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  • Posted By: clinicphn
  • November 4, 2006
  • 05:27 PM

I am a 55 year old nurse. I feel like I am falling apart. I have flesh colored lesions arising on my face and back, my blood pressure keeps dropping, 72/48 this am. I have weakness in my legs, my fatigue is overwhelming. I have lost 19 pounds in three months. I occasionally can feel my heart skipping beats. I have nausea everyday of my life and recently my appetite has decreased. I have had unexplained itching and my hands are now so stiff I can't get the lids off of jars or bottles. My ANA titer was 1:160 but no one seems to concerned, as the titer is low. My toe is numb on my left foot and I have frequent bouts of Reynauds. Any suggestions out there? Thanks.

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  • I am a 55 year old nurse. I feel like I am falling apart. I have flesh colored lesions arising on my face and back, my blood pressure keeps dropping, 72/48 this am. I have weakness in my legs, my fatigue is overwhelming. I have lost 19 pounds in three months. I occasionally can feel my heart skipping beats. I have nausea everyday of my life and recently my appetite has decreased. I have had unexplained itching and my hands are now so stiff I can't get the lids off of jars or bottles. My ANA titer was 1:160 but no one seems to concerned, as the titer is low. My toe is numb on my left foot and I have frequent bouts of Reynauds. Any suggestions out there? Thanks. This may be a long shot but thought i'd put this suggestion out to you seeming no one else has replied. You say you have overwhelming fatigue.. if it is the kind of fatigue that also worsens at the slightest thing eg post excertional fatigue... it would then be possible that you could have chronic fatigue syndome otherwise known as Chronic fatigue Immunity disfuction syndrome (CFIDS). I myself have CFIDS and it can give one all kinds of symptoms.. i myself have with this illness over 10 yrs.. have had 65 different symptoms with it. FM (fibroMyalgia symptoms may also come into CFIDS.. and that can cause stiffness) . i get numbness with my CFS and Raynards commonly is seen in ones with CFS. Rashes, nausea, itching, decreased appetite, weakness.. are also common CFS symptoms and all ones i myself have had. Ones with CFS may weight gain or loose weight. i think some with CFS may have low blood pressure?? Dr Cheney (a famous CFS specialist.. you can search for his stuff online about it) says CFS affects the heart. a quote from Dr Cheney on irregular heart beat (arrhythmia) from his online CFS article called "The Heart of the Matter" "The initial manifestation of microcirculatory impairment of the heart is arrhythmia. What kind? You name it, you've got it." You'll also notice, again, exercise intolerance, because the heart is indeed a muscle just like your leg muscle. When you go up flights of stairs or up mountainsides, you need more cardiac output and you can't sustain it" So if you do also get post excertional fatigue .. please check CFS out . If you do have CFS you will probably find more symptoms start happening with time. www.immunesupport.com is a good place to start to research it.
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies
    • November 18, 2006
    • 09:32 AM
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  • Hi, sorry to hear you are feeling so bad. Just a nursing student here a few months before graduation but was wondering have you talked to your doctors about lupus. I know some of the symptoms fit and I noticed your ANA ct. and I know that is one of the test they look at for lupus. Like I said just a student here but had a friend's sister just recently being tested for it and had some of the same symptoms. Good luck and hope you get some answers soon.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 18, 2006
    • 07:10 PM
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  • I have a similar count and my doctor says it is auotimmune liver diesease. Am going for a liver biopsy. It is not fatal but depending on the condition of the liver, steroids will likely be necessary. Your symptoms sound like you may possibly have the same thing.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 30, 2007
    • 10:48 PM
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  • Symptoms sound like they could be coming from the adrenals. Try googling Addisons disease or Adrenal failure.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 1, 2007
    • 10:15 PM
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