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  • March 20, 2009
  • 04:21 PM

49 years old female in good shape, got sick in dec "08" thought I had the flu ( vomiting, diarea) lost 75 pounds in a month and ahalf. Woke up on Jan 18 and my hearing was gone, ended up with severe vertigo, sounds in my head , swelling in right shoulder. went to the ER ( Jan 29) was told they couldn't find anything wrong with me. Feb 18 was admitted to a different hospital platelet count was over 1 million. stayed 3 days and still went home knowing nothing. I have seen a ENT , Neurologist, Rheumatologist and my regular doctor and they call me an Enigma.

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  • I don't have much to offer, except - since this all started with GI problems, maybe you should try a GI dr. The dizziness and vertigo could be due to vitamin deficiences/malnutrition due to the vomiting and diarrhea for such an extended period of time. Might be able to correct this if you can find out what happened! Hope you feel better soon
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  • 49 years old female in good shape, got sick in dec "08" thought I had the flu ( vomiting, diarea) lost 75 pounds in a month and ahalf. Woke up on Jan 18 and my hearing was gone, ended up with severe vertigo, sounds in my head , swelling in right shoulder. went to the ER ( Jan 29) was told they couldn't find anything wrong with me. Feb 18 was admitted to a different hospital platelet count was over 1 million. stayed 3 days and still went home knowing nothing. I have seen a ENT , Neurologist, Rheumatologist and my regular doctor and they call me an Enigma.Hi,It's hard to be certain in retrospect but your December, 2008, symptoms...vomiting, diarrhea, and particularly the weight loss of 75 lb. in less than two months (which is very alarming)...are very strongly suggestive of giardiasis, which is an intestinal infection caused by the giardia parasite. Giardia can be ingested via food or water. Is there any chance that your doctor did a stool culture while you were sick back then?Your current symptoms aren't easy to correlate with your past illness, if any correlation exists. Hearing loss, severe vertigo, sounds in your head...could be symptomatic of labyrinthitis, a condition of the inner ear which is characterized by vertigo (balance problems), hearing loss, and tinnitus (a ringing in the ears...or could sound like it's within your head). It is possible that a prior bacterial or viral infection could cause labyrinthitis. If diagnosed, prochlorperazine (Compazine) is frequently prescribed to address the vertigo.I'm not at all sure where the right shoulder swelling would fit in.Your significantly elevated platelet count is concerning. It does put you at risk for developing thrombus (blood clot) formations. Sometimes platelets can increase dramatically while an inflammatory process is in progress; a dramatic increase may also be suggestive of underlying bone marrow disease. I would suggest that low-dose (81 mg) aspirin at least once daily would be beneficial for you to help thin your blood a bit to decrease your risk of clot formation. You should follow-up with your doctor in the VERY near future.Be Well!!John
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