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nerve damage--please help
Posted by: Michelle Offutt
Date: January 25, 2001 2:33 AM

I am a 35 year old female, diagnosed with Gullian-Barre in July. I was completely paralyzed except my head. Although I did have numbness in my face and mouth. I spent over two months in the hospital and several more months in out-patient therapy. I remained in a
wheelchair 10 months. Now they are saying that they don't know what it was or is. I still have horrible symptoms and I suffer every single day. Its hard for me to even walk some days. The weakness is so bad, I'm embarrassed to walk in public sometimes. I have to cath myself daily because since I have been out of the hospital from the paralysis I have had to return twice with severe kidney infections. Recently I have a new symptom-they call it vertigo and they put me on
Antivert but it did nothing for the horrible dizzy spells. Recently I received a copy of a nerve conduction test they did on me and it says that it showed evidence of diffuse peripheral nerve abnormalities. I just wonder if you may have some idea what could cause these problems?

RE: nerve damage--please help
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: January 25, 2001 2:31 PM

In such a case I would look very carefully at your level of heavy metals first thinking in terms of possible sources: dental amalgam, fish consumption, industrial exposure, proximity to an old mine, or multiple vaccinations containing mercury (Thiomerisol). If I had any suspicion that this could be the problem (and it is not unlikely), I would suggest removal of all possible sources, then testing with a DMPS Challenge Test and then removal by oral or intravenous chelation based on the test results. Heavy metal toxicity is something which is very common and in a person who is especially sensitive to them (particularly mercury), the damage can be quite serious. Also, doctors often forget to even think about the possibility. I should also add that neurotoxicity from organic toxins such as pesticides (organochlorines, organophosphates) can produce an indentical syndrome. People who live in agricultural areas are at greater risk for this kind of problem. Also, doctors forget to consider this as well.

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