:confused: Hello, I need some help. I am at my wit's end with health problems and no answers! I am a 53 year old woman, 5' 7" tall and weigh 300 pounds. I have been overweight since I was 16 years old. Ok, this began in 1989 with chest pain that went to my left arm and shoulder, sometimes to a spot on my back. The pain was so severe I was in the ER many times. There were no heart problems. I have had so many heart tests, they have always been negative. I started having anxiety attacks when I went out of the house. They found no medical reason for any of this and I was told that depression was causing my problems. I went through years of psychiatric care, tests, medications, and therapy. Now, I can say that I am not depressed or anxious. I know how that feels and it is gone. Last year I had breast cancer. I am lucky, it was found so early that all I needed was surgery and radiation. Today, the cancer is gone:D . This year has been bad. I have had so many medical problems. My doctor says that I have cronic renal failure, anemia bad enough that I had to have iron shots, bladder infection that will not clear up, blood in urine, joint problems, my knees are end stage, bone on bone, carpal tunnel. I still have the chest pain in my breastbone and ribs. I have pain in my legs that will not allow me to stand still or walk for more than 2 minutes. I have pain in my back, the middle of my back, that is severe and radiating to my shoulders, chest, arms, and legs. I also have numbness in my face and at times, most of my body. Also, I was tested for a disease that my half-brother has, sneddon syndrome, it was positive that I have the antiphospholipid antibody that causes abnormal blood clotting. I have been started on blood thinner. I have headaches constantly, dizziness, and have fallen many times in the last few years. I have developed a break out of some kind on my face. The sores will not heal and have left some scars.
I have been put on 3 pain killers. They help dull the pain, but I don't feel safe driving now. When I go out I have problems. I can't walk enough to shop for groceries without resting. I have to depend on my 85 year old mother to help me! I am alone, live alone. Oh, I am adopted and don't know much about my birth mother, she died 8 years ago from diabetes complications. My half-brother had a major stroke and is in a nursing home.
I just want to know what is wrong with me so I can be treated for it. So far, they have treated my symptoms, not the problem. I have had so many tests, scans, ultrasounds, and mris. The tests are always negative. That may be good, but I am feeling so bad. There has to be an answer. :confused:
I was in my doctor's office yesterday to have my p.t. blood test done. He was there and looked at my face to check the sores I have developed. He told me that I need a biopsy done. I never expected that, I don't know why, it would be logical. I have a appointment with my surgeon.
Also, I forgot some things about myself. I have ringing in my ears so loud that I have problems hearing. I have developed a problem with skin sensivity to the sun. The first time I was in the sun this summer my arm felt like it was on fire immediately. I had red blotches that reappear every time I get too warm. Also, when I try to fall asleep a part of my body does a involuntary ***k enough to get me wide awake and scare me. Now, it is happening when I am awake too. For instance, last night I was sitting on the bed and started to nod off..my right leg kicked my left leg so hard that I fell off the bed!!! This body is acting strange...
I am serious about this, but if I don't laugh I will cry and I have done enough of that. And to the first reply, thank you, I had a sleep study done last year. I tried a C-PAP machine. I couldn't handle it. I felt like I was drowning when I felt water running down my throat. They got me a B-PAP...I picked it up the same day I had the mammogram last year when they found cancer. I have never opened the box. I have to force myself to try it. I pride myself on the fact that I have always done what every doctor wants me to try. That includes so many medications, tests, and hospitalizations. I hope someone has a answer for me, the only thing I can see is that maybe I have lupus....Thank you for listening :)