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   Posted 8/8/2007 4:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I recently in the past month and a half have been progressing to more and more fatigue and weird symptoms. This all started out with having palpitations and weakness, then progressed to blacking out 2 times in 1 week. Since then I have been to the emergancy room like 6 times and to my doctor, they did a mri on my brain and a cat scan and chest xray, all coming back normal. I also had to wear a event moniter for 1 month, the kind that you push the button when your having symptoms, and I am still awaiting the results of that. It has been about 1 week without the event moniter  now. All that I can continously get the doctors to tell me is that it is allergies and anxiety. In the past month and a half my blood pressure has dropped drastically from about 125/80 to 100/50, my heart rate also alot of the times wont go over 55 either, even when I am wide awake. Some other symptoms I have been having are, severe pain in parts of my body at different times, such as the left ribs and also in my legs, especially in the thigh area, for 3 days my legs kept stiffening up where it felt like they were paralyzed accompanied with pain, it felt like I ran a marathon and I did not. I also have these spells when I am sleeping where I wake up gasping for air and feeling like I am choking. One more thing is that I lost about 20 pounds in 2 weeks while still eating normal. I also have been having profuse night sweats, primarily on my chest and neck area. I have been checked for my t3, t4 and tsh for the thyroid all fine. I decided to finally consult a naturopath whom I sent a saliva sample to and he came back with the conclusion that I have a severe virus that is making my body attack itself. Amoungst the organs that are being attacked right now, he says, that the heart, pancreas and puturitary gland is, that they have infections. Which at first I was skeptical about relying on a naturopath but I never told him any of my symptoms and somehow he was right that I have been having problems with my heart and my pancreas has been hurting off and on. What am I supposed to do? What kind of virus can it be? I have been tested for hiv, hep c and hep b, all negative. The naturopath said that it is going to be a battle getting this virus under control. How do I fing out what kind of virus it is? I am scared....sigh* please help me....thank you so!
p.s. How do I know if I really do have a heart infection? would the event moniter or chest xray signal it?

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   Posted 8/9/2007 12:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been seeing lots of pple on tv with weird symtoms who ended up with lymes disease. Not many tests will come back positive tho cuz there are so many strains so you'd have to find a doc who will go by your symptoms. maybe look on a lyme's group on here or on yahoo and they could refer you to a doc in your area if you want to look into this. Treatment is long term anibiotics. I'm not saying that is what you have at all. Just an idea I'm throwing out there. I'm praying for you.

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   Posted 8/9/2007 1:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Some of the symptoms you are describing are not necessarily too dangerous-sounding, while others are more worrisome.  A normal, healthy person's blood pressure can vary widely throughout the day, and your BP (100/50 to 125/80) is actually within normal limits, even though it is fluctuating.  Your pulse is also in the normal range.  It's good, however, that you did the event monitor, which might show some arrhythmia that could be contributing to your feelings of faintness.  You might also get an echocardiogram, which is essentially a glorified ultrasound of the heart.  If your event monitor looks suspicious, they'll probably send you for an echo.  It's a painless, easy test.
The night sweats and weight loss are more concerning, in my opinion, than your other symptoms.  My initial reaction would be hyperthyroidism, which can cause all of these symptoms (except for the pain - I can't explain that one), but your thyroid levels checked out fine.  Have you gotten a CBC (complete blood count) and a CMP (comprehensive metabolic panel)?  These are two common blood tests that can show a wide number of abnormalities.
I hesitate a bit when I hear about the naturopath's description of a "virus that is making your body attack itself." It just doesn't really make a lot of sense and is too vague to be a justifiable explanation.  If he/she starts trying to sell you a bunch of supplements, be very cautious!  If you are looking to go a more "natural" route, medically speaking, my advice would be to seek out a medical doctor (a board-certified M.D. or D.O.) who has experience in integrative medicine. 
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   Posted 8/13/2007 3:50 PM (GMT -6)   
indeed, it does sound strange, but then again, I knowwhen something isnt right....the naturopath actually is a good friend of the family and has drastically helped my best friend with cancer, I am baffled I don't know what to expect, sometimes I get so fatigued feeling that I expect not to wake up in the morning, it is scary. I have already had my thyroid panel done and it came back normal, the only one I have not had done is the tpo.....sigh* If you have any more advice please let me know, but the tick issue is definetly in my mind, its all too relative to the things I have read regarding lyme. Prayers are greatly appreciated, thank you.

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   Posted 8/13/2007 5:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Your naturepath may be right, I have Lyme Disease and it was diagnosed because I ended up in the hospital with fluctuating blood pressure, I also wore an event monitor but it didnt show much, the muscle or joint pain and the sweats are typical for Lyme and babasiosis another infection that sometimes comes with lyme, please go to the Lyme board and check out the symtoms, there are lots of wonderful people there, it also caused diabetes and some memory , fatigue, seizures for me, treatment as soon as possible is the key to returning to quick health, you can also get a referal to a doctor on the lyme board, please post your city and state and they will respond, hope you feel better soon, in the meantime try to get your doctor to do a lyme test, most labs are not very reliable, the most reliable are IGENEX and stony brook

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   Posted 8/14/2007 12:16 AM (GMT -6)   
wow...I can't believe it....sounds so much alike....I will definetly do that, i did already post there and you are right, they are really insightful....thank you for your time too, I hope you have a wonderful and healthy life!

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   Posted 9/3/2007 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Definitely go to the Lyme board. I have Lyme Disease too and these symptoms are very familiar! I happened to be here because I have had severe chest pains lately.

Good Luck & Hope to see you there!

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   Posted 12/16/2007 6:48 PM (GMT -6)   

How are you doing? Did you have any success with the naturalist. I have a friend experiencing some symptoms and wanted to know if you had found any answers.
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