Chronic headache, weak, shaky, nausea, slow motor skills, delayed cognitive behavior: Is this something serious?? Please Help.
Recent Medical History
@ 1 month ago Hollie went to see Rebecca Sanders because she was feeling all around ill. (Lethargic, exhausted, tired and worn down, headaches, feverish....more than normal) Rebecca did an exam and found that she had a strand of swollen lymph nodes in her groin area and one in her ankle and one under her arm. All on the right side of the body. She seemed concerned and wanted to rule out cancers so she immediately scheduled Hollie for ultrasound on Lymph Node areas which confirmed that they were Lymph Nodes but no masses were found. She then was scheduled for a Fine Needle Biopsy on one of the more obvious enlarged Nodes in her groin. The results came back that the particular one biopsied was a hair follicle cyst. Nothing was said or done about the Lymph Nodes that were swollen in her other areas. She then was sent to Dr. Deutch to see if he felt he should surgically remove a lymph node for further testing. He gave her a thorough naked full body exam and found an abnormal mole on a toe on her right foot (same foot as swollen lymph node in ankle). He sent her to Dr. Mitchell who examined the mole and determined that it was not one to worry about. Next came the bloodwork (TAB-CBC) and Complete Metabolic Panel. All results were normal. We decided not to worry and move on.
Thursday morning @ 6;45 a.m. Hollie walked into the room where i was sleeping and said she felt very funny. Lightheaded, spacy, nauseated, out of control of her body function and ability to think/speak. When i turned the light on she was white as a sheet and said she thought she needed to throw up. I helped her to the bathroom where she collapsed on the floor by the toilet. She was concious but trembly and weak and responding to my questions very slowly. I asked her to look at me and she couldn't look right at me and looked glazed over. When i would ask her to tell me what was wrong she couldn't get the words out and started crying. She said she didn't know how she felt. I called 911 and tried to help her get up and walk but she was too weak and shaky. When the ambulance arrived, they checked her vitals and her blood sugar. Everything seemed normal at the time and they told us she should go to the doctor. I told them to take her on to the ER. When she got there they sent bloodwork to the lab. Everything came back normal except that her lymphocytes were elevated and her fasting sugar had gone to 139. At this point she was very white, clammy dry mouth and very slow in her thinking and speaking. Very hard time communicating. When Dr. Crowley came in to examine her, he asked her to sit on the edge of the bed and raise her arms out in front of her and she couldn't. You could see her trying to get them to but she couldn't. She began crying again. He asked her to slide her feet together. She couldn't. He asked her to touch her left calf with her right foot and she couldn't. She later said that it felt like her mind couldn't get her body to react to her requests. Dr. Crowley made a diagnosis that it was stress related. I felt uncomfortable with that diagnosis and requested a CT scan of her brain and to stay overnight for monitoring since she couldn't walk or function normally. I think i upset him a little but he abliged. Brain scan showed normal results according to him and a few hours later Dr. Reams visited examined her and admitted her for the night. Over that afternoon and night in the hospital she began to regain her control over her arms and legs and said she felt a little better but she still had low grade temperatures (@ 99-100) and horrible headache. The next day Dr. Price, neurologist, came to visit and checked her out. He suggested possible menengitis, something viral, etc.but wasn't exactly sure. Nobody seemed exactly sure of anything. Long story short, they released her with no definite diagnosis and gave her Vicatin for headaches and ambien for sleep. She is here now with terrible headache, 100 degree fever and feeling yucky. I'm keeping her in bed but i'm worried and want to know what i should do. She has gained @12-15 lbs. over the last few weeks and i just know that something isn't right. Could it be her neck or spine? She did have neck surgery in 2003 and has a metal plate and screws in it. Could it be thyroid? Do we need to test further for the lymph node situation? I'd like to take action if you think i should. Hollie just hasn't felt good or been herself for a long time and seems to be getting gradually worse over time. i don't know what to do but i love her and don't want to overlook anything.
Sounds like dehydration possibly that lead to dysautonomia (ie., neurocardiogenic syncope). If she has been depressed, stressed, hot environment, upset, is an elderly person, these folks can become dehydrated by lack of adequate fluid intake. The dehydration will cause a significant drop in blood pressure suddenly. It could be the culprit of these attacks. There is not much you can do about that except drink more fluids throughout the day. Should do a cardiac workup to rule out heart as the cause. Get a good cardiologist just to be sure.
These are the exact same effects my body had had the past year except the lymph nodes and fever. I get these reading head pressure/aches and then lose control of my body and sight and sound and nausea. It stopped white I was pregnant but then started immediately after labor and all my results were normal. I had blood work, MRI, MRA, mrb, and a neurologist look at a ct scan as well as overnight eeg in the ICU. Nothing. This was in April. I have been OK since then but over the past 2 weeks it had been starting again and my mother is terrified something will happen when I'm alone with my daughter. One doctor said it seemed like I was having partial seizures since I don't fully convulse and stay mostly conscious. Perhaps look into that? Nobody knows for sure what is wrong with me either
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