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Hello @pcjohnson, welcome to Mayo Connect. I'm glad you are being an advocate for your health and search for answers. I'm sorry to hear your doctors are not able to diagnose your health issues. I would ask my PCP if they will give you a referral to Mayo Clinic to help you get an appointment. Mayo Clinic is very good at diagnosing health issues that are difficult to diagnose. If you would like to seek help from Mayo Clinic, you can contact one of their appointment offices. The contact information for Minnesota, Arizona and Florida can be found here:

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@pcjohnson can you share why you believe you have metal poisoning?


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Thanks for asking John. I have metal in my face and hip and since a wreck in 2009, I've had issues, but return visits to Orthopedic docs have yielded no help with the pain and joint weakness. My immune system has gone rogue and many issues addressed separately, but in August, I demanded a test after my multiple skin rashes that come on suddenly and also contort my face with swelling. Haven't had to use the epipen yet, but I feel that will be the next phase.

I had a patch test that resulted in Cobalt reaction. I got medical records from maxillofacial and ortho surgeon, but neither of them state what the metal was, but assume titanium. After gaining the patch test results, I have been researching metal poisoning and I have several of the symptoms. Gastric disturbances – hospitalized last year for this, thyroid – my hair fell out, sleep disturbances – had sleep study and no apnea noted, neurological tingling/burning in my extremities (tests done by neurologist said I have complex regional pain syndrome), memory issues (tested for alzheimers), hearing loss.

My PCP has referred me to Mayo because I am too complicated. I believe all these symptoms would go away or reduce when I can get this metal out of my body.

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