Gout, Chronic Fatigue, Tongue Swelling, Hot Flashes, Nerve Pain. What to do?

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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 11/15/2006 12:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm 28 years old.  I have been quite healthy and athletic until about 8 years ago.
I had a car accident and had 2nd degree internal bleeding.  After my recovery, my weight started to rise.  I was 178cm tall and 68kg (1998) when I had the car accident.  4 years later (2002) I was 96kg.  But I was healthy, I didn't look obese.  Then all of sudden, my weight started going down.  Now I'm 73kg.
Ever since my weight started to go down, series of health problems started.  It started with gout on my left ankle and my right baby toe area.  I often felt really tired, even though I didn't do anything. My tongue likes to swell at night and rub against my tooth until it bleeds.  I get hot flashes couple of times a week.  I get nerve pain on my right ankle area (next to Archillis tendon). My back also swells up (right side) to a visible level.
Last year, I was admitted to the hospital for 5 days because I kept on having diahrrea and vomiting.  Until now, the doctors aren't sure what's wrong with me (even after inserting camera into my lungs and stomach.)
Lately, my health condition has been getting on my nerves and I get irriated very easily.  I used to be a very calm person... but now my tolerance level is so low that I can explode on any slightest thing.
I have been to many hospitals, but it seems as if Asian hospitals (I live in Thailand) don't really care unless there is a specific problem with me.  They give me gout medicine for my gout. But for other things, they just give me supplement pills and xanax without much explaination.
I have no clue what I'm supposed to do.  I'm lost and I often think about how nice life would be if I chop off my gouty leg, or nerve pain leg.. or just shoot myself so that everything will end.
Someone, please help..

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Date Joined Mar 2005
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   Posted 11/15/2006 1:18 PM (GMT -6)   


my sympathies to you for your very bad problems you are having right now.  but, if you are feeling so much despair and feel as though you are/will harm yourself YOU MUST contact a mental health care provider or even call a hotline...the numbers are in the telephone book for your country. or go to the hospital if you feel this depressed. it is serious.

what sort of bloodwork have you had?  has nothing showed up as to gear the physicians on how to handle this condition you have?

the gout medicine? does it help?

please, your safety is first...if you feel as though you are going to harm yourself please contact a doctor or go to the ER.



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Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 265
   Posted 11/15/2006 4:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mewn...
I can totaly relate to how you feel. The problem you describe is one that I have been struggling with for the past 6 months.
I have numerous symptoms such as:
Undiagnosed symptoms:
Dry Eyes
Dry Vagina
Elbow Pain
Swelling in my legs
Rash on my back
Shooting pains in my thighs and upper arms
Clammy knees
Sweating between toes
Night sweats
Numbness in 3 toes on my right foot
Swollen glands
Dry hair, and itchy scalp
Swollen tounge with withe coating
Burning sensation in my stomach
IBD symptoms:
Joint pain
Bowel issues
I actually went to see my GP today who put me on Cipralex (Lexapro) for anxiety and depression. I think that might be a good option for you as well. Being sick is one thing, but the not knowing what is wrong really gets you down.
Hope you feel better real soon. Keep us posted.
Hospitalized with Infectious Colitis.
Colonscopy showed ulcers.Diagnose changed to either UC or Crohn's
Whatever it is, I was told its mild...
Medication Asacol 1x3 
Never had a good follow up - no small bowel test at all.
Gastroscopy was normal, but Still have a burning feeling in my stomach.
Looking for a doctor in Oslo who knows what he's doing atm.

New Member

Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 3
   Posted 11/16/2006 5:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you to both PiaSava and Erin.

My mood problems are controllable with xanax, but I'll ask my doctor about Cipralex.
It's not that I don't believe in Thai doctors but I think I should try other medications since Thai prescribed medications didn't really work for me.

I feel more confident just from reading your messages. I don't feel lost as much from reading other people's problems and recommandations in this site as well. I should have referred to this forum long time ago...

Thank you, and I REALLY mean THANK YOU. Your messages are far a lot more than just words of advise.

New Member

Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 3
   Posted 11/16/2006 5:38 AM (GMT -6)   

For dry eyes, tongue swelling, shooting pains (nerve pains, right?), sweaty hands, hot flashes, and burning sensation in the stomach along with bowel problems, I was able to live without them for a couple of months after/while taking Chinese medicine.

BUT, the problems were (and the reason why I have stopped taking it) I don't speak Chinese, so I have no idea what the Chinese doctor is thinking or saying. Secondly, my relatives are doctors thus they don't agree with the concept of taking herbs from Chinese doctors. They are afraid that although my symptoms disappear, those medications could lead to other problems in the future.

If I didn't have my family and relatives to worry about, I'd still be taking the Chinese medication because during that short couple of months, I felt alive! The only problems is my family members don't really understand my mental despair.

If you don't feel too negative about Chinese medicine, I think you should try it. As for me, I just have to find "western" diagnosis so that my family and relatives won't think I've been bewitched.

p.s. I'm a programmer and webdesigner. Would that be the reason for these type of problems?
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