My son, age 30, Caucasian, Northern European, Scandinavian descent known has been having trouble with symptoms since college. There is history of depression in father's family, also pernicious anemia on father's side. There is history of type II diabetes on both sides of family. He is not much over weight for height of 5 feet 7 inches. When he first began having problems at the end of college, he had a work-up for his symptoms, which were fatigue
, muscular weakness, low back and neck pain. His childhood history included fainting and numbness and tingling in his arms. His complaints were persistent enough that we decided to pursue pediatric neurology, ophthalmology, and cardiology referrals which were done at grade school age. The only thing we found out was that he did have mild prolapsed mitral valve at which time we were given option of treating with beta blockers
and we decided against this.
At the end of college years, he was given Klonopin, and anti-anxiety medications by our family physician. These only seemed to make his problems worse, according to him.
After college, he was employed full-time, but binge drinking. He has called me on several occasions while he was drinking.
Now he has been saying he can hardly walk up steps at times, has difficulty holding his head up due to weakness, has neck and low back pain. He is presently working part-time and unhappy with a job with no benefits.
I have asked his older brother, with whom he has been living several years to get him to go to AA, but there is generally no cooperation from either of them. I have no other family members to help with this. I know this really sounds stupid. Is there anything I can do? He has been to a doctor recently because he decided that oral B-12 stops the neck and back pain and other symptoms. The doctor told him to stop taking the supplement so they could test him for whatever because the 5000 mcg had caused his blood level to be off the scale. Is is possible that he does have some non psycho somatic disorder causing him to self-medicate or is it just depression?