I have had high liver enzymes for at least 4 years~test negative for hepatitis after cruise in 12/05. Was plagued with bladder infections from teenage years up until 5 years ago-I'm 38. 9/09 Had neck swelling that didnt go down for 2 months & went to oncologist whose opinion was 'no cancer'. Also had bone pain on feet & elbow & back. Was on 50000 IU vitamin D because of severe deficiency found in blood test by Int Med Dr. Dr didnt know why I had neck swelling. Went to Mayo & they did biopsy of my calcified thyroid in 12/09- no cancer. 8/09 was bit by a tick who burrowed in foot while I was sleeping overnight but I pulled it out the next day. I wasnt sure if neck swelling was because of bug bite or too much vitamin d (I think it was because of this) or infection. Went on doxycycline as precaution-test came back negative for Lyme. Internist gave me hepatitis shots to halt my liver probs; didnt go for 2nd shot that was required after 6 mos because I had weird vertigo & clumsiness symptoms from 1st round of shots. 11/09 Sent to emergency room due to throat closing up after eating taco (ate them many times before; never a problem). Neck swelling went down in 12/09 after I went to Mayo. Saw ENT at Mayo who said that my throat was red and inflamed. Recommended I followup w/gastro doc about my hi liver enzymes & gall bladder polyp. Tests I had: (1) CT scan of neck;inflamed before; went down after (2) Ultrasound of throat-calcified thyroid;biopsy & no cancer found (3) Ultrasound abdomen: findings were gallbladder polyp (it grew a little since 3/06 when I went to hospital for flu while I was pregnant), fatty liver, could not see pancreas. Since 1/10: I have hives EVERYDAY.3/17/10 had pinched nerve in left upper back;couldnt move arm. Took Ibuprophen & got horrible hives & didnt help pain. Dr verified nothing broken; said I had arthritis (MRI in tests I had before confirmed arthritis in lower back & now this Dr confirmed arthritis in upper back); gave me prednisone due to my hives. Felt great ate a lot & then had pain in bottom of feet really bad & my bones creaked. Stopped prednisone after 3 days. Pinched nerve went away.Hives kept up daily though after prednisone stopped. I keep taking Benadryl, makes me drowsy 4/3/10: the exact Histamine reaction described at this web link happened to me 3 days ago (I woke up in mid nite with my throat closing up): http://www.medhelp.org/posts/Gastroenterology/Diarrhea-and-hives/show/233987 After diarhea (not sure if I had bad yogurt), I was feeling myself pass out & accidentally banged myself up trying to get to couch. Husband gave me gatorade & I was able to sleep after 10 mins.Had horrible pain on my left upper abdomen before diarhea. Everyday I eat, I have a fullness feeling even if not eating much & have pain inside of mid back after eating, especially on left side,belching, gas. Most times, constipated & stools r thinner & I go alot of small stools. One time, I strained so hard, it stuck out in middle under stomach area. Increased fiber; eases discomfort temporarily when I go to bathroom to empty. I retain water like crazy, esp in face & hands swell up. Family history: colon cancer, 44 yr old sister just had colon polyps removed 3 yrs ago; another sister has MS, mom had early onset Alzheimers at age 52 & died last yr 10 yrs after diagnosis (her sister had this for 3 yrs & died). Uncle & mom age onset diabetic. Another uncle has prostate cancer, another uncle had appendix removed. I have found that most foods bother me. Have constant redness in cheeks & feel inflamed all over all the time; I can tell because when I take fish oil, I feel much better; when I had prednisone; I felt much better. I get hives when exercising & hands swell. I get mistaken for being pregnant alot because my upper abdomen is huge while (right side is a little bigger than left), lower abdomen is smaller. My blood pressure has never been high. I do have hi cholesterol & am working on lowering it & have added lots of fiber even though it gives me pain to go to bathroom. What do you think about what's wrong with me and what's the course of action I should take? Is it carcinoid syndrome? Please help me on what I should do & if you can recommend docs in Chicago.
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