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  • Posted By: John G
  • August 14, 2007
  • 09:47 AM

Hi everyone. I will try to keep my long story short. I am a 34 year old male pilot operating throughout Africa. Extremely healthy. Caucasian living in South Africa.
December 2006- Swollen glands in armpits - Blood tests revealed nothing except that I once had yuppy flew.
January 2007- Notice blood in my stool. GP does more test and finds nothing
March 2007- Gather my courage and go for a colonoscopy. A large polyp is removed. I wake up during colonoscopy due to excrutiating pain (Dormicum).
Two days later I collapse with a high fever, heart palpitations etc. Go to GP. He does an EKG and draws blood. All normal.
Two days later I collapse again. Second GP examines me and declares that all is normal.
A week later I experience difficulty breathing and get rushed to emerg room. EKG, blood tests etc All normal.
Another week later I get admitted to hospital. A series of tests are done over a three day period. All normal. Doc of internal med releases me saying that he can find nothing and that I therefore suffer from fatigue and malaise.
Start feeling somewhat better but struggle with weakness and a persistent pain located in my left lower abdomen.
GP eventually refers me to a gastrologist. He does another colonoscopy and diagnoses me with ulceritive colitis, only to withdraw that diagnosis in favour of IBS during a later follow up sigmoidoscopy and biopsy.
Start developing extreme dizziness and a feeling of being drunk. Later I accidently discover that large quantities of Vit B complex improves the dizziness.
Start getting regular and extreme headaches as well as constant muscle stiffness and pain. Especially in the legs, but also in the back and upper abdomen.
July 2007- Go to Spain for 3 weeks. Dizziness remains, but stiffness and pain goes away.
Aug 2007- Back at home and Stiffness and pain is back with a vengeance. Especially in the morning. One evening the pain was enough to wake me up and keep me awake.
Please help. I am close to losing my career.

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  • have you been tested for some of the weirder diseases such as Q-fever and brucellosis?
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • August 14, 2007
    • 11:31 AM
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  • I second what rad-skw says. You live in an area where there are diseases which are weirder ones. Large quantities of B vitamins can cause their own symptoms.http://www.acu-cell.com/bx2.htmlB-Complex Vitamins: Dietary Reference Intake/Recommended Daily Allowance, negative side effects, overdose, and toxicity.And not enough can cause symptoms.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 15, 2007
    • 00:36 AM
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  • Well. I don't know, but I get a funny feeling that something happened during that colonoscopy. They may have punctured part of it. I just feel that way from what you have descibed. I might think that ultra sounds might be less invasive and might show a hole or tear, which is allowing septic condition to occur in your bloodstream; however, you are telling me that you have been tested and they can't find anything. I would want more detailed bloodwork and would try to find a specialist to review the colon.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • August 15, 2007
    • 02:32 AM
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  • fatigue, malaise, weakness, pain, gastro symptoms, dizziness, swollen gland(s). Thou you dont post as a classical person with Chronic fatigue syndrome also called ME.. those symptoms CAN present in that. I suggest you do a search for the canadian CFS diagnostic guidelines and you will see more how you could fit into this diagnoses or not. Thou you didnt post as ones with the classical symptom CFS picture do (people are often virally triggered), I thought I should get you to check into CFS more as I went to a lecture on this, held by 4 world experts on it and one thing they talked about was a high number of pilots who get it (this currently isnt common knowledge) (there was an explaination for this, something present in the cockpit which pilots are exposed too?? which can trigger, but I cant remember now). and IBS can go hand and hand with CFS Vit B has commonly been used to help some with CFS. I have CFS and have collapsed and gone unconscious at times due to it (it can also cause heart palpitations etc as it can affect the whole body). ....... for anyone interested.... Being a pilot has the same kind of CFS triggering risk as those exposed to organophosphates, so there is quite a link.
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies
    • August 15, 2007
    • 08:27 AM
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  • To John, What do you mean you "collapse"... to the extent of CPR? faint? or what. What are your vital signs when you collapse? I assume you are getting your care in S.A.? Also, you said you felt better in Spain. What was different? Do you drink local water or local ice on your flights?
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • August 15, 2007
    • 10:19 AM
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