Partner on the verge of a nervous breakdown, help!

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Partner on the verge of a nervous breakdown, help!

Postby moleylfc » Mon Jul 01, 2013 1:24 pm

My partner had a hepatitis a injection 2 months ago now before our holiday to Egypt.

Two days after the injection she experienced pressure headaches along with dizziness. It was hit and miss whether we were going to go on holiday but after the doctor finally prescribed her some anti-vertigo tablets the symptoms subsided and we flew to Egypt for 10 nights. Whilst away she experienced what appeared to be some kind of allergic reaction, her lips swelled up like you wouldn't believe for a couple of days. It went after about 6 days of rubbing some zovirax cream in three to four times a day.

When we got back from holiday, about a week after and up until and including now, she has had pressure headaches, blurred vision in the left eye (not as profound as some of the other symptoms), loss of appetite leading to losing over a stone in weight (now just over 8 stone), feeling sick in mornings to the point where she doesnt want breakfast (not like her at all), diarrhea, what seems to her like a very fast and very profound heartbeat, small twitches in certain parts of the body. The main symptoms that have been there everyday since we returned from holiday are tingliness & shakiness feeling (inside the body rather than out - strange).

Since we've been back from holiday she has been to the doctors and had blood tests for thyroid checks, amongst other things and the only thing come back that has concerned the doctor is her vitamin b12 levels are a bit low.

She has been in hospital twice (the first time they sent her home after 1 night even though she had numbness down the one side - same side as the blurred vision, only to go back in the next day for 4 nights). She has had a CT and MRI scan that have both come back clear.

She was discharged and referred to a neurologist as an outpatient where she went for an evoked potential test last Friday. We are now awaiting an appointment with the neurologist herself where we will receive the results.

The whole 2 months has been an absolute nightmare. From waking up in the night to find her shaking physically, to unbelievable emotional outbursts almost every single morning and night from the day we returned from holiday, she is very fatigued, unable to focus at work, and near enough every single worknight is taken up by her browsing the internet trying to find whats wrong with her. She genuinely seems like shes on the verge of a nervous breakdown and I feel helpless.

The worst part is she won't stop looking on the internet and therefore has attributed every single symptom shes had is down to MS, she is 110% sure she has had it even without a diagnosis. To make matters worse, tonight she read that vaginal dryness is a symptom of MS along with lack of sexual drive which shes suffered with for the past 2 years.

She has never been anxious before, not even depressed, she has always been the happiest person i've known, it is so hard to see her the way she is and I don't know what else I can do other than try to assure her it will all be fine. She is adamant she has MS and will end up in a wheelchair at some stage in the future, it seems like her mind is on overdrive and she can't see any positives going forward.

I'm not looking for answers, I just need someone to talk to about it, especially anyone going through the same thing whether it is MS or not.
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Re: Partner on the verge of a nervous breakdown, help!

Postby Ash3 » Mon Jul 01, 2013 1:53 pm

I am not a doctor but I have ms since 1999. From what you are describing a spinal tap maybe needed. Since you both are waiting for results and that seems to be the only test they haven't done that maybe a option. However, the interent is not always the answer, I would limit time on it and try as hard as you can to be patient. Breath and stay calm. You both will find the answers. When strange things happen to our bodies we always want answers and I have found with time,prayer and a whole lot of support they will come.Ash3
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