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I do think I have multiple autoimmune diseases...

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  • Posted By: Mariadelosangeles
  • September 11, 2009
  • 05:40 AM

I am a 56 years old female. I have noticed that for a period of two weeks I have gained about 10 pounds. It feels as if I am retaining fluids as my hands and feet get a little swollen. I also feel more hungry than usual for about three days. For days I have experienced swelling in the upper left side of my stomach, right below the breast. It feels like pressure in my ribs and the left side looks bigger than the right side. My belly is also getting swollen, and it comes and goes. I am constipated even when I eat fruits and veggies and use Isonitol.
In the last two years I have also developed intolerance to heat and whenever I exercise or stretches myself in the mornings I get a heat rush behind my neck and sometimes through my spine. I dont know if my night sweats are related to the heat intolerance or something else. I also got diagnosed with a rare sleep disorder, "circadian rhythm sleep disorder" years ago and due to all these symptoms I had to get early retirement as I could not go to work or had energy to performed my job duties.
I am concern because this year I have had an abnormal cervical pap and biopsy twice. I have Hashimotto Thyroiditis and a nodule in the left side of my thyroid.
since early 90's, I have suffered from diseases as Lyme, Epstein Barr, and continuous shingles outbreaks . My PCP believes that I do have an immune dysfunction. I have severe allergies and sensitivities to foods, medications and products, also Latex. Many years ago aprox. 10 years I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue syndrome due to extreme fatigue . Two years back a doctor diagnosed me with MS after in 2007 an MRI showed 3 lesions and after I developed symptoms of great head pressure, dizziness loss feeling, problems with mobility and memory and cognitive impairment . The most overwhelming symptom is the fatigue which causes me to limit my activities for long periods of time. I do suffer from muscle pain and stiffness for many years and I thought they were caused by CFS/Fibromyalgia . At this time Doctors don't know what I have or how to help me..
I also suffer from enlarge glands in neck for more that 10 years and I have had problems with my thyroid since I was 17 years old. I got thyfus as a child. Seem that I am developing autoimmune diseases and doctors don't know with certainty what is causing my immune system to fail. Could it be a problem with me glandular and hormonal system ? Why my belly gets bigger some days and then goes down on it own for periods of time?
I am overwhelmed by symptoms and lack of answers since early 90s ...I am not in any treatment other than the thyroid medication. Can any doctor tell me what is going on? Where to go and whci doctor to see so I can get real treatment and get better. Time passes and I am getting worse.

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