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Strange, mysterious symptoms

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 29, 2009
  • 05:01 AM

My young teen son's jet black hair is turning reddish brown. I doubt this is normal, as he is a darkly pigmented adoptee from southern India. He may have a yet unidentified autoimmune disease, which began with finger swelling, which turned into what a bevy of specialists agreed was finger clubbing. During the first few years with "clubbing," nail beds turned cyanotic, Raynaud's symptoms and bloodshot eyes developed, he nearly fell of growth charts and was frequently pale and lethargic. He is supposed to be at the high end of the autism spectrum and has a limited ability to express how his body feels. Two years ago, clubbing subsided to swelling around nailbeds. Doctors are always perplexed. The abundant tests have always been normal. Child still has periods of palor, bloodshot eyes, fatigue and in last few months, glands under chin have been getting notably swollen. Hair changes were first noted last week. Child has always been extremely active, save periods of lethergy, since onset of symptoms. Swelling in fingers is likely vasculitis. Doctors remain perplexed. Any offers of advice greatly appreciated.

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