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50 yr old female: was very active- Curve's Manager until 4 years ago- hit rock bottom
terrible pain throughout body and stabbing pains
many thyroid cists
difficulty walking- jerky movements-loss of balance
muscle spasms
numbness in extremities
trouble swallowing
overall weakness, fatigue
trouble speaking- protruding jaw
bell's palsy
loss of ability to think clearly, can't concentrate, brain fog
hair loss
ringing in ears
depression and anxiety
Help! Thank You!

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dear Reason,

I'm So sorry to hear about the issues youve been having, i would be curious to find out if the thyroid cysts have anything to do with any of your symptomes. Also Have you had any CT scans or MRI of your brain? there may be something going on (which could be treatable) which is causing such an array of symptomes. I would also possibly bring up MS (multiple sclerosis). your doctor may send you to a neurologist or neurobiologist. I would deffinaly seek help though. because no matter what is wrong its not going to get better if you don't know what you have. :-)

good luck and keep us posted.
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one more thing i forgot to mention and found online, This is not ment to scare you and I'm not in ANY way saying that you have MS but incase there is a suspicion here are some things to do first to protect you financialy

IMPORTANT: One thing that you really must do if you suspect that you may have multiple sclerosis, is to get your financial house in order immediately, at once and without delay. Ensure that you have adequate Health, Disability and Life Insurance prior to turning up for any examinations or tests. If any health professional tips you off that he/she suspects MS, request that no mention is made of this in any notes until you have sorted out the insurance issues. What MS treatments there are, are expensive and if you are forced out of the workplace you will need a source of income. Once a diagnosis is made it will be too late.


best of luck
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Biomajor'10-

Thanks for your reply! Should have added doctors are stumped. Tested negative for MS, ALS, Parkinsons, and Lyme. CT scans and brain MRI are abnormal- but no known causes to date...
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have you been to a chiropractor latley?? it sounds crazy but believe it or not several conditions can be caused from being out of alignment depending on where at in your spine. it may not fix everything but may be worth trying for some reliefe.... i'll still see if i can find any more rare diseases or things perhaps the doctors overlooked.
try to stay positive and hopeful :-) things can always be worse
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BR-

You're not crazy at all- seeing both chiropractor and physical therapist.

Thanks again
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i'm verry sorry, i was just reading over your post and noticed you said you had abnormal CT/MRI i read it as normal.... can you give me anymore description what the CT/MRI look like of why the doctors think it is abnormal.... also is there anywhay you could get a copy or pictures of it and some how post them or email them to me??? it does sound like it is something in your brain which is causing this but like the doctors said...not sure what. %-)

thanks
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B.R.
I'll see what I can do in getting copies of scans and reports-
Thanks.
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Hey reason, how ya feeling?,

Sorry for such a long indepth post but i'm going to run a symptom search and so i need some more details on your symptoms and general where abouts/history......

History: what area of the world to you live in. have you traveled to any tropical or other transcontinental aras before this started?
How long have the symptoms been going on and did they happen suddenly or real gradual?
About what order did they occur in?
Have you had a fever?
Have any of the symptomes gotten better or worse?

Specifics about each symptom.

difficulty walking- jerky movements-loss of balance

do the jerky movement effect the whol leg ar just a part like thigh shin foot ect.
This goes for the arms as well. Are the spasms brought on or made worse by a fever or heat?

Ear ringing
Is the ear ringing constanat or does it come and go?
Does anything induce the ringing?

Muscle spasms
Where do they occur?
Are they painful?

Numbness in extremities
Does it occure one one side (which side) or both?
Is it in arms and legs?
Is it always there or does it come and go?
What brings it on or makes it worse?

trouble swallowing
what makes it hard to swallow ex) hard to move mouth/jaw, toung doesn’t “work” properly or cant controle. Ext.

trouble speaking
are you having trouble pronouncing words? Describe more on it if possible.

Protruding jaw
(what is/where is it protruding?)
is the protrusion painful?
How big is it?

bell's palsy

has the bell’s palsy gotten better, gone away and came back or still present?
Overall has your condition improved, worsened or stayed about the same?

anxiety

Is it worsened by caffeine?

Hair loss.

where is it occuring (top, receiting hair line ect)?

Once again sorry for the long indepth post but I’m just trying to get a better idea about all the symptomes and how they relate to each other.

Looking forward to learning more :-)
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B.R.-
Again, Thank You! You assumed I was writing about myself- it's my sister.
Live Midwestern US
Spent 2 weeks each in tropcial climate in 2003 and 2004
Symptoms-started gradually at the age of 19, became severe in Dec 2005
No Fever
Symptoms ever changing
Walking: Walks like old fashioned robot- movements are not smooth and fluid
Balance: Using cane to keep from bumping into walls
Ear Ringing: Constant quiet semi sound
Muscle Spasms- Legs; Numbness in legs, feet, hands;toes sometimesjump on top of one another and get stuck that way for a few min.
Swallowing- feels like an obstruction
Trouble speaking- could be due to lower jaw sticking out- not painful
Bell's Palsy-noticed by me and her chiropractor 3 weeks ago
Hair loss on entire head
Hands sometimes freeze in claw like position lasting approx. 5 minutes
Cists on Thyroid- the largest was aperated and containd parathroid hormone
Have always had many animals: Dogs, cats, horses, donkey- Also worked for local zoo for a number of years caring for injured animals in my home: Included many racoons, an eagle, llama, rabbits, coyote, etc.- list is long...
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Reason,

i was able to come up with a few very unlikly possibilities, i will go more into detail tomarrow.

baylisascaris (racoon roundworm) infection (almost certian its not)
HD Huntington's disease
CJD Creutzfeld-jakobs disease (human form of mad cow) (again extreamly unlikly)

out of the three huntington's disease would be the most likley.

i'll update you tomorrow with some other ideas/info however right now i'm exhausted and have a headache and i have to be in the Lab tomarrow at 10 so i need some sleep wooooo at least finals are over as of yesterday :-D

take care.
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B.R.
I SO APPRECIATE the time and ideas you have given!
Get some sleep!

Reason
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Alright i'm back....

as is mentioned in my last post a slight, very unlikely possibility of 3 diseases.

1.) Baylisascaris. this is a parasitic infection of the racoon roundworm which can settle in the brain and eyes. however it normally apears about two weeks after infection, since your sister has had this condition for so long i it most likley is not this since this infection if left untreated is normally fatal if not reated and i think your sister would have not made it this long.... the reason i first investigated it was because she had worked with raccoons in the past.

2.) Creutzfeldt-jakob's disease. this is basically the human form of mad cow disease. this also is very unlikley because if the strickt FDA guidlines for beef and imported beef products from other countries enforsced in the US. i also think that that disease would have been more dabilitating by now if she contracted it.

3. Huntington's disease. Huntington's is caused by the body producing a mutated, abnormal, form of the protien huntingtin. this disease is a but more likley given the symptomes your sister is exhibiting. This diseas is usually hereditary so I would look at your family history to see if anyone in the past had been diagnosed with it. On that note i would see if there were any history of family members having any similar symptoms that your sister is showing. Perhaps it could help narrow our search a little. this disease has been found to appear out of know where though so even if you have no family history of huntington's it could still be a possibility. has she been check for it yet? Do the jerkyness, muscle spasms increase or get worse with emotional stess? this i think may still be an odd diagnosis since she started getting "sick" at 19. this disease normally doesnt happen until about 35-45. but again there are some exceptions.

Another possibility could be that these symptoms are caused by several different conditions and not just one thing. for instance the "claw hand" which happens sometimes is normally caused by something compressing the ulnar (funney bone) nerve or one of the nerves in the wrist. sometimes people with carppel tunnel syndrome get this. another possible cause for claw hand is an impalance of calcium and magnesium. calcium and magnesium are vital for muscle contraction and relaxation. the hormone which controles these minerals and their levels expressed in the blood it PTH (parathyroid hormone)!! since you said that one of the thyroid cysts contained PHT, it could be possible that the amounts getting released into her blood stream are getting out of wack. This may also be why her muscles twitch and contract.

it is thought that bells palsy is caused by a viral infection such as herpes or mono-neucleosis. bells palsy occurs when the crainial nerve 7 (aka the facial nerve) is damaged. has the trouble speaking/swallowing started after the bells palsy??

inner ear problems also can lead to balance issues as well as ringing. the inner ear contains a fluid filled organ called the organ of corti and the conche which are linked with semi-circular canals. the fluid moves through these moving around tiny hairlike fibers. which then give us a sense of balance.

so there could be several things going on or any brain injury/ condition/infection could also lead to these symptoms as well. so thats why we cant say for sure its one or the other yet.

MRI's are good at showing a lot of things how ever there is a special type of MRI called a diffusion-weighted image MRI scan which is much better at detecting diseases such as Huntington's, baylisascaris and creutzfeldt-jakob's as well as other neurological disorders. most MRI which are done are done with T2- weighted images vs Diffusion-weighted images so some abnormalities might have been missed or not as clearly detected.

a link on Creutzfeldt-jakobs disease/siagnosis is posted here http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://cdn-write.demandstudios.com/upload//1000/200/40/3/21243.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.ehow.com/how_2075244_diagnose-creutzfeldtjakob-disease.html&usg=__m8B_0N5NNT9xeQ7zlwwG4kVoVMw=&h=640&w=514&sz=49&hl=en&start=7&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=xzfdPgbsDCgRzM:&tbnh=137&tbnw=110&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dcreutzfeldt-jakob%2Bdisease%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26rlz%3D1R2GGLL_en%26sa%3DN%26um%3D1

i know this is a lot of info but just catching you up on some things.
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B.R.-You're Amazing! This is going to get REALLY LONG-Going to give some family history for reference purposes...
No known history of Huntington's in family- though I doubt ever tested. I was still hoping that her condition is somehow related to Lyme Disease- maybe started as that when she was very young and not diagnosed or treated- then perhaps mutated into some other condition(s) or co-infections trying to take center stage so that her past and current antibiotic treatments don't appear to have positive affects...
2 of her 3 children tested positive for Lyme as well as her husband- They have been treated and seem to be doing well. I, on the other hand, have been battling the disease since Feb. 07. My symptoms were of a cognitive nature: doctors first thought it was early onset alsheimers(sp?) until being diagnosed in Dec. '06 so positive for Lyme they believe I contracted it early in life and went undiagnosed and untreated.

There is a marvelous documentary on Lyme Disease titled "Under our Skin". Mandy in the film reminds me of sis- without the convulsions, but everything else.

Tremors in family: maternal grandmother, mother, aunt, and myself.
Sis had gall bladder removed when she was 20 years old. Many problems with neck-fused in 2005, back surgery in 2009; cont. next post...
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B.R. cont...
Sis and I both suffered from terrible headaches and fainting spells in our twenties-unknown causes. Sis also had difficult pregnancies-was told she had a lousey pelvis. We each have had other wierd things coming and going since our twenties.
Her brain MRI in '06 showed a corride plexus cist in right lateral ventrical of brain (excuse spelling-I'm no medical professional)
Was noted that areas of gray matter were abnormal for someone of her age: just turned 47.
Spinal Tap showed elbumin.
High Herpes 6 @ approx. 2000. Negative for Herpes 1 and 2.
March '06: Opthamalogist noted that head cups were full in optic nerve. Field vision test abnormal; pupil not responding to light properly in left eye.

She is sensitive to light and sound. A fire alarm going off made her mouth go up and down uncontrolably as well as pain throughout her back and a terrible weakness- didn't know if she'd make it to the elevator. Wind against her face can also set her body off into uncontrolled spastic movements. Shakes something in hand and her lower body can go numb. Sore in right nostril comes and goes.

Cont. next post-
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