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Trying to find out if anyone has experienced the same symptoms that I’m having, and, if so, what might be causing them.
I am a male, just short of 60 years old…
In 2005, I began experiencing NIGHTLY DISTURBANCES in my chest area, perhaps as low as the abdomen and ranging up to the upper chest. I became aware of these disturbances as in some cases they would wake me up. It seemed as though there was something active, or literally moving around under my skin or somewhere below the surface. These disturbances have persisted and have affected my sleep for years.
A few of points:
They are NOT particularly painful, but ARE disturbing.
They don’t seem to be related to any kind of acid-reflux or other more common indigestion problems.
They seem to be “triggered” by sleep somehow, potentially being able to sense when I’m asleep – as soon as I wake up they quiet down or become inactive. This is the primary way in which I have detected them.
I went through an elaborate diagnosis process with multiple specialists, and over the course of a number of years, took a regimen of various medications that helped mitigate and in some cases cure digestive problems. The nightly disturbance symptoms have persisted throughout.
None of the experts that I’ve seen can identify anything specific that fits these symptoms – having been to multiple infectious disease, parasite and GI specialists over the years.
I suspect that the symptoms are somehow parasite-related. I had visited India, the Caribbean and parts of the Pacific/Oceana prior to the symptoms occurring.
I experienced a one-time weight-gain of about thirty pounds at some point after the symptoms began.
Also experienced a decline in stamina and energy, which, while perhaps related to aging, seems somehow tied into the symptoms. Not sure if loss of sleep can be attributed to this, or if it’s also age related.
As an added description of the symptoms: some headache and eyesore typically can result after waking.
Anyone who can help to identify the cause of the above or something which may be related – please respond with your thoughts, suggestions or comments. Thanks!
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