I have this friend from work who seems to be very sick. He's gone to COUNTLESS doctors, and they all tell him the same thing- "You're fine, go home." But he's very obviously not fine, and no one will help him. He can't eat. At all. And no, he doesn't have an eating disorder. He just gets very sick any time he tries to eat even the smallest of things. All the color runs from his face, and he says he gets dizzy right after swallowing a bite of food. He usually ends up throwing it back up, and he has no control over it. As you can imagine, this has left him very malnourished. His cheek bones protrude quite dramatically (I've known him a while now, and they didn't before...), his eyes are sunken in with heavy redish-black circles around them.. He literally looks like a concentration camp survivor. And he seems to have very little energy. We both have very physical jobs, and he is trying so hard to overcome whatever this is and be a good worker that he busts his butt, and he goes into these fits where he's hyperventilating and it almost looks like he's having a panic attack.
I guess the doctors told him that he has "Small gall stones" but they're "too small to worry about". And he said that there is some chemical/protein in your body that increases when your body has inflammation (I can't remember the name he said, but it started with a 'C' or an 'S'), and the doctors told him that his is FIVE TIMES the normal level. But they say he's fine and send him home every time, and the poor kid looks like he's about to fall over dead. He's only 22.
I guess I'm just wondering if any one here has heard of anything like this, or have an idea as to what it may be? Or even who might be the best person for him to talk to about it- Someone who will actually listen and won't just turn him away. Anything. Because he's frustrated to the point of giving up looking, and no one takes him seriously. I don't know him too well, but I'd really like to help him. At least give him something that might be incentive enough for him to keep looking himself. I just feel really bad for him, he's way too young for this :-/