Around the first of march 2013 I started experiencing extreme lower back pain of unknown origin and started loosing weight. In march 16th I found an inflamed inguinal lymph node in my right side. I was starting to experience stabbing pain localized under my right rib. Then the pain extended down the inside and back side if my right leg. Then my entire abdominal section on my right side started aching but the localized stabbing pain under my right rib continued. My blood pressure rose and averaged at 153/113. I have been bed ridden since march 18th. I had a tingling sensation in the medial portion of my right arm all the way down to my pinky and ring finger and half if my middle finger. I was taken to the emergency room with severe chest pain over my heart, dyspnea, confusion, and a BP of 163/118 @ 128 bpm. They preform an EKG, found nothing and sent me home in extreme pain. The tingling in my arm turned to numbness. My GP doubled my BP meds and out me in donperidone suspecting an ulcer. On Sunday April 7th I was rushed to the ER again with extreme pain on my right side, dyspnea, confusion, and a drooping sensation on the right side of my face and well as extreme muscle stiffness on the right side of my neck and dysphasia on the right side of my throat. They said it was nothing and gave me a shot of Toridol. I went back to my doctor who put me on a BuTrans patch (5mcg/h). It did nothing. I gave it 72h and nothing. So I had it increased to (10mcg/h) and it is curbing the pain. I can not stand for more then 10 minutes then I am too weak to continue. I am having trouble with short term memory. I am experiencing diplopia in the morning and at night and blurred vision in my right eye. I have lost 32lbs, have no appetite, and am constantly feeling dehydrated. Now I have found what I assume is an mediasternal lymph node below my xhyphoid process to the right. I am falling over, loosing my balance while standing straight. I have started putting emphasis on the wrong syllables when I speak. I also "lost time" two nights ago when I took a sip of water then woke up with the bottle completely empty beside me in the bed lying in a huge puddle that had the time to move up my shirt, so I'm assuming at least 30-60 seconds. I have no recollection after putting the bottle to my lips. I have had two rounds of blood work, an ultrasound, a pelvic exam, a complete cat scan, and have seen an optometrist. All they can find is one slightly increased inflammatory marker and the inflamed lymph node and NOTHING else. I feel like I'm dying. What do I do???
I agree with LivinginHope you need more test, You may want to add MRI to that list. Also please go to my profile and look at my picture of the Nerve conduction chart! It may help you in some way. I hope you are soon on your way to recovery! Best wishes, Sissie
I completely answered your questions then my phone decided to erase them all. Ok, here we go again;
A) April 19th. It included abdomen, right inguinal lymph node, lumbar spine, and my head after much "encouragement". I'm assuming it was reviewed by a radiologist. I have requested a neurologist but they don't think it's necessary.
B) no MRA
C) no Doppler
D) no plasma
E) no cardiologist
F) no echo
G) no stress test
H) I feel like tri's were looked at with the first round of blood work. He mentioned nothing about the numbers.
I) no CRP test
J) yes I have a biopsy scheduled for a month from now. I have also since found another lump in my chest below and to the right of my sternum. I'm assuming its the mediasternal node inflamed.
K) GFR was tested, nothing mentioned. They were only concerned about my creatine when having the CAT at which point they said "pre op levels were normal"
It's been 45 days and all they can tell me is "it's probably not cancer". My next test is the biopsy May 23rd. Meaning while, I'm dying lol
I am having the suspicion because like I said, it's been 45 days and I've been having to push for things. I had to push for the second round of blood work where that inflamatory marker was found. I had to push to have my BO meds raised. I had to push for the pain patch. I had to push to have it increased. I had to push for a CAT scan. And I had to push for it to include my head.
I don't know if you guys are Canadian but health is free here and it is slow as f**k. As a 31 aged, otherwise healthy female, I feel like they should care more about my symptoms. I'm bed ridden for gods sake.
Yeah mri and ct scans are basically the same but the mri is as you said for soft tissues. I am in the US and Obama enacted a health care that will soon put us in the same shape you are in :(. Right now I can get any test done that I need so that I can stay up on my health problems but it will not be that way for long. I really hope they find out what is wrong soon. Best wishes. Sissie
I know your government is trying to change to accomidate "health care for all". If I had the money right now, I would go to like a Kasier-Permente and probably be diagnosed in days. Here you have to wait used you know someone or your important. It may be free but it's at the expense of our health.
I know that is why if my state does not opt out I will move. I have too many health problems and am at a high risk to chance waiting. A lot of people though just see the free health care and think its great they are not thinking about the long term effects. I had to explain it to my own parents! And you are right it will be free but I think the cost of even one single persons health is too much to ask when a simple test could result in immediate care and fix it before it becomes serious. I truly hope you discover what is causing your problems soon.Best wishes to you, Sissie
It's so discouraging when things get erased- I'm sorry that happened to you!
I understand that socialized medicine can really stink. I have a sibling living in a European country and it stinks there.
A) So, they didn't scan your cervical spine (neck). Whether they think it's necessary or not, they should refer you to a neurologist (you might want to do some research to decide which one you want to see and give them a name too). You might suggest if something like a full blown stroke happens, you or your loved ones may decide to sue them. Perhaps that will light a fire under them. (Or do they not allow you to sue doctors in Canada?)
B) It looks like I didn't clarify that an MRA/MRV of the brain is a type of MRI looking at the blood vessels in your head. With your stroke like symptoms, etc., this would be something they or the neurologist they refer you to should be willing to order, given the experience of symptoms you've had, upon your request.
C) They should also be willing to order a Doppler study of your carotid arteries, particularly if you have a history of high bad cholesterol and or high triglycerides.
D) If you continue to have high spikes in blood pressure, be sure and keep a record of them (and high pulse rates) and tell the doctor you'd like to rule out pheochromocytoma. Fasting plasma free metanephrines blood testing is supposed to be one of the best, but they might prefer 24 hour urine testing for metanephriines, if that costs less (I don't know if it does).
E, F, G & I) With the chest pain you've had and shortness of breath, the doctor should be willing to refer you to a cardiologist also, if they can't/won't order the CRP test, an echocardiogram and a stress test themselves.
H) I hope you will be able to pursue getting a paper copy of your blood test results and see for yourself what was tested and what your numbers were. Triglycerides, I believe are supposed to be no more than 150, if I remember right.
J) Are you on a cancellation list in case you can get in sooner on the biopsy (not likely, I imagine, for someone to cancel, but just in case)? I'm glad they have ordered a biopsy at least.
K) So, at least you are not in kidney failure- that's good.
L) With the abdominal pains and weight loss, you might inquire about stool testing.
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