Hi, this post is in the hope that someone will be able to shed some light on the condition of my brother. He is a non-smoker, non-drinker 22 year old with no other known medical conditions.
He has been sick now for three years. He first became ill during an apprenticeship year at a golf course in regional Australia (he was hoping to turn pro). It is likely that during this time, he came into contact with di-quat or para-quat pesticide. His first symptoms were:
* Severe Headaches
* Severe stomach pain
* General Fatigue
* Some elevated results on blood tests indicating exposure to Strep B (maybe)
He was admitted to hospital for exploratory abdominal surgery, adhesions were found in the region of the appendix but appendix appeared normal.
He has never been the same since having this surgery. He was a fun loving, highly energetic and sport loving adolescent (19 at the time, is now 22). He loved his job (playing golf and also retrieving golf balls from waterways on the courses). For about six months, just walking downstairs of a morning was enough to exhaust him and would leave him to recover on the couch for the remainder of the day.
His symptoms then consisted of
*Increased abdominal pain
*Increased headaches with hardly any pain free time at all
*Hip pain (right)
*Whole body twitching
Following this initial period after the surgery, all symptoms have remained but fluctuated in severity. He remains positive despite being given a range of diagnoses from parasite (unidentified) to wheat intolerance to pesticide poisoning (believed to be one of the issues he has definately had) to psychological with unexplained bowel adhesions. Nobody seems to know what would actually happen if he had been exposed to pesticide and it is somehow affecting him as a chronic condition.
In the past few months (jan - may 07) he has complained of testicular pain (severe), swollen and painful salivary glands and now most recently, a swollen and painful nipple (for weeks now). A new doctor that he has begun to sewe has ordered an ultrasound scan of his testicle and gall bladder scheduled for this week, I am not sure why the gall bladder, I forgot to ask.
If anyone has any clue as to what this could all mean, I would really appreciate a direction. Thanks for reading.