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worried about My life

Hi I am a 21 year old male, who has been experiencing wierd symptoms for a while now. I have been to the doctor and he has done the basic neurology tests and done blood work, which all came back fine. I have been experiencing brain fog, where I feel like I am on some kind of drug. I have muscle twitches mostly in my legs but sometimes other parts of my body as well, only when I am sitting. My memory seems to be not as good as it used to be. I have also recently started to have a stutter when I talk, which is becoming frustrating at times. Some times I will feel as thought there is an electric shock going through my nose. I am wondering what is wrong, the doctor also did all sorts of heart tests and they came back good as well. I also asked him about MS and ALS and he said that I didn't have it. I feel as though I am going crazy. Thanks
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Dear Golfer,
Aside from some sort of poisoning, like if you work around chemicals, or spend time in fields that have been dusted for weeds (talk to the golf people), or if you ate a poisoned shellfish recently, and aside from MS, which still may not be out of the realm of possibilities, then I'm going to take an educated guess and talk to you at length so as to make you understand about your spine, and also your eyes as relates to eye strain and fatigue.  

Considering the posture your back is in, let's say you sit in front of the computer a lot, but instead of sitting back in your chair, you tend to lean forward.  If you have an old neck or upper back injury, or did wrestling in high school, or just plain feel a lot of stress (it lands in the shoulders), it's possible one of the structures in your back or neck (knotted muscles, bone-on-bone, disk bulging) is pushing on some nerves, or blood vessels, even the spinal cord.  If this happens, that shock you feel on your nose can come from a pinched nerve in the neck, and the numbness in your legs can happen if the vessels or cord are compressed, or if your back gets locked in one position for a long time.  Those are the spine possibilities.  

Now, as for your eyes, which can correlate to your brain fog and stuttering, I can tell you this.  Once again, if you sit in front of a computer for long periods of time, that can actually space you out pretty severely.  Years ago, I had to do lots of overtime in front of a computer, and I almost blacked out at my desk, and other times when I rode home in my car, driving was extremely hard.  Also, during this period of time, I was so tired that I could not quite talk smoothly and easily as normal.  I remember a few years later talking to a computer repairman, I mentioned that to him, and he said he had heard lots of stories about people and wierd health problems they had from using computers and something about the screen giving off waves that can affect people's health.

I'm assuming a lot here about the computers, but this could instead have to do with spending time doing close-up work, like repairing things, or reading a lot of books or text perhaps in low light, anything that is going to begin with your eyes and lead to eye strain and fatigue.  If it's a computer, you have to sit AT LEAST an arm's length from the screen, you have to sit bolt upright, and every hour you MUST stand up for five minutes and look down the hall or out the window, PLUS refocus your thoughts on a completely different thing than what you've been doing.  Sorry I got so long-winded, but that's what I'm figuring.

But if there is no chance close-up computer work or other close-up work or reading is the culprit, and if you are indeed a golfer as your user name suggests, and while this may be nothing, you should indeed talk to the folks who maintain the lawns out there, find out what they use for weed control, could be they switched brands recently or hired someone who knows nothing about lawn care, and bring the name of that toxin to the attention of your neurologist.  Also talk to your fellow golfers, tell them how YOU are feeling these days, and see if anyone chimes in.  There are antedotes and treatment if you are poisoned somehow.  Also, MS can be hard to diagnose, sometimes tests to find it will turn up negative but you still got it, so you could ask them to go ahead and keep checking now and then for it.
GG
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Thanks for the responses. In regards to ggreg's comment about being infront of the computer all day I rarely spend time on the computer and also I live in a mountain area so I havent been playing golf in a few months. I have however been on multiple anti-biotics over the past year, but I cannot remember which ones. I had a staph infection in my elbow last Jan and was on two different anti-biotics one for staph and one for bacterial. Then this past October I had a bad case of bronchitis where I took the Z-pack. All of my symptoms seemed to start around November after these. I thought that I may of have Mono but the Doctor didn't think so, So i just waited out and let it pass. I don't know where to take my next step I have booked an appointment to see a neurologist but it's not for another month, I dont think I can wait that long because I am nervous it is something serious and the conditions are going to get worse the longer I wait. I have been getting dizzy spells and the feeling that I cannot concentrate on anything? Do you think this is a side effect of the Anti-biotics and if so is there anything I can do?
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First I would try to find out what medicines you have been prescribed. They should be in your medical records. Try to remember when the symtoms (symptoms) began and write it down and see if it matches up to after you to them. I took cipro for 5 days at the end of May 2009 and I stopped taking them because I was getting pain in my arm but the side effects didn't stop when I stopped the drug. I just kept on getting new ones such as nervousness, pains panic attacks I never had in my life, ringing in the ears and more. This went on for months. Try to avoid processes foods anyway especially with MSG and stay away from meat and dairy treated with antibiotics, hormones etc.
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Good call, Lee.
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I went last night to the hospital because I was feeling extremely light headed and confused. The docter did a CT scan, which came back good, they also did blood work again and that as well came back fine. The Doctor then told me that he thinks I probably got a tick bite, because I was down visiting my parents in Florida over the past few months frequently. He said all of my symptoms match up for a tick bite. He prescribed me Doxycycline to get rid of this. I was wondering if I did have a tick bite how long will the anti-biotics take to get rid of these symptoms and if indeed these symptoms match up with a tick bite. He said that in not all cases does the patient remember getting bitten or have a bite mark. Thanks again I appreciate y'all responding.
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I don' know how long but hopefully that is all it is and the medicine helps you. You could also call the 700 Club for prayer and there is also the International Asscoiation of Healing Rooms. I went to one of the healing rooms in West Chester PA and recieved prayer and had not a panic attack since. It doesn't cost anything, they just care enough about others to volenteer their time to pray for people.
You can go as many times as you need to.
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Well, if it was a tick bite, the medicine should take care of it and you should start feeling better soon.  Those tick bites, they can cause a lot of oddball symptoms.  But if it doesn't work, ask him about what Lee was saying on the antibiotic you took back in the Fall.
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I went to another Dr, for a second opinion. I mentioned to him about what you had said about the taking the previous antibiotics. He told me that it is most likely caused by having too much Candida in my body. I havent been eating any wheat and alot of yogurt as well as taking a pill called Flora which is supposed to put good bacteria back in my stomach. I hope that this is what I have and it seems to make more sense than having a tick bite. I am wondering if you know anything about Candida and how to get rid of it? thanks again
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Dear Golfer,
No, I don't know enuff about Candida to comment for certain, but you can do a search of this community, the search rectangle is NEAR the top of this page, to the right of the blue bar with the "A"s in it, put in "Candida" as your search word, and you'll hopefully see some posts about it.  If you don't find much here, you can go over to the "Gastroenterology" forum, you can find it by pushing on the menu named "Forums" at the VERY top of this page under the ad and next to "MedHelp" title, and go over to that forum and do the same search.

But, and I could be incorrect as I implied before, I think it has to do with having too much yeast in the body, which I'm not sure if certain anitbiotics have that in it, like the one you took last year when all this started.  But the idea is, if you get a yeast overload, it can cause a variety of symptoms.  You can do a general search on the web about Candida and yeast, but it looks like the second doc you visited would have told you how to get rid of it and so forth.

I need to make one more comment, where you said this Candida thing makes "more sense than having a tick bite," but I can assure you, all over the country, and more often in certain areas, which you can find by doing a general search online for "Lyme Disease," it is very important that you realize that it is quite common and is a very serious disorder, causes a multitude of bad-to-worse symptoms, and since you described the first doc's opinion that your symptoms match up exactly, well, good for him giving you the right antibiotic for killing off that particularly disabling disease, and you MUST take the medicine he gaved you.  I cannot emphasize that strongly enough.  

But the second doc, he may be right also, no harm in treating both possibilities, and therefore you could ALSO revist that second doc and ask him what are the things that can cause Candida overload...or as I said before, you could check these forums for talks about it.  I hope this moves you along the way towards getting well.
GG
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I don't know alot about Candida either but look up Theelac online. I have read from others that this has helped them.
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