I was a healthy, active 57-year-old wife and grandmother until April 12. I walk regularly and for my height of 5’6 inch maintain a healthy weight of 130lbs.
On April 12 I noticed a yeast-like infection and attended the local walk-in clinic. My symptoms also included fever, chills, racing heartbeat, inner vibrations, nausea and a tightness across the forehead. The clinic had lab tests done and when the results were in, they confirmed it was a yeast infection and issued a prescription for FLUCONAZOLE 150mg. Later review on the lab results revealed that the report actually said (Lab report “Test not performed. Dry swab (ProbeTec) not suitable for culture. Please submit appropriate culture swab if clinically indicated. Doctor Notified”)
On May 6 went to see my family doctor. Although the yeast infection appeared to be cleared up I still had an elevated blood pressure, hair loss, insomnia, vision problems and an increasing loss of balance. Despite a mass of blood tests nothing showed positive however Dr. Baldock and I agreed to use ATENOL 50mg to control the escalating blood pressure.
The week of May 22 I was experiencing kaleidoscope vision. HYDROCHOROTHIAZIDE 25mg was added to aid in lowing the blood pressure which was continuing to rise. Exhausting all possible diagnoses, Dr. Baldock suggested I attend Vancouver General Hospital emergency department as they are a teaching facility with leading edge technology. After six hours of testing with no diagnose I was referred to UBC Neurology. At that clinic Dr. Foti examined and recommended immediate hospitalization. With no beds available, another week passed while continuing to deteriorate we returned to VGH emergency where I was admitted to the neurology department under Dr H Briemberg.
Still no diagnoses by the end of the week despite an MRI, 2 CT scans, a spinal and multiple blood tests but was upped to ATENOLOL 100 mg. The Eye Care Centre checked my eyes because of increasing light sensitivity. Exhausting all tests available I was checked out of the hospital in a wheelchair with no diagnose, plugged ears and itching skin. A follow-up was done with Dr. Foti on June 30, who issued a prescription for FLUVOXAMINE MALEATE 50mg to help me sleep.
July 8 we received a phone call from my son-in-law. A co-worker’s spouse had almost identical symptoms after a trip to Mexico (I was in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico February 6-18). The suggestion was to check out Lyme disease.
July 23 I saw Dr. Murakami who because of the elimination of other possible diseases at VGH, a clinical diagnoses was made for Lyme and I was given KETEK 400mg and METRONIDAZOLE 250mg. After four days had the symptoms disappeared and I stopped using the wheelchair. After nine days my blood pressure stated to drop. Today, August 24, 2005 I am off all blood pressure medication and am building my muscles back and feeling almost pre April 12, 2005.