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Posted by
Rachael on February 27, 2003 at 01:22:24:

Hi Dr. Stoll,
About a year and a half ago I started having some very uncomfortable GI symptoms. Hiccups (50-70 a day), sharp upper abdominal pain, strange gloopy(not watery) diarrhea that is often yellowish colored and smells really bad. After that went on for a number of months I started noticing having sweating spells that would alternate with the chills. I thought at first that I was having fevers but when I check my temperature during a cold "spell" it is actually lower than it should be. Sometimes I am so cold that my entire body aches with it and my teeth chatter uncontrollably. Generally other people around me willl be quite comfortable in a t-shirt or sometimes even complaining that the room is too warm. During the worst spell I have ever had of the chills my temperature was actually around 96.7 Degrees. When the chills go away my temperature goes back up to around 98 Degrees. Even if I don't feel cold all over, my hands and feet are almost constantly cold. My right hand is particularly cold when this is happening and usually the right side of my neck at the base of my skull aches along with it. Sometimes the pain in my neck radiates up over the right side of my head through my ear and eye giving me headache. When my hands warm back up they swell and ache and my knuckles turn red. The skin on the fingers of my right hand seems puffy, dry and red all of the time now, especially on the last three fingers(those are the coldest fingers). They don't turn white like the pictures of Raynauds I have seen and there is no clear "line". They do get a bit pale but my hands are generally cold all the way to my wrist. I break out in patches of hives often and when this is happening my face becomes red, itchy and hot and I feel dizzy and confused. Sometimes before a bowel movement I feel "sick all over" and I either get really flushed in the face or I turn really pale. Also there is a lump on the lower left side of my neck and a large one directly under my chin in the center. I have been to the Dr. more times than I can count. They end up taking a blood test or ordering ONE procedure and then tell me that I'm FINE and send me on my way. Well I certainly don't FEEL fine! ALL of these things tend to flare up together. Some days I feel really bad and some days not so bad but I have felt ill and tired to some degree every day for about a year and a half now. After reading through your bulletin boards I am certain that stress has something to do with it. Right about the time that this started up I had just married, relocated and started a new job. My marriage was a DISASTER and just ended about 7 weeks ago...and it didn't even END well. So, I have been under a tremendous amount of stress due to all of these changes over the last two years and am still dealing with legal issues around the divorce. What do you think is wrong with me? Is there anything I can do that is specific for my symptoms that is not described in this website? What is your opinion of taking antidepressents for a few months? I have been feelings quite down for about 6 months now due to all of the things happening in my personal life and to my body. Lately I can't sleep and I am having trouble eating. Help! Thank you in advance.
Rachael



Re: Too many to count!

Posted by Marion on February 27, 2003 at 05:04:19:

In Reply to: Too many to count! posted by Rachael on February 27, 2003 at 01:22:24:

Hi,
Until you hear from Doctor Stoll, my suggestions would be to discontinue seeing allopathic doctors and find yourself a good naturopath (ND). Also if I were you I would begin practicing SR (skilled relaxation -- see glossary and archives of this site) *immediately* to deal with your stress.

Take care.
Marion

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Re: Too many to count! (Archive in dysautonomia.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on February 28, 2003 at 06:34:50:

In Reply to: Too many to count! posted by Rachael on February 27, 2003 at 01:22:24:

Hi, Rachael.

Listen to Marion.

What you have is dysautonomia (see the archives and the glossary). Serious wellness is your best bet and along the way you will begin to see lessening of your LGS and probably C-RS as well.

Let us know what you learn and how you do.

Walt

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