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This one will probably stump you all...

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 2, 2007
  • 00:27 AM

Okay, well I'll list all the stuff I believe to be pertinent.
I'm a 21 year old male, philadelphia. I've never engaged in unprotected sex (other than oral). My mom has a history of eczema, and I've had minor outbreaks before.
And my symptoms, which have lasted -- and seem to change -- for 4 months, are as follows:
* generalized pruritis -- which started out with any lesions
but now i have visible, but tiny-sized red dots symmetrically figured on my upper legs (i can't find any of these tiny rashes above my waist)
* chronic fatigue
* overall body ache
* i've had a sore throat in the past, but now that's gone -- possibly unrelated
* once or twice a week i get diarrhea
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* as far as i know, my lymph nodes aren't enlarged or swollen, but I can't say for sure as I'm not really a doctor or anything.
* i haven't had a fever during any of this.

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Okay, some people lead me to believe it's an allergy -- be it food or otherwise. But I'm leaning toward something else.

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  • Have you considered an autoimmune disorder as a potential culprit? An autoimmune disorder can share many symptoms with other illnesses. An autoimmune disorder is NOT like HIV or AIDS. In an autoimmune disorder, cells in our immune system attack healthy cells/tissues within our body. Perhaps you could ask your doctor to run some blood tests to check for antibodies in your blood.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 2, 2007
    • 02:21 PM
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  • Have you looked at the difference between a food allergy and a food intolerence? An allergy will occur at the time of consumption, almost an immediate severe reaction. An intolerence occurs at the time of digestion and the symptoms are spread out over days. If you are intolerent to something common in your diet (wheat, corn, soy, milk, etc) the multi-day symptoms will start to overlap and cause chronic pain, fatigue, and a whole list of problems that seem to exist on a permanent basis. Relaxation can ease the symptoms of a food intolerence, and any type of stress can make them seem much worse.This site has a list of food-related symptoms. Based on what you describe, its no surprise that people have suggested a food-related problem. www.foodcanmakeyouill.co.uk/intolerance/symptoms.htmwww.foodcanmakeyouill.co.uk/intolerance/questions.htmThe second link is like a questionaire. It sounds like you would answer yes to quite a few of those questions.BTW, some food intolerences ARE classified as an auto-immune disorder, and it mimics other auto-immune disorders. Not everyone has ALL the symptoms, as it shows up differently in everyone (and some people show no outward symptoms).Its really hard for a doctor to diagnose food intolerence (and the typical allergy tests DO NOT test for intolerence), so I recommend personal study and dietary experimentation.
    Azaral 152 Replies
    • January 2, 2007
    • 02:55 PM
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