I am posting to this forum to try to help my father (age 59) in Ohio who has been through 7 doctors, 8 blood tests, 2 biopsies, colonoscopy, endoscope, x-rays of wrists and back, cat scan of stomach, bowel, etc. – and still no diagnosis!
His symptoms started in November 2005 when he had a red spot appear on his face with a lump under the skin. He was treated with antibiotics which made the lump go away, but the spot remained and he was generally feeling unwell. 6 months later he started experiencing pain in his wrists which continues to get worse and the pain radiates down into his thumbs, fingers and up into his arms (described the feeling as a toothache in the wrists). The doctors took biopsies from the spot on his face, which showed nothing. Six months ago (JAN 2007) his armpits turned from red to purple and he suffered extreme nausea for several days with stomach ache and loose bowel, and this continues to recur approximately every 7 weeks. He had also experienced a burning sensation (like a bad sunburn) on the left side of his head six months ago, and now his left jaw, ear and left side of head feels tingly and numb. To date, the tests have showed nothing. He continues to feel unwell and lacking energy in combination with the symptoms above. I am desperate to help him find a diagnosis and treatment. Any ideas? Or can anyone assist me with finding a doctor who might be able to help? Any assistance is would be greatly appreciated!