This is a long story. I'm 29, had a baby nearly 5 months ago. I had a healthy pregnancy, and a healthy normal birth. Up to 4 weeks after the birth I was fine, 6 weeks after I was fine, but got a tooth infection as was put on metronidazole which I then developed a sensitivity to (having been on it over 4 times in my pregnancy for the same thing), then 8 weeks after I got a vaginal infection.
I had a swab taken and it tested positive for group c hemolytic strep (apparently a common vag infection), got antibiotics, and then had another swab and the test was all clear.
But I was feeling unwell generally, and very anxious because I had read bad things about Strep. I was starting to get panic attacks very severely and I lost my appetite. I then got a furry tongue and was told I had thrush caused by the antibiotics so I took Natural Yoghurt. I was still feeling tingling, pins and needles and blotching to my skin so my GP sent me for full blood screens and cultures - results were perfectly normal.
I then caught a cold and got an irritating cough that wouldn't go (just an itchy cough). I noticed that one side of my soft palate was very red and also noticed a dark vein at the top of it that wasn't there before so I sought medical help, the verdict was it was irritation caused by thrush, so more yoghurt. Meanwhile I had no actual thrush symptoms, but I did get occaisional coldness and tingling in my mouth.
Then the other side of my soft palate went red and the rest of it was veiny, so I sought help again, and was told "It's something viral".
I went for a second opinion.
A swab of my throat was taken as the GP noticed a spot on my tonsil and gave me antibiotics as a precaution of strep throat.
I then got a sore in my mouth and my mouth was drying out, I was also getting sinus pain and loss of balance and heaviness in my ear, I went back for help - this time when they took my pulse and blood pressure, both were very high and I was sent up to the Med Investigation Unit for assessment. My lips had turned dark and I could see a dark vein in my top lip. I had a full blood screen, chest x ray and blood cultures done. Results again were normal but the white cells were very slightly elevated, the verdict was - "possibly viral infection". Well I was getting a runny nose with my sinus trouble so I put it down to that.
The results came back from my throat swab as all clear also, so I stopped taking the antibiotics. My cold symptoms were getting stronger even on the antibiotics so when I went to see my GP again they confirmed it had to be viral.
But then I noticed inside my mouth that the inside of my cheeks were going transparent and you could see dark red veins everywhere - also under my tongue the veins were prominent. 2 days later my face veins were prominent and I was also getting very dark circles and spider veins. Then 2 days later I could see the veins in my hands and arms, and so on, it continues. I am very very pale and quite transparent.
I have a persistent cough from the cold which i have now had for nearly 2 weeks, but the cold though it lingers SEEMS to be calming down. Just got a lot of muck, but still getting the odd bit of sinus trouble.
I can feel pretty good in myself yet I get moments of fatigue, weakness and I am getting rapidly transparent.
I have not been eating properly, I admit that, I lost my appetite for the past few weeks and went some days without food, I have chain smoked because of panic attacks, I have been in constant panic about my health and very sad and wound up.
The GP has referred me to a counsellor but my physical symptoms are still there.
I now daren't look in the mirror, I caught sight of myself this afternoon and scared myself because of how pale and veiny I look. my nail beds are also a funny colour, I have red bands at the tops of them, pale in the centre and dark near the moons. (nails have been like this for about 4-5 weeks). My toenails on my big toes are falling off too.
I get frequent sweaty palms whether cold or warm, they sweat profusely.
What I need to know is... recently I have developed high blood pressure and tachycardia (past 2 weeks, before then my pulse etc... was normal).
I have been referred for assessment by another GP because of the tachycardia.
I am really scared. Have I done this to myself by not eating properly and panic attacks or is there something really going on?