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Old 11-17-2008, 07:05 AM   #1
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Question I have no idea what's wrong with me - advice needed

Hi everyone, I'm hoping you can help.

For many years now I've felt that something in my body is off, but I'm not sure what. For as long as I can remember I've felt a little sick almost every day (I've can't remember the last time I woke up and thought "Wow the sun is shining, I feel great!"), but never sick enough to be hospitalised. Anyway, I'll get to the details.

First off, I'm 23 years old, I have never smoked, hardly every drink and eat somewhat healthily. I'm 5 foot 10 and weigh 63 kilograms. This is because, I think, of puberty/an extremely high metabolism - food goes through me like a sieve. But quite often when I eat I sometimes feel uncomfortable / hot, and occasionally get short of breath. I have hardly any body fat and am considered by many as "skinny", but when my shirt's off I look pretty damn well toned. But there's a lot of negative stuff going on under the thin/toned bonnet.

First off, irritable bowels/flatulence. I almost always feel bloated. I'm very gassy and it feels like there's something weird going on inside my digestive system. I also have semi-permanent diarrhea, and have no idea why. Funnily enough, my gassiness/diarrhea stopped completely when I took a course of Accutane (overdose of Vitamin A), and came back when I finished it - see next paragraph.

Second, acne. This is genetic (my mother had it BAD for many years, and my father had it bad for a while - i think) and is probably unrelated to how I feel on the inside. Recently I took an 8 month course of Accutane (which is, quite simply, a HEAVY dose of Vitamin A which dried me from the inside out) and my acne's next to gone. However, like clockwork my gassiness has come back.

Third, fitness. I am almost always short of breath, though not to the stage of asthma. I have mild asthma triggered by cold weather (not to the point of an attack, but I have to stop completely otherwise i just throw up). I was taking an asthma puffer for a while, but stopped because it felt useless. When I took the lung capacity test (which my doctor used to test asthma), he found that my lung capacity was EXTREMELY high, even though I get short of breath very easily, which he couldn't explain. I was going to the gym for at least 6 months trying desparately to gain weight (the right way - not eating sh*t), doing weights and drinking huge amounts of protein shakes. But going 4+ times a week and drinking protein / eating a lot (healthy) only led to a gain of 5 kilograms, but I felt extremely unhealthy, like my body was trying extremely hard to reject everything I was giving it. I stopped, and my weight shot down FAST to my current weight.

I also have a few random facts, though I don't know if they are at all relavent. First, my acne symptoms (before my medication course) cleared up almost 100% when I left Australia (middle of summer) and went to America for one month (middle of winter). My diet did not improve, though I was waking up much earlier than normally, spent a lot more time in fresh air doing work (conservation trip). I still felt short of breath, but felt genuinely healthy on the inside, like for once everything was working as normal. I hadn't felt that good in a LONG time (maybe since puberty started at the age of 15). As soon as I came back to Australia, my acne exploded within 5 days and it was worse than ever. Second, it's really difficult for me to get below the surface of the water when I (rarely) swim. This is probably irrelevant since I have had a fear of water, but it feels like I'm too buoyant, if that makes any sense. Oh, and when I sit I'm always fidgety/restless, and I'm always moving my fingers/hands etc, and want to get up and run around/do something, but if I do I get tired.

Sorry for the textual diarrhea, but I figure it's best to give as much info as possible. I'm hoping someone can help, and if you're not sure what's up, pointing me to a specialist doctor who could help (not another frickin' GP) would also be welcome. Thank you

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Old 11-21-2008, 05:51 PM   #2
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Re: I have no idea what's wrong with me - advice needed

Hmmm, sounds odd, almost like you have a restless syndrome mixed with something else.
Here are a few things to consider.
Australia is at a different sea level than america, its possible that the country and elevation your living at itself is causing issues to your body.
It could VERY possible be your water.
Water is a very common resource which pretty much everyone uses, if you have water that is messed with in any way, or unclean pipelines, that could very easily be causing issues in your body.
Another one, is the air as clean and fresh as where you were before??
I remember when i went to utah my acne got much worse, because i was at a higher elevation, i guess anything is possible, consult a physician and see if they can help you out in any way, other than that, try drinking bottled/filtered water for a little while, see what happens.

Old 11-22-2008, 06:34 PM   #3
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Re: I have no idea what's wrong with me - advice needed

Feeling hot, sweaty and uncomfortable after eating is called "gustatory sweating". It's commonly associated with Diabetes but it can happen with digestive diseases (like Celiac Disease) and endocrine disorders (like Hyperthyroidism).

I'd suggest a gastroenterologist and/or endocrinologist. Given the family history with acne you might want to start with the endocrinologist.

Old 11-23-2008, 03:26 AM   #4
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Re: I have no idea what's wrong with me - advice needed

Sorry to hear about your health problems. I have graves disease (overactive thyroid) and had some of your symptoms and many more. I didn't have the shortness of breath though. My G.P. diagnosed it with a blood test and referred me to a endochrinologist. Maybe worth a try.
Good Luck

Old 11-23-2008, 05:35 AM   #5
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There are several things that come to mind as you describe your symptoms. Some things to do an online search would be Pancreatitis, Gallbladder and Thyroid problems, As suggested you might try going to a doctor of gastroenterology. There are specific blood work tests that can confirm the above. I would also ask dr to order a random fecal fat test(you bring in a sample of your fecal matter for the lab to test) and then the ultimate test of an ERCP scope to take a look at your pancreas,liver and gallbladder. Good luck.

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