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diagnosed Somatization but was vitamin deficiency

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 11, 2007
  • 11:36 PM

I have just had a 3 month horrible experience with a doctor in town here. I went in with ataxia and burning nerves. The doctor found a note in my file about depression so immediately gave me a toxicology testing. They did a cranical MRI and didn't see anything and sent me to a neurologist, who saw neurological deficits but denied me any testing. The burning progressed until I was falling down and very ill. My husband took me to the hospital because I had abdominal pain. They did an abdominal scan and didn't see anything wrong but ignored me when I kept saying it felt like a metabolic deficiency. Next thing I knew there was a psychiatric case worker at my bed. They kicked me out of the hospital with a Somatization Diagnosis and I wasn't allowed any further referrals to specialists. Out of desperation I tried alot of vitamin B complex and it slowed the burning down, but I was still ill. I had them do a B panel and everything came back a little high except that my thiamine was at the bottom. I saw on the internet that my symptoms exactly matched beriberi caused by B1 deficiency, but when I tried to explain to the doctor they refused to believe me and still told me to call a psychiatrist. I have been trying to treat myself with thiamine, and if anyone knows about this I would appreciate the input. I did find out that I have 4 different food intolerances which could cause malabsorption. The food intolerance tests were done through a naturopath and when I showed them to my doctor she ignored me and said that I was "trying too hard to explain my problems," "have you called the psychiatrist," and "don't come back unless it is something new." I wish I could file a lawsuit but I don't feel I have anything I can really prove my case with as the B panel was done later and didn't show the deficiency. Still burning and burning.

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