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23M, 5’10", 70kg.Over the last 4-6 weeks, I’ve experienced an array of peculiar symptoms. The most prominent among these is unexplained bruising all over my body. My friend first commented oh my god where did you get those from!! And I had these two bruises the size of baseballs on my legs that were black and blue, no clue where they came from (about 6 weeks ago). Since, I’ve found massive bruises between my thighs, on the back of my legs, on my hands, the backs of my arms, my chest, and for 90% of these, I cannot recall any incident that might have caused them. I also developed these welts on my neck that looked like blisters with a small red rash around them which took about 10 days to subside.
Secondly, my appetite has drastically reduced, to the point where I practically have to force myself to eat. I lead an active lifestyle, exercising intensively 5-6 times a week, and maintain a balanced diet. It’s highly uncharacteristic for me to not want to eat. I have lost a bit of weight. Additionally, I’ve found myself short of breath, not only during workouts but also during simple daily tasks like walking around the house.
I’ve also been experiencing unusual night sweats. Over the past two weeks, I’ve woken up multiple times to find my sheets (especially around the top half of my body and head area) thoroughly soaked through. to the point where I will need to get up and lay a towel down, or move to the other side of my bed because its so wet. I sleep in cool temperatures with my fan and airconditioning on so this never happens. Last week I had persistent headaches which I can pinpoint around the temple areas. These still come and go regularly.
I’ve been feeling pain on the left side of my body, particularly just below/ to the side of my pectoral muscle. This pain radiates around that side and extends down the ribs a bit. It’s almost always there, especially pronounced when I lie down or sit.
I’ve also been extremely fatigued. While I do take a few medications that can make me tired (anti-epileptic meds), it’s uncharacteristic for me to need afternoon rests and naps as frequently as I’ve been taking them lately. I genuinely have no energy. I get some aching pains and tingling sensations in my legs as well, also aching in my lower back occasionally.
I have a BCG Vaccine scar (completely healed) from when I was an infant on my left shoulder that randomly became inflamed and purple out of nowhere about a week ago after 20 years as well. So random, even the GP is confused.
About a week ago, I had some blood work done. Everything came back normal except for the low lymphocyte count. My primary care physician is concerned because they find this combination of symptoms to be unusual, we are not sure where to go from here.
Should I just monitor myself over the next couple of months? Does this sound anything like what you displayed?
Can your blood results be normal ‘early on’/in general?
My cousin died of Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) at 32 and cancer is very prominent in my family, so it is something that is in the back of my family and I’s minds right now unfortunately.
I also do not currently have any viral/bacterial infections and do not have covid.
Has anyone experienced a similar set of symptoms and, if so, what were you diagnosed with?