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strange pains, tingling, vision problems, etc.

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 27, 2007
  • 05:21 PM

I will try to keep this as brief as possible. I have no clue if the following issues are related or not, but thought I'd include them all on the chance they are.
31-year-old female, overweight, no real medical history besides clinical depression

--abdominal pain (general feeling of discomfort/bloat going back a couple years; went to doc 2 months ago with severe pain in lower left abdomen, sudden painful urge to urinate; burning sensation in lower back; urinalysis came back clean; did pelvic exam as I have had chronic vaginal discharge as well for years (told yeast infection, treated twice, discharge continued; then told some women just discharge more than others or could be change with aging), saw overgrowth of bacteria & elevated white blood cell count, took antibiotics; abdominal pain continued and "spread"--sometimes a prickling, sometimes a sharp stabbing, all around abdomen, sides, up as far as top of ribs; burning back has subsided as well as sudden painful urge to urinate; went back to doc, had another clean urinalysis and a normal CBC, suspected IBS but ordered colonoscopy to check for probs., colonoscopy came back fine, had pelvic ultrasound, technician mentioned cyst on left ovary, doc said it was normal, related to cycle
--vision disturbances (two years ago experienced vision disturbance to the point I could not read, neck pain, disorientation, went to doc, told classic sign of migraine and prescribed meds (no testing done); since then I had the problem maybe twice a year, suddenly now I've had it five times in the past week--sometimes twice in the same day--vision disturbance, headache, some neck pain; vision: it's like there's black shadows or blank spaces in vision, squirming, wavy lines; flashing lights in peripheral vision
--numbness in two fingers of right hand (pinky and adjacent finger)(happened infrequently going back perhaps a year), frequency has increased dramatically over past couple weeks
--frequent earache in right ear as well as perceived hearing loss (have been tested three times now--no confirmation of hearing loss or reason for earache)
--frequent toothaches on right side of mouth (regular dental check-ups, no sign of problem)
--frequent urination (was tested for diabetes a few years ago, negative)
--dry mouth, thirst, burning tongue, sore on top of mouth twice in past month, sometimes lips feel as if they're burning/tingling
--experienced night sweats for several nights about a month ago, but have not had lately

Any ideas?

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  • Do you grind your teeth at night?Are they worn down not normal for a person of your age?TMJ??
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  • I guess I do grind my teeth. The dentist had wondered this, and I didn't know I did. Then my husband told me he has heard it...my dentist has never commented on my teeth being unusually worn, though.
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  • We have some of the same symptoms.....see my thread by V52. A few questions: When did your 1st symptom start? You mention being overweight, is the weight gain recent? How much? Do your migraines tend to happen in the Spring/Summer? When did depression begin and is it Major Depression? What meds are you taking? Have you had any abnormal blood work? What tests have been run? Have you ever had your B12 checked (asking b/c of tongue sx)? Your vision disturbances sound like migraines, however when the frequency changes the Dr. should order an MRI for you. Some of your symptoms could very likely be interstitial cystitis. But not all of them. Google if unsure what this is. Do you regularly get the flu shot or have you had any vaccinations as an adult?
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  • These are nearly the exact symptoms I have been suffering with.It started off with many of the symptoms you described. I still am having the numbness and hand tingling. This is the fourth month. I had vision disturbances as well and the teeth aching, ear pain (no loss), and stomache upset, still. Had the problem with urination also. That has subsided. I am doing better in alot of the ways. Still not recovered. I have seen many docs to no avail. many tests, and recently a MRI.I think that the illness is a viral type infection. I do not know what to tell you to do. No one has helped me much. One med that has aided in the ear pain and the dizziness is Meclazine. I am taking Probiotics and Vitamins to try to strengthen my system.I hope you get to feeling better soon!
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  • Frequent urination, thirst, headache and vision disturbances can all be symptoms of a pituitary mass (usually a benign, slow growing tumor in the brain) or damage from head trauma. Diagnosis is by head CT scan. The urinary symptoms are called central diabetes insipidus. It is different than diabetes mellitus which is probably what your doctor checked for. It results from a deficiency of anti-diuretic hormone from the posterior pituitary gland.
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  • We have some of the same symptoms.....see my thread by V52. A few questions: When did your 1st symptom start? You mention being overweight, is the weight gain recent? How much? Do your migraines tend to happen in the Spring/Summer? When did depression begin and is it Major Depression? What meds are you taking? Have you had any abnormal blood work? What tests have been run? Have you ever had your B12 checked (asking b/c of tongue sx)? Your vision disturbances sound like migraines, however when the frequency changes the Dr. should order an MRI for you. Some of your symptoms could very likely be interstitial cystitis. But not all of them. Google if unsure what this is. Do you regularly get the flu shot or have you had any vaccinations as an adult?I have had vaginal discharge for probably four years. I remember the "bloated" feeling in my abdomen going back probably three years. My first migraine was about two years ago. I have been overweight, though not incredibly so, since about 8th grade; I took off 50 pounds in college, have gained that 50 plus another in probably ten years. Now I have lost 40 pounds in the past six months (intentionally). Yes, now that you mention it, I do believe my migraines have been occuring in the spring/summer months--I never really thought about that before.I think I started suffering from depression when I was in 8th grade. I was diagnosed with clinical depression at 19--they felt it was genetic due to a family history of mental illness. I'm not sure what the term "Major Depression" means...I take 100 mg. of Sertraline daily. I did test with slightly elevated white blood cell count a year ago. The doc. checked it again, but felt it was such a slight elevation that it was not concerning. That is the only thing he has ever mentioned about my blood work. He did a CBC when I went in again in April and he said it was all normal.I do get an annual flu shot.I will be sure to make another appointment with the doctor due to the increased frequency of migraines. I will ask about B12 deficiency too. Last time I went, the nurse who questioned me before I actually saw the doctor did not want to listen to all of my "symptoms"--she basically said, "Well, I don't know if he'll want to try to address all of that today." Unfortunately, since I've seen the doctor, more things have developed...I have researched a little on interstital cystitis and thought it did seem to fit for some things, as well.Thank you!
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  • Thank you all for your replies. I was sort of getting to the point of wanting to give up...sick of missing work and spending money to not get any answers...but you have helped me to want to keep fighting to get an answer and hopefully a way to make me feel better. I am tired of not being able to go a whole day without some kind of pain or ailment. If I ever do find out anything, I'll be sure to post it in hopes that someone else will find a clue as to what is troubling them...
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