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#1 Old 05-14-2012, 12:15 AM
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hi hi !

I'm back on the board now that I'm back on the grid in general and my first post in months is alas a health related one. My partner went to see a doctor about this and was told it was 'just general wear and tear' but is debating going to a different one ( though he has been for about three years since this stuff started. It's worse now ) and open to any directions to point them in or personal experiences or anything.
He's 33 and I know this is a long post but any help really is appreciated because it hurts me seeing him gradually become more disillusioned and mystified.

The trouble is it's a vague list of symptoms..
Does this ring a bell with anyone? Even just a particular vitamin or mineral deficiency? "Stress"? He's not stressed but was a few years ago. I've noticed he stops breathing on occasion in his sleep but doesn't seem to have actual sleep apnoea. He runs about 10k every few days and walks around a bit but not that much.Used to swim a lot and was super fit but then started feeling crappy.Still has 'fit days' but usually after running feels awful the next day.

-'tingling sensation'
-pain in that bit of the jaw that feels almost like a headache ( but never gets headaches. Ever! )
-frequent urination ( to the point where he can't go a whole night without getting up 2 or 3 times and doesn't drink water before bed )
-a bit of digestive trouble ( tried eliminating various things but it seems to be just a general thing that's worsened by stress etc. Eats well as a vegetarian with minimal dairy on the whole )
-bouts of awful lethargy, to the point of being unable to move. Just has to lie on the floor.
etc. etc.
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Blood tests showed his iron was good.
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#2 Old 05-14-2012, 12:19 AM
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I'm no doctor by any means, so please bear that in mind. But some of the symptoms you mentioned (tingling sensation, frequent urination, lethargy) brought to mind mind diabetes or pre-diabetes right away. I'm guessing that he/s been tested for that already, though.

Hope very much that I'm totally off the mark!

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Really? I thought he had been tested for something like that but maybe not? He doesn't crave sugar or anything like that, isn't at all overweight and I don't believe it's in his family, but I'll suggest this . Thankyou so much. As I said, any thoughts at all are appreciated.
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I would go to another doctor or hospital and request comprehensive tests. Not just for iron, but for everything: vitamins (including B12 and D), minerals, infection index, thyroid function, blood sugar, the works. Also, ask for copies of these results, so you can have them to look over and potentially give to other specialists. If nothing comes up out of these, it's time to consider auto-immune diseases as well.

A lot of deficiencies go undetected due to lack of testing. I would insist on full bloodwork, even though it may be expensive, as that will show you a clear picture of what's going on. An old friend of mine was complaining of fatigue, mental fog, and oversleeping and poor memory. Doctors waived her away, and then put her on antidepressants. After my prompting, she insisted on more specific tests, until after a few months she was finally diagnosed with vitamin D deficiency, which causes all her symptoms. It would have been so much better for her had she known that from the beginning, but unfortunately a lot of doctors choose to not prescribe all available tests. Best of luck to you and your partner!
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I'm no doctor by any means, so please bear that in mind. But some of the symptoms you mentioned (tingling sensation, frequent urination, lethargy) brought to mind mind diabetes or pre-diabetes right away. I'm guessing that he/s been tested for that already, though.

Hope very much that I'm totally off the mark!

Djuna

Yep that popped into my head too when I read the symptoms ..not medical either but work with patients and nurses and this was my hunch.

You need to be checked regularly if Diabetes is suspected ..is it some time since he was checked?
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I'm no doctor by any means, so please bear that in mind. But some of the symptoms you mentioned (tingling sensation, frequent urination, lethargy) brought to mind mind diabetes or pre-diabetes right away. I'm guessing that he/s been tested for that already, though.

Hope very much that I'm totally off the mark!

Djuna

My thoughts as well, very, very similar to what my friend was going through before being diagnosed with type I diabetes a year ago. He was also an exceedingly active/fit guy prior to this.
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I thought of diabetes right off too. Of course I am also not a doctor. Good luck!
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Diabetes is the first thing that comes into my mind after reading these symptoms. You should have a diabetic test to make sure. Jammie

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#9 Old 05-17-2012, 07:00 AM
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Stopping breathing at night is sleep apnea. He should tell his doctor - this could definitely be causing his lethargy.
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