- CASE FILE
41 Year old mom of 3, suffering from progressive mystery illness for four years. Diagnosis of Small Fiber Neuropathy with no known cause.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
II started having symptoms about four years ago like increased anxiety, dizziness, insomnia and night sweats. Then at 37 years old I was at the park with my daughter when all of a sudden I got really sick to my stomach, felt off balance and became really sensitive to sound. The next day I did not feel any better like I hoped. I started my period that day and over the next few months I would wake up to red watery eyes, lose 10 lbs due to lack of appetite, upset stomach and felt lots of malaise. I did improve after taking steroids, getting my Vitamin D up, taking allergy medicine, birth control and an antidepressant. I would still occasionally wake up with flu like symptoms, the watery eyes, burning in my arms and diarrhea. Sometimes I would feel so unwell, I would cry on the way to work. Usually mid day after lunch, I would feel better, but never good. I also still suffered from dizziness. Then the weekend I turned 40, I woke up to extreme nausea every day, had vomiting and lost 40 lbs in about 3-4 months. I also started having major burning in all areas of my body...stomach, chest, back, arms, butox. I was waking up to the red watery eyes again and feeling very ill every day. I also notice my face looked swollen in the mornings as well and would have major bloating before my periods. Over this time period and the last year, my body has experienced so many changes. I have had the burning, stinging, tingling, numbness, prickling as well as my core body temperature has changed to hot. My skin color has went from pale white to a more reddish tone with flushing in my face. My skin is much thinner, my palms and bottom of my feet can get bright red. I have had overall body aching. I have severe fatigue, my legs turn really red upon standing and I will experience more symptoms like dizziness, brain fog, tingling and overall malaise the longer I stand. Same thing with any real activity, I will get gurgling stomach and loss of appetite as well, and more hot. I also experience severe anxiety, especially in the morning and depression. Nothing looks or feels the same anymore. I am always in some type of pain or discomfort 24/7 minus when I'm sleeping. I've seen tons of doctors and had tons of tests including a spinal tap but even with the SFN diagnosis there has been no real answer or treatment. Its a living nightmare every day. I have had thoughts of suicide, however I push myself to keep going for my three children and the possibility of better health one day. If anyone could help me it would be a miracle for my family and I. Thanks for reading. Laurel