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Please help stop the pain!

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  • Posted By: Julianne42
  • June 2, 2008
  • 03:46 PM

Hi everyone. I'm new here, and facing a situation that is proving physically, emotionally, and financially draining. I'm a 30 year old female with no prior major illness. Here's the basics of what I've been facing. Any advice would be appreciated.

May 2007 - had baby (healthy), neck pain (due to prior injury, started hurting again after giving birth)

July 2007 - In China (for work). Food poisoning (bad pork) treated in clinic with one dose IV antibiotics. 2 wks later blood in stool, abdominal cramping.

October 2007 - abdominal cramping still present, return to US for treatment. GI exams (colonoscopy and upper GI) seem clear. Told it may be IBS and given probiotics. Cramping slowly goes away. Given heb A+B and flu shot. Feel totally healthy.

December 22, 2007 - give myself a pedicure, use sandpaper to rub off calouses on feet.

December 23, 2007 - wake up with toes red and swollen, stiff and painful.

January 2008 - pain has spread to hands and legs, tired, no appetite, weak, dizzy.
Visit ER, told it is periphoral neuropathy, tested for MS, Lyme, B12, GBS. Dozens of other tests, including MRI of brain and lumbar puncture. All normal. Saw reumatologist, told it is also not reumatological in nature.

Now - All earlier pain + dizzyness symptoms still present. Also now experiencing severe pain in hip joints especially at night.

The doctors have told me that is it possible a reaction to the flu shot, or a virus introduced via the pedicure. They have given me a script for neurontin which I threw away (I'm breastfeeding my daughter). I am no longer able to work, and it is difficult for me to take care of my baby.

Any advice?

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