I need some advice for my mom. She is 51 years old. I will try to be as thorough as possible so I can direct her to the right thing. In August, she had a foot operation done on her foot for bunyons. Since the foot operation, it has not healed. She has since had two other operations to try and get it to heal. She has been treated for gout, and has had several uric acid tests which have checked out OK. She is on a very high amount of thyroid medication, she suffers from migraines, loss of energy, anemia, fibromyalgia and has had a full hysterctomy. In the past she has had gastric bypass surgery, 3 hernia operations (one of which she was forced to have a tummy tuck because the hernia op would not heal, and she had a hole the size of a softball in her abdomen-infection ate through her abdominal wall).
As of right now, she is on medication for angina and high blood pressure. NO ONE has been able to find out why her foot wont heal and she keeps getting infections. In October while her foot was open she contracted MRSA, which has snce healed and all tests after have shown negative.
She has been tested for diabetes and lupus which have come back normal.
Last week, her cervix started bleeding (she has had a hysterectomy and all that is left is her cervix).
I suggested she try seeing an endocrinologist to test for other adrenal diseases, but her GP wont refer her as she feels she can handle her thyroid issue, but I have concern that this isnt the cause. I also suggested she see an oncologist to rule out cancer as a cause but no one will take her case.
Is there a doctor who specializes in 'hard to solve' cases?
My mom is scared she will die before anyone finds out what is wrong with her. She has seen a neurologist, infectious disease specialist, heart specialist, and her orthopedic foot doctor and no one can find an answer. Everyone seems to be treating each individual symptom instead of trying to find an overall cause. So she is being treated as such-for each symptom/disease. My mom has also been acting out of character-doing things not normal, like throwing things out that shouldnt be or putting things in strange places- last week she put her foot bandages in the toilet!
I am really worried as it appears she isnt getting the help she needs and she is so young!!
Right now her foot is infected again and has an open wound about 2 inches in diameter and about 1/2 inch thick. She has been on constant antibiotics to no avail.
She is scheduled to see her gyno next week about the cervix, but i am wondering if this is all conected?
To sum it up she is presenting with:
open wound not healing
thyroid disease out of control (i cant recall how much medicine she is on, but it is an astronomical amount!)
Gout (on/off as uric acid tests have been OK)
Acting out of character
Anyone who can offer test suggestions to have done, or anyone who is in the Ohio area that is willing to see her or recommend a doctor that sees difficult cases, please respond. Im really worried !!