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  • Posted By: stacyd33
  • January 19, 2007
  • 08:07 PM

I am a 34 year old female, who was healthy until 3 months ago when these strange symptoms started. This all started with a viral respirtory infection that lasted 5 weeks. My son started pre-school this year so he was constantly bringing home colds. I started with a sore throat for a few days, then the cough started. I had a dry cough that I just couldn't get rid of. After 5 weeks, I started to feel flu-like and run-down so I decided to go to the doctor. He put me on Advair to help clear my lungs. I only took it for 5 days, then discontinued it because my lungs were started to ache. A few days later my cough and my achy lung symptoms were gone. I was still feeling run-down so I went back to my doctor for some blood work. All my blood work came back fine except my thyroid reading was high. After giving me a T3 and T4 test to check my thyroid level more closely , my doctor told me that those results were fine.
Later that evening, while lying in bed, I started to get very dizzy. My hands, feet and face were tingling and I thought that I was going to pass out. I went back to the doctor the next day and had an EKG which came back fine. My doctor thought that I was having anxiety attacks---I didn't agree with him. Days went on and I would have daily episodes of tingling and feeling extremely fatigued. I started to lose my appetite and lost weight. I finally decided to try Zoloft because I didn't know what else to do. I took it for 2 weeks, then discontinued it because I was having so many side effects. I had diarreah, lost 10 pounds, had heart palpatations, and felt worse than I did before the Zoloft. I had a very bad week, possibly from the withdrawal, along with my original symptoms. I have had an MRI of my brain to rule out MS, which came back normal. I have also seen a neurologist who wants to do an MRI of my spine. Every day I have symptoms that come and go. Some mornings I wake up and feel terrible. Some days I get the chills and have low grade fevers. I get dizzy spells that last for hours. I also get brain fog, feel shaky all over, sensitivity to light, fatigue. I still get tingly in my hands , feet and face, but not all the time. I also have this pain up under my right rib. I had an ultrasound of my organs which came back negative. There are times during each day that I feel good. I always assume that I'm getting better, but the next day I get symptoms again. I don't know what is causing this, nor do my doctors. My theories were an autoimmune disease that was caused from my respiratory illness. I have also had a yeast infection for a couple of months that I can't get rid of. I also thought that this could be a candida overgrowth throughout my whole body. I would appreciate any feedback or advice. I don't know what to do and am getting scared and frustrated that no one has been able to give me any answers. PLease help!!!!!!

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  • I am a 34 year old female, who was healthy until 3 months ago when these strange symptoms started. This all started with a viral respirtory infection that lasted 5 weeks. My son started pre-school this year so he was constantly bringing home colds. I started with a sore throat for a few days, then the cough started. I had a dry cough that I just couldn't get rid of. After 5 weeks, I started to feel flu-like and run-down so I decided to go to the doctor. He put me on Advair to help clear my lungs. I only took it for 5 days, then discontinued it because my lungs were started to ache. A few days later my cough and my achy lung symptoms were gone. I was still feeling run-down so I went back to my doctor for some blood work. All my blood work came back fine except my thyroid reading was high. After giving me a T3 and T4 test to check my thyroid level more closely , my doctor told me that those results were fine.Later that evening, while lying in bed, I started to get very dizzy. My hands, feet and face were tingling and I thought that I was going to pass out. I went back to the doctor the next day and had an EKG which came back fine. My doctor thought that I was having anxiety attacks---I didn't agree with him. Days went on and I would have daily episodes of tingling and feeling extremely fatigued. I started to lose my appetite and lost weight. I finally decided to try Zoloft because I didn't know what else to do. I took it for 2 weeks, then discontinued it because I was having so many side effects. I had diarreah, lost 10 pounds, had heart palpatations, and felt worse than I did before the Zoloft. I had a very bad week, possibly from the withdrawal, along with my original symptoms. I have had an MRI of my brain to rule out MS, which came back normal. I have also seen a neurologist who wants to do an MRI of my spine. Every day I have symptoms that come and go. Some mornings I wake up and feel terrible. Some days I get the chills and have low grade fevers. I get dizzy spells that last for hours. I also get brain fog, feel shaky all over, sensitivity to light, fatigue. I still get tingly in my hands , feet and face, but not all the time. I also have this pain up under my right rib. I had an ultrasound of my organs which came back negative. There are times during each day that I feel good. I always assume that I'm getting better, but the next day I get symptoms again. I don't know what is causing this, nor do my doctors. My theories were an autoimmune disease that was caused from my respiratory illness. I have also had a yeast infection for a couple of months that I can't get rid of. I also thought that this could be a candida overgrowth throughout my whole body. I would appreciate any feedback or advice. I don't know what to do and am getting scared and frustrated that no one has been able to give me any answers. PLease help!!!!!!Welcome to the Club.Please, don't take immune system suppresants, you are signing your death sentence. My doctor told me to keep taking antihistamines- I almost die.The suckers kept telling me I needed a Psychiatrist for Anxiety Attacks.I had palpitations and the tingling, and I felt like my mind was like a Tv switching channels and all the channels were horror movies.I had been poisoned- by my own ignorance and my liver in an attempt to clean up the internal mess.I am just like you in all senses or worst, and I have been disable for 2 months now.I think it is Candida Overload and increase Intestinal Permeability.As soon as I changed my habits 90% of all went away. But I noticed that when I eat proteins and fats I really start having the auto immune symptoms and feeling almost nearly as sick as the first week.So I researched and I found out that the T-cells play a role in the digestion of proteins.I researched some more last night and I came across a point that I had overlooked earlier this month: Intestinal Toxemia.I am a food allergy test next week to avoid more possible triggers.All of your immune responses are violent and they make the liver create toxic bile that can hurt your pancreas. So you need to clean up.At the same time the kidneys start working overtime to pick up all the antibodies debris in your blood.So the test come out normal, but if you don't detox, then the real auto immune symptoms that doctors recognize start to form.http://forums.wrongdiagnosis.com/showthread.php?t=7286Stick around- there are 2 dozen of us in this board.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 19, 2007
    • 08:28 PM
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  • Thanks for the quick reply! I just have a couple of questions for you.Did you always have this problem or did it just come on suddenly? I have never had these problems that I'm experiencing until after the respiratory illness. I am not aware of any food allergy reactions prior to this. I have also never been tested for food allergies. Can you explain your history of your illness. I am baffled that I could have been hit so hard and so fast. A friend of mine is studying to be an ND and wants to put me on a detox next week. She wanted to give me one more week to build my immune system with supplements and eating healthy. She also thinks my problem could stem from a chemical poisoning that resulted in cleaning and disinfecting our basement carpet after sewage backed up in our basement over the summer. I'm not quite sure about the poisoning because it hasn't produced symptoms in my husband or 2 small children. What kind of detox did you do for your problem? What do you recommend that I do next to turn this around before it does too much damage? Also, did you have pain under your right rib like I'm having? Is that where your pancreas is?I'm so glad I found this website- I feel a lot better knowing that there are others who are having the same symptoms that I'm having. It gives me hope that I will find a resolution to my illness. Thanks so much for the support!!!!
    stacyd33 2 Replies
    • January 20, 2007
    • 02:00 AM
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  • These sound like symptoms of Subacute Thyroiditis. Search on the internet and you will find out. It sometimes happens with a viral infection and there doesn't have to be pain. If your TSH is high now it should go down on it's own and return to normal. This condition can last for 6 months. This is just what I've found on the internet about it. Good luck.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 20, 2007
    • 04:26 AM
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    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 20, 2007
    • 04:31 AM
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  • Thanks for the quick reply! I just have a couple of questions for you.Did you always have this problem or did it just come on suddenly? I have never had these problems that I'm experiencing until after the respiratory illness. I am not aware of any food allergy reactions prior to this. I have also never been tested for food allergies. Can you explain your history of your illness. I am baffled that I could have been hit so hard and so fast. A friend of mine is studying to be an ND and wants to put me on a detox next week. She wanted to give me one more week to build my immune system with supplements and eating healthy. She also thinks my problem could stem from a chemical poisoning that resulted in cleaning and disinfecting our basement carpet after sewage backed up in our basement over the summer. I'm not quite sure about the poisoning because it hasn't produced symptoms in my husband or 2 small children. What kind of detox did you do for your problem? What do you recommend that I do next to turn this around before it does too much damage? Also, did you have pain under your right rib like I'm having? Is that where your pancreas is?I'm so glad I found this website- I feel a lot better knowing that there are others who are having the same symptoms that I'm having. It gives me hope that I will find a resolution to my illness. Thanks so much for the support!!!!To be honest with you- I was just doing great. I was #1 in all my classes, running around all day and doing research all night. I also work. I am a very happy and bubbly person. But for the whole semester I felt like I was catching a bug and then it would fade. I was taking some vitamins of ok quality, and "eating right".One day I woke up as usual "feeling good" and after eating breakfast I felt sudden weakness and mental fog. That was the end of the semester for me :( I never went back to school or work. I deteriorated in 5 days.Five days later I had pain everywhere, palpitation, the whole enchilada. I was a mess and my boyfriend had to carry me around everywhere.There was only one thing that was found wrong: my liver function was abnormal- I had some sort of chemical hepatitis for a day or two.No doctors could find a reason for my liver to try to kill me with over production of proteins. It was inflammation, an auto immune response from the body.So my internist asked me to read a book title: "Never Be Sick Again".The book explains in detail everything I was doing wrong. Now I am recovering.As far as the chemical poisoning goes- it is correct.Once your gut is compromised, it is very easy to be attacked by all kind of environmental hazards. That happened to me too.I became "agoraphobic"- I could not stand buildings, carpets, chemicals, people...I developed chemical sensitivities.To detox your world and your gut there are plenty of resources.The most valuable is the book. You can read some of the info inside the book at this linkhttp://www.beyondhealth.com/articles.htmI also usedhttp://www.drcranton.com/elimination_diet.htmhttp://www.gloriagilbere.com/InvisibleIllnesses.htmhttp://www.thewolfeclinic.com/newsletter/newsletter0004.htmlhttp://www.afpafitness.com/articles/LEAKGUT4.HTMJust to give you an idea- I stop eating processed food, wheat, sugar, dairy.Doing that cut off 50% of my symptoms and 100% of the "panic attacks".I don't eat anything artificial, I tossed all the cleaners and chemical cosmetics I had. I am all natural, all safe.I am eating a "cleansing diet" - lots of raw vegetables, greens, fruits.I am taking probiotics, grapefruit seed extract, extra vitamin, minerals, antioxidants, bio flavonoids, stomach enzymes, psillium husk tablets, and flaxseed oil.I take detox baths and practice yoga.I have not taken a drug (not even prescription) in over a month.So far I lost all my cellulite, I don't feel so cold anymore when I go outside, my nails are not splitting, I look younger, and I don't even say the F word anymore. Hahaha.I still have more detox to do- I have a serious sugar eater, but I did not know it.Oh- btw, I was in so much pain on Dec 14, my boyfriend had to dress me to go to the doctor. Now, I can dance around again!Best(I'll be around).
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 20, 2007
    • 05:21 AM
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  • I am a 34 year old female, who was healthy until 3 months ago when these strange symptoms started. This all started with a viral respirtory infection that lasted 5 weeks. My son started pre-school this year so he was constantly bringing home colds. I started with a sore throat for a few days, then the cough started. I had a dry cough that I just couldn't get rid of. After 5 weeks, I started to feel flu-like and run-down so I decided to go to the doctor. He put me on Advair to help clear my lungs. I only took it for 5 days, then discontinued it because my lungs were started to ache. A few days later my cough and my achy lung symptoms were gone. I was still feeling run-down so I went back to my doctor for some blood work. All my blood work came back fine except my thyroid reading was high. After giving me a T3 and T4 test to check my thyroid level more closely , my doctor told me that those results were fine.Later that evening, while lying in bed, I started to get very dizzy. My hands, feet and face were tingling and I thought that I was going to pass out. I went back to the doctor the next day and had an EKG which came back fine. My doctor thought that I was having anxiety attacks---I didn't agree with him. Days went on and I would have daily episodes of tingling and feeling extremely fatigued. I started to lose my appetite and lost weight. I finally decided to try Zoloft because I didn't know what else to do. I took it for 2 weeks, then discontinued it because I was having so many side effects. I had diarreah, lost 10 pounds, had heart palpatations, and felt worse than I did before the Zoloft. I had a very bad week, possibly from the withdrawal, along with my original symptoms. I have had an MRI of my brain to rule out MS, which came back normal. I have also seen a neurologist who wants to do an MRI of my spine. Every day I have symptoms that come and go. Some mornings I wake up and feel terrible. Some days I get the chills and have low grade fevers. I get dizzy spells that last for hours. I also get brain fog, feel shaky all over, sensitivity to light, fatigue. I still get tingly in my hands , feet and face, but not all the time. I also have this pain up under my right rib. I had an ultrasound of my organs which came back negative. There are times during each day that I feel good. I always assume that I'm getting better, but the next day I get symptoms again. I don't know what is causing this, nor do my doctors. My theories were an autoimmune disease that was caused from my respiratory illness. I have also had a yeast infection for a couple of months that I can't get rid of. I also thought that this could be a candida overgrowth throughout my whole body. I would appreciate any feedback or advice. I don't know what to do and am getting scared and frustrated that no one has been able to give me any answers. PLease help!!!!!!Hi Stacy, I am 23, my symptoms are VERY similar to yours, especially the pain under your right rib. Originally this is how my problems started, it was thought i had gall stones but a scan revealed nothing, now i have dizzy spells, fatigue, mental fog, pain, aches, shakiness, chills i could go on. I was just wondering if you'd had any luck with a diagnosis. My doctor has said i am depressed and over anxious end of story, needless to say i am not in agreement!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 20, 2007
    • 00:26 PM
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  • Hi Stacy, I am 23, my symptoms are VERY similar to yours, especially the pain under your right rib. Originally this is how my problems started, it was thought i had gall stones but a scan revealed nothing, now i have dizzy spells, fatigue, mental fog, pain, aches, shakiness, chills i could go on. I was just wondering if you'd had any luck with a diagnosis. My doctor has said i am depressed and over anxious end of story, needless to say i am not in agreement!It is good that you don't have a diagnosable disease- those are the ones that are more resistant to the healing process.Not having a diagnosis does not mean we are not sick, it means we are between healthy and chronically ill.Good Luck.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 20, 2007
    • 05:28 PM
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  • hello, first of all, don't let your doctor make you feel like this is all in your head. I think that they always diagnosis you as having anxiety or depression if they aren't able to find anything physically wrong with you.I am in the process of having a few more tests to rule out anything serious. In the meantime, I have been doing my own research and talking to people that deal in natural medicine. I have got more satisfaction from that route than going to the doctor. I am planning on detoxing my body sometime this week to see if that makes an improvement. I'm also looking into food allergies(I assumed that I had none). As far as the pain under the rib goes, I was told that could be my liver dealing with toxic overload. It sounds scary, but I was also told that can be reversed--thus the detox. If you go that route, get as much info that you can and work with someone that knows a lot about detoxing, so that you can effectively take care of your problem. I hope that this helps. I'm still learning as I go and I hope that I'm on the right track. Good luck!!!!:)
    stacyd33 2 Replies
    • January 21, 2007
    • 07:17 PM
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  • Dear Stacy,I believe that you are on the right path, and good for you to choose a different approach to western medical thinking. The pain in your ribs sounds like a liver problem and a detox would help...just be careful and go slowly as you may experience a "herksheimer reaction" which is a temporary worsening of symptoms due to die off... In Chinese medicine, anxiety and depression are not just "in the head" - there is a definite pattern of organ inbalance associated with these two problems. Anxiety is often a heart/spleen inbalance (not always) and depression usually is liver stagnation. We treat the whole person and all of their signs and symptoms help us form a pattern for treatment. A very good treatment for the rib/liver pain is a castor oil pack. Get a good quality organic castor oil and place on the affected area. Cover with a piece of plastic, then put a warm compress over this. Lie quietly for 45 min or so. This is a great cleanse and you can google this to find more info. Of course, discontinue if it doesn't seem to help, but I think you'll find it very soothing! One of the best products to clear and kill candida is called Threelac. Go to www.candidasupport.org for more info. This stuff is great!Hope this helps.Doctor of Oriental Medicine
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • January 22, 2007
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  • I am 43 years old and in college for the second time. Just returned from a two week study in France and Italy. While I was there I started experiencing a tingling, nearly like novocain wearing off, in my left foot and eventually my nose, lips and around part of my eye and occassionally part of my ear and neck which mostly feels like a hair is bothering me. To solved this problem, I started wearing my hair up in a ponytail, but have determined it is not my hair, but part of the symptoms. I went to the doctor (who only took my blood preasure, and weighed me on the scales) only to be told they don't know. Probably a virus. If the symptoms continue, then come back, they would work me in.That's right, no blood work up, no listening to my heart, just a visual inspection. I didn't even get to see my regular doctor as has become the practice due to volume. That was three days ago. I am still feeling the same, no better, no worse. I have observed that I can't get warm, especially where the tingling is present. I usually can, but I find myself pilling on the blankets and wearing extra layers of clothes. Despite the amount of sleep I am getting, I still wake up sluggish and wanting for a nap for which I have no extra time for since I have 3 papers to write for this travel study I just returned from.Recently, I have had loose bowel movents. Not diareah, just loose and frequent. Could this be symptoms of jet lag? My diet is rather on the healthy side. I eat a lot of raw vegetables, hardly ever any meat, especially not red meat, and drink water. I have sworn off good ol' southern sweet tea, despite my southern upbringing, and definitely try not to eat any processed foods as well as stay away from foods with preservatives. I also minimize my sodium intake. Drink more than the suggested minimum of water intake. I am active and walk daily.It is weird to have this tingling sensation, but I am at a loss as to where to turn next.Dee Dee
    bonds006 1 Replies
    • January 24, 2007
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  • Hi, sounds like you may have costochondritis. And possibly fibromyalgia. Go the the web, and type in "Costo",also check out fibromyalgia.Good Luck on your search.
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    • January 26, 2007
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