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Old 11-19-2006, 04:04 PM   #1
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West Nile or enlarged spleen

My daughter (age 25) has been ill for 8 weeks. In and out of the ER, hospital and doctors. Numberous blood tests, scans, scopes and you name it. No one can find why she is having problems. Found enlarged spleen. Can not find out why. She is vomiting, severe pain in the chest, back, sever head ache, losing wieght, hair thinning. No gall stones. Biopsies of the stomach shows signs of a bacterial infection but docotr does not what caused it or what to do about it. Can anyone tell me if these are signs of possible West Nile. Lives in Western Nebraska.

 
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Re: West Nile or enlarged spleen

Hi AKAMUMSY. I am sorry your daughter is so sick.

Do you think it is possible she could have Lyme disease? Lyme disease is a multi-system bacterial infection caused from the bite of an infected tick. It can cause many seemingly unrelated symptoms.

Although it is the second fastest growing infectious disease in the US after AIDS, many in the medical community are ignorant about it. It is in every state. No test is completely reliable, and results can vary by lab. Because of this it often takes a while for people to get properly diagnosed.

Below is a Lyme symptom list. There can be any combination of symptoms.

Unexplained fevers, sweats, chills, or flushing
Unexplained weight change--loss or gain
Fatigue, tiredness, poor stamina
Unexplained hair loss
Swollen glands
Sore throat
Testicular pain/pelvic pain
Unexplained menstrual irregularity
Unexplained milk production: breast pain
Irritable bladder or bladder dysfunction
Sexual dysfunction or loss of libido
Upset stomach
Change in bowel function-constipation, diarrhea
Chest pain or rib soreness
Shortness of breath, cough
Heart palpitations, pulse skips, heart block
Any history of a heart murmur or valve prolapse?
Joint pain or swelling
Stiffness of the joints, neck, or back
Muscle pain or cramps
Twitching of the face or other muscles
Headache
Neck creeks and cracks, neck stiffness, neck pain
Tingling, numbness, burning or stabbing sensations, shooting pains
Facial paralysis (Bell's Palsy)
Eyes/Vision: double, blurry, increased floaters, light sensitivity
Ears/Hearing: buzzing, ringing, ear pain, sound sensitivity
lncreased motion sickness, vertigo, poor balance
Lightheadedness, wooziness
Tremor
Confusion, difficulty in thinking
Difficulty with concentration, reading
Forgetfulness, poor short term memory
Disorientation: getting lost, going to wrong places
Difficulty with speech or writing
Mood swings, irritability, depression
Disturbed sleep-too much, too little, early awakening
Exaggerated symptoms or worse hangover from alcohol

If you think this may be a possibility, I can post more information.

Don't give up, you will find out what is wrong. I hope your daughter feels better soon. She is lucky to have you helping her.

 
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