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Sick for over 2 months..help please..

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  • Posted By: Lemmiwinks410
  • May 17, 2008
  • 00:40 AM

Hello all, new to the boards. Here's what's goin on:

I am a 19-year-old male college student. I am in pretty good shape, and I smoked cigarettes for 15 months before this event. I also drank pretty heavily around 3-4 days a week before I had this event.

On March 14th, I was in class when my heart skipped a beat, and then began racing. I went outside and a janitor helped me out through what I think was a panic attack (I thought I was dying, my heart was racing, I was hyperventilating and my arms and hands tingled and then started going numb, and I was lightheaded). I went to the hospital where all they found wrong was high blood pressure (probably from the attack). I went home that day, and the next morning I woke up with a pounding/racing heart and full body shakes. I went to the hospital again later that day because I had a similar, but less serious attack.

Note, for the three days prior to the first attack I had basically been drinking nonstop. The night of the 12th I drank heavily, wokeup and went to the bar at noon for a basketball game, and then went to the bar again later that night, drinking heavily each time..

Ever since then, I have had these following symptoms, which come and go at random times:

-Heart Palpitations/Racing Heart
-Hand Tremor (Both Hands) – Cured with drinking alcohol
-Breathlessness/Shortness of Breath
-Occasional Lightheadedness/”Dizziness”
-Chronic Diarrhea
-Nervousness
-Occasional Ringing In Ear
-Hypertension
-Occasional Chest Discomfort
-General Malaise
-Fatigue/Sluggishness/Body Weakness
-Occasional “Vomiting/Burping Food Up”
-Stomach Bloating and Gas
-“Sleep Paralysis”
-Occasional Cold/Hot Flashes
-“Heavyheaded”
-Very dizzy few seconds after waking up
-Occasional burning sensation on lower end of sternum

I have had diarrhea/loose stool for over 2 months now.

I have had multiple blood tests done, and they ruled out Diabetes, Hyperthyroidism, Lyme's Disease. They also did basically a full test, which checked red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and basically for inflammation/infection in any organs. The only thing that did bring up some concern was my IgA antibody levels for the test for celiac's. I think I was at 364, when the range was 48-340 or something. I goto the gastroenterologist on the 21st.

I also went to a cardiologist. I wore a heart monitor for 2 weeks (a loop monitor: where I press a button everytime I feel something different). I also had an echo cardiogram done, which checked out.

So, I come to you guys asking if anyone has any ideas? The racing heart has subsided. The more prominent symptoms I have now are random events of lightheadedness, malaise, some abdominal pain.

I have been both sober and cigarette-free ever since March 14th (64 days or something around there).

I want to believe it is anxiety. There is no history of anxiety in my family, but many of the symptoms, besides the gastrointestinal ones, are similar to those of anxiety. However, can anxiety cause random symptoms at random times, or does some event have to trigger the symptoms? The only event I can think of is the constant worrying about what is wrong with my and why I feel the way I do.

Thanks a lot for any help.

Brian

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  • All the alchohol you drank probably damaged your liver, which caused most of the symptomes. However, since I understand your symptomes are subsiding, I believe the liver has fully regenerated from the stress you gave it. Go and see the gastroenterologist, let me know what happened. But the bottom line is, you'll continue to feel better.
    Marko Gjorgjevski 5 Replies Flag this Response
  • Because I was concerned especially about the liver due to the excessive drinking, I had my doctor due a full checkup on it (I don't know what sort of things were tested in the bloodwork), and the bloodwork came back ok. Does this mean that nothing was wrong with the liver, or could it have been damaged and still pass the bloodtest. How long would you expect these symptoms to last, if they were alcohol related?Brian
    Lemmiwinks410 6 Replies Flag this Response
  • The intial heart/high blood pressure could have been caused from the drinking and smoking. You should invest in some Bach Flowers, especially Rescue Remedy, when you feel the panic. You can find it at your local health food store. Congratulations on quitting two vices that could kill you. You should begin to regenerate.You can do a major cleanse:http://healingtools.tripod.com/thn10.html
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies Flag this Response
  • Because I was concerned especially about the liver due to the excessive drinking, I had my doctor due a full checkup on it (I don't know what sort of things were tested in the bloodwork), and the bloodwork came back ok. Does this mean that nothing was wrong with the liver, or could it have been damaged and still pass the bloodtest. How long would you expect these symptoms to last, if they were alcohol related?BrianWell Brian, the two tests most often performed on the liver detect enzymes released by the cells when they die. And since theese came back Ok, the doctor wasn't worried because it was nothing serious. So to answer your question, the liver could have been damaged, but not so badly as to show up on the results, but bad enough to keep you out of shape for 2 months. As I said before, if you're feeling better, then there's nothing to worry about. And I read the previos thread congratulating you on quiting to vices, and advising you to eat some sort of flowers..you don't really have to do neither. Just don't go extreme on the liquor again.I had a patient similar to your situation once, except he smoked very very heavily for 10 days, including drinking and having a cold all the time. He was coughing two monthgs afterwards, but no he's perfectly healthy
    Marko Gjorgjevski 5 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hello again-I saw the GI doctor and he couldn't find anything substantial at first. He ordered another test for celiac's which came back negative. I still have the loose stool and I have gas/bloating, especially in the upper-abdominal area. I see him July 1st for a follow-up. Do you have any suggestions on why I still have the diarrhea and bloating? I have tried eliminating certain foods from my diet, such as wheat and dairy, but to no avail. What should I ask the GI doctor when I see him again?Thanks for all of your help
    Lemmiwinks410 6 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hello again-I saw the GI doctor and he couldn't find anything substantial at first. He ordered another test for celiac's which came back negative. I still have the loose stool and I have gas/bloating, especially in the upper-abdominal area. I see him July 1st for a follow-up. Do you have any suggestions on why I still have the diarrhea and bloating? I have tried eliminating certain foods from my diet, such as wheat and dairy, but to no avail. What should I ask the GI doctor when I see him again?Thanks for all of your helpWell exactly that. Ask him what foods you should take to eliminate the diarrhea and bloating. The bile from your liver is nessecary for lipid digestion, so slow down on those kinds of foods, like eggs and mayo. If u ***t and your diarrhoea smells terrible, its probably from that. Keep me posted.
    Marko Gjorgjevski 5 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks, I will. Also, I'm not dismissing some psychiatric problem (anxiety) as the cause, but is it possible I have some sort of bacteria nesting in my abdominal area, if thats possible? I have had palpitations everyday, either once or three or four times throughout the day, diarrhea, and even sometimes a feeling like I am having to catch my breath. I feel normal at times throughout the day, and feel not so well with these symptoms other times, and I just wanted to make sure there wasn't something else going on before I accepted anxiety. The diarrhea doesnt seem like its going away, even with diet changes. And, like I've said, all of my bloodwork and cardiac work checks out..Thanks again for all of your input
    Lemmiwinks410 6 Replies Flag this Response
  • PLease look at the post: sensitive aches, swollen glands of today June 6. You have to read infos about lyme. Sorry im too tired and sick now to repeat it!!! Consider it ok, and look at www.canlyme.com.too for symptoms. Please, it could maby save your life. I had a lot of digestive problem with my lyme...Read ok, you'll see that the tests are not always good..Fannie
    Fannou 111 Replies Flag this Response
  • I don't think it's Lymes..Ive had the bloodwork done for that, and I also haven't had a fever at all - most of my symptoms are intermittent.
    Lemmiwinks410 6 Replies Flag this Response
  • And now the past 2 days I have been very fatigued for periods during the day, and have had sort of like a restless legs syndrome type of issue, where my legs, as well as other body parts, ***k at random times, more than they usually do. However, at some parts of the day, I feel perfectly normal without any symptoms. WHAT IS WRONG??? Help please!
    Lemmiwinks410 6 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks, I will. Also, I'm not dismissing some psychiatric problem (anxiety) as the cause, but is it possible I have some sort of bacteria nesting in my abdominal area, if thats possible? I have had palpitations everyday, either once or three or four times throughout the day, diarrhea, and even sometimes a feeling like I am having to catch my breath. I feel normal at times throughout the day, and feel not so well with these symptoms other times, and I just wanted to make sure there wasn't something else going on before I accepted anxiety. The diarrhea doesnt seem like its going away, even with diet changes. And, like I've said, all of my bloodwork and cardiac work checks out.. Thanks again for all of your input Hi Brian, from the symptoms you describe, candida overgrowth could be involved - it's often an underlying cause of many physical and emotional symptoms... (sugars in alcohol can cause it)... bloating, gas, "leaky gut syndrome", .. It's pretty easy to get under control within a month with the right diet (sugars and carbs feed it)..I give my clients a special diet for it - if you want the attachment you can email me at freehelp99@yahoo.comregards, Karen
    Kinesiologist 62 Replies Flag this Response
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  • While candida could be the culprit, you may also have several vitamin and mineral deficiencies contributing to your problems. Please read the post on B12 deficiency misdiagnosis. Alcohol robs the body of B12 and cigarettes rob the body of Vit C. You may find a good sublingual METHYL B12 supplement (the best one is by JARROW) will help with your neurological symptoms. Methyl B12 is the only form that is readily absorbed by the body. I would take 2,000mcg a day and hold it under the tongue (sublingual). Often people feel improvement in symptoms after just a day of taking this supplement. B12 def. is hard to test for and docs often overlook this. I suggest you get two other supplements: a PROBIOTIC to help get your intestinal flora back in shape. This is excellent for diarrhea and loose stools. If you have gas and bloating after you eat then I would recommend a good quality digestive enzyme to take with your meals. Do you drink colas or energy drinks? How much coffee do you drink daily?All of these can contribute to anxiety and palpitations. Finally, consider finding a good acupuncturist to help get your body back in balance. Very very effective! Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks for the suggestions! I am currently taking a GNC multivitamin (the lady there talked me into buying it), as well as a calcium magnesium supplement. The multivitamin only has 75 mcg of B-12 in it..is 1200 mcg safe to take? I do not drink soda or coffee (I am sensitive to caffeine) - only water and occasional gatorade/juice.
    Lemmiwinks410 6 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks for the suggestions! I am currently taking a GNC multivitamin (the lady there talked me into buying it), as well as a calcium magnesium supplement. The multivitamin only has 75 mcg of B-12 in it..is 1200 mcg safe to take? I do not drink soda or coffee (I am sensitive to caffeine) - only water and occasional gatorade/juice. All B vitamins are water soluble, meaning that whatever your body doesn't use will be excreted thru urine. It is very safe to take this dosage. But if you can, get a blood test for your B12 levels first and see if it is on the lower range of normal, then I would opt for taking a METHYL B12 sublingual. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • You thought it could be anxiety--which can cause enough stress for even the gastrointestinal issues. Pay a bit more attention to what crosses your mind during the course of a day and even when you're trying to go to sleep at night. Maybe even try writing it down and seeing what you thing of it later. If it seems to be things that aren't worth worrying about or even things that you wouldn't normally worry about that would be a sign. If you have easy access to a shrink, talk to one--they would be able to tell you fairly easily. But if you think it is don't fret about it. For one it won't help things-lol(trust me--i have anxiety disorder--more worry is the last thing you need) For two usually a simple daily pill can take most of the edge off of the sypmtoms.
    chromegirl666 101 Replies Flag this Response
  • And now the past 2 days I have been very fatigued for periods during the day, and have had sort of like a restless legs syndrome type of issue, where my legs, as well as other body parts, ***k at random times, more than they usually do. However, at some parts of the day, I feel perfectly normal without any symptoms. WHAT IS WRONG??? Help please! Yes I agree with the suggestion of a pro-biotic - 2 before each meal, (6/day) for at least 10 days..(this is on the anti-candida diet), B12 (can only help), and accupuncture is good as it works on your body's energy system and part of the problem seems to be "electrical" (heart beat, jerking) - you might get quick results because the problem was brought on quickly. Omega 3 is great for the digestive tract and "electrical" problems.. for guys the best is fish oil - normally something like Wild Salmon Oil- 3/day. But help it get there faster with an anti-candida diet as well, or at least put your diet in that direction - it's easy and doesn't cost anything. By the way candida has some of the same symptoms as celiac because the sugars/starches in gluten feed the yeast and can create bloating, gas, diarrhea, fatigue etc etc. But don't waste your money - get supplements from a real health food store because most aren't absorbed properly - Spectrum and Solgar are good, Twin Labs is fine..only get pro-biotics if they're kept in the refrigerator.
    Kinesiologist 62 Replies Flag this Response
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