Current medical status: For the past 9 months I have been experiencing numerous symptoms that I fear are related. Up to this point, I have been extremely healthy. I moved into an old fixer-upper house 2 yrs ago. We suspect water (25 foot well) or mold problems. About a year ago I started having problems, but didn't really connect them to the house until my son was having similar problems. I immediately went to the DR and found that I have high protoporphrine levels (FEP/ZEP 42, Zinc 46). The symptoms are my hands and feet fall asleep often, it is very painful to walk numerous times during the day (especially after rest), they are hot to the touch sometimes, and sweat all of the time now, which I've never had sweaty feet or hands. The other thing that concerns me is I have minor pains in my armpits, like gland issues??? My current Dr. seems to think they are all unrelated and has numerous explanations, without remedy. Not sure I'm buying it. I would truly apprei ciate some advise. I have been tested for porphryia and do not have that. I have also been told that my case is "interesting" and it is not good to be "interesting" in the medical community. Scary.
The fact that both you and your son have the same or similar symptoms is the most important. Any hereditary disorder is excluded because the symptoms would appear at the same age in you and your son. That leaves the opportunity that environmental factors are causing these problems. If the water you drink is from a well that is not tested, then you might be constantly taking forbidden chemicals in your body. Different chemicals cause different symptoms including neural as in your case. The water might even contain heavy metals which cause intoxication when taken for longer periods and in larger doses.
You might want to test the water for heavy metals and visit a specialist in toxicology to check your blood for heavy metals or other not permitted substances. Living in an environment close to a factory or other source of pollution might increase the probability for intoxication.
If the water tests and the blood tests results are normal, you might want to visit a neurologist for a detailed examination of your nervous system.
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