I am a 34 year old female with a miserably long list of symptoms that began approximately three months ago and are becoming increasingly unbearable. They are listed below in order of severity.
sudden weight gain (45 lbs. in 8 weeks)
extreme sensitivity to heat/heavy perspiration
restless legs with sudden uncontrollable spasms while sitting or reclining
numbness in hands, face, and legs
generalized swelling including face and extremities (My right eye is nearly swollen shut.)
persistent low grade fever
intermittent visual disturbances
shortness of breath
small light-brown "age-spots" appearing about 3-4 per week for the last 2 months (I am obsessive about sunscreen and have never spent a great deal of time in the sun.)
I have sought medical attention from both my PCP and a neurologist and had the following tests and results:
* chest x-ray and EKG showed slightly enlarged heart and some type of irregularity prompting her to order an echocardiogram and stress test for next week
* slightly elevated prolactin level
* low B12
* decreased polyclonal gamma globlulins (whatever that means)
* in-office neurological exam highlighted decreased peripheral vision in right eye, poor balance, and lowered sensitivity to stimulus on my right side
* CBC/TSH/Cortisol/ANA/A1C/Blood Cultures are normal
I have prior diagnoses of PCOS, endometriosis, peripheral neuropathy in right leg due to injury, and sleep apnea.
I was scheduled for an MRI of my head and neck today, but I was too large for the machine. I am also scheduled to see an endocrinologist thanks to a referral from my GYN who seems to believe that I am really sick. My PCP is normally a very good doctor, but today she seemed to hint that she thought this is all in my head. I am not sure how a fever can be psychosomatic, so I am a bit insulted. I am the first to admit that I have been diagnosed and treated for bipolar disorder for nearly 20 years, but I also know the difference between sick and depressed. This is sick. I am not a frequent visitor to the doctor's office, and I have not given her any reason to believe that I am a hypochondriac, so I am confused as to why my concerns are being dismissed.
Thank you for your patience with my rambling. I appreciate any insight you might be able to share.