Postpartum Undiagnosed Illness and sever depression and anxiety

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Mystery Illness
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   Posted 12/29/2011 12:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm new to this site and not sure where to post/what forum to join. I have been ill since having my daughter (second child) in July. I became ill with vomiting 2 days after having her. Since then, I have had intermittent GI problems- nausea, abdominal pain, constant belching, rumbling, and occasional vomiting. I also have vision changes, cognitive changes, a feeling of pressure and tingling in my forehead, occasional sharp pains in my head, tingling and muscle spasms throughout my body, and overall fatigue and malaise. The only "diagnosis" I have had is that I'm having "migraine activity". I do know that anxiety and depression can cause these symptoms, which I'm certainly having severe of now and I'm completely willing to accept as a cause. However, it's strange because I will be feeling fairly well both physically and psychologically, not stressed at all and I'll start to feel really bad physically again. I'll have a couple of days at a time where I feel better (not 100%, but much better) and then it starts up again for several days. I've had a million dollar GI work-up, a brain MRI, and tons of bloodwork. All comes back normal. I'm in therapy 2 times/week, seeing a psychiatrist, and on antidepressants, but my physical symptoms have not improved. I am becoming extremely depressed and anxious now about feeling so ill. I don't know how to handle it. Before this, I was extremely healthy and active. Because of being ill, I've been very limited in what I'm able to do. I make plans with friends and to get out and end up having to cancel because I'm too sick. I feel like I don't "fit" into any type of support group - it's not typical postpartum depression and anxiety and I have no real diagnosis for the physical illness. I'm trying to do everything I can physically and psychologically, but not getting any better. I just don't feel like I can take it anymore. I am sorry for the long post; I guess I just need some advice. Is there a forum for undiagnosed chronic illness?

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   Posted 12/29/2011 1:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Have they considered fibromyalgia? Some of your symptoms certainly fit in, especially fatigue, tingling, spasms, headaches, GI problems, depression too...It is just a thought. Certainly childbirth or difficult pregnancy has caused fibro in some women

Glad you are getting some help and meds. Almost all fibro patients start on anti depressants, so if that is what it is, you are on the right track.

Welcome to the forum. You are more than welcome to hang out and vent-there are alot of wonderful epople here and you can learn alot

Hope you find answers soon

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   Posted 12/29/2011 4:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum,

I was wondering about fibromyalgia too. It is one of those weird and hard to diagnose syndromes. Keep posting.

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   Posted 12/29/2011 4:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mystery Illness,

So sorry you are suffering so at a time which is supposed to be so joyful and all about the baby.

It can't help but to make you more anxious not having any answers to what is causing your health problems.

You might look into Lyme Disease. It can produce the symptoms you describe. You probably did get tested for it at some time, but the tests are terribly inaccurate: the disease suppresses the immune system so the antibodies the test is designed to detect are not being produced.

Skip on over to the Lyme forum. We have a thread titled "New to Lyme?..." that has loads of info and resources to get you started on your research.

In any case, don't stop looking for a real diagnosis and a treatment for your condition!

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   Posted 12/29/2011 5:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Sadly the symptoms you describe fit a lot of different diseases.

You said they have ran a bunch of blood work. Do you know if they have done a hormone check, thyroid level, and checked for diabetes (A1c)? Being diabetic myself that is naturally the one that comes to mind based on your symptoms. Ironically low blood sugar can produce many of the same symptoms as high blood sugar.
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   Posted 12/29/2011 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I forgot to mention the fibromyalgia forum. The second thread on the forum is called "fibro101". Check it out. There is a list of symptoms there. And a lot of useful information. I hope you find out what is going on. Keep posting.

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