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Symptoms that have doctors 'stumped'

I've had the following symptoms. All doctors--internal, allergists, dermatologists, gastro-- seen have been stumped.

1) Leg/Stomach/Jaw quivering
2) Continual feeling of lightheadedness/fog
3) Persistent pain from the elbow to hand; knee to foot; most intense pain in wrist, knee, ankle
4) irritable bowel symptoms
5) dermographism

All bloodwork, urine, stool has come up fine. So has an MRI of the head/spine, except for some "bulging nerves" in the neck. 24-hr urine test for carcinoid and histamine has been normal. At a loss where to turn next? Wondering if it is generalized anxiety/hyperventilation.
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Hello - thanks for asking your question.

Without examining you, it is impossible to say what you have.  Especially since you have seen several doctors - it is unlikely that I would come up with something new.

I typed in all your symptoms in a computerized differential diagnosis generator and here are some possibilities that it came up with:
1) irritable bowel disease itself can present in a variety of manifestations.  This however is a diangosis that should be made after more serious diseases are excluded
2) inflammatory bowel disease (either Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis)
3) chronic prostatitis - if you are a male
4) mercury or lead poisoning
5) Whipple's disease - a bacteria causing malabsorption of nutrients.  

These diseases should be discussed with your personal physician.  Most of them are of a GI variety, so I would probably start with an upper and/or lower endoscopy to rule out inflammatory bowel disease or other overt GI diseases.  Tests for Whipple disease or other diseases of malabsorption can also be considered.  Mercury or lead poisoning are rarer causes that may be considered if all the other tests are negative.

Followup with your personal physician is essential.

This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.

Kevin, M.D.
Do you get red spots on your hands and feet? Do you have swollen finger tips or joint?
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