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Hello I'm Matt. Over the past 29 years of my life I have amassed a number of illnesses. They are interfering with my daily life. Please help
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
Hello I'm Matt. My life has been affected by a number of illnesses since the fourth grade. About age 12. While many of the illnesses are being treated with medication; I have always felt like there was more to it all. A missing piece to the puzzle. These illnesses have impacted my life in a very negative way. I was often sick, was home schooled, never went to college, never had a job, have no real friends or social interaction, and still live at home dependent on my amazing parents and their health insurance. I was first diagnosed with athsma around age ten, over the years we have gotten it under control with Arnuity Ellipta, except when I exercise. Then i still need to use my rescue inhaler. Next at age 12 I found out I'm allergic to tree pollen, grass pollen, flower pollen and cat saliva. We have tried various over the counter treatments and nose sprays but none of them have worked. Just being outside on a nice day can cause my allergies to act up. I live mostly indoors. Now along with my allergies I get sinus infections. I always seem to have one. They come with a stuff nose, painful and inflamed sinuses, gunky eyes and tiredness. I have been to see an ear, nose and throat doctor, but he didn't even examined me but said in needed to see a neurologist. Which I have seen some five years later when I began to experience horrible migraines. They were intense and head splitting. According to the neurologist I was a candidate for botox treatments, but my insurance wouldn't pay for it so now I take 9 Gabapentin pills a day just to keep the migraines away. Around the age of 13 I began to feel stabbing pain in my sides in my abdomen. It took the doctors at least a year before I was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS. But it wasn't until age 15 that I found a doctor who help relieve the pain. But it wasn't till age 28 that we came upon a okay plan. I take Konsyl daily fiber every day along with lines. Things with my IBS and lower abdomen haven't been consistent. I have had my appendix and gallbladder removed. Throughout my teenage and early twenties I have had to deal with depression and social anxiety. Only once did I try and commit suicide and was placed in a mental facility for about two weeks. As of now the depression and social anxiety do not affect my daily life but they do return time and again which interrupts moving forward. I combat these monsters with paxil, klonopin and cymbalta and my fantastic therapist. Throughout my late teens and my twenties I have felt with and overall feeling of fatigue, tiredness, sleepiness and low energy. First my doctors discovered I had a thyroid problem and put me on synthroid and b-complex. But I still felt the same symptoms so they tested me testosterone levels which came back fine. I finally visited a pulmonologist and discovered I have mild sleep apnea. I have been put on a bi-pap machine, though admittedly I don't use it. Possibly because of that or taken afternoon naps I take melatonin at bed. I'm fighting a battle against acne which appears on my face and body including my groin region. I use creams buy I still develop those horrible red bumps. Recently it feels like my body is ready to fall apart. I'm currently in physical therapy for my back which began to be painful and prevented me from moving about and exercising. Know my shoulders have started to ache with pain that extended into my neck and my left knee feels like it is going to collapse any second. I have popped my knee out of its socked when I was about 15 and it hasn't been the same since. Also oddly enough i used to be underweight for most of my life, I didn't hit 100lbs till after high school. I was on an appetite enhancer for a while, but that was some time ago. I now weigh 216lbs last weighed, mostly of fat. I have body issues and have been trying to change my body, but I always seem to have some medical problem interrupt those plans, such as now with a bad back and shoulders. It is very frustrating and affects my mood which can result in a depression. I take 23 pills a day not to mention the ibuprofen I take. I'm tired of it all and looking for help. I my have found a solution for my ailments with medication but not all of it works perfectly. It just seems like there has to be a bigger answer and that's why I've turned to Chasing the Cure.