Mystery Diagnosis

Season 3 Episode 4

The 13 Year Stomach Ache

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Jul 13, 2008 on Discovery Health
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The 13 Year Stomach Ache
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Sixteen-year-old Jennifer Fagenson comes down with altitude sickness and takes aspirin to help relieveit, but unfortunately, this lands her in the hospital. Thinking she may be allergic to the aspirin, she stops taking it, but she deals with excruciating stomaches, internal bleeding, indigestion, backaches, and diarrhea for the next13 years. It turns out that Jennifer actually has a gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST). Joyce Gonzales, a healthy mother of two, suddenly has pain in her hand and forearm that spreads to her other arm and weakness in her hands. She is initially diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, then chronic pain syndrome, but the pain is too much for her, and she also finds out she has brain lesions. After being dismissed so much, Joyce finds out that she has a hereditary form of cavernous angioma.

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