posted on Jul, 1 2015 @ 03:41 PM
So I am a care giver, and I have a client whose health has been fading fast, and so far, no cause has been determined. I'm looking for ideas on what
could be causing her current decline. I'll give you some background.
My client, who I'll call Cathy for privacy purposes, has had a long list of health problems, so I will list them .
History of colon polyps
Severe neck injury from car accident, with neck surgery
In addition, she takes a host of meds, including strong opiate painkillers because of her chronic severe pain.
Obviously, she is not normally in the best of health. However, this is also her baseline. She has declined steadily from her baseline since November.
First, she has been losing weight rapidly. Like, insane rapidly. She has severe anemia. She eats like a horse. High calorie foods. She sleeps most of
the day because she is so weak from iron loss. Yet shes losing weight like a meth freak. (She is not a meth freak, nor ever was, as far as I cAn
tell.) Until six months ago, in fact, she was very overweight, and was once obese. Now she weighs less than me, despite being taller. She looks like a
skeleton. Strange sores developed all over her arms. They were not painful or oozing, but they were very red and fresh. They are starting to
apparently heal up. She is still dropping weight despite trying to consume high calorie nutritionally dense foods and lack of exercise. Despite being
given 6 hour treatments of iron injections, she is still deficient, as is her B-12. A couple months ago she had congestive heart failure, and they
found a bad valve. The cardiologist wanted to schedule heart surgery soon, however, can't, due to her weight loss. She also sweats and shakes, and
gets sharp stabbing pains in her head. She sometimes gets violent muscle spasms. Recently, her thyroid hormone level has been high, when she has
normally had hypothyroidism.
She has undergone numerous tests. Blood tests. CAT scans. Endoscopy, capsule endoscopy. So far, other than the anemia, nothing has been found. They
can't find anything wrong beyond her baseline. We don't know what specifically she was tested for in all cases, because her doctor sucks at
communication and patient care. In fact, we are going to find another doctor in a better medical facility. But that's another story.
In the meantime, I wanted to put this out to see if anyone has any ideas about what could possibly be going on? Obviously I am not seeking an actual
diagnosis or anything like that. We are saving that for the new medical professionals we get in touch with. What I would be interested in, however, is
if anyone can offer any input or suggestions on what directions we might consider pointing the new docs in. Like, if anyone who has known someone who
has experienced similar problems, or knows someone who went through similar and has any insight, that would be appreciated. Links, information,
suggestions, all would be of help. We are just looking for ideas right now, since her doctor seems to have little interest in doing his job. Might
help even direct us toward the proper medical specialists or experts.
Anything would be helpful.