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Postby pgm3587 » Thu Feb 28, 2008 4:35 am

I apologize ahead of time if this is in the wrong forum. First, I'll start off by explaining to you my symptoms. A couple years ago, after a night of drinking with some friends, I woke up the next morning and still felt drunk. I felt, extremely tired, unable to concentrate and some anxiety. The best way to explain it is, its like you are drunk but it had been over 24 hours since my last drink. This lasted for about 5 days. Since then, sometimes I have that reaction to drinking alcohol, sometimes I dont. I've tried with drinking only hard liquor, only certain types of beer. But half the time I would still get sick for 5 days. I was tested for mono, I was tested for diabetes, I went to an allergist, I went to my doctor. Then it started happened not just when I drank alcohol. I could feel myself becoming very groggy in the mornings for a fews days, then all of the sudden I would wake up one morning and feel drunk, extremely tire and unable to concentrate. I would go to school, come home at 3:00 PM and sleep until 8:00 PM only to eat and go to the bathroom. Then I went to a neurologist and he request I go to a sleep study. He diagnosed me with a rare and weird sleeping disorder that I am having trouble remembering the name of right now. Its been about 5 years since I first felt those symptoms. And over those years I always felt tire all the time and I could almost feel this reaction coming on. I would feel really groggy in the mornings, but eventually wake up, for 2-3 days before I would have this reaction for a solid 5-7 days. In the past year I have gradually been feeling better, I haven't been as tired over all. I rarely ever drink in fear of waking up with a 5 days hang over. I used to get sick every 2-3 months, the past year I have been sick once and it was in September. One thing I have done differently the past 6 months or so is eat much better and I make sure I put aside 8 hours to sleep every night. I am thankful for everything I have, I would be in a much much worse position. I am very blessed but not being able to go out to have a drink on your 21st birthday was really frustrating.

I feel much much better when I eat healthy, drink water and have a good nights sleep.

I feel crappy when I eat fast food, greasy foods, drink a lot of soda and eat a lot of candy.

I thought my situation was pretty rare and I may not have explained it all that clearly, but its worth a shot even if I get one response to this post.

Thank You.

God Bless.
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Postby genovese » Thu Feb 28, 2008 5:17 am

Early onset mild pancreatitis (chronic) can be difficult to diagnose. I only suggest it as a possibility because you say that both alcohol and fatty foods seem to flare you up. It is usually associated with mild back pain or abdo pain but not always in the early stages.
If allergies have been ruled out it might be worth seeing a gastroenterologist.

To "start the ball rolling" you could ask your family doctor to take a blood sample to measure serum amylase after your next flare up. It is not always raised but if it is then you are probably near a diagnosis.
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Postby Revenged » Fri Feb 29, 2008 12:07 pm

what on earth - online diagnosis?

shocking practice... and where the hell did you get pancreatitis from... !

the vast majority of pancreatitis are caused by gall stones or chronic alcohol abuse...

it is very rare to see such a condition in a 21 year old... nie on impossible for in someone that doesn't drink, has no characteristic abdominal pain in the side, no other worrying signs... actually they seem to have no clinical signs other than feeling 'groggy', which can be a sign of pretty much all coditions... so even try to play doctor... you conclusion that it is pancreatitis is madness and based on nothing and personally i think that you will unnecessarily worry the OP...


and to the original poster - you clearly have some sort have a sleeping disorder - you said so yourself in your post... but i (nor anyone else) will be able to name for you a rare sleep disorder which you cannot remember the name of... i suggest you that you contact see the neurologist again...

btw, i think you should count yourself very lucky with the health care you have received... i don't know what sort of health care service you have but it doesn't sound like the one i'm used to...
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Postby genovese » Sat Mar 01, 2008 6:07 am

Mea Culpa. I agree that I broke my own rule about "online diagnosis" which I will desist from doing in future. Difficult not to respond to a "cry for help".
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