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Why do I feel so ill after endoscopy?

Hi everyone,

Three weeks ago I had an endoscopy procedure. I've been dealing with a chronic mystery illness since I got sick last July in Thailand. The Infectious Disease doctor wanted to have me undergo an endoscopy to check for Whipple's Disease, which came back negative.

I was very out of it the day of the procedure from the medications they gave me for the conscious sedation (Versed and Propofol), but the first thing I remember was waking up with an excruciating migraine, dizziness and loud ringing in my ears that wasn't there before the procedure. I can't even begin to explain how much pain I was in. I couldn't handle the lightest sound or any kind of light. It lasted for five days straight. I went to the doctor and he prescribed me anti-migraine medication, which did nothing. Eventually, the symptoms calmed down.

About a week and a half later I developed very severe abdominal pain and nausea where they took the biopsies in my stomach. I ended up in the ER because of this but after x-rays and blood work they said there was no sign of intestinal proliferation, which they initially suspected. I still have the stomach pain and nausea but it comes and goes in waves.

About two weeks after the procedure I developed a very sore throat, excruciating headache, pain in my eyes, terrible muscle/body aches throughout my entire body, vertigo, weakness, extreme fatigue, and night sweats. It feels like I have a bad viral infection or flu and have been bedridden the last four days. I'm just feeling worse every single day. The doctors acknowledge that my health has completely declined since the endoscopy procedure but have no idea what's going on and just brush me off as they say there is nothing they can do for me.

Has anyone experienced anything similar to this after an endoscopy procedure? My only two thoughts are that 1) I'm having a bad reaction to the medications that were given to me (my doctor said the anesthesia might have just put my body over the edge), or 2) I developed some kind of infection from the procedure.

Any insight would be incredibly helpful, thank you. I am a 31-year-old female. I am 5'3" and weigh 95 lbs (having malabsorption issues that started in Thailand, which is what I am trying to figure out, hence the low weight).


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