Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for July 26, 2005

The doctor walks into the room with the results from my stool sample. Everything was normal. IMPOSSIBLE… I’VE SEEN THE EGGS!!

Explained the tapeworm theory to the doctor and because of the timeline with the cats, he agrees that I’m probably right. Tomorrow is the ultrasound and he said to have it done anyway. He checks my weight and I’ve lost another five pounds.

He flips through a couple of his medical books looking for the medication for a tapeworm. He then percribes a drug called Praziquantel. Yes that’s the one I tell him!! I reconize the unusual name from my googling.

I go straight to the pharmacy in his building and after I drop off the prescription and I wait around for about 10-15 minutes. The pharmacist calls me over and says they don’t have the medication and that she’d have to order it. No thanks, I want this today! My work is close to a Shopper’s Drug Mart so I’ll try there when I get to work.

I get to Shoppers and drop off my perscription. The pharmacist tells me the same thing but they could have it by the afternoon. Great, I’ll pick it up after work.

Because I ‘m having the ultrasound tomorrow, I didn’t want to kill the worm before I had some evidence that it actually existed. I’ll take it after my appointment.

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Entry for July 18, 2005

My follow up appointment with the doctor.

Told him about the pears having the greatest effect and showed him my food diary report. Explained about these weird symptoms. The facial pinching, the flushes, mild abdominal pains, the frequent bowel movements and loss of appetite. I’ve now lost eight pounds since my last appointment.

He suspected I might have some kind of bowel irritation like Colitis or even Crohn’s disease. He really seemed to think my problem was related to the intestinal tract, due to the bloating and how my diet appeared to effect the symptoms.

He ordered a stool sample and abdominal ultrasound.

I mentioned all of this to my wife who just so happens to have Crohn’s disease. I’ve known my wife for eight years and I am somewhat familiar of the weird symptoms associated with Crohn’s and we both agreed it didn’t sound like Crohns.

As we were disussing this my wife looked at me with this shocked look on her face. She reminded me that we treated our cats for a tapeworm infection a few months back… The doctor ordered a stool sample to look for PARASITES!!!

Back to Google I go looking for the symptoms of a tapeworm infection in humans…

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Entry for June 28, 2005

Follow up for the test results!!!

He said everything was perfect. He thought it could’ve been diabetes but that has been ruled out. He said to keep eating fruit and to see him again in a few weeks. I asked him about thyroid and he said the test results were fine.
 
He thinks the internal vibrations are stress related due to my wife’s pregnancy. I don’t think it is but everything else checks out ok. What else could it be?

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Entry for June 28, 2005

Follow up for the test results!!!

He said everything was perfect. He thought it could’ve been diabetes but that has been ruled out. He said to keep eating fruit and to see him again in a few weeks. I asked him about thyroid and he said the test results were fine.

He thinks the internal vibrations are stress related due to my wife’s pregnancy. I don’t think it is but everything else checks out ok.

What else could it be?

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Entry for June 20, 2005

Let’s get physical…today has finally arrived.

He comes into the room and right away he asks about the papers I have. I told him about the orthopedic doctor I saw and that I need his signature to get started. He brushed it aside and told me that orthopedic shoes are very expensive and not always necessary. I tell him how my inserts have made a big difference and he is happy with that.

I also told him about the thyroid web site and how it suggested eating fruit and veggies. Told him about my change in diet and how eating bananas, peaches and pears seems to have stopped the vibrations. He wanted to know which one had the greatest effect so he asked me to eat one type of fruit for a week at a time and follow up with the results in three weeks.

Now he starts the physical. He takes my weight on the scale, takes my blood pressure and listens to my heart and lungs. He presses my abdomen in a few spots and then starts a hearing test. He discovers some hearing loss in my right ear and makes a note of it.

He tells me that nothing appears obviously wrong from the physical so he’ll order the standard tests. He fills out a bunch of forms for a blood test, urine test, ECG and a chest x-ray.

The building has a lab on the seventh floor so I could get the tests started right away. Excellent!

He said the test results should be ready in a few days and that I can follow up with him next week.

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Entry for June 11, 2005

The pain in my foot is slowly getting worse and I noticed the other day that I drive by an Orthopedic doctor on my way home. Couldn’t hurt to find out more information. Besides, my work has coverage for orthopedic shoes!

Stopped in to see the foot doctor. On the wall there was a close up medical picture for Plantar Fasciitis. Great! I’m in the right place. He took foot prints of my feet using ink on a paper outline and he explained in great detail about the problems with my feet and how he could fix it. He showed me a bunch of shoes with orthopedic inserts and explained the differrent types of support.

This all sounded good. How do I start? He gave me a form to give to my doctor. He needs to sign it and bring back the form. I have my appointment next week so I’ll deal with it then.

We also did our groceries today and based on my thyroid research, I loaded up on bananas, peaches and pears. I’m not a real fan of fruits but I’ll give it a try.

Let’s see what happens…

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Entry for June 08, 2005

Today is the day. All morning I’ve been singing the Beach Boys song “Good Vibrations” although these vibrations aren’t good.

Found the doctor’s office quite easily and the receptionist hands me the generic patient/doctor agreement form. I sign it almost without reading it. Show her my health card and she shows me to one of the small waiting rooms.

I wasn’t really expecting a lot with this first visit. I had my hopes of course but I went in thinking it was more of a formal greeting than an actual check up.

In comes the doctor and he introduces himself, shakes my hand and starts reading the patient form with my medical history. I told him I was looking for a family doctor because I was being bounced around by the walk in clinics. My symptom? Internal vibrations. I showed him the blood test results from the lab, showed him the high blood pressure medication and told him what the previous doctor had said.

He asked if they checked for Thyroid. I wasn’t sure so he suggested starting with a full physical.  I’m 34 years old and never had one so it seemed like a good idea. He said the test results look fine and didn’t think more testing was necessary.

He said that in most cases, internal vibrations were usually stress related. He knew my wife was pregnant so he mentioned about all of the big changes and the added stress a new child can bring.

Although I agreed, I told him I was not the type of person who worries about anything and that I don’t spend an extraordinary amount of time thinking about it.

Scheduled the physical for June 20th. What’s another two weeks of vibrating?

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Entry for June 03, 2005

Took a vacation day from work today and spent some time looking for a family doctor.  Using the Ontario Doctors web page I filtered using the “Family physicians accepting new patients” in the Oshawa area.

Nothing came up so I tried a few more locations and thought it would be best to find one close to where I live and found one in Courtice. I called them up and the receptionist explained the process.

She told me I needed to pickup an application form and fill it with a complete medical history for the doctor to review. This process usually takes about two weeks depending on his schedule. Then you are called into an interview at which time he decides whether he will accept me as a patient.

So this is the Ontario Health Care system everyone is complaining about. There must be a better way…

I mention this story to my wife and she offered to see if her doctor would accept me as he was only acccepting new patients from family members. She made the call and set up an appointment for June 8th. PERFECT! He has an office in the Don Mills and Lawrence area and there are a lot of retirement homes around there. He has probably seen just about everything so he’s just the person I need.

A bit hard to get to based on my work location but it didn’t matter, I now have a doctor.

Still vibrating but making progress!

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Entry for May 31, 2005

Fourth day taking the medication and I’m still feeling the internal vibrations. Today is my second day back at work after the weekend.  During my morning routine, I start feeling “weird”. I can’t describe it any other way. Just a feeling of being unwell. By the early afternoon, I start having a tingling sensation on the left side of my body and a very mild pinching sensation in my chest.  I started to worry about it and asked a co-worker to take me to the nearest walk in clinic.

This walk in clinic was down by the lakeshore and a ten minute drive from my work. The place was empty and he saw me right away. Gave him my symptoms and told him I was on a blood pressure medication. These new set of symptoms started after starting the medication and I never had them before today.

He checked me out and assured me everything was okay. It wasn’t a heart attack. I then told him about the test results and explained why I was on the medication for the mystery vibrations. Got the now famous puzzled look and he said that he didn’t think the vibrations were from high blood pressure and told me to stop taking the pills.

Went back to work and finished my shift.

I discussed the days events with my wife and it was mentioned that maybe it was time to get a real family doctor. These walk in clinics seem to have the attitude “You have nothing that is life threatening, so you should follow up with your family doctor”

Problem is… I don’t have one.

Still vibrating…

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Entry for May 28, 2005

Still no phone call about the test results. With the pain in my foot getting worse, I decided I’d go back to the walk in clinic about my foot.

Plantar Fasciitis. Sounds like the tenth planet in our solar system. The doctor knew right away what the pain was. He gave a booklet of exercises to help stretch the foot muscles back into shape.

I didn’t mention the previous test results or the internal vibrations to the doctor and maybe I should have. Booklet in hand I go home.

I knew my mother had some foot pain a few years ago. I’ll give her a call to find out what she had. Turns out she had Plantar Fasciitis too! So maybe it was genetic. She said when she went to her doctor, he prescribed special orthopedic shoes.

Maybe I should’ve followed up with the test results. They didn’t mention anything to me when I went in this morning. How long does it take? Shouldn’t they tell me that they had the test results? Nah, this is a walk in clinic, I don’t have a regular doctor so I’ll go back and ask about the results.

Checked in again to the walk in clinic. The receptionist thought I had already seen a doctor in the morning. I told her that was for something else and that this time, I would like to follow up on some test results.

In comes a different doctor and I mention the test results. After a brief search he comes in and says everything looked fine. How interesting. Because it was now the third doctor I’d seen at the clinic, I mentioned I was there for internal vibrations. Once again, he had the puzzled look on his face and he took my blood pressure. He suggested that the vibration was high blood pressure and thought it was high enough to prescribe RHOXAL-BISOPROLOL to lower it although he never said what it was.

I mentioned to him that I’d done some research on the internet and found Parkinson’s Disease as a common link to these vibrations. He didn’t think it was wise to jump to Parkinson’s without extensive testing by a specialist. I agreed and now I feel a bit better. Nothing serious to worry about.

I’ve never had high blood pressure before. Never had any symptoms. I didn’t think he was right but what did I know? I started talking the medication.

My wife’s sister has spoken to her friend and she has no clue what it is either. I tell her that the doctor I saw at the walk in clinic thought it was high blood pressure and prescribed medication. She commented on the fact that it was unusual for a doctor to prescribe medication on one single visit without any prior history. She said most doctors want to see three examples of high blood pressure before they do anything.

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Entry for May 12, 2005

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Today I mentioned to my wife that I had a feeling of a fine internal vibration inside of my body (like a cat purring) and I only feel it when lying down at night in bed. It’s been happening for a few weeks now. Maybe I should get it checked out.  I’ve always been in fairly good health, so much so that I never bothered with a family doctor since I moved out of Orangeville in 1991. I don’t smoke, I don’t drink alcohol or coffee and I don’t drink carbonated drinks. I eat a fairly healthy diet although I could probably eat a lot more fruits and vegatables.

So to the Walk-in clinic I go for internal vibrations!

Six months ago I moved to the Oshawa area from Scarborough and although the commute is a bit longer, it’s a great place to relax and not think about the big city life. (NOTE TO SELF: Canandian winters? Always buy a house with a garage.)

My wife is now four months pregnant with our first child.  How exciting!!! They have told us the due date will be November 4th.

I met with the doctor in the walk-in clinic and I mention the internal vibrations. She appeared quite puzzled and she checks me over. She starts by shining a bright pen flashlight in both of my eyes, takes my blood pressure and listens to my lungs. She says everything appears normal and orders a blood and urine test.

That will have to wait until the weekend as the lab is now closed.

May 12, 2005 Posted by | Health | , , , | 2 Comments

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