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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 5, 2009
  • 01:59 PM

I am a 5'7" 186lb 20 year old female and I have been having quite a few strange symptoms for quite a few months now. I neglected going to a doctor first because of lack of insurance, then because I didn't want to be a hypochondriac since the symptoms come and go. My medical history:
-Appendectomy during teens
-Mononucleosis in second year of college (went undiagnosed for about 3 months, I was in and out of the emergency room three times before a wonderful Doctor finally thought to test me for it)
-Depression and anxiety (never medicated, better through therapy, yoga, meditation, and reiki)
-Minor eating disorder in late high school (Was consuming less than 600 calories a day for 6-8months.)
-Memory problems (Mother had me taking Ginko-biloba when I was in middle-high school)

My current symptoms:
-Severe intolerance for dairy products (diarrhea, bloating, severe stomache pain)
-Abdominal pain, bloating and discomfort after eating/drinking: Coffee, sweets, spicy foods.
-**Recent: Immediate loss of appetite after only a couple bites ("full feeling").
-**Recent: Blue-ish fingernails near nail bed, intolerance for cold (Very odd for me, I have always been a warm person, most comfortable in 60 degree temp, now I feel cold almost all the time)
-Dizzyness, light headed, anxious/moody when i don't eat at the same time every day or miss a meal.
-Inconsistent periods (helped since I started on birth control)
-Fatigue
-Left eyelid twitches/spasms (May be caused by wrong perscription, going to get new glasses wednesday)
-Headaches (May be caused by above mentioned wrong perscription)
-Chest pains (No real consistent side, always sharp, stabbing pain in upper chest either directly left or right of sternum)
-Joint fatigue and pain (in hips, knees, and hands.)
-Back pain, focused in middle of back or upper back between shoulders.
-Semi-constant feeling of nausea or stomache/abdominal discomfort.
-Heartburn
-Diarrhea or nausea when under stress.
-Tingly, "itchy-crawly" feeling under skin, feels like in my bones, in my chest, shoulders, throat and lower jaw.
-Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)

I know it is a lot to wade through, thank you to anyone who responds. I went in to a medical clinic yesterday, all basic bloodwork and urinalysis came back normal, still waiting for results for Thyroid tests. I will be scheduling an appointment with an Osteopathic Physician on Monday, but thought I would try here as well since I have been in and out of the hospital rather frequently and nothing has been detirmined.

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  • I hate to tell you this but pretty much every symptom you mentioned is likely a result of the eating disorder. However if you still feel there is something wrong I suggest when you visit your next doctor to search for a diagnosis that you not mention the eating disorder or depression right off the bat. There are some medical illnesses that have eating disorders and depression as symptoms but, most doctors will chalk them up to the cause without considering them as a result. Note: I am not condoning the withholding of history from a physician, just advising that you be wary of the first impression you make with your doctor.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Seeing you mention you had an eatting issue in the past. Im wondering if you are now eatting a healthy recommend for your size amount of calories????? I know that starving oneself can cause your symptoms. ive seen anorexics with bluish nails. They suffer from cold intollerances, aches and pains etc etc. So are you eatting a normal recommended daily amount of calories?
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies Flag this Response
  • Seeing you mention you had an eatting issue in the past. Im wondering if you are now eatting a healthy recommend for your size amount of calories????? I know that starving oneself can cause your symptoms. ive seen anorexics with bluish nails. They suffer from cold intollerances, aches and pains etc etc. So are you eatting a normal recommended daily amount of calories?Thank you for the catch, as a recovering annorexic, I appreciate that you pointed this out. Yes, I am eating the normal number of calories now, as I said at the beginning of my post, I am about 5'7" and weigh 186lbs, which is on the high end of normal. I eat three meals a day, never skip breakfast, and because I am staying with family right now, usually get a very balanced, healthful dinner.
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  • You sound like me! I could have written your post.I have all of your syptoms...about a month ago they led me to the ER. I went mainly b/c of chest pain and rapid heart beat.I was tested extensively for heart problems and they tested my blood for almost everything imaginable. Heart is fine and the only thing that came back abnormal was my thyriod. The test results for that were a little off, one read hyper and the other hypo. So, the week following the ER visit I went through a few more test to figure out what was going on with my thyriod...come to find out, nothing is wrong with my thyriod either?After going through all of this and not really having an answer I started to research other things.I have always been an anxious person and just recently it seems to have gotten worse. I believe what I have been going through with the chest pain and rapid heart beat were panic attacks.Mal nutrition could play a part in it? I have always been thin, but I really dont eat very well. I'm 25 years old, 5'7" and 115lbs. I also have stomach problems, I am always uncomfotable with temperature (I'm always very cold or sweating), aches and pains...I really sympathze (sp?) with you.Through my research, like I said, I believe all of my problems are related to my mental health...I believe I need to calm down to keep me well physically. This could be your problem too, but I have also researched the thyriod problem, since I believed that to be the source of my problem for a while, and it can cause these same symptoms and just make you feel awful!Anyway, I hope I was able to help you somewhat?
    LT8605 20 Replies Flag this Response
  • Um...wow. Reading through the symptoms of Lyme Disease...the similarity to what I am feeling/experiencing is quite too much to ignore. I will mention it to my Doctor. The state I live in and the one I lived in previously are both rather populated with ticks. I don't recall ever having a tick on me, but I will mention it to my doctor just the same. Thank you for the tip.
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  • Has anyone thought about polycythemia? Try here: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/polycythemia-vera/DS00919
    aquila 1263 Replies Flag this Response
  • Has anyone thought about polycythemia? Try here: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/polycythemia-vera/DS00919I will mention this to my doctor, but all of my cell counts came back normal in the run of tests I just did. Thank you though!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thank you for the catch, as a recovering annorexic, I appreciate that you pointed this out. Yes, I am eating the normal number of calories now, as I said at the beginning of my post, I am about 5'7" and weigh 186lbs, which is on the high end of normal. I eat three meals a day, never skip breakfast, and because I am staying with family right now, usually get a very balanced, healthful dinner. ok... if eatting issue is ruled out, it could be something like chronic fatigue immunity dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS) esp with the headaches too (if they arent being caused by your eyes). Ones with CFIDS often have poor circulation (hence may have bluish looking nails).... cold intollerance (often the body temp may be slightly lower than normal), suffer from chest pains, joint pains, weird body sensations, dizziness etc etc. Hormonal issues are common in CFIDS and for many of us with it.. there is a link to EBV/mono with it. CFIDS may be triggered by mono or may appear many years after one had mono. I think that if one gets bad mono.. it shows that one could have some kind of predisposition to CFIDS. -Dizzyness, light headed, anxious/moody when i don't eat at the same time every day or miss a meal. hypoglycemia (eposides of low blood sugar) is common in CFIDS and some of your symptoms are suggesting that may possibly be a part of your issue. (you need to eat regularly complex carbohydrates to help this) -Abdominal pain, bloating and discomfort after eating/drinking: Coffee, sweets, spicy foodsDiarrhea or nausea when under stress. Also irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the norm to have in CFIDS and by some of your symptoms I do think you do have this too. Stress and spicy foods are the most normal IBS triggers. For IBS avoid triggers and taking fibre supplements and probotics may help. -Severe intolerance for dairy products (diarrhea, bloating, severe stomache pain) Sounds like you are lactose intollerant too. ............ Your irregular periods probably should of been investigated more with hormonal tests and maybe an ultrasound. You may have something like polycystic ovulation syndrome too which if you have would put you at risk of diabetes. Thou you dont mention other common symptoms of it. best luck
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies Flag this Response
  • To both of you...I would search Adrenal Fatigue. Immediately I said no way, but after I started researching Adrenal Fatigue, I found out I had every symptom. Please check out these two links: http://www.naturalnews.com/024985_cortisol_blood_adrenal_fatigue.html and http://www.drlam.com/articles/adrenal_fatigue.asp.Good luck, you two.
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