- CASE FILE
I have been dealing with multiple ailments since the age of 26, and I am now 33. It hit like a ton of bricks, and my whole body is affected.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
I was in college for my second degree, when I began having arm, wrist, and hand pain while in class. I had to leave and cry in the bathroom. On the way home that night, I was getting dizzy while driving and lost (it is about a 45 minute commute). I had to pull over and use my GPS to get home. This is concerning as I had already been going to class 5 days a week for over a year a this point. I still tried to keep going to class. Unfortunately, my symptoms became worse. I was having panic attacks, poor vision, dizziness, unable to concentrate, severe sweating, pain in my whole body on both sides and headaches. I also started having trouble walking because of my toes, feet, ankles, hips, and leg muscles. I became so utterly tired, and with all of these extremely scary symptoms happening at once, I began failing my classes even though I had been on the Dean's list. I cried and cried, and so badly did not want to give up my dream of becoming a teacher. I was going to school for Childhood Inclusive Education with a concentration in Mathematics. I was leaning towards working with disabled students, and working with the students for Edu classes brought me great joy. I did not have a choice at this point. I had to quit because of this rotten body that I am stuck in, had given out. I still suffer with all of these symptoms, and then some, til this very day. This all started in Sept/Oct of 2012. So far, I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Arthritis, Polymyalgia Rheumatica, menstrual issues, depression, anxiety, memory loss, extreme confusion, extreme difficulty retaining new information, headaches, vertigo, back problems, teeth problems, jaw pain, tongue and mouth soreness, high blood pressure, peripheral neuropathy, ibs, gerd, insomnia, Raynaud's syndrome, severely low vitamin D, speech problems, difficulty swallowing, muscle spasms and burning muscles, and my hands drop things constantly without my prior knowledge that they will do this, and I cannot write with a pen any more than a sentence without my hand muscles getting so huge and tight to the point that I cannot hold or write with the pen. I'm sure there are other issues, but it's so much to remember. All of this has left me unable to work. I am also never confident in what I say or do because I have been continuously messing up at life since getting sick. I had a neurologist find Epstein Barr virus in my system quite a bit later on after having these symptoms. He stated I would have had it in the recent past, and that I most likely got it in college. This made some sense since two people in two of my different classes had Mononucleosis right before I got sick. He thought perhaps that I would never recover form the Epstein Barr virus since I had not done so already. My symptoms remain and some have gotten worse, for instance, the horrible nerve pain.