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Lots of Symptoms and Little Explanation

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 24, 2009
  • 01:53 AM

For the last few weeks I've been having several strange issues. I first noticed problems with my memory. My memory hasn't been really sharp for sometime (College) but it's been descent but it went downhill fast over the period of about a week. Another strange symptom I had was 1 instance of vertigo while driving in a heavy snow storm (it lasted for about 8 - 10 minutes and then got better). It was my first and only instance of vertigo.

The other strange issues are that my reasoning seems to have been greatly diminished (focusing for long periods of time and holding complex ideas in my head are very hard if not impossible). I have had some clumsiness and I had loss of dexterity in my hands. Also, I had issues with everything being at a slight angle for a few minutes and then returning to normal (happened about 5 - 8 times).

About 3 weeks ago, I went to see my primary care physician and told him my issues. He drew some blood and asked me to go in for an MRI. The following day I was feeling the worst I've felt the whole time and I had major concern that it might be something immediately life threatening, so I went to the emergency room. The did a blood test for things that they thought would need to be taken care of immediately and nothing else as my primary care physician was doing a more comprehensive work up. They also took me in for a CAT scan with dye to check to see if I had anything they needed to preform surgery for right away. They found nothing in my blood workup or CAT scan.

Three days later I went in for an MRI. They found no issues. The next Monday I got my extensive blood results back from my primary care physician. Everything was normal except one thing they dismissed because of my age, weight and size and that was "Elevated Creatinine with a normal GFR indicates that ceratinine is elevated because of patient's muscle mass as opposed to decreased kidney function".

I also went to see a Neurologist after all my tests. He did the same tests as my primary care physician (squeeze his finger, push up and push down for my legs and arms and had me walk a line). He said the only things he could think of were a lack of sleep (I average 5 - 7 hours a night during the week and 10 on the weekends) and sleep apnea. He said unless it gets bad again that we shouldn't look at sleep apnea. He said if I were in my 40's then it could be a form a dementia.

In the last 2 weeks I've felt alright but most prominently I have trouble concentrating and problems reasoning (as described above). More sleep does generally make me feel better but my reasoning is still diminished.

28 years old
240 lb

Hopefully I wasn't too wordy there but I wanted to give a through explanation of my issues.

Does anyone have any ideas what it could be or where I should direct my primary care physician to look?

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