I am a thirty-one-year-old woman. I have been living with back pain, stomach problems and skin problems since I was a teen. I now have a diagnosis on my spine that has left me with no treatment and no answers after seeing many doctors and many specialists. They have diagnosed me with a herniated disc in my lower back which causes me a lot of pain, and Scheuermann's Disease in my upper back, which also causes me pain.
I have continual stomach problems. My heart palpitates, at times, like it is jumping out of my chest. I have also had anemia for three years and seen a specialist, but still have no answers. I have had acne all my life and recently saw a skin specialist, who diagnosed me with acne rosacea and dermatitis, with eczema on my body.
The pain in my body some days, is intolerable. I feel many internal pains. I have headaches almost everyday and fatigue. I wake up most mornings feeling like I have a hangover. My mouth and lips are dry. I am tired all day and my stomach feels bloated.
If anyone can help or has any suggestions for me, please e-mail.
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Story posted 8-22-02
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