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Loss of Balance/Vertigo and Fainting/Numbness of Joints

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  • Posted By: amira65
  • April 3, 2007
  • 04:47 PM

I'm actually writing on behalf of my sister who's hospitalized right now. She has been experiencing severe shoulder, arm and hand pain, inflamation and tingling sensation for some years now and has been receiving physical therapy. Last week, however, she fainted twice and was hospitalized. She's having now problems moving her right leg and loss of balance. The doctors seem to be at a complete loss and think she might be diabetic, but her blood tests were normal. Her blood pressure is also a little bit higher than usual. She was tested 2 years ago for rheumatiod arthritis, lupus and MS and everything was negative.
Any ideas? Could this be a combination of illnesses like cardiovascular and some kind of arthritis, or could it be some sort of neurological disorder?
Thanks for your help.

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  • I have had similar symptoms for about a year now. Pain mostly in hands. Arms and legs swollen...but not to the point of your sister. Some shoulder and hip pain, but all seem to be in muscles, not joint. Some deficiencies in protein and vit D, possibly from malabsorption. I had shortness of breath with dizziness about 1 month ago, but was because blood pressure and heart rate dropped significantly. I have been tested for rheum arthritis, lupus, MS, etc., and all have come back negative. I'm still undergoing testing with neurology and endocrinology, but have been told that could be a virus, and these are just the after effects of it? Please keep me posted.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • she needs to have her b-12 checked....some of her symtoms sound like that my husband has very low b-12....look it up and maybe her doctor can check her levels...hope she feels better:)
    Tenngal71 22 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks a lot! I'll tell her. I hope your husband is also feeling better.
    amira65 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thank you "unregistered". My sister will be getting some blood work done tomorrow and also an MRI of the head and a test to see if she has an obstruction in her carotiod (sp) vein. I think she might be experiencing several things at the same time, but it's interesting that you mentioned the virus thing, because it all started about 18 months ago after she suffered from hemorraghing dengue virus. Maybe something stayed in her system.Hope you feel better soon.
    amira65 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • www.ahummingbirdsguide.com all of her sx are there as well as many more...see how many she has...discuss with Dr. Print article and take it to Dr with her if she fits the profile...good luck...mommy cat
    mommy cat 1,654 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks mommy for the article. I'll send it to her.The doctors are basically trying to rule out MS right now.Lupus has already been ruled out, there seems to be nothingwrong with her heart. They'll be doing a spinal tab next month and more blood tests.Thanks a lot for your reply!amira
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