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I feel like a House patient. Any ideas?

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  • Posted By: delilahc
  • August 14, 2009
  • 05:41 PM

swf, 39 iso diagnosis

Current diagnoses: ADHD, depression, anxiety, adhd, rosacea. I think something more may be going on.

Symptoms (some persistent for 20 years, some more recent): All fluctuate, but the overall picture gets progressively worse

Weight: large fluctuations in weight since reaching puberty. Adult weight has ranged from 111 to 180. Frequent periods of unexpected, rapid weight gain or loss. Over the past 5 to 10 years, clearly abnormal central weight gain, along with abdominal bloating/swelling. Recently, edema in ankles and lower legs.

Hair: significant hair loss around 1995. Since then, periods of decreased body hair. Increasing facial hair (chin and neck)

Skin: redness that centers on cheeks, but occasionally covers entire face. Also blotchy red on neck and upper chest. Periodic itchiness over whole body with no known cause. Dry skin. Currently on erythromeyacin for rosacea.

Visual: bilateral optic palor. bilateral temporal visual field deficit that does not seem to be progressing. Gradually decreasing visual acuity/visual acuity seems to wax and wane. increasing difficulty with adjusting to changes in lighting. decreasing balance and coordination

muscular/skeletal: over the past few years, periods of muscle rigidity/spasms that cannot be controlled. Most frequent at night. When this occurred during wakeful periods, alcohol was involved. Stiffness and sharp pains when initiating movement after a period of rest. This, as most of my symptoms, is intermittent. Chronic tendency to tense many muscles, difficulty not contracting muscles. TMJ, face pain. Poor balance and coordination.

Sleep: Chronic insomnia (self treated with alcohol until recently). Difficulty transitioning from sleep to waking (can sleep through just about anything). Nightmares

Diet: Excessive thirst (leading to frequent urination), difficulty chewing and swallowing fiberous/crunchy foods.

Other: excessively sweaty feet. Decreased bladder control. Intollerant to temperature extremes/changes. Constant need to pick at nails, cuticles, scabs, etc. Tingling in two little fingers on each hand (worse in left). Numbness/tingling in two little toes on left foot.

Affective: Major Depression, Anxiety with panic attacks, ADHD, and all of the delights you can imagine would accompany this. Bipolar has been tossed about (my grandmother was diagnosed bipolar in her 70's)

Test Results: All bloodwork normal with the exception of high cholesterol. 24 hour urine normal (except for high volume. I had to go back and get a second collection container. Now THAT was fun). MRI negative, neuropthamologist said no problem to worry about regarding optic nerve, discs, etc.

Childhood medical history: Unexplained loss of consciousness at 9 months, followed by 2 week hospital stay. Diagnosed with scoliosis at 9 years. Curvature progressed despite bracing. Spinal fusion at age 14. Chronic back pain that is dealt with without medical help. Two random rashes: 1 at age 10 (most likely hives). 2 at age 20 that went undiagnosed and covered the face, arms and legs. Childhood history of chronic, severe poison ivey (i believe I am now immune to poison ivy) Sleep problems present throughout childhood.

Since adulthood, history of regular/excessive alcohol consumption, caffine consumption (diet coke) and smoking.


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  • You're most likely diabetic. Some tests may not show it but if you try to get a positive test, elevated blood sugar you will. Just eat some candy at least an hour before testing. Also check to see if you're autoimmune. If you are autoimmune then you're Type 1 diabetic not type 2. Meaning you've been diabetic since childhood.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 15, 2009
    • 07:18 AM
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  • You're most likely diabetic. Some tests may not show it but if you try to get a positive test, elevated blood sugar you will. Just eat some candy at least an hour before testing. Also check to see if you're autoimmune. If you are autoimmune then you're Type 1 diabetic not type 2. Meaning you've been diabetic since childhood. All of my friends who are diabetic have thought I was as well. I have been tested by them many times, as well as by doctors - all results negative. Will ask doctor again. How do I find out if I am autoimmune? Someone recently suggested maybe I might have Cushing's syndrome. That is autoimmune, right? Problem is - all they can find with tests is high cholestorol and eye issues. People keep telling me to stop drinking diet coke. I have tried this for short periods with no improvement. Another interesting thing - I have been testing a zeo (recently or soon to be released sleep monitor gadget). I have a lot of trouble sleeping and the zeo shows that, when I actually think I am sleeping, I am generally in light sleep or wakefulness, with a little deep sleep and rare REM...
    delilahc 1 Replies
    • August 16, 2009
    • 07:59 PM
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