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    10 months of postpartum hell
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    An_267837 posted:
    My son is almost 11 months old. I have suffered with anxiety since he was a few weeks old. I have this really deep fear that there is something much worse that is wrong with me. I have dealt with dizziness, fatigue, ended up diagnosed with vertigo, muscle spasms all over, and electric shock feeling through my body.

    I was put on meds for that. I get chest pressure and palpitations, my hair is falling out, my skin is horrible, I suddenly started to develop a really bad foot fungus and now keep coming down with rashes on my arms, chest, feet, and face. It is like my immune system checked out. Long story short I was told my blood work is perfect, my EKG is normal, as is my MRI. BUT, I was sent for an EEG and that was abnormal. I now have to go in for a 3 day video monitoring EEG because I have a whole list of symptoms and they were thinking seizures.


    I've been checked for everything from my thyroid to autoimmune disorders. It looks like I might have epilepsy, that is the diagnosis I was given and am even waiting for my appointment for a second opinion.

    Has anyone else had multiple healthy pregnancies only to have their body suddenly turn on them? I am only 32 years old and I truly feel terrible and am in pain all of the time.

    I donot understand how I was fine and at first they were blaming it on my hormones until they could physically see what my signs were. I am so nervous that they are wrong. Epilepsy doesn't cause immune responses like rashes,and now hair loss. Someone please tell me I am not crazy.
     
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    atti_editor responded:
    Let me just start off by saying you are not crazy! I'm glad that you have been keeping on your doctors to try to determine the cause of all of your symptoms and that you have scheduled an appointment to get a second opinion.

    Hair loss (to an extent) is a fairly common thing after giving birth. This article has some information and explains that during pregnancy higher estrogen levels keep your hair from falling out at its normal rate, so after pregnancy when those levels return to normal, your hair falls out to kind of play catch up if you will. While estrogen levels could explain your hair loss, it's always a good idea to bring this up to your doctor if you haven't already.

    Have you seen (or thought about seeing) a dermatologist to hopefully help diagnose what the rash you are seeing is?

    I hope you are able to find answers soon. We are thinking about you, and hope you will check in!


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