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Confusing brain, visual and weight loss symptoms

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  • Posted By: dreamfactory
  • November 25, 2008
  • 10:50 PM

I am really worried about my husband's health. Over the past year, he lost 33 kg and has only gained 2. He has increasing episodes of double-vision and then falling over to the right. He has an enlarged liver and spleen and is growing weaker and more unsteady by the month.

After numerous blood tests (I don't know what they were), a gastroscope, colonoscopy and stool test, the hospital has determined that he has an elevated number of red blood cells, an iron deficiency, a dark patch on his lungs, a gastric ulcer and chronic, severe osteoarthritis. Few of these symptoms (other than the osteoarthritis, weight loss and weakness) are severe, so little has been done about it.

He has had 3 'fainting spells' over the past 2 months. First, he has strange visual sensations such as double vision or blank patches/areas, then he feels as though he is being pulled over to the right. he is 72 and, until about 8 years ago, was never ill - not even once. He has ataxia if he stands with his feet together and his eyes closed.

His other siblings have all died from breast cancer that metastasized and his one daughter was recently diagnosed with colon cancer, but is in complete remission.

What more can I ask his doctor's to look for or test? I am at my whit's end with worry. :(

Can anyone give me any advice? :confused:

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