- CASE FILE
Sudden onset of severe fatigue, muscle pain/weakness, joint pain, weight pain (45 lbs in 5 mo), abdominal pain/bloating, and headaches.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
Sudden onset of symptoms in Feb 2018 starting with severe fatigue, muscle pain/weakness, joint pain, and increased anxiety. Between March and August 2018, I gained 45 lbs and put over 13 inches on my abdomen. I started going to the doctor in Mar/Apr 2018 when I noticed the weight gain. In Aug 2018 I had a MRI w/ contrast to determine possible pituitary dysfunction. MRI found 3mm non-functioning adenoma that is believe to be an incidental finding and not of any concern. Started taking Venlafaxine, 150 mg daily, in Oct 2018 to combat anxiety. I went to a Lyme Disease Specialist in Nov 2018 due to symptoms and history of exposure to ticks. She completed multiple lab tests and diagnosed me with Lyme Disease (but not CDC positive), multiple co-infections due to high disease antibody levels in blood, and possible adrenal dysfunction. Sought second opinion through primary care and infectious disease doctor, but they both denied Lyme Disease was a possibility. I had a gastric emptying study, endoscopy, and colonoscopy in Feb 2019 after complaints of bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and constipation. Endoscopy found small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. I took a course of Augmentin with no relief. I have seen multiple endocrinologists and rheumatologists, gastroenterologist, immunologist, functional medicine, infectious disease, physical therapist, psychologist/psychiatrist, dietician, and primary care. I was scheduled to go to Mayo in Mar 2019, but my insurance denied coverage. I started working with a dietician to help with weight and gastrointestinal issues. I have found that I am now lactose intolerant, but my weight has not changed. I received a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia and Irritable Bowel Syndrome in 2019. Due to this, my primary care hasn't researched my case any further or sent me to any additional specialists. I have tried changing my diet, exercise habits (although I have zero energy to do so), stress relief, and any thing else I can think of. I have had too many lab tests to count. The labs will show one value off and then that value is normal when I'm retested. I am a Registered Nurse and am still required to work 2-3 12-hour shifts per week. If I stay moving (albeit slowly) throughout my shift I am ok, but after two shifts in a row my body shuts down for a few days. My body is so sore it's hard to move, I have a horrible headache, low grade fever, and just generally feel like I have a viral illness for a day or two. I have exhausted all my options with my insurance and local doctors so please help me figure out what is going on.