- CASE FILE
Unknown autoimmune disorder or chronic inflammatory disorder affecting me and my sister.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
It started with difficulty swallowing at around 10 years old. I was unable to swallow it felt like food would get stuck in my throat this lasted for a couple of months causing me to loose a lot of weight and look sick. The next symptom I experienced was when I was 24 and had just received all my immunizations in basic training. From my knees down to my ankles swelled and became very painful with pitting edema. I was unable to walk. I ended up leaving basic training and thats when all my symptoms started. I started getting severe headaches and pain in my eyes. I was diagnosed with iritis 3 times in 1 year and put on steroid drops and steroid injections in my eyes. My rheumatoid factor came back high and I saw a rheumatologist who said I did not have rheumatoid arthritis but did not give me a reason for iritis. My blood work did show Familial hypercholesterolemia and high white blood cells (which I have had since I was a child). I started getting pus on my tonsils when I was 25 and ended up getting my tonsils removed. That same year I developed kidney stones that i was told were alkaline. Then the stomach symptoms started abdominal pain, constipation, and nausea. I had a colonoscopy and was told it was irritable bowel disease. The trouble swallowing started again every couple of years lasting a couple of months causing me to loose 15 to 20 pounds during these episodes. I developed anxiety and panic attacks due to stress and constantly not feeling well. I would experience palpitations and dizziness on a daily basis. Migraines started lasting 2-3 days at a time. I felt like I had a fever even though I did not. Body constantly ached and just getting out of bed due to fatigue was hard. I was diagnosed with mono and told I have fibromyalgia. When I got into my late 30's I started getting severe pain in the left side of my jaw and temple area. I saw a dentist and was told it was tmj or trigeminal neuralgia. I was also diagnosed with a geographic tongue. I started getting numbness in my arms and legs and would feel very confused at times. I had an MRI and EMG which showed peripheral neuropathy. All theses symptoms will come in cycles lasting for a couple of months then they seem to disappear. It seems the older I get the worse the symptoms are getting and the more debilitating thy are getting. I was told it could be some type of autoimmune disorder but all my symptoms have never been put together and a diagnosis given to it. I do not take any medication for my symptoms as I have always felt it would mask my symptoms instead of coming up with a diagnosis. My sister has also suffered with some type of autoimmune disorder that her doctors have not been able to diagnose but her symptoms are different as she experiences more joint swelling and pain with rashes. But as with me her bloodwork does not show any type of rheumatoid arthritis , lupus, psoriatic arthritis, or other autoimmune/chronic inflammatory disorder.