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  • Posted By: Adam2953
  • January 21, 2008
  • 09:49 PM

Hi All

You will have to be really good to work this one out!! Around 6 months ago I had a very heavy night of drinking whilst on holiday in Tenerife. The following morning I had a terrible pain in my chest and neck (which I assumed was a sprain). Later that day I had a strange "fit" (for want of a better word) where I went dizzy, my heart rate hit the roof and I was admitted to hospital. The doctors checked me over and released me. Ever since that day I have had no end of problems.

Here is a list of symptoms: Chest Pain (Left Side), Abdominal Pain (Right Side), Muscle Twitches (All Over), Muscle Aches, Constant Tiredness, Periods of feeling Light Headed and Weak, Headaches, Blurred Vision, Lots of Wind and Heartburn, Occasional Difficulty Breathing, Episodes of Thirst, High Temperatures and Sweating.

I have already had the following done: 6 ECGs, 3 Chest X-Rays, an abdominal CT, various blood tests. Everything has shown up fine apart from a slightly elevated Gamma GTP level and the possibility of recent exposure to the Epstien Barr Virus.

Any ideas???

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  • Have they done tests for diabetes? Not just the quickie blood work, but the more extensive, acurate tests? Have they tested you for low blood sugar? With your reaction to drinking (sugar), and a continued reaction, you could be pre-diabetic - i.e. hypoglycemic (low blood sugar). It would be worth double checking.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 23, 2008
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  • Have they done tests for diabetes? Not just the quickie blood work, but the more extensive, acurate tests? Have they tested you for low blood sugar? With your reaction to drinking (sugar), and a continued reaction, you could be pre-diabetic - i.e. hypoglycemic (low blood sugar). It would be worth double checking. Thanks Constance, I will have a word with the doc :-)
    Adam2953 28 Replies
    • January 24, 2008
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  • Blaze, there are millions of us who work around low levels of radiation, EMR and various other medical devices..and we're still kicking! MRI techs are the healthiest bunch of people I know. I know you really believe in this stuff, but unless you live in Timbuctoo, you will never be free from this new-fangled bombardment of technology...unless you line the walls of your apartment with lead and never go out without a lead shield. Radiation hormesis is the hypothesis that ionizing radiation is benign at low levels of exposure, and that doses at the level of natural background radiation can be beneficial. In other words, a little radiation makes your coat glossy!
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • January 25, 2008
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  • Have you been tested for malaria and dengue fever?Rad- I believe in Ramsar in Iran the back ground radition is 260 millisieverts, The US the average is 3 mSv, in areas of low background radiation cancer levels are higher, Go figure.
    TerryG 120 Replies
    • January 25, 2008
    • 01:31 PM
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  • Have you been tested for malaria and dengue fever?Rad- I believe in Ramsar in Iran the back ground radition is 260 millisieverts, The US the average is 3 mSv, in areas of low background radiation cancer levels are higher, Go figure.Not that I know of, but my doctor is currently researching Lyme Disease. Here in the UK Lyme is a bit of a grey area.......therefore I am waiting to see if the doc can test me for it. I would imagine they will do an ELISA or a Western Blot test.Not sure if these tests could also indicate these two conditions??
    Adam2953 28 Replies
    • January 25, 2008
    • 01:41 PM
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  • First they do an ELISA as that is the quicker and cheaper test. The problem is that you can get false postives.So if you get a positive result from the ELISA then they will go on to do the weatern blot test which takes longer and costs more but is much more accurate.Good luck
    chrismia 159 Replies
    • January 25, 2008
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  • Hey People, me again!! Unfortunately I have some new symptoms to add to the list!! All this week I have been exeriencing severe neck and upper back pain. The pain in my left arm is now really bad and I keep getting pins and needles. The all over muscle twitching has got much worse and I keep getting electric shock type sensations all over my body. I have an almost constant headache, but just on the right hand side of my head????? To add to the problems, I have now started blacking out and losing my eyesight quite regularly. There is also a strange taste in my mouth. Any ideas would be really appreciated as this has gone on forever and is not getting better. Thanks Again
    Adam2953 28 Replies
    • February 2, 2008
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  • Pain from drinking alcohol is a classic sign of Hodgkin's disease.http://www.oncologychannel.com/hodgkins/symptoms.shtml
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • February 2, 2008
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  • Hey People, me again!! Unfortunately I have some new symptoms to add to the list!! All this week I have been exeriencing severe neck and upper back pain. The pain in my left arm is now really bad and I keep getting pins and needles. The all over muscle twitching has got much worse and I keep getting electric shock type sensations all over my body. I have an almost constant headache, but just on the right hand side of my head????? To add to the problems, I have now started blacking out and losing my eyesight quite regularly. There is also a strange taste in my mouth. Any ideas would be really appreciated as this has gone on forever and is not getting better. Thanks Again Hi Adam....I thought about something you said......You have pain in the right side of your head but symptoms in the left arm....have you had an MRI of your head done because the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body and vice versa.....I am just throwing a suggestion at ya but maybe something is going on there where that head pain is and causeing the other symptoms. Ask to see a neurologist or at least have an MRI done. I think likely you are dealing with something simple but elusive unless they know what to look for. Just don't panick the second you start freaking out they "Go AHA...it's mental!" Be strong an best of luck to you!
    Candle 25 Replies
    • February 2, 2008
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  • Hi Adam....I thought about something you said......You have pain in the right side of your head but symptoms in the left arm....have you had an MRI of your head done because the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body and vice versa.....I am just throwing a suggestion at ya but maybe something is going on there where that head pain is and causeing the other symptoms. Ask to see a neurologist or at least have an MRI done. I think likely you are dealing with something simple but elusive unless they know what to look for. Just don't panick the second you start freaking out they "Go AHA...it's mental!" Be strong an best of luck to you! Thanks Candle :-) I have seen a neuro but he kind of fobbed me off. However, one of the ER docs is writing to my GP asking him to send me for an MRI.
    Adam2953 28 Replies
    • February 2, 2008
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  • Have you been tested for heavy metals?Didn't happen to eat lots of fish while in Tenerife?Mercury- disturbance of vision, twitching,etc...http://www.nj.gov/health/eoh/survweb/mercury.htmHope this helps. Regards.
    TerryG 120 Replies
    • February 2, 2008
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  • Add Methyl alcohol poisoning.especially if you were drinking cheap local alcohol.
    TerryG 120 Replies
    • February 3, 2008
    • 11:37 AM
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  • This may be way off the wall in thinking, but....At first with the severe neck pain, arm tingling my thought was a spinal problem but you have had these checked out by MRIs right? As well as for any tumors of the endocrine glands, brain, etc?So that leaves me wondering if possibly it could be severe migraines? Weird? I work for a doctor and he had a guest from overseas last year that had these sudden problems come up, then developed paralysis on one side. She was taken to the hospital and it was found she was having a severe migraine that can produce all kinds of severe symptoms. She was treated for couple days, put on medications for these and has been fine since...it cleared up the paralysis after treatment in hospital.Have you seen a neurologist?? He would run all the test to see if your having some type electrical shortening in your nerves thru your body.Good luck, I'll keep watch am interested in what you find out.
    agypsygrl 79 Replies
    • February 3, 2008
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  • Sounds like you need a CT of the head and MRI with contrast of the cervical spine to me. Keep us updated, Katherine
    katclem 14 Replies
    • February 4, 2008
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  • Hi All Thanks for all the sugestions. I have been in hospital for the last couple of days following another blackout episode at the weekend. They have done: ECGBrain CTBlood PressureFull Blood Count All of which have come back fine. I have been sent home although I am still experiencing uncomfortable chest and neck pain, tingling and twitching all over, intermittent vision loss and a weak (low sugary type) feeling all over. Whenever I get up and start walking around I feel light headed. I have been told they will make me an appointment to see the neuro again in a couple of weeks. I have arranged to speak to the haematologist on Thursday to discuss extensive testing for diabetes (because of the low sugary feeling). I am going to ask him to do a thyroid and thyroid antibodies test as well. I have also arranged to see my GP next week but that probably won't go anywhere. If anyone can think of anything I should ask any of these guys please let me know. Thanks Again :-)
    Adam2953 28 Replies
    • February 5, 2008
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  • Ignore Methanol poisoning at your own peril!!!! http://everything2.com/index.pl?node_id=1497515http://www.safety-council.org/info/OSH/methanol.htmSymtoms are irreversible.
    TerryG 120 Replies
    • February 6, 2008
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  • Yes, I repeat, I said Hodgkin's Disease.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • February 6, 2008
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  • Has anyone checked your magnesium levels? Your symptoms sound like hypomagnesemia, or a severe magnesium decency. Muscle twitches are often a magnesium deficiency which is what made me suspect you have this condition. Google the symptoms and I think you will be very surprised. I sure hope this helps! I know how frustrating it can be to feel terrible and not get answers. I have candidiasis, and because it isn't a "mainstream" diagnosis often leads to many misdiagnosis or none at all. If you don't have hypomagnesemia, Candidiasis would be my second guess. It is an over abundance of yeast in the body from a poor, processed diet (alcohol aggrevates it as well), and the overuse of antibiotics. It too causes the systems in your body to get out of whack leading to all kinds if misdiagnosis.I'm hoping you find your answer soon and get well!Kerry
    Kerry Petermann 1 Replies
    • January 22, 2012
    • 03:48 PM
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