Hello. Well this will be my second semester as a student in the undergrad medical field so I thought I might be able to figure this one out on my own, but I'm no doctor. I really need somebody's help with this one because I am starting to get a little worried. I have a list a mile long here so please stay with me, and if you are able to offer any words of advice or help me figure out what might be causing all of this it would be much appreciated.
Just for a brief.. I am a 23 year old Caucasian female. 5'7" 115-120 lbs currently (my weight goes up and down a lot, fluctuating from 115-125 lbs).
I don't know exactly where this all started, but I would say the most accurate time frame to give you would be about 2 and a half years ago.
Something just kind of hit me and I started getting this "I don't care about anything" attitude. I suppose everyone goes through that though. Right around that time, I was at a Waffle House with my then-boyfriend. To this day, I cannot tell you whether or not we actually went inside and ate. We did drink a little earlier that day, but at this point it had been about 4 or 5 hours and I had only had 2 or 3 beers. Anyways, I apparently had a seizure in the parking lot. I sort of remember going into it, but I don't know for how long. I remember opening my eyes and being very confused because there was an ambulance there at this point, a police car, several people standing around me, and a nurse trying to put sugar in my mouth. I have been tested for diabetes before, but the results came back negative (maybe a little close to borderline though).
So symptom number one with the circumstance is the seizure (assuming that they were right).
So next I should mention that I quite often get headaches, more than once a week. They have gotten a little worse over the years and turned into what I would assume a migraine would feel like. Sometimes they get so bad that I am not able to function at all and have to stay in bed until they are gone. I used to take ibuprofen for them, but most of the time now, it only makes them worse.
I do at times notice a few knots on my head. One that was painful on a daily basis on the right side near my ear (which is strange because I don't really hear as well on that side), and one on the right side closer to my neck (temporal and occipital maybe?).
I started having vision problems when I was about 20 and got a prescription for eye glasses. It was a very weak prescription because my vision wasn't too bad, only bad enough that I needed them for lecture classes. My vision has been getting worse, though it seems to be getting worse in my right eye. I don't really know how to explain the way I "see" with it. It's almost like that feeling you get when somebody shines a really bright light directly into your pupil and then pulls it away. That sort of blinding "feeling" though you are not really blind and you can see fine. It's just that strange feeling that happens when your eyes are trying to readjust.
So moving on, I did take birth control once upon a time. About 5 months after the Waffle House incident, I was in the middle of a birth control pack and I randomly had another very heavy period about a week and a half to two weeks after my previous one. I stopped taking birth control soon after that. I currently do not take birth control, but this same incident happened about a month ago.
In October of 2006 I found out I was pregnant, and in June of 2007 I had my daughter.
After my first prenatal visit at about 5 weeks, my doctor told me I had mild dysplasia and that he would not be able to check my cervix out until after I gave birth. I am not really sure what became of that because my insurance dropped me 6 weeks after I had her so I was only able to go in for one visit afterwards. He seemed to think it was the same as before, but I never actually got any test results back.
I did develop hemorrhoids after I gave birth. It has been almost a year, and I still experience problems with that.
Also, I did start having breathing problems when I was pregnant. The only thing is, they never really stopped. While I was driving one day, I had to pull the car over and have my boyfriend drive me to the hospital. I felt like I wasn't getting any air at all and became very dizzy and lightheaded. When I got out of the car, my legs gave out from underneath me. When we got the the ER, the nurse took my BP and it was higher than usual. By the time I was admitted to see a doctor, whatever it was had passed and the 2 young doctors just kind of brushed me off like I was making it up. This has happened several more times, though I will probably never go to a doctor about it again because of that.
Lately, I would say that my moods have become way off. I am pretty confused a good majority of the time. I have taken my life in a completely different direction which is not really like me. I have had an extremely hard time concentrating and actually had to drop out of school for the semester because it seemed like every time I would sit down to study, I couldn't remember the first half of a paragraph I read.
My memory has been suffering a bit, mostly my short term memory. I don't remember picking up the keys half of the time, or I think that I gave them to somebody else. While I was in the shower, I thought my wedding ring had fallen down the drain because it was not on my finger when I had actually taken it off and placed it on the counter.
I have also noticed lately that sometimes my heart will start to race a little and my head begins to hurt along with a little bit of vision problems as you might experience if you are going to pass out or maybe even go into a seizure. I have experienced this sort of thing before just from standing over a long period of time, but this happens even when I am sitting down now (when I was in high school I used to blackout often, once just from standing in line to pick up my parking permit).
At times, I also have very sharp chest pains when I breathe in, mainly with deeper breaths. I usually just try to take very short breaths when that happens until it stops.
On the subject of chest pains, a few weeks ago, I experienced excruciating pain on the left side of my chest that shot down the left side of my arm. I wasn't doing anything too physical; just walking to my car. It came to me very quickly, not gradual pain at all.
So those are my "symptoms" or what have you, some of which have been bothering me for a couple of years now.
As far as medical history goes, I have never had anything major. I had a blood transfusion when I was born because I was born 5 weeks early. They put me in one of those plastic boxes for a couple of weeks (I am assuming this was just to make sure that I was in a sterile environment). My tonsils were removed when I was about 21. I had an epidural during my pregnancy. I have been tested for stds, and I tested positive for being able to develop cold sores on my mouth (though I have never actually had one). The only thing that came up abnormal in a paps mere was the hpv that became dysplasia during my pregnancy.
On my dad's side:
My father has diabetes. This developed after he had prostate cancer and went through treatment. He had blood pressure problems in the past, though I am not sure if he still does. I don't believe he has ever taken medicine for the bp problems.
His father died of colon cancer.
On my mom's side:
She has thyroid problems. I believe that all of her sisters have thyroid problems as well. She has been showing signs of memory loss.
Her mother I think had thyroid problems. I believe she is also on bp medicine. She has had heart disease for a few years now and has a stint in her heart. She has been through several surgeries for it.
Her father has diabetes. I think he also tested positive for prostate cancer. He is in the early stages of Alzheimer's.
Her father's sister died of Alzheimer's in her 50s.
Her grandmother died of Alzheimer's.
Her grandmother's cousin died of Alzheimer's.
That is really all of the information I know off the top of my head as far as family history goes.
I know this is probably more information than I needed to give, but I just want to make sure that I am giving an accurate enough account.
Can anybody please help me?
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