Since last summer I've been suffering from some bizarre headaches which bring with them a slew of other curious and debilitating symptoms. Which include handicapped concentration, indigestion, constipation, etc. But before getting further into the symptoms I have now, I'd like to draw a timeline which traces their progression might make it easier to figure out what exactly is going on! I digress:
I am working construction and enjoying life. Suddenly, I start to notice that I am getting strange headaches but only on the weekend, where my lifestyle is significantly different from working during the week. These headaches are completely atypical and unlike what one would normally describe headaches as. Instead of feeling irritation at the front of my head, the epicenter of the irritation is in the pulsing veins at the side of my head. The most debilitating symptom of all is that my sense of focus and place is completely ruined, leaving my in an irregular state of consciousness that slows down my ability to engage with anything remotely intellectual or visual (ie: cinema, books, etc.). I visit my family doctor about this and he tells me I need to eat more during the week (mon-fri) to compensate for the weekend (...I didn't fully understand this diagnosis either, as I was already eating a plentiful diet of food).
I continue on, bearing with the weekend based symptoms until I start to realize the symptoms hitting me at work. This is where it started to become dangerous, as the lack of visual concentration and interpretation on a construction site is simply unsafe. I decide to go to another doctor about this, and he suggests that I am not getting enough protein in my diet. He recommends I start having protein bars & shakes, he also thinks that these symptoms will subside once I am in 'university student mode' come September. I follow suit but achieve no alleviation in doing so.
September arrives and I don't make it into the school I was planning to go to, so instead I continue with construction. Symptoms are still consistent and even on the days where I feel 'normal' I still sense that my state of consciousness is irregular and the interpretation of information is no longer seamless.
October arrives and I decide to take time off work to attend a film festival. Amidst this event I am hit by a sort of evolution of my symptoms. The headaches now arrive with bloating, where it feels as though my stomache is pumped full with 'air', constipation, and indigestion. It is now impossible to focus and fully interpret anything, let alone a film. I stay inside for a few days and visit my family doctor. He's confounded but notices that my long distance vision is poor and recommends glasses. I get glasses, but the symptoms persist.
November arrives, and I make the decision to stop working due to how debilitating the symptoms have become. Now they are hitting my in what seems to be 1-2 week intervals, where for 2 weeks I'll be bed-ridden then one week I'll be feeling better, but not entirely normal. I continue waiting around, twiddling my thumbs, hoping that things will go away.
December arrives and I spend practically the entire month inside pummeled by the headaches & indigestion. I schedule another appointment with my family doctor, and this time he suggests it's migraine & acid reflux caused by a food allergy. I intuitively disagree but follow his commands that reach no end.
In hopes of reparing my health in time to go to school for the spring semester I go into the emergency room @ the local hospital. here I get a CAT scan that notices nothing wrong. The doc in charge forwards me to see a neurologist at the end of January. I am thus forced to drop out of school and continue to wait around for a diagnosis.
At my neurologist appointment the doctor is confused but a little more confident than my family doctor. He orders a stool test, an EEG, MRI, and prescribes me to a neurological drug called Gabapentin. The stool test comes back positive for a microscopic parasite. I take the necessary antibiotics yet achieve no change in symptoms. I go back to waiting around inside, as my appointments with specialists are 1 month apart. Come February, and I've noticed that the headaches and indigestion have become slightly less intense, but even still, my state of consciousness still feels displaced. I get my EEG test done but receive negative results. At this point, I begin to suspect the possibility of having a tapeworm, just in the way some symptoms line up. The possibility of having another intestinal parasite is confirmed when I find a small specimen from my behind which resembles a slightly longer piece or rice (about a half inch).
In my next appointment with my neurologist he decides to set up a appointment for me with a Gastroenterologist. The G.I. doc is confounded and entertained by me and my neurologists speculation that the headaches and the indigestion are inextricably linked. He orders another stool test and a Colonoscopy (in May, no less..). Which brings me pretty well up to date: I have completed and submitted the stool test with the previously mentioned specimen included, but have received no word back almost 10 days later, suggesting that the results were negative. So I am currently awaiting my MRI and Colonscopy in hopes of finally reaching a diagnosis, and the most frustrating part is that I'd like to move away and go to school in September, but that might not be a reality if the pace of things remain as they are currently. Anyways, in case this timeline doesn't fully articulate my symptoms, i've included a point-form list below.
- Bizarre headaches, irritation centralized to the pulsing veins at the side of my head.
- Occasional burning sensations felt at the back and top of my head.
- On a daily basis I hear a "clicking" sound (think of the sound of the spark your finger makes with a charged object) coming from my head.
- The largest result of these headaches is a confused state of consciousness where nothing feels as though it's entirely happening. I feel as though I can only visually concentrate on one object at a time, and the speed of visual interpretation and reaction time is severely crippled. Intellectual activities have become very difficult.
- Indigestion which makes it feel as though my stomach is full of "air."
- As a result, I have to burp, belch, and ***t to get a sense of "release." When I do all of these things it triggers my stomach to make a reactionary noise. Also: this is not conventional burping, it sounds like liquid inside my throat is gargling at the same time.
- After meals (full ones or just snacks) the skin at my waist where ones pelvic bones protrude feels very sensitive. This is the find of sensation I'd imagine a person who is starving or malnourished might feel.
- I also get constipation, and when I have bowel movements it never feels as though I am entirely "finished" but no matter how hard I try to get more out it doesn't come, so I am forced to thoroughly wipe and move on.
- I also get occasional discomfort, irritation, and itchiness in my behind area. As well as small bits of blood on toilet paper after wiping.
- Miscellanious things i've noticed: twitching of random muscles & left eyelid, small bits of blood left on kleenex's used to sneeze, loose light brown stools, occasional green stools, etc.
- Celiac disease?
I really appreciate anyone who has read this or is willing to lend a hand in speculation. Really–– thank you.