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Luca: Difficult Diagnosis-Incomplete


Pansies by Shelley EnszHello everyone, my name is Luca and for a few years now I have been suffering a lot of pain in the sternum and the arms. Every doctor's appointment I have had has turned out negative results, except for a high level of white blood cells, but I am really sick. I don't know what else to do, I do not live well. I have been told oftentimes that my symptoms are imaginary, but that's not the case.

My mother died from Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (formerly Wegener's Granulomatosis), and I am finding the same symptoms. However, I have been tested, all negative. These are my symptoms: joint pain, bone pain, fever, the inside of my mouth is irritated, as if I had burned it. For a while now I haven't been able to digest correctly, but the most painful are still the pains in my sternum. I have also had EKGs, but to no avail. This week I got tests again, the only thing that was out of the normal levels was cholesterol, and also triglycerides, as well as my white blood cells.

Please answer, as I feel really sick. Thanks for everything.

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Email: [email protected]
Story edited 07-14-09 JTD
Story posted 07-22-09 SLE

Story Artist: Shelley Ensz
Story Translator: Alba León
Story Editor: Judith Thompson Devlin

Luca: Dificulta Diagnosa Incompleta
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