Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for August 26, 2005

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Follow up with my doctor and the ultrasound results are in!

He comes into the room with the report and tells me there was no sign of any tapeworm. He goes on to list everything that was checked. The kidneys, liver, pancreas, stomach, and the gallbladder. The end result? Everything was normal. I felt really stupid leading him down this wrong path of tapeworms and for this appointment, I could tell he was maybe a little annoyed with me. He now had the attitude “I’m the doctor and YOU are the patient”

Somewhat humbled, I handed him a list of my new symptoms. The heart palpitations, the pinching in my head, the twiching followed by a flush, the chest pain, the stiff neck pain. He agrees that something is wrong but he doesn’t feel he can do anything more without seeing a specialist.

At this point, I didn’t mention about the naturopath as I didn’t think he would like the fact that I’ve asked for a second opinion. I had the basal temperature readings with me and I was going to mention the thyroid again but because he wasn’t interested in my recent symptoms, I kept it to myself and I didn’t mention the candida diet either.

Maybe I’m going mental. We are now six months along in the pregnancy and maybe it’s just sympathy after all. Nothing is showing up in these test results. I follow up again with the naturopath next week so let’s see what she says.

I’m really starting to think that there is nothing wrong. The Candida diet isn’t showing the significant results I was hoping for and I am still taking the ultra flora. Still not sure if it’s having any effect. I haven’t had the bloated feeling in a while but as I’ve said before, it’s so inconsistant I can’t say for certain if it’s making a difference. I’m starting to get real tired of eating pears all of the time. It is still working for the vibrations but I’m just sick of eating them.

When I follow up with the naturopath, I’ll mention sympathy pregnancy.

Still vibrating

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Entry for August 10, 2005

EGGS IN MY STOOL!!!! AGAIN!!!

A few days ago I noticed the little tiny tapeworm eggs in my stool. Holy cow…I thought we killed it!! A closer inspection this time and boy do I feel stupid. They look like watermelon seeds and yes I had watermelon yesterday. That is probably what it was the first time too.

I’m such an idiot.

Back to my regular doctor for the ultrasound results. Feeling slightly embarrassed about the tapeworm fiasco I tell him the Praziquantel had no effect and I mention the watermelon seeds.

I still have all of the weird symptoms. I feel tired and weak all of the time, don’t feel hungry, my muscles feel stiff, weird pressure pokes in my chest, head pinching with a flush sensation, a light tingling that feels like nerve endings and of course the internal vibrations.

I’ve lost even more weight now so he decides to look further and refers me to a gastro specialist.

I thought it was weird that he was sending me to a gastro doctor when my main consistant symptom was an internal vibration. Wouldn’t it make more sense to send me to a Neurologist? I guess he figures there is something in my intestines causing the vibrations. Who cares, at least it’s a specialist.

He said he would have the ultrasound results in another week. The receptionist made the specialist appointment for Sept 12th. Another month away! Oh well, at least I can follow up on Friday with the Naturopath.

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Entry for July 27, 2005

Morning of the ultrasound and I’ve followed the prep instructions and drank two litres of water. Part of the prep work is not going to the washroom before the ultrasound. Unfortunately for me it’s raining…

I leave the house and I’m uncomfortable because I need to go but I figure I can wait until my appointment. Onto the 401 westbound.

Around Pickering I’m starting to get really uncomfortable with stomach pains. These are not my regular symptoms… I HAVE TO GO TO THE WASHROOM!!

By the time I get to Morningside, I can barely drive. I HAVE TO GO NOW!! The pain is now unbearable so I decide to pull over at the Markham Road exit.

Pulling into the industrial section area of Milner Ave I drive around the back of one unit and find a dark corner and I’m standing there in the rain. I sure hope the ultrasound people don’t notice!

I get to the office and they start the ultrasound. Because of the positions the technician put me in, I couldn’t get a good clear view of the screen. I wanted to see the worm! After about thirty minutes it was over. I asked the technician if she saw anything good and she said they weren’t allowed to discuss the results. DAMN! I’ll have to wait until I see the doctor.

Down in the lobby, I take the pill to kill the worm once and for all. It’s over.

ERNIE IS DEAD!

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Entry for July 27, 2005

Morning of the ultrasound and I’ve followed the prep instructions and drank two litres of water. Part of the prep work is not going to the washroom before the ultrasound. Unfortunately for me it’s raining…

I leave the house and I’m uncomfortable because I need to go but I figure I can wait until my appointment. Onto the 401 westbound.

Around Pickering I’m starting to get really uncomfortable with stomach pains. These are not my regular symptoms… I HAVE TO GO TO THE WASHROOM!!

By the time I get to Morningside, I can barely drive. I HAVE TO GO NOW!! The pain is now unbearable so I decide to pull over at the Markham Road exit.

Pulling into the industrial section area of Milner Ave I drive around the back of one unit and find a dark corner and I’m standing there in the rain. I sure hope the ultrasound people don’t notice!

I get to the office and they start the ultrasound. Because of the positions the technician put me in, I couldn’t get a good clear view of the screen. I wanted to see the worm! After about thirty minutes it was over. I asked the technician if she saw anything good and she said they weren’t allowed to discuss the results. DAMN! I’ll have to wait until I see the doctor.

Down in the lobby, I take the pill to kill the worm once and for all. It’s over.

ERNIE IS DEAD!

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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 19, 2005

Made the appointment for the ultrasound. The earliest I could have it done was July 27th.

I also wanted to figure out the time-line for the tapeworms. We figured it was March 1st as the date we treated both of our cats for fleas. They are both indoor cats so we figured they must have gotten it from the previous owner of the house. They had a cat and dog and both were outdoor pets. It wasn’t until March 28th that we realized they had tapeworms.

I checked into the first walk in clinic on May 12th and I had already been vibrating for a couple of weeks so this made perfect sense!

The people at work knew I was having a lot of doctor appointments so I thought I should tell them what was going on. I told them the time-line history and how I thought I had a tapeworm. I named the problem “Ernie” as a code word at work. I didn’t want people yelling “HOW’S THE TAPEWORM?!!” So every now and again they’d say “How’s Ernie?” in casual conversation and that sounded much better.

With my suspicion of a tapeworm, I figure I should go back to the doctor as soon as I can to let him know of this new development and maybe start looking for eggs in my stool.

Made my next appointment for July 26th.

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