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They don't have a clue!!

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  • Posted By: mariec
  • February 17, 2009
  • 07:01 AM

For six months now i have been gaining weight, all i do is sleep, i hve lost my sense of smell and taste, i have also lost my appetite(but gaing weight). My arms and legs at times feel as though they weigh about 100 lbs. each. My doctors have run so many tests, and they keep telling me nothing is wrong? I'm frustrated and at my wits end. Any ideas?

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  • well...I recognize some of your symptoms. Your sense of smell and taste, as well as muscle movement are controlled by nerves. Your symptoms could have something to do with a neuropathy, possibly including autonomic neuropathy.That's a type of neuropathy I have, and I lost my senses of smell and taste some time ago. I'm not sure if that is a neuropathy symptom, but your description of your arms feeling like they weigh a hundred pounds, does. I used to play golf. My foresome liked to walk at times. I experienced sensations in my legs that sound similar to your arms. I felt like I had heavy weights attached to my legs. I could make it, but just barely! I have times where I can't tear open a sweetner package for my coffee! Its not that way all the time. It comes and goes. Autonomic neuropathy affects bodily functions that are out of our awareness, such as breathing, heart beats, etc. Fatigue can be a symptom of many, many things. I have several autoimmune disease', and fatigue is a symptom. It's taken years to get to that diagnosis. You are just starting!Maybe you need a sleep study as well as testing for neuropathy. Have you seen a Neurologist? I don't think you've really given enough information for me to suggest anything else.There's my best guess on the limited information you've given.Good luck!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 17, 2009
    • 10:03 PM
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  • I was diagnosed with peripheal neuropathy in both of my feet about two years ago. Also on april 1 2007 i had a grand mal seizure, i had a burning pain shoot threw my left eye then i started to seize. I instanly went blind in my left eye. I had 6 more grand mals on april 9th of '07. I never had these before. Long story short, it was in a dangerous place, and quite large. It started to leak in the evening of June 24 '07. They operated on the 25th, my heart stopped on the table, i was brought back, and i came home on june 30th. Medical miracle? I believe so. I saw an ent today he said this could be part of my problem, i'm not so sure given the time difference. When i saw my neurologist, his suggestion was a script for phyisical therapy, he said maybe i'm just out of shape. hope this other info helps, each day my frustration gets worse. thanks:confused:
    mariec 2 Replies
    • February 18, 2009
    • 06:05 AM
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  • sounds like something endocrine,i'd see an endocrinologist, get a CT of your head perhaps
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 19, 2009
    • 05:15 AM
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  • It could be a viatmin B12 deficiency, possibly pernicious anemia. See http://pernicious-anaemia-society.org/ for some more information. PA causes fatigue, peripheral neuropathy, and other neurological problems. You can either gain or lose weight from it depending on your body's reaction to malnutirion and the fatigue. Serum B12 (the standard blood test) is often not indicative of your true B12 levels, you need to get holotranscobalamin (active B12), homocysteine, and methylmalonic acid levels tested, along with a full blood count, folate and ferritin, and intrinsic factor antibodies and parietal cell antibodies.Another possibility is hypothyroidism. http://thyroid.about.com/cs/hypothyroidism/a/checklist.htm
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 24, 2009
    • 09:56 PM
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  • Have they done thyroid tests? gaining weight, tiredness and feeling sluggish could be caused by hypothyroidism.
    maggiemay 68 Replies Flag this Response
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