I am looking for any help, direction,advice, or guidance before I truly lose my mind and spend more hard-earned money on medical testing....
I am a 30 yr. old mother of two. Since August '09 I have been consistently losing weight and currently have lost 35 pounds. My family dr. has given reasons from stress, to starvation, to shingles........I have have repeated blood work, urinalysis, stool samples for parasites, occult blood, and fat absorption, an abdominal ultrasound, abdominal and pelvic CT, and an upper GI. So far everything has been "prisitine" as the doctors have said.....I am most likely going to be undergoing a colonoscopy and endoscopy within the next month-hopefully not un-necessarily. My syptoms have been the following;
weight loss, left sided abdominal soreness and pain from "spleen" area wrapping around to back, difficulty sitting in bed due to this discomfort, "sludgy" stools since August, more recently dry mouth, headaches, i tend to feel full quickly or have very little appetite at times, I have noticed some minimal vision changes and mental confusion(only apparent to me so far).
I really don't believe this is GI related, but don't know what it could be (a lymphoma?) and truly have no idea which direction to turn in.......Please help!
hi, not likely advanced lymphoma is causing weight loss if the docs have found no bumps (especially neck, underarms, groin) and there is no cytopenia.
If it were me, I'd immediately start from square one with a detailed food diary. That way, you can tell if the weight loss is from lack of calories or from poor absorption. You might also associate any flareup of symptoms with whatever you ate, especially dairy or wheat.
Also, did your symptoms begin with a bad virus cold? Does your family have history of autoimmune diseases?
I'd also make sure to drink lots of water, because dehydration can caused some of your symptoms - even lack of appetite. Do you get dizzy upon standing?
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