Topic: Long list of symptoms

i am having some sudden debilitating health effects as of the past 2 month or so. I'm a 22 year old male, I get about 1 hour of cardio every week, no known allergies, no medications, no history of illness since my tonsillectomy when i was 4. I get sick once every two years and when i do, it is VERY mild, my immune system is quite healthy as far as I know. Over the past two months, I have gone downhill rapidly. I'm 5'10 200lbs. I do not smoke. I do not drink. I do not do drugs. I dont always drink coffee, or consume caffeine.

My most prevalent symptom is my constant lethargy. I always get 6-8 hours of sleep, and I feel exactly the same no matter what changes is my diet. I also feel very very hot from time to time, and i sweat constantly. My hands are sweaty 100% of the time, and my whole body sweats excessively and suddenly for 5 minutes or so at a time on average. Headaches every other day, which do not go away and are quite painful compared to the "norm". My emotions are all over the place. I am usually quite happy, rarely irritable, never angry, etc. Lately I have been very very depressed suddenly, i am ALWAYS frustrated when I'm tired, which causes me to get anxious and then enraged shortly after. My memory is usually far above average, but lately i struggle to recall simple things, whether they are stored long term or short. My thinking is clouded constantly, and the only time I can really perform socially is immediately after caffeine takes effect, and those effects are short lived. Lately, coffee doesnt even have a minimal effect on my energy level. The back of my neck is in constant dull pain. My blood pressure goes from normal to high every time its checked.(i do have a genetic predisposition to hypertension) My eyes are dry often. I get dull pain in the back of my eyes at least once a week. I have been sneezing more often than normal. Just about everything I eat upsets my stomach. I get a lot of gas, which has never been a problem before. My stool is ALWAYS soft(coffee or not) I get very tired after I eat. No coughing, no chest pain, haven't noticed shortness of breath. My EKG was perfect. My blood test abnormalities: 4.9 Albumin. 103 Cholesterol LDL. 4.65 Red Blood Cell. Family doctor said it was quite normal. I dont remember the exact number but he said that my heart rate was a little low each time he checked, but normal for a male my age that gets a lot of exercise, which i do not.

I have changed my eating habits constantly trying to notice an effect; nothing. I stopped taking multivitamins; no effect. I have tried to workout more, but I get very fatigued and the back of my neck hurts when I do weight training of any kind. the front of my neck near my collar bone pulsates very very hard when I do cardio. i can feel and hear my heartbeat in an intense way. The feeling of my heartbeat is very unusual for me also, and it happens at times when i'm not doing very intense cardio. I have scheduled an appointment with an endocrinologist. Thyroid problems were not evident through blood testing. I have slept on my stomach for my entire life and I'm trying to change that but my neck and back feel uncomfotable and i always shift back to my stomach. I have noticed what looks like mold growth in my bedroom ONLY with a blacklight. I dont have a lot of the symptoms of mold exposure. I dont get itchy skin, itchy eyes, coughing, sore throat, lung pain, etc. i have since cleaned the area that i noticed near the blacklight. I did have a bad habit of drinking 5 hour energy drinks. I drank 7-10 per week, for about 5 months, but haven't had one in 3 months or so. My lethargy symptom may have started around the time I started taking them and i just used them to counteract the effect. My sex drive is up and down. I'm not sure when the emotional symptoms started, but I can say with confidence that they are VERY unusual. I am very very rarely in a happy energetic mood. Starting sometime in the 2011, i started crying over movies, getting instantly depressed for no reason and crying, and being very very sensitive with my relationships. Sometimes I feel like I'm in love with my current girlfriend, and sometimes I dont really care at all. I have a history of social anxiety, SSRI's do not work. I have since beaten most of my social anxiety by challenging my irrational thoughts, but my anxiety has come back with intensity. When I get anxious i become very aggrivated and often enraged, and my anger lasts for several hours at times. If i rub my hand gently through my hair, quite a lot comes out. Minimal joint pain.

I may be sounding like a hypocondriac with all these symptoms, and many may be unrelated to my actual problem, but I didn't want to leave anything out. I have never complained about anything as far as my health goes until now. The only surgery I have had was a tonsillectomy and I also had my adenoids removed at that time. I have never been hospitalized for any reason before or since. Please help me, I am going to lose my job!

Re: Long list of symptoms

Hello Phil , , ,Wow! Sounds as frustrating as I was when I discovered Dr. Hull's sight. During the months of Mar - Jun I was sucking down 5-hr bottles like they were going out of style. I have a theory on it, but another time. The important point is the searching / seeking of information. Consider aspartame intake. Has it increased or decreased? Especially diet sodas, lite-yogurts, etc? I don't have answers, since I am not qualified. However, Dr. Hull is! AND, I learned here at Dr. Hull's site there is a world of discovery with many, many answers. Searching the forum, searching back issues of the newsletter, reading Dr. Hull's books, and importantly allowing Dr. Hull to help or assist on this quest. The most important being completing a hair analysis. It's kinda' like when I was the town tune-up expert. People brought thier cars when they stalled heading into corners or approaching a stop light. Yet, all I could do was listen with an empathetic ear until I had information. That is what Dr. Hull offers. An opportunity in discovery of specifics related to nutrition, body chemsitry, and 'trail signs' of where one has been. In my view, combining this with a little personal history research, Dr. Hull's valued expertise with recommendations and following through with a self-developed progam of healing through nutrition, supplement enhancement, and healthy habits, which, Phil, you have attested to, then change becomes more possible. 

I wish you the best on your quest to better health
& hope to see more of you here in the forums in the future.

Tim

Last edited by tsmog (08-10-2011 9:55 pm)

"Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing." ~ ~ ~ William James

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Re: Long list of symptoms

Thanks very much for the reply, Tim.

I tried to answer as many questions as I could before they were even answered. I do not drink soda and I DO NOT consume anything if I know it has aspartame. I'm no stranger to that poison. I'm going to as many specialists as I can since I recently got health insurance. I plan on seeing a dietitian and getting a significant amount more exercise. I may need to see a chiropractor before I do any weight training, but my cardio will be my main focus, beforehand. I am having my home inspected for mold as well as my own body. I also need to work on my stress level.

I will post any progression or regression.

Phil

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I didn't think I would have any info already, however, I may have figured it out. After getting a few diagnostic answers over the web, I began investigating the mold exposure a bit more closely. My bedroom is uninsulated, and is finished with a thin wood, rather than sheet-rock. In central New York, the summers are VERY humid. My bedroom is no exception to this humidity. Also, there is a lot of clutter. These are perfect breeding grounds for all types of mold. I had previously noticed some growth on the ceiling when my blacklight was the only light on. I had cleaned it. Tonight I got out an extension cord and walked around the room with the blacklight in hand. Every single seam in the wood ceiling and walls showed an illuminated substance, and I found a spot on the wall near the garbage can that was quite bad. After moving the garbage can AND housing, I found an empty beer bottle that was covered in this illuminated substance. Since I stopped drinking beer years ago, it has obviously been there for quite some time. I turned the lights back on and noticed that it was very very clear that there was mold growing inside of the bottle. I could see some of it with the naked eye on the wall where it stood and the rest around the room was invisible without the blacklight. I did some more research, and found that the visible mold was likely a different type of mold than the rest around the room, and that the other glowing spots near the seems are more than likely mold rather than another substance that would glow in the blacklight. After reading some more on the matter, I did realize that my skin has been quite itchy and my girlfriend had complained several times about her eyes and skin being itchy. And she has since developed a rash. Her skin must be more sensitive to the mold than my own, since I sleep in this room every single night and have not gotten a rash.

Here's where it gets interesting; while I was searching the web for pictures of what invisible mold would look like under a blacklight, I came across a picture of a woman peeling back a foam topper from her bed, which was covered in mold. I just recently purchased a used Sleep Number Bed Pillowtop 5000 from a friend, long after my symptoms started. I was out of town when the bed was set up in my bedroom, therefore had no pre-inspection. I clicked on the picture and read the article. The article stated that her SLEEP NUMBER PILLOWTOP 5000 was riddled with mold, and that this was a well known fact at this point, and Select Comfort has already had a class action lawsuit filed against them. I immediately took my bed apart to find that both layers of foam and both internal air mattresses were covered with black mold!

Re: Long list of symptoms

hello Phil , , ,wow what a discovery. My familiarity with mold is I don't like roquefort cheese, so I don't like mould. But, odd you brought that up. So, a black light exposes mold? I will google that for sure, thanks. I had a plumbing incident last year and had to pull the bedroom carpet up, dry the flooring, and treat the wood. It will be interesting to check it for for curiosity's sake. I don't usually sleep in the bedroom anyway. I blame the EMF from the power lines that go over that corner of my  mobile home.

Sounds like the first step is clean up & sanitize the source. Does the time frame correlate with your symptoms? Well, have a great day. I look forward to your solution and wish you the best in health.

Tim

"Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing." ~ ~ ~ William James

tsmog at HubPages Seduced Then Addicted  A Numinous Experience

Re: Long list of symptoms

Thanks Tim,
I am starting to clean up as much of the mold as I can find. It makes it much more difficult that most of it is invisible without the black light. I'm unsure of the time frame, the mold on the walls and ceiling could have been there for days or years. I would definitely inspect your home for mold if you had a plumbing incident, especially if it occurred when the heat and humidity was present.
Phil

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Hello Phil, time for elbow grease. Funny story. My bro and his family went on vacation a few years ago, came home, and there was about a foot of water on the floor. Seems an $0.89 grommet to the toilet leaked while they were gone. Sad. They had to have the walls cut out to rid the mold presence and complete a new kitchen, which to my sister-in-law was probably a blessing too, since insurance paid for it. She got to have a new kitchen - smile.

I will check with a co-worker, John, and see if he has a blacklight. I'm sure he does being a young lad. My budget is tight at the moment so every penny helps. My budget is allotted to a supplement program based on the recommendations of Dr. Hull. I look forward with excitement to my initial purchase and beginning.

I plan on documenting my progress here at Dr. Hull's forum, at hubpages ( http://tsmog.hubpages.com/ ), and at a blog  (  http://tsmog.blogspot.com/ ). I just started taking French Green Clay and minimal supplement program. Oh yeah, you inspired me on the 5-hr energy drinks. My next hubpage article will be on that. I will post here when I complete it for your interest. The science will be minimal other than comparisons, but I plan on looking at it from a sociological perspective as well as psychological using an autoethnographic lean.

Well enough about me. Keep us informed of your discoveries. Keep exploring here at Dr. Hull's forum for answers and in her newsletter archives. They have been very beneficial to me and my journey of discovery.

Best in health and remember to have fun, fun, fun

Tim

"Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing." ~ ~ ~ William James

tsmog at HubPages Seduced Then Addicted  A Numinous Experience

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Phil22, I think that tsmog has given you some good advice. I'd detox for microbes - everything in the book from parasites, to mold, to yeast and bacteria. At this point, work to hit the bulls-eye and don't leave a stone unturned.

Detox!

Re: Long list of symptoms

I plan on seeing a dietitian and getting a significant amount more exercise. I may need to see a chiropractor before I do any weight training, but my cardio will be my main focus, beforehand. I am having my home inspected for mold as well as my own body. I also need to work on my stress level.

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chenjia - you are on top of your game! Everything that you are doing is the right thing, for sure. You are pro-active about your health and finding the answers to health issues that are not your norm. This is the BEST way to find the true solutions.