- CASE FILE
I'm a Desert Storm Vet and have been going to the Va Clinic and personal Doctors for 17 years for flu like symptoms. All tests are normal.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
I'm a 50 yr old Male. Since '02-'03 I have had Flu like symptoms. It started a couple times a year and has progressed to almost EVERYDAY. I have declined steadily and I have begun to accept that my dance is almost over. I have had dozens and dozens of tests only to have the Doctor tell me everything is normal. I've also had to go to the ER over a dozen times with abdominal pain, R side mostly (perferrarated ulcer w/paratanidous, emergency exploratory surgery '01). I was in great physical condition when this started, now I have a hard time climbing a set of stairs. MRIs, CT Scans, gallons of blood taken and tested, ultrasounds, gall bladder, liver, kidneys tested, plus many other test, all normal. I spent over 6 months in bed at one point and may be heading back there. Depression also because of it (Wellbutrin 300mg x6months). I have ZERO motivation and I'm to the point that I just don't care about anything anymore, not a good way to feel when you have an 11 yr old son. For the past 3 years I have begged God to take my life. I haven't been on a date in almost 6 years and I love women, just want to be by myself.
I can fill a 5 gallon bucket with the vitamins, herbs and meds that I have tried. 6-8 months ago the VA did find Epstein Barr virus and thought it might have been reactive but they don't believe it's causing all the other symptoms. Being attacked by my own body. I've had 7 surgeries, 5 of those were for different issues. I think my body is shutting down a little at a time. Never do I eat fast food or fried foods, I don't drink or smoke, I take good care of myself but my body will not replenish itself. I always feel like I ran a marathon, complete fatigue to the point my muscles quiver and shake regularly. I have to take Zofran almost daily for the extreme nausea. My memory is terrible, joint pain and pain on my right side under my rib cage above my gallbladder that comes and goes. Quality of life is a term that I do not use anymore.
I also battled a serious opioid addiction for 10 years, I have been 99 percent clean for 5 1/2 years now, thank God. Lost EVERYTHING to that terrible disease, my wife and kids, my business, my money, friends, my dignity. Only 3 out of 100 ever make it back from that HELL, as of right now I'm one of the 3 and pray that's where I stay, would appreciate any little prayer if you're reading this, thank you.
I've had a lower back problem for 22 years (spinal fusion L5-S1 '08), that's when I began taking percocet and became an addict, I loved those little pills and they loved me for a while but they turned on me and I began my walk with the DEVIL!!! But that's another story for another time.
I have come to face the fact in the last 3 months that unless a miracle happens, it's the end of the road for me. The biggest thing that I look forward to now is getting to my recliner to take a nap.
I hope and pray that you wonderful people can help me. Thank you for any consideration. I am being scheduled for a PET scan, maybe that will finally give me the answer that I've been looking for...