I have been struggling with a mystery illness for almost five years.
My first symptoms started after returning from a short term trip to rural Honduras in 2004.
My First Symptoms were- Diarrhea, Chronic Fatigue,Nausea, Vertigo. I went to the Doctors and was tested for parasites/ giardia- and nothing came up.
I was then referred to a GI Specialist- told I had IBS.
After a few months, my symptoms seemed to subside somewhat, so I went back to Honduras where I then spent the next three years. In the first year I developed new symptoms and started alternating between a distended stomach/ bloating/ soft stools...
Being told I probably had parasites, I started taking regular cycles of parasite med's. (Tinidazole)
Gradually more symptoms started- Irregular menstrual cycles/ yellowness of the eyes (not sure if this was related)/mucus stools/
I returned to the states and took myself off of all dairy and gluten...
I eventually started having dairy again, but have remained off of gluten.
Still more symptoms have developed in the past two years- I have mucus and excessive sputum reflux. Regurgitation after eating. "Epsiodes" not related to any specific foods that I can tell where it is difficult to swallow- even my own spit or talk during these episodes. Last 5-8 hours each time.
Other symptoms that have developed are vertigo
Sensitivity to Light- Nausea
Pressure under Sternum
I have tried some homeopathic medicine
Doctors test Liver Function/ Celiac- all results normal
I recently was tested for Hep B (for which I had no vaccine)
and HIV- both results negative.
Currently- Little to no gluten consumption/ try to do the "Master Cleanse" detox every 3-4 months..
Any thoughts or ideas? My symptoms seem to be getting worse and I have a general feeling of being "ill" all the time. I honestly cant remember the last day that I felt 100%...
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