To whom it may concern,
My name is Jeff, I am a 38 year old male, and I have the life style and general well being of what would be expected of a 90 year old man in poor health. I’ve been seeing doctors here in Orlando, and getting test after test, and panel after panel of blood work, and no one can seem to come up with an answer, other than the fact that I have been exposed to the Ebstine Barr virus in the past. I’ve also had IBS and CFS thrown into the diagnosis, and the classic depression diagnosis as well. But it’s a cop out, they don’t have an answer, and yes I do have some depression but I think after years of feeling terrible and spending thousands on Doctor visits and procedures and testing anyone would be a little depressed.
Sorry I’m ranting :0)
Here’s the deal…
About 10 years ago this all started with chronic sinus infections when I moved back to Florida from New Mexico. I had a constant sinus infection from 2007 till 2011 and saw many different doctors and specialist. I had septum surgery and remained on antibiotics and steroids for most of that 5 year period, I was never off these medications for more than 2 weeks max. Finally, I self diagnosed a fungal infection that I read about that people can get in their sinuses and took a brief round of Diflucan. That was the silver bullet for that issue, but during that time period I developed incredible fatigue and weight loss, I thought I was going to die. But, I figured it was due to the over use of antibiotics, so since 2011 I’ve being countering with probiotics and a pretty substantial amount of vitamin supplements. I wouldn’t call it “Megadosing” but quit a bit, I take a multi, extra 1000mg of C and a Zinc/Magnesium/Calcium. I also take a half of a Zyrtec once in the morning and once in the evening.
Also, this might be significant. I was prescribed an awful drug called Effexor XR back in the late 90’s for anxiety. I thought the side effects (which are substantial) might be contributing to my condition with the sinus infections so a began to wean off about 2009 and was off completely by 2013. Again, this is a terrible medication with horrendous side effects, especially when getting off, so the fact that I was on this stuff for so long might be an important factor. I do also take St. Johns Wart now because I was having severe panic attacks while coming off of the Effexor.
So anyway, I did marginally better from about 2013 till about a couple years ago. I didn’t feel great, but I was for the most part functional and felt like I was managing my symptoms and felt optimistic that I was on the mend. But, as I mentioned I started having panic attacks a few years ago, sever ones that put me in the hospital twice. My blood went cold, my hands and feet went freezing and then went numb, I’d have a resting heart rate of about 220. these were terrifying, and they happened constantly though out the day. I was also having indigestion, so I had an endoscopy and it revealed that I had a bleeding ulcer, which the doctor thought might be contributing to the panic attacks. So, now I’m managing my symptoms with Colonzopan, not much now, I was taking a lot but the panic attacks have subsided drasticlly so I’m taking about .5 ml a day, mostly at night to help me sleep, and pantoprazole for the stomach, which I’m trying to get off, I’ve been on it for over a year.
Ok, so that’s the last 2 years or so, this is where I’m at as of today. Every night my heart races at bed time which is when I take the Colonzopan. I’m constantly bloated and belching, even with the Colonzopan I never get a full night sleep, averaging about 4 hours. I’m up and down with all kinds of strange sensations, trouble breathing, hot/cold, stomach pains and nausea, panic attacks, racing heart, and other things that I can’t even really describe. I urinate constantly, like every half hour. I’ve stopped sweating all together, no matter how hot I am, even though I’m usually not, I’m usually freezing cold, but my skin feels really hot. If you feel where I was laying down on the bed after I get up it’s like there was a heating pad there. I’m obviously exhausted all day, I feel like I’m going to throw up and I feel like I’m going to collapse at any moment, I’m dizzy, my eye’s are beat red all day. It’s amazing I haven’t been fired because they probably think I’m smoking weed. My left front side hurts constantly, right about at the bottom of my rib cage. My stomach constantly hurts and I can basically only eat oatmeal, even that gives me uncontrollable loud belching. I usually feel the worst in the mornings and evenings, after lunch I usually feel a little better, but still not well, I just don’t feel like I’m going to pass out in the afternoon, usually. I have my not as bad days and my worse days.
Anyway, I’ve scoured the internet and asked all my various doctors and specialists about every possibility and know one seems to have any answers. I don’t know if anyone will actually read this, I know there’s a lot of these sorts of dialogue’s on the internet and I sure didn’t get anywhere by asking for help from Dr. Hyman. But if someone does read this, any help, guidance, or recommendations would be greatly appreciated. I don’t know what else to do.