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constellation of symptoms, could they be related?

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  • Posted By: lyraonyx
  • June 18, 2008
  • 10:44 PM

I'm a 24 year old woman with several symptoms and several chronic diagnoses that I think may be related as well as some undiagnosed symptoms. I've done some research on my own but I'm not finding anything particularly helpful. If someone could give me some ideas on what to look for that would be helpful.

Here's my symptom list: Obesity since puberty, quite bad. I'm a good 200 pounds overweight. Irregular menses, infertility, (have been diagnosed with pcos). Debilitating back pain caused by scheurmann's kyphosis (wedge-shaped disks). I'm quite tall for my family... 6 ft. Don't know if that could be considered a symptom but i'm putting everything down. I have a lot of gastrointestinal problems, most of which are as of yet undiagnosed. I have reflux CONSTANTLY, have had since at least age 5 along with odd bowel problems. If i don't have diarrhea I'm constipated and it's a different color/consistency every time. Sometimes it's two in one and there will be a clear line where it changes. I have bouts of sharp stomach pain usually followed by diarrhea. all that is undiagnosed. Also I have chronic recurrent sinus infections, sleep apnea, tinnitus, and I'm totally lethargic. Takes all of my energy just to get out of bed.

then there's the scariest symptoms of all. I have random grey-outs that affect my vision, hearing, and temporarily paralyze me. I'll feel my heartbeat in my head and then everything goes. I haven't actually passed out yet but they seem to be going in that direction. Also my husband noted me doing weird eye movements during one of these grey-outs. He said my left eye jerked off the side while my right was steady. Lately this is accompanied by headaches, but they're not severe like migraines. I grey-out when I yawn sometimes too.

For my psychological symptoms, I also have severe borderline personality disorder and everything that comes with it (minus the drug / alcohol dependencies). My body is a mutilated mess from my... episodes for lack of a better word, and I am severely depressed and even suicidal.

the confusion and pain related to my physical health is certainly not helping me emotionally and I'm trying to make an effort to get my life back under control. I want to go back to finish my music degree but I can't really do that with my health spiraling out of control like this. Any clues or advice would be appreciated. Just don't give me the "you're fat: lose weight and all your problems will magically disappear" lecture. I've heard it before and most of these problems started before I was heavy. Also I lost 85 pounds four years ago and that's when my grey-outs started. not to mention losing weight with all my other problems is an uphill battle to say the least.



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