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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have noticed lately that my right hand and foot is cold, nothing else just hand and foot. My ears feel stopped up, I'm dizzy have severe weight loss and now I have a headache.When I wake up in the mornings my tongue is always numb. I drink alot of crystal light energy which contains as Aspartame. I am a 35 year old female, 5'6 130pds. could the aspartame be doing this?
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   Dr. XXXXXXXX here.
Doctor :   let me read what you have typed
User :   ok Dr. ...
Doctor :   Aspartame is known to cause peripheral nerve damage in few cases.
Doctor :   are you having any other symptoms?
User :   my ears seem to be very sensitive to sound lately. and I can not sleep
Doctor :   ok.
Doctor :   *your doctor
User :   I also take 60mg of Adderall a day
Doctor :   ok.
Doctor :   please provide your location, occupation, height, weight, details of past medical illness and treatment if any
User :   I work for a homebuilder, I do the inspections. I am 5'6 weigh 130. I had a hysterectomy 3 years ago other than that always been healthy. I take aderall and esteridol everyday.
User :   and my face is sinking in under my cheek bones (looks awful)
Doctor :   ok. For what reasond were these medications prescribed?
User :   I had breast implants put in 1 1/2 year ago
Doctor :   how many glasses of water do you consume per day?
Doctor :   how are your eating habits?
User :   the aderall was prescribed for add and the esteridol was for homomones. I drink at least 7 bottles of water a day. 4 of them have crystal light energy in them
User :   my eating habits are very bad. I eat only at night and I eat very little
Doctor :   then your symptoms could be attributed to your bad eating habits and the Aspartame
Doctor :   get yor eating habits back to normal, have well balanced diet with calories divided over the entire day
Doctor :   avoid caffeinated drinks and aspartame containing drinks
User :   should I cut out all the aspartame? or can I limit my intake of it a day?
Doctor :   cutting out all of them would be better
User :   is it possible I could be aneroxic and not know it? I am very concerned about gaining weight and never like what I see in the mirror and that is why I don't eat.
Doctor :   if it is teh fear that is not making you eat, then you could be anorexic
Doctor :   choose your foods, eat right amount of all
Doctor :   do not eliminate essential nutrients
Doctor :   take help of dietitian to eat right and control calories.
Doctor :   take a multivitamin suppliment to help you with your symptoms
User :   thank you Dr...., I will try to cut out the aspartame
Doctor :   ok. is there anything else I can help you with?
User :   I don't understand why my right hand and foot is always so cold. could this be a circulation problem?
Doctor :   it could be either a circulation problem or problem with peripheral nerves
Doctor :   if a vascular problem is suspected, a doppler scan would help
Doctor :   if a nerve problem is suspected, nerve conduction tests would help
Doctor :   is there any color changes in right hand and foot?
Doctor :   is there any sensory loss in right hand or foot?
Doctor :   is there any loss in power as compared to the other side?
User :   no color changes, they do swell from time to time and no sensory loss. I do feel a tingle in my lower right arm from time to time when my hand is so cold
User :   and blurred vision has also become an issue
Doctor :   since when has the blurred vision affected you? is in one eye or both eyes?
Doctor :   is there any sensory loss in right hand or foot?
User :   it is both eyes and it has only been in the past couple months. it's not all the time just sometimes. I sometimes feel like i'm in a fog and my vision seems to be worse at those times.
Doctor :   is there any loss in power as compared to the other side?
User :   no loss in power at all
Doctor :   have you got your eyes examiend by an ophthalmologist?
User :   yes i had my eyes tested 6 months ago and they seem to be fine
Doctor :   do you have problems of high sugar, high cholesterol or high blood pressure?
Doctor :   have you tested them again after the problem of blurred vision started?
User :   I have low bp. it is usually around 88/65
Doctor :   ok
User :   I do sometimes feel that my heart is racing
User :   this happens mainly when i am laying in bed at night
User :   and I have noticed lately that I seem to sweat alot more now than I use to
Doctor :   since when have you noticed this?
User :   within the last year, I thought maybe it was like a panic attack
Doctor :   do you have breathing trouble associated when you go to bed?
Doctor :   are fine when you are awake?
User :   no breathing trouble, my chest feel tight. I am ok when I wake up, but I do wake up with a headache alot. I clinch my teech alot and I think that is why
Doctor :   do you smoke?
User :   i do
Doctor :   ok, then your chest symptoms could be due to the effects of smoking. when was your last complete health check up?
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