For the past five years, I have probably been admitted to the hospital at least four times. I keep getting sick and sometimes I prefer not going to the hospital anymore because they keep admitting me and I feel as if the doctors that are taking care of me are either incompetent or honestly just don't care if they make the right diagnosis or not.
The first time I was admitted, I was diagnosed with pneumonia and treated with antibiotics. The next time, I was diagnosed with ischemic heart disease. The third time, they said I had amoebiasis. Then the last time, they said I had viral diarrhea. I have recurring respiratory illnesses, I keep getting tonsillitis, cough and colds, fevers, chest and back pain, joint pain, etc.
I tried taking daily vitamins but I still found myself getting sick regardless of my vitamin intake.
I'm scared there's something really wrong with me. What should I do? What could possibly be causing my body to keep getting sick?
I am wondering how they diagnosed your ischemic heart disease, as that is very unusual for a young lady your age. I do hope you have a good primary care doctor that you can talk to about these problems. The main thing that comes to mind is the possibility that your immune system is not fighting off bacteria/viruses/parasites the way it should. Both immune defiencies and immune overactivity like seen in autoimmune disorders can cause difficulty in fighting off infections. I would ask your doctor to check you for both immune deficiency and autoimmune disorders, and he/she may want to refer you to an immunologist who specializes in immune disorders. In the meantime, I would be careful to practice good preventive measures for infection like handwashing and avoiding others who are sick with contagious conditions. You might consider getting a pneumonia vaccine, after you get checked out, and if your doctor thinks that's ok. That will give you some protection from getting pneumonia again. Influenza vaccine in the fall may also be recommended by your doctor to prevent viral influenza, the respiratory kind.
An immunologist is also an allergist, and sometimes, people with significant allergies can be predisposed to respiratory infections. Contolling the allergies can help reduce the number of infections. I hope you have a doctor that is kind, understanding and will take your concerns seriously and check you out thoroughly.
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Thank you so much. I was given the dx of ischemic heart disease after 2 abnormal ECG results and a 2-d echo. However, I was only given a prescription for one month. I will find an immunologist and hope for the best thank you so much.
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Agree with pp, have you doc order a simple and inexpensive blood test to check your immune system (immune globulins). It will check your IgG, IgA, IgE and IgD. If any of those are low, get referred to an immunologist. Most docs won't run this test btw, I was sick for 5 years before I threw a tantrum and insisted they check my immune system. Again, its cheap so there is no reason for them not too.
I would look into your viral history or lyme disease. Irregular ekg's can be caused by a virus or bacterial infection in the body. I also have similar problems plus more. My ekg's have been irregular ever since I got sick 7 yrs ago. However, my echo's are ok. You could have Epstein Barr. Have you ever been tested for all the virus's? Good luck. Lala
Hii there, I can really relate to how you're feeling; although it's not the same timeline, it took 4 different GPs then finally a specialist to give me the correct diagnosis but this took 3 months not years. I'm still not better but as soon as I get to a point when I got my strength and resolve back I will be changing surgeries. I had to keep going back to the doctors to say that I was not imagining things and that I felt so unwell and it is unfortunate that you have to be so persistant. All my regular tests, blood, urine etc came back ok it was a sputum samples that showed I'd developed Pseudomonas infection. Try not to worry or stress yourself out too much, but keep a daily record of your symptoms, but not so as it becomes obssessive and takes over your life; keep a show of strength with medical professionals and if you can, change your doctor and surgery. Hope this helps a little and I wish you Good luck and good health
You might want to consider also the possibility that your tonsils are a source of recurrent infection. When tonsils are chronically infected, they can cause recurrent sore throats, fevers, respiratory infections, ear infections, etc. They may contain "pus pockets" that harbor germs that don't get killed off by the antibiotics. The bigger the tonsils the higher the chance that this is happening. An ENT doc could evaluate the need for tonsillectomy, and a journal of how many sore throats, fevers and resp infections you get would help with that.
Last edited by ladybud; 06-24-2012 at 10:55 AM.