pretty severe and regularly.
At 4 yrs old I also suffered an appendicitis and needed to have my appendix removed, I was sick for a while before I was taken to the hospital since my parents thought it was the flu. They preformed the operation and realized they made a mistake so I had to be re-opened so they could fix it and then I developed a severe infection and had to be opened for a third time in the exact same location, so I probably have pretty severe scarring in my abdomen. I also developed a pretty bad intenstinal blockage during all that.
Also very young, younger than 7 yrs I'd say...I had a pretty bad infection and was urinating blood, my mother cannot remember if it was a urinary tract infection or a bladder infection, I was treated with antibiotics though I have no idea which kind.
At 12 I had my first and only ear infection and was again put on antibiotics though I also have no clue which kind.
At 13 I developed some sort of fungal infection on my toes and was given anitbiotics on two or three occasions for that. ultimately it took three surgeries to completely rid myself of it, those took place at various times and the latest one was when I was 17.
At 17 I hit my head and had severe headaches for several weeks after but never seen a doctor for it.
I had just turned 18 and was less than a week into my first year as an adult when I was in the bathroom brushing my teeth before bed, I was just standing at the sink and all of a sudden my vision went grey on the outer edges and I felt weak, my ears rang so loud that I quite literally couldn't hear anything but a rushing sound in my ears. I braced myself on the sink but ended up passing out anyways, I fell backwards into a wall, hit my head and then fell over into the shelf beside, hitting my head again. I came to within a few seconds and stood up, brushed myself off, felt fine and went right to bed.
At 18 I started developing horrible dizzy spells that kept me in bed for sometimes a week at a time, I was only able to get up to go to the bathroom because I couldn't walk straight or stand still. The room would literally swirl around me and it was like a vicious hangover 24/7 without having drank anything to bring it on.
This in itself was a huge mystery, I seen the doctor several times about it and had a ton of tests ran but in the end they couldn't figure out anything. They suggested I have a cat scan because they thought maybe I had a tumor but the cat scan was too expensive and I refused. I never had it done.
My symptoms for that were horrible dizzy spells, blurred vision, headaches, etc. and the doctors had no clue so I went online to self diagnose and discovered that many of my symptoms were related to Aspartame Toxicity which was possible because it all started a few months after becoming a diet coke addict.
I removed all Aspartame from my diet and within six months I was feeling better, after a year I was almost totally recovered and by 21 I was able to lay down flat again! Which is something I forgot to mention, I was unable to lay down flat without my head elevated as this brought on horrible dizzy spells even when I was feeling fine.
However I made the mistake of unknowingly consuming some products with aspartame earlier this summer around June-July and started getting my symptoms back. Within five minutes of consuming aspartame I had a horrible headache, slurred speech, couldn't walk a straight line and lost almost all my depth perception. Give me a stick of Elixer Flavored 5 Gum and you'd swear I was drunk.
My list of foods that I cannot eat has grown as now I cannot eat Aspartame, Sugar Substitutes, Sugar and Dairy.
I have been told maybe Diabetes, maybe Pancreatits, maybe Gallstones or something wrong with my Gallbladder as well as many other possibilities. My latest doctors appointment is tomorrow at 1pm and I will post my results from that.
Also two weeks ago I had an abnormal pap test and I was told that I had abnormal cell growth in my cervix, they want me to have a Colposcopy which I haven't done yet, but will soon.
Family Medical History:
My mother and sister both had Gallstones at an early age, Mom was 19 and my sister was 18. My grandfather and great grandmother had Diabetes and my grandmother had Cervical Cancer. I am sure there is more and I will add anything else if I get questions or I believe it to be relevant.
Any help or suggestions, questions or comments are more than welcome!
Thank you so much.