I am here to try to help my daughter find some answers to her ongoing illness which the doctors don't seem to understand. I'm hoping that the information I post here might possibly help us finally get to the bottom of what is wrong with her and possibly give her a fighting chence to regain her health and get her life back again. Any and all suggestions are very welcome.
For privacy's sake, I'll call my daughter Sara, which is not her real name. Sara is 29 years old. and up until this all began, she had lived most of her life relatively healthy other than a bout with what was believed to be pneumonia when she was about 6 years old and an occasional cold or flu later on in gradeschool. About a year and a half ago, Sara went from being a happy, healthy young woman to becoming ill, experiencing one strange symptom after another within was probably a timespan of around a month or two. Rather than trying to put all of her symptoms together in chronological order, I will start by simply listing her symptoms in the order they come to mind in order to give you a general idea of what has been going on with her. I would guess that she has now been seen by a total of around 8 or 9 doctors of various different specialties in the last year and a half, but so far none of them seem to be able to tell her what has gone wrong in her body and have only been able to attempt to treat some of her symptoms with a very limited success rate at this point.
Sara's primary symptoms: dizziness (fairly chronic), headaches, muscle spasms in her neck and back, chronic lower as well as upper back pain, upset stomach and occasional diarrhea, sharp recurring pains in the upper portion of her stomach, loss of appetite, alarming weight gain despite eating very small amounts of food, insomnia, nightmares, and generally non-restorative sleep, extremely high heart rate (sometimes over 150-155 beats per minute while wearing a monitor even though she is currently taking a beta blocker), extreme fatigue, feeling like she is going to faint, very painful acid reflux even while taking Prevacid, chronic congestion(sinus), and what appears to me to be bloating and swelling of her face and extremeties which comes and goes from day to day despite low sodium intake and limited diet. She and I live togehter and eat a lot of meals together and we both eat a pretty similar vegetarian diet, and we both take a women's multivitamin along with B-12 every day, and are both pretty careful about our diet, so I know that her diet should logically not be contributing to her problems. Sara is 5' 4", has a very petite frame, and normally weighs around 120-125, but since the onset of her symptoms, she has steadily gained weight and is unable to lose any of it along the way. The last time she was weighed at the doctor, she said her weight was close to 200 pounds, although she didn't want to say what her actual weight was because she was so upset about it. The extra weight and the frustration at not knowing what is causing it is of course making her feel even worse than she already does with the illness, and I can tell that her emotional state continues to decline a little each time she sees a new doctor who can not give her any real answers. Sara used to enjoy simple forms of exercise like walking in our neighborhood or hiking in the woods, but since she became sick, she no longer has the strength or the initiative to try to do much of anything. I am terribly worried about both her physical as well as her emotional state, and feel very helpless to do anything to help her. I hope that maybe someone who reads this post will be able to offer some help or insight. Thank you in advance for anything anyone here might feel would help us to solve this unhappy mystery and help my daughter get her life back.
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