Husband health issues

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Husband health issues

Post by Anonau » Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:18 am

My husband has had health issues for some years. He is 37yo. Symptoms include: extreme fatigue, tingling, pins and needles, cramps and twitching over whole body. Bladder issues. Brain fogginess. Difficulty swallowing/breathing at times. Difficulty sleeping. Very sore feet at times. Has had EMG problems were noted. Brain scan showed some lesions but they said they weren't a problem.

He has been to 2 neurologists, 1st was private. She confirmed there were issues and referred us to a public hospital as we don't have private health care. Wanted us to see someone else within a week or two.

2nd neurologist did not seem helpful right from the start. We waited over a month for the appt then she sent husband off for an EMG. Waited months for that. Saw a different neurologist at next appointmrnt who said emg was fine and it was probably an injury to shoulder (this is where my husband has most tingling, twitching, numbness in this hand/arm) and stress causing other symptoms. I really felt we were being fobbed off.

My husband went back to GP who said that diagnosis didn't seem right. He referred us back to first neurologist and we'll just have to pay to get another opinion. We have searched information and MS fits almost 100%. I realise lots of conditions can be similar to MS.

Just wanting some advice of any other possible causes for the symptoms or if anyone else has had a similar situation. Seems like we are in limbo just waiting around all the time. My husband has a physical job and completely unable to work at present. Really feels like we are getting nowhere.

Vitamin b helps sometimes. He sometimes need predisolone for asthma and always feels a lot better on this.

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Re: Husband health issues

Post by jimmylegs » Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:31 am

given the association between low normal serum magnesium status and asthma, could ask a dietitian if he's meeting his daily magnesium needs with diet and fluids while accounting for size (bigger you are, more you need) and lifestyle including physical activity (can lose magnesium to sweating/exertion), stress (injury or emotional), alcohol consumption (increases excretion), calcium intake (high calcium in relation to mag can be an issue), or pharmaceutical drug use (PPIs deplete magnesium).

my history with low mag included difficulty breathing and swallowing, cramps an twitching among other things.

there's a lot more to optimizing health than one essential nutrient, but it's a place to start and a dietitian will look at the larger picture not just one essential nutrient.
take control of your own health
pursue optimal self care at least as actively as a diagnosis
ask for referrals to preventive health care specialists eg dietitians
don't let suboptimal self care muddy any underlying diagnostic picture!

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Re: Husband health issues

Post by Anonau » Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:41 am

Thank you for replying this is something else we will look into

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Re: Husband health issues

Post by Snoopy » Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:49 am

Anonau wrote:. He sometimes need predisolone for asthma and always feels a lot better on this.
Is your husband on maintenance medication for his Asthma?
Difficulty breathing at times, Difficulty sleeping
If his Asthma is not controlled he can be more tired (fatigued), have breathing difficulties and trouble sleeping. A lack of sleep or not having restful sleep can cause brain fogginess.
Very sore feet at times
Has your husband been tested for diabetes? Has he seen a Podiatrist?

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