I was refered to this site by several friends. I am so happy it exists. I have been ill for almost a year with what started as flu like symptoms. These progressed to include extreme fatigue, numbness and tingling in hands and feet, rapid weight loss, pain in throat and ear,(only on right side) difficulty swallowing, foggy brain,and headaches. My doctor ran all kinds of tests and refered me to all kinds of specialists. No positive test results for any of the folowwing; lupus, lyme disease and west nile disease. An Endoscopy confirmed GERD and I am being treated with Protonix. Stomach issues and weight have stablized, while the rest of my symptoms come and go. This has been an eye opening year in terms of health care and health care professionals. Some have been kind caring and respectful, others, not so much. My own Internist,(always voted top doc by his peers)wasn't particularly interested in my input and when I was so very ill early on and brought either my husband or one of my sisters to take notes and ask questions, he was downright rude. He made it clear that I was alotted seven minutes and wasn't here to through off his schedule no matter how sick I was. Needless to say I have a new Internist and am still searching for some answers. It is nice to know that I am not alone and that this site exists to help any and all, even if it's just to lend an ear. Thanks, Bridget
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