Posted on May 17, 2017 in Blog |

The simplest way to present my own history to you is to show you how many different types of physicians I saw, some of the major medical events that occurred, and of course, the various diagnoses I was assigned. I know many patients can probably relate to this snapshot.

Physicians I saw for symptoms:
Often, I saw more than one each of the following:
Cardiologist, Chiropractor, Dentist, Dermatologist, Endocrinologist, Gastroenterologist, Internist, Neurologist, Gynecologist, Neurosurgeon, Ophthalmologist, Optometrist, Oral Surgeon, Orthopedist, Osteopath, Otolaryngologist (ENT), Physical Therapist, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Rheumatologist, Surgeon, Urologist

Sharon’s Symptom History
1981: viral meningitis, unexplained fatigue and exhaustion
1984: diarrhea, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, mouth ulcers, grinding teeth/jaw pain
1988: elevated gastrin levels
1993: depression and anxiety
1995: migraines
1996: h.pylori infection
1999: shattered right foot
2001: recurrent sinus infections, night sweats, hot flashes, dry skin, itchy ears
2002: falling easily, pain in knees and thighs, muscle weakness, sensitivity to sunlight, memory loss
2003: clumsiness, repeated falls, muscle weakness, thigh pain, swollen joints, tooth dies
2004: gallstones, abdominal pain, fatigue, hair loss, noise sensitivity
2005: gastrin level elevated, depression, forgetfulness, trouble focusing, sticky blood
2006: diarrhea, headaches, daytime sleepiness and insomnia, elevated heart rate, word and name search, phasing out of conversations
2008: persistent, dry cough, numbness in hands and feet, chest pains, muscle twitching
2009: back pain, hip pain, occasional blurry vision, incontinence, unexplained rashes, positive Lupus test (positive ANA with speckled pattern)

Other General Symptoms
Allergies: seasonal allergies, chronic sinus infections
Cardiovascular: low blood pressure, perspire easily, dizzy upon standing
Constitutional: migraines, weight gain, fatigue, cold extremities, afternoon drowsiness, night sweats, sensitivity to chemicals
Ears, Nose, Mouth & Throat: sensitivity to sounds, ringing in the ears, sinusitis, mercury/silver fillings in teeth, mouth ulcers, jaw paint/teeth grinding, dental problems, unexplained face pain
Endocrine: heat intolerant, cold intolerant, thyroid disorder, low body temperature

Eyes & Vision: dry eyes, blurred vision, floating spots, light sensitive, peripheral waves
Digestive System: bloating, trouble digesting fats, hemorrhoids, ulcers, irritable bowel, diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea/upset stomach
Genito-Urinary System: incontinences, cramps, heavy flow, PMS, menstrual irregularity, menstrual pain, pelvic pain, health fluctuates with cycles, hot flashes
Hematological: Anemia, leg pain with walking
Immunological: auto-immune disease (Lupus)
Integumentary: acne, dermatitis, yellow tone, brittle nails, dry/brittle hair, crawling sensation in skin, various rashes, on/off rashes, skin sensitivity, sensitivity to sunlight, hair loss
Muscular-Skeletal: back pain, intolerance to exercise, heel pain, disc problems, joint pain and swelling, joint stiffness, bone pain, muscle weakness, muscle twitching/spasm, muscle pain/cramping, sore soles in the morning, neck stiffness/pain, tremors
Neurological: clumsy, trouble balancing, numbness/tingling, forgetting simple tasks, disorientation/getting lost, difficulty with reading and concentration, speech difficulty, word and name search, memory problems
Psychological-Behavioral: vivid dreams, fearful/worrier, depression, narcolepsy, insomnia, emotional/crying easily, season affective disorder, feeling as though you are losing your mind
Respiratory: shortness of breath, chronic cough, air hungry, snoring, sleep apnea

Other diagnoses given:
Anxiety, Bursitis, Depression, Dry Eye, Epstein-Barr, Eczema, Gallstones, H.Pylori, Hashimoto, Herpes Simplex I, Hypo-Thyroidism, Idiopathic Hypersomnia, Idiopathic Intermittent Right Temporal Waves, Incontinence, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Lipoma, Migraines, Peri-menopause, Peripheral Neuropathy, Shingles, Sinusitis, Stomach Antrim Atrophy, Vitamin D Deficiency, Viral Meningitis, Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome possibility