BLOOD TESTS RESULTS INCLUDED - MYSTERY DIAGNOSIS - CAN YOU HELP?

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I AM PRAYING THAT A GOOD MEDICAL DETECTIVE/DOC...ANYONE... CAN HELP PUT THE PIECES TOGETHER. I’M READY TO BE HEALTHY LIKE I WAS FIVE MONTHS AGO.

BEFORE OCTOBER 2018 –I WAS A 47 YEAR OLD WOMAN WITH A FAIRLY HEALTHY RECORD. I HAD BEEN HEALTHY MOST MY LIFE. OTHER THAN MY YEARLY MAMMOGRAM, I HADN’T BEEN TO ANY DOCTOR SINCE 2015. I EXERCISED EVERY OTHER MORNING. I WAS, AND STILL AM, A VERY HEALTHY EATER. ALTHOUGH I HAD SMOKED, LESS ON AND MORE OFF, FOR 15 YEARS, I HAD RECENTLY QUIT FOR GOOD. WHEN I DID SMOKE, IT WAS NEVER MORE THAN ¼ PACK A DAY. I HAVE ARTHRITIS IN MY KNEES AND NECK FROM YEARS OF PLAYING SPORTS, BUT CONTROLLED THE PAIN WITH ADVIL AND TYLENOL WHEN/IF NEEDED.

OCT 30 2018 – I THOUGHT I HAD EAR INFECTION. THE RIGHT SIDE OF FACE AND EAR WERE VERY PAINFUL. I WENT TO URGENT CARE. HE SAID THE EAR LOOKED GOOD BUT GAVE ME ANITBIOTICS.

NOV 4 2018 –I WAS OUT OF TOWN. STILL ON ANTIBIOTICS – RIGHT SIDE OF NECK BECOMES VERY ENLARGED. REMINDED ME OF THE TIME I HAD MONO. I COULD HARDLY MOVE MY NECK. IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT TO SWALLOW. THE PAIN ON RIGHT SIDE OF FACE/EAR WAS GETTING MORE SEVERE. THE PAIN IS NOW SPREADING THROUGHOUT MY BODY. I FELT VERY ILL. I WENT TO URGENT CARE. SHE GAVE ME A MORE POWERFUL ANTIBIOTIC AND MOUTHWASH SO I COULD DRIVE HOME. BY THAT NIGHT, I COULD SWALLOW. HOWEVER, I BEGIN COUGHING.

NOV 5 2018 – COUGH, BODY PAIN AND RIGHT SIDE OF FACE/EAR PAIN WORSE. I AM FEELING WEAK.

NOV 6 2018 - COUGHING GETS WORSE THROUGHOUT THE DAY. I CAN HARDLY WALK. BY 4 PM, IT WAS VERY HARD TO BREATHE. I CALLED MY HUSBAND AND ASKED HIM TO PICK ME UP AS I COULDN’T BREATHE AND NEEDED TO GO TO E.R. HE WAS 30 MINUTES AWAY. HE CALLS 911. AMBULANCE ARRIVES AND TAKES ME TO E.R. I’M TOLD I AM SEPTIC. I’M HOOKED UP TO BI-BAP.

WHEN ADMITTED, I HAD BEEN TAKING ANTIBIOTICS FOR 8 DAYS. RESULTS FROM BLOOD WORK IN E.R.:

*LOW ANTION GAP

*LOW LYMPHCYTES ABSOLUTE, LOW LYMPHOCYTLES %

*LOW MONOCYLTES ABSOLUTE, LOW MONOCYLTES $

*HIGH NEUTROPHL ABSOLUTE, HIGH NEUTROPHLS

*ELEVATED LACTIC ACID

*SLIGHTLY ELEVATED CAROXYHEMOGLOBIN

*-2.5 BE ARTERIAL

*ELEVATED pO2 Arterial

NOV 7 2018 - HOSPITALIST THINKS RHINOVIRUS (I TESTED POSITIVE) MAY HAVE CAUSED SEPSIS AND SAID HE THINKS THAT I HAVE COPD. I’M SHOCKED. I WAS SO HEALTHY BEFORE GETTING SICK. THE PULMONOLOGIST SEES ME IN HOSPITAL THE NEXT DAY AND SAYS I DO NOT HAVE COPD. SHE SAYS LUNGS LOOK GREAT. I AM ON 2-3 LITERS OF OXYGEN IN HOSPITAL. I AM VERY WEAK. I’M TOLD THAT I AM VERY SICK AND THAT I DO HAVE SEPSIS AND THE SEPSIS IS AFFECTING LUNGS. I AM IN THE HOSPITAL FOR ALMOST A WEEK I AM RECEVING BREATHING TREATMENTS EVERY 6 HOURS. I AM ON 2-3 LITERS OF OXYGEN, IV ANTIBIOTICS AND PAIN MEDS AS NEEDED.

NOV 16 2018 – I AM AT HOME RESTING. I AM STILL VERY WEAK. AS FAR AS ENERGY AND FUNCTION, I WAS A FRACTION OF THE WOMAN I WAS BEFORE. ONCE AGAIN, NECK SWELLS UP LIKE IT DID ON NOV 4. RIGHT SIDE OF FACE/EAR/NECK HURT. BODY BEGINS TO HURT. I BEGIN TAKING REMAINING ANTIBIOTICS GIVEN TO ME ON NOV 4TH. IT SEEMS TO HELP. I FINISH THE ANTIBIOTICS. I LET THE HOME HEALTH NURSE KNOW ABOUT THE ANTIBIOTICS.

NOV 26 2018 – I DEVELOP A PAINFUL RASH ON MY BACK ON RIGHT SIDE. RIGHT SIDE OF FACE/EAR/NECK HURT. BODY BEGINS TO HURT. DOC THINKS I HAVE SHINGLES. HE GIVES ME ANTIBIOTICS AND ANTI-SHINGLES MEDS.

FROM DECEMBER UNTIL FEBRUARY – 5 MORE TIMES. SAME THING BROKEN RECORD. I FINISH A ROUND OF MEDS. WITHIN 3-6 DAYS OF BEING OFF MEDS - PAIN RETURNS TO FACE/NECK/EAR THEN BODY. AND 4 OF THE 5 TIMES – I GET THESE GROSS, LARGE, GREEN/YELLOW, CRUSTY OOZING OUTBREAKS ON FACE. I THEN CALL MY DOC. HE CALLS IN ANOTHER ROUND OF ANTIBIOTICS/PREDISONE AND SOMETIMES ANTI-SHINGLES MEDS. I GET BETTER WHILE ON MEDS AND THEN ALL SYMPOMS RETURN IN 3-6 DAYS OF BEING OFF MEDS. IN JANUARY FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE INSIDE OF MY MOUTH, HURTS TERRIBLY. IN ADDITION TO FACE/NECK/BODY PAIN – I NOW FEEL LIKE I HAVE STREP THROAT. IT IS STILL DIFFICULT TO SWALLOW. THE BODY PAIN WAS SO BAD, I WAS CRAWLING OUT OF BED IN MORNING.

JAN 15 2019 – I AM REFERRED TO AND SEE AN INFECTIOUS DISEASE DOCTOR. HE SAID I NEED TO SEE AN ENT. I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH ENT. THE I.D. DOCTOR DOES NOT REVIEW RECORDS. NO BLOODWORK TAKEN. NO PHYSICAL PERFORMED.

JAN 24 2019 - WHILE WAITING FOR MY FIRST ENT APPOINTMENT AND OUT OF DESPERATION BECAUSE THE PAIN IN THE BODY IS GETTING SO BAD, I GO TO CHIROPRACTOR. HE PERFORMED XRAYS AND BLOOD WORK. NURSE AT CHIROPRACTOR NOTICES A “FLAP” / GROWTH IN BACK OF MOUTH. SHE SAYS THIS FLAP IS ON PERINTONSIL? OR TONSIL. SHE ADVISES THAT I SEE ENT. I EXPLAILNED TO HER THAT I HAVE AN UPCOMING APPOINTMENT WITH ENT.

FEB 1 2019-MY FIRST ENT APPOINTMENT. I HAD BEEN OFF MEDS FOR WELL OVER 5 DAYS AND THE PAIN IN MY BODY WAS AWFUL. ENT NOTICES “FLAP” OR “GROWTH” AND RECOGNIZS THE DIFFICULTY I HAVE IN SWALLOWING. HE PUTS IN ME ON ANTIBIOTICS AND STEROIDS. WITHIN 2 DAYS, I’M ABLE TO WALK TO BATHROOM IN MORNING INSTEAD OF CRAWL. ALTHOUGH THE BODY PAIN IN BETTER, THE RIGHT SIDE OF NECK IN PAINFUL AND INSIDE OF MY MOUTH IS STILL PAINFUL, RED AND IT’S STILL HARD TO SWALLOW.

FEB 15 2019 - AFTER BEING OFF MEDS FOR A FEW DAYS, ALL SYMPTOMS REAPPEAR. I GO BACK TO ENT. HE PRESCRIBES AND I’M CURRENTLY ON STEROIDS AND ANITBIOTIC MOUTH WASH. BODY PAIN IS MUCH BETTER. IT IS STILL HARD TO SWALLOW AND NECK IS STILL PAINFUL. THE INSIDE OF MOUTH/THROAT IS STILL RED. THE FLAP/GROWTH IS STILL THERE. I GO BACK TO ENT NEXT WEEK.

RESULTS FROM RECENT BLOOD WORK TAKEN AT CHIROPRACTOR IN JANUARY ARE FINALLY IN:

*SLIGHTLY ELEVATED MCH

*SLIGHTLY LOW %SEG

*ELVEATED IgM

*LOW Myoglobin

*VERY SLIGHTLY ELEVATED PHOSPHORUS

*SLIGHTLY ELEVATED CHOLESTEROL

*SLIGHTLY ELEVATED Non-HDL-C

I’M PRAYING THAT SOMEONE CAN PUT THE PIECES OF THIS NIGHTMARE PUZZLE TOGETHER. BEFORE OCTOBER 2018, I WAS A HEALTHY, 47 YEAR BUSINESS OWNER WHO WORKED AT A 100 MPH PACE. I WORK AT A CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT DEALERSHIP. BEFORE OCTOBER 2018, I WAS ABLE TO SERVICE EQUIPMENT, LOAD EQUIPMENT AND ASSEMBLE EQUIPMENT. I JUST RETURNED TO WORK ON A PART TIME BASIS IN FEBRUARY. ON MY GOOD DAYS, I’M ABLE TO LOAD EQUIPMENT. I AM STILL NOT ABLE TO SERVICE OR ASSEMBLE EQUIPMENT. I WANT TO BE AS HEALTHY AND ACTIVE AS I WAS BEFORE. IN BUSINESS, I’VE PREACHED THAT NO PROBLEM CAN BE SOLVED UNTIL THE ROOT CAUSE HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED. THIS ALSO APPLIES TO THE MEDICAL FIELD. ALTHOUGH I PRAY THAT ONE DAY I WILL WAKE UP AND ALL THE PAIN AND SWELLING IS GONE FOR GOOD AND I FEEL AS GOOD AS I DID BEFORE LAST OCTOBER, I KNOW IT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN UNTIL THE ROOT CAUSE IS IDENTIFIED. I SURE HOPE SOMEONE OUT THERE CAN HELP.

ANY FEEDBACK/IDEAS ARE WELCOME. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TAKING THE TIME AND READING THIS.

KARLA W.

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  • Posted

    it seems many of the serious symptoms you describe relate to shingles. there are cases it's internal shingles and can cause sores, ear and throat pain. IgM would be elevated after some time.

    Ramsey Hunt syndrome describes the ear and facial pain you mention. a further complication can be giant cell arteritis. Your MDs should be discussing shingles condition and telling you of additional diagnoses he/she suspects too. I hope you find MDs who talk with you more . And i hope you feel better and return to your good health.

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    Could it perhaps be caused by an infected tooth? I mean your pain started on the right side of your head (face, ear, neck) Have you been to a dentist prior to this? I'm just trying to think out of the box here. Your whole story is very odd and sometimes Dr.s make mistakes. (They are not god).....I do hope you find out what happened to cause this all. I wish you all the best.

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    • Posted

      Thank you for your feedback The doctors in the hospital theorized that that a tooth could have caused sepsis. After I was released from the hospital I spent $6000 on two root canals. No change.

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