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So many symptoms...

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 17, 2008
  • 05:13 PM

I have so many dissimilar symptoms that I figure I must have multiple illnesses. At one point or another I've thought it might be so many things. My doctors too, I want to see what you can come up with.

I am a 24 year old male, 6'1", 170 lbs. I exercise every other day or so. Someone, somewhere in my family has just about every neurological disorder you can think of.

My biggest symptom that started when I was 16, vertigo. It started small, several episodes a year that only lasted about an hour. It peaked when I was 22. I would be dizzy for up to 30 hours, like can't get out of bed dizzy, and I'd get it about once a month. I also feel slightly dizzy almost all the time, things that increase it are, looking at CRT monitors, reading, being in the car, any kind of severe stress such as emotional or physical. Luckily now I know more about its triggers, and only get it a few times a year. I still can't read for long periods of time, and can barely travel for longer than 60 minutes.

A few years ago I had a CT and MRI of my head, they didn't find anything.

I've also always had mood swings, but they've gotten worse more recently. Usually triggered by emotional stress. On the up swings it can actually be nice, I can actually get euphoric.

Depression as well. Usually I have low periods of a month or two, with oscillation between days of up and down (I know it sounds like bipolar, but I don't really get manic).

I seem to have a touch of OCD, as I'm a bit of a checker and hand washer. Not enough though that I'd actually consider it a disorder. ADHD seems unlikely, but possible. I'm also somewhat paranoid (again not severely, but its there).

This last year or so I've been getting fairly bad eye pain. Quite often, practically every day. Any kind of strain (computer, reading) seems to make it worse, but its not directly responsible. For instance, I often wake up with it.

The last few weeks I've been getting diarrhea, 3 or 4 times a day. With only a few days here and there of normal bowel movements. I've had some trouble with it over the last 6 months or so but never this much. I've been keeping a food diary but so far nothing seems directly responsible. Lactose intolerance or celiacs is possible, but unlikely.

My blood pressure is normal.

I tend to feel somewhat shaky and am twitchy. Eating often helps. But not so shaky I'd consider it tremors. The twitching is often in my limbs (not my face). Not too often, maybe 5 times a day. When I was a teenager I used to get really shaky and horrible stomach pain at least once a month. I absolutely had to eat or I would become very ornery.

I'm often extremely bored (probably just part of depression).

I don't do any illegal drugs.

I get anxious quite often.

I take an SSRI (sertraline), 100 mg, daily. It has been the biggest thing that's helped with reducing my vertigo and anxiety. I've been taking it for about 14 months with seemingly no side effects.

Not sure if its worth mentioning, but the skin on my shoulders has small bumps. I also tend to get a lot of acne there. The bumps (not acne) seem to have spread down the center of my chest recently. I've had it since I was a teenager.

Thoughts? Thanks for reading.

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