- CASE FILE
I've seen 40 doctors during the last seven years trying to find a simple, conclusive diagnosis for my fatigue and other symptoms.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
Acquired Idiopathic Mitochondrial Disease
When the symptoms flare up, as they are now, I’ve had to cut way back on my social activities, physical activities such as exercise and going to the gym to work out, and volunteer work. My home life with my wife is stressed but mostly manageable. I spend a lot of time self-educating and reading medical research papers and text books. I’m very creative person and miss spending time doing those things.
I take many over the counter supplements for mitochondrial support, etc., such as CoQ10, B vitamins, anti-oxidants, etc. I also take a morning smoothie with amino acids, ginger, cinnamon, flax oil, creatine, tart cherry juice, and other ingredients. Up until this year, it seemed to be working quite well. When my symptoms have been well managed, I take international high adventure casual mountaineering and trekking trips, such as to Nepal and the Alps.
In addition to 9 prescription meds, I take 50-some vitamins, supplements, etc. I can provide a list upon request, as I keep daily records.
I've had many tests done, including
Many, many blood tests
Autonomic system evaluation
MRI of pituitary gland
Echocardiogram and EEGs
EMG and nerve conduction studies
Cardio stress test
Cardiopulmonary exercise test (CPET)
Whole exome (genetic) sequence (Baylor U.)
Is it possible something has been missed which underlies this condition? Are there maybe 1 or 2 medications which would cover all of this and allow me to stop most of the daily pills?