Hello, thanks for this fine service you all provide here.
I am in the midst of a medical mystery. I'll chip in first with a bit of a background on my health and lifestyle. I'm a 19 year old male. I'm not physically active at all, and lately this is even more true as I've sent out 20 or so applications by mail, email phone etc. for jobs. I'm not overweight and I do suffer from acid reflux disease at times, my blood cholesterol level is elevated at 220. I've always experienced migraine headaches that come and go with no clear cause, I have had for as long as I remember had several large lymph nodes in the groin area, the back of the head, under the chin etc. and have brought these up several times to my doctors where they either brushed them off as temporarily swollen from infection or sent me for sonogram to look at them and say "yes, they're lymph nodes" on the revisit. (Most of these nodes have been present for years, none have changed size or shape and many are around 3/4" in size.)
Thank you for making it this far, it helps me just to know that you have!
I started noticing symptoms strange and seemingly unrelated, I'll start first with the visual changes. Never getting progressively worse but always coming in short or long flares I was getting changes in peripheral vision, blurry vision and seeing blue spots and increased floaters. I went to the eye doctor on this, she tested my vision, pressure tested my eyes and did all sorts of stuff and said that my eyes are completely healthy.
Yet I still continue to have vision symptoms, always worsening with headaches and sometimes coming without headaches.
A problem that came in afterwards is when I noticed that my pulps on my fingers and toes occasionally hurt, especially when I put pressure on them by using my hands and feet for normal activities. (This still continues now)
These two problems were compounded later when the more recent symptoms set in which were sensations of numbness on my breastbone area of the chest, (no tingling, no pain), pain in the tendons of my arms and random stiff muscles from calf muscles, to biceps to shoulder muscles to abdominal muscles at times. Also with slight weakness in my legs which has mostly resolved now.
I've been to the ER several times and to my general physician of these complaints where they basically mocked me time and time again dismissing checks for more serious as simply not necessary. (maybe they looked at my age group and went no further, I don't know)
Revisit after revisit in attempt to get Doctors to actually listen, I've ended up getting general bloodwork which showed nothing wrong, a cat scan of the head that showed no tumors and an xray of the lumbar area of my lower spine which showed everything as alright.
Time and time again I've been released from visits with diagnosis such as Anxiety which I feel is just another way at saying "I don't know, we have more critical patients to take care of, go home now." which I don't really mind with the thought behind it, but when you skip major tests for coronary function and whatnot simply because of my age group and mock me for being "overly" concerned, it get's very frustrating at times and nerving when the symptoms flare up at their worst.
Thanks again for making it this far with me, it's a tedious and nerving process. You're all the best for doing this on your free time!
During the worst times of these symptoms I sometimes get anxious, reasonably so and end up compounding the symptoms with more symptoms but I can dismiss anxiety as unlikely to be the total cause of these. At nights sometimes I wake up 3 to 4 times with a sweaty back and eye that I can barely see from (this resolves after a few minutes of waking up) and on one morning (the morning after the day that I decided to exercise as an aunt suggested that my problems might be due to poor circulation) on that following morning, I woke up incredibly dizzy before even picking my head up from the pillow, the worst of it lasted 2 minutes and it eased up over the next hour or so when I got up to make breakfast and such. It's become an issue when I began waking up with these symptoms (pointing away from anxiety) as you should be waking up relaxed from your sleep and not with blurred vision, a headache, a weak pulse and a sweaty back.
Lastly, we're almost there! To the end of my "rant" (Sorry!)
My diet has been on an off throughout this episode partly because of acid reflux symptoms at times, partly because of fatigue
and lack of energy to do it and partly because of concerns about high sodium and water content as I fear this may be a dragged out episode of Congestive Heart Failure and especially given my adequate background risk factors (try telling that to my physician, he'll scoff, say I'm completely fine!)
I am now seeing a Neurologist and a Gastrologist but there's no focus on my Cardiovascular health and my general physician keeps mocking me when I come in to describe symptoms.