Very ill and very confused

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Shashi
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   Posted 2/16/2007 8:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
 
I have been very ill this past week. I've had dizziness and nausea on and off for months, which has gotten much worse over the past couple of weeks. My husband had to pick me up from work on Tuesday because I almost passed out and my legs started getting really weak. He took me to the ER and we spent nine hours there (we were supposed to be going out for our Valentine's dinner that night, but didn't make it.  mad )
 
They did another MRI of my brain, which of course was normal. The blood tests showed that my liver enzymes were elevated, so they did an abdominal ultrasound which showed that my liver is enlarged and that I have a benign tumor in my left kidney. (And unknown to me, an ultrasound I had back in April showed the same findings, but they were never mentioned to me.)
 
Anyway, I was sent home and had to go to my PCP the next day to get a blood test for hepatitis, which isn't a likely problem, but they wanted me to check, just to be sure. My PCP had mentioned the possibiity of sending me to Mayo Clinic, but since my MRIs are normal, he now doesn't feel that there would be anything new to discover.
 
So I had an emergency visit to the nurse practitioner at my neurologist office (the neurologist is in Hawaii for a month's vacation.) She did another neurological exam, which was pretty normal except for my reflexes in my legs, but said she could find no reason for the weakness in my legs or my other symptoms. She said my symptoms are all consistent with MS, but without any clinical evidence, there's not much she can do. She prescribed a half a Valium for me to take every morning, which is her response to my dizziness, nausea, and weakness (and the Valium did NOT help at all this morning.) They set me up with a follow-up appointment with the neurologist, but she's so booked up that she can't see me until September!
 
I am so frustrated! I'm still getting no answers about any of this. And now I'm starting to wonder if I'm just nuts and all of it is in my head. How can I have so many symptoms and no clinical evidence? I don't understand. And in the meantime, I'm still sick, dizzy, and having a difficult time walking. I haven't been to work all week because I'm too sick! I have a job to do. I have a life to live. I need to feel better. I need answers.
 
I could just cry!


Hugs,
 
Lisa ~
 
Living in Limboland!
 
Negative MRIs + Negative LP + Positive symptoms = A lot of confusion + A ton of frustration!

Post Edited (Shashi) : 2/16/2007 10:46:32 PM (GMT-7)


rhondab
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   Posted 2/16/2007 10:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Lisa

O how i can relate to u'r feelings this week! Do as i was told to do...have a good cry and get it out. It's not just in u'r head and that'll all come to light in time...tho not soon enuf for us, huh? I'm so sorry all this is happening to u. U must be very frustrated and exhausted with the whole ordeal. Did u call the doc's office and let them know the Valium didn't help? Maybe she could prescribe something else for u to try over the weekend before u'r work week begins again. Are they going to do anything about the tumor and is it related to u'r enlarged liver?? My goodness...they didn't even tell u about it at u'r last mri?!?! Did u get copies of u'r mri that showed all this from the er visit? If not maybe u can. Try to hold on a little longer and u'll get thru this...this is such a hard journey for u and i'm so sorry. Please let us know what the tests show and how u'r doing...we'll prop u up and help u thru this, just hold on a bit longer.
rhonda
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*~*Sometimes the Lord calms the storm. Sometimes He lets the storm rage and calms His child.*~*


shellypoo
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   Posted 2/16/2007 10:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Lisa,
I'm so sorry you're feeling so awful!  Antivert or ,meclizine is a wonderful drug for dizziness and it will also help the nausea.  In fact you can get it over the counter, just ask your pharmacist.(meclizine is over the counter)
 
It really is dreaful you are having to go thru all this mess, I hope you are feeling better soon and have some answers.  Take care. ~hugs!~
Michelle ><>
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KAS1
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   Posted 2/17/2007 2:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,
you know your symptoms are real.....and so do we....hopefully it won't be long before the medical 'experts' have enough knowledge to confirm this for you, and help you though it.  In the mean time there are so many lovely people on this site who are here to support you on an emotional level.  I hope their posts are helping you as much as they help me.
Kas

centralnjgal
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   Posted 3/12/2007 5:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lisa.
Your posting moved me. How are you these days? I certainly feel for you and totally understand since I am in the midst of trying to get diagnosed since I have MS symptoms but have a negative MRI.

Can you tell me more about the nausea? Are you very dizzy as well?

Thanks,
Eleanor

river watcher
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   Posted 3/12/2007 6:07 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi there.  Just wanted to let you know I am in the same spot as you are.  Not diagnosed (sp), but have all the symptoms.  Sucks to think that it's in your head but IT'S NOT!!!  If your doc thought it was in your head he would send you to a psychologist, not a nuro specialist.  Keep notes of how and when your getting sick and take it with you to the doc's.  If your like me if it's not written down, it won't get mentioned.  I love the help from people on this site and all your answers will come with time.  Take care.

Sherry 


Shashi
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   Posted 3/12/2007 6:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Eleanor and Sherry,

I'm doing better now. I was very dizzy, but I'm taking 1/2 a valium a day for the dizziness, which helps a lot and the nausea is gone as well. I'm guessing that was a bad relapse.

My PCP is still suggesting Mayo Clinic, which I might try if things keep going as they are. I hope we all get some answers someday.

Hugs to you both.
Hugs,
 
Lisa ~
 
Living in Limboland!
 
Negative MRIs + Negative LP + Positive symptoms = A lot of confusion + A ton of frustration!


centralnjgal
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   Posted 3/13/2007 5:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Sherry and Lisa,
Did your nausea and weakness start from the very start??? Mine did.. I took dramamine and it helped..What were your signs of possibly MS in the first month?

Thanks,

Eleanor

Shashi
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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 3/13/2007 7:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Eleanor, I'd had extreme exhaustion for several summers (heat intolerance), then I had some episodes of dizziness along with the fatigue on and off for a couple of years. Last summer hit me hard though and that was what sent me to the doctor. I started with the fatigue; then had tremors; horrible muscle spasms and stiffness in my arms and legs; shooting nerve pains; numbness in my face, legs, and hands; slurred speech; an occassional feeling like a python squeezing me around my ribs; a feeling like I was wearing a hat or headband, though there was nothing there; tinnitus; and later last fall, difficulty walking from weakness in my legs. This last relapse is where the nausea came in, but that was caused by the dizziness. My doctor prescribed meclazine for the nausea, but it didn't help. The valium, which is a vestibular suppressant, finally got rid of the dizziness and the nausea went too.

Each time I have a relapse or flare, I'm left with more and more residual symptoms. I'm hoping I can get some answers soon, but it doesn't look like it's going to happen, unless I do go to Mayo like my doctor suggests. I'll have to wait though until summer when school is out, as I'm an assistant professor and no one else can teach the classes I'm teaching.

Good luck to you.
Hugs,
 
Lisa ~
 
Living in Limboland!
 
Negative MRIs + Negative LP + Positive symptoms = A lot of confusion + A ton of frustration!


Gabriella
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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 3/13/2007 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
 
Maybe you have some biological/chemical imbalance, like potasium, magnesium or other.  You can also have metal poisoning, like mercury or led.
 
If you did not try it, a consultation with a good nutritionist that reads blood tests may help.
 
Good luck!
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