Help figure out what this disease is!
September 28, 2007 6:09 AM Subscribe
My lady friend has been sick for a year, and nobody can figure out what's wrong. Has anyone had any experience with this kind of sickness?
posted by omnipotentq to health & fitness (46 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
My lady friend of 8 months has been stricken with a mysterious illness for over 1 year. It started when she went to Canada last year for a summer semester where there was a lot of stress, emotional turmoil and horribly bad food. The way she describes the food is pretty bad; greasy, old, undercooked, etc. She got really sick after eating rice and salmon (a result of which she now hates seafood), and thinks that's what started everything, along with all of the stress and other bad food.
The illness is multifacted, but I've noticed a pattern that's been going on for a while. Every two weeks she gets sick for a almost a full week, where lots of bad stuff happens. She gets symptoms that she describes as being identical to having the flu. Her stomach and abdominal region are in intense pain. Sometimes her abdomin has a dull pain, while sometimes it feels like a knife stabbing into it. For a few months it was on the upper right side, not close to her stomach, but lately it seems to be coming from (approximately) where her stomach is.
She also gets intense headaches during the cycles, along with nausea, gastrointestinal problems (diarehea, constipation, etc) and just about any and everything that goes along with having an intense cold or a flu.
She's also extremely weak and tired, even when the cycle isn't going on. When she's well for a couple of weeks, she can go out on walks and drives, run errands, etc, but gets tired and worn out pretty easily. When she's sick, though, it's nearly impossible for her to do anything but sit or lay down (just like a flu).
She's had tests upon tests upon tests from every kind of doctor imaginable. From MDs to natural doctors, she's been to every kind, and none of them can tell her what's wrong. She received a general diagnosis of "IBS" which is BS; even the doctor who told her that admitted that it was a general diagnosis and he didn't know what was wrong. She's had tests where some doctors have thought it's parasites (which goes along with the cyclical sickness), but she's tried numerous things to get rid of those, too. From strong medications (which almost killed her, but did nothing for the sickness) to natural herbal stuff, nothing's worked.
She eats extremely healthy food, and has for her whole life, so diet shouldn't be a problem. She's currently not eating gluten and cutting back severly on dairy in an effort to narrow down the possibilities, but that's been going on for months and there have been no improvements.
The doctors have done every conceivable test for mono, cancer, STDs, etc, etc, etc...everything that can be tested for has been, and nothing has turned up. She's been to more doctors than should be legal. We're really at our wit's end, here. She's been sick for over a year, and it's driving her crazy. Has anyone ever experienced anything like this, or have any idea what this could be? I'll be around most of today to answer any additional questions that I can. Any and all help is greatly appreciated.