Patient Comments: Mitochondrial Disease - Symptoms

What symptoms do you have of mitochondrial disease?

Comment from: MARK F., 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: July 24

My husband has shown symptoms of mitochondrial disease since his early twenties, but it took 5 years to get the answer. His condition is multiple mitochondrial deletions POLG 1. He had to retire on ill health in his 30s and I have been his care giver ever since. His wheelchair confined swallowing is sometimes difficult so he is having a peg feed tube soon. He has no fine motor skills and has slurred speech sometimes. His needs are washing, bathing dressing, feeding and toileting. He suffers terribly from fatigue he has uncontrolled muscle spasms which drive him mad, he has tachycardia and high blood pressure, but apart from that he is fine.

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Comment from: Kat01, Female (Patient) Published: April 30

I have recently been diagnosed with mitochondrial disease. I have fibromyalgia and gave the constant fatigue symptoms pertaining to that. But lately, things have been feeling much different. I am much more fatigued. I have much more wide pain in my body. I also have osteoarthritis. Anyway, the last time I saw my specialist I told him how I was feeling. He took 6 vials of blood, and then I saw my primary care physician. He took four more vials of blood. A week later, my results came back positive for mitochondrial disease. I am devastated, frightened, and don't know what to expect. I also get migraines followed by a rash on my face and chest. I go and see the gastroenterologist next month. I have also recently had chest pain, and difficulty breathing. I have asthma, but it has intensified greatly. Now I wait to see yet another doctor and then await his/her results. In the meantime, I just suffer.

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Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 18

After having my hips replaced in 2005 I found I was short of breath. It took over a year to get the diagnosis and a ton of tests. Now I realize its mitochondrial disease. I have always been fairly active, but I have found that lately I do not tolerate exercise as well, feel more fatigued, and recently I have been getting migraines once a month or so and I have nearly chronic pain in my abdomen. In the last few months I have also noticed I am getting more short of breath. Twice a day I take vitamin C, B1, B2, CoQ10, creatine and some sort of an amino acid supplement. I have also noticed that my eyesight is worse and I can no longer watch TV or drive without my glasses.

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Comment from: DeeDee, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

As a kid, I always had pain. I had inherited cyclic vomiting. Then came migraines, exhaustion, weak proximal muscles, interstitial pneumonia, atrophy of the brain on MRI, and memory loss. And can you believe I can't get a diagnosis! My doctors blame it on lupus (negative ANA) and fibromyalgia. There are no doctors in my area who believe in or are qualified to diagnose mitochondrial disease. I feel sorry for others who are going through the same thing. Don't give up!

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Comment from: SherrieM, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 07

I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia about 18 years ago. I have always thought there was more going on as I experience unrelenting fatigue and exercise intolerance. I feel like my legs will not hold me up much longer. When I try to exercise, my symptoms are then worse. I cannot get my doctors to understand the severity of how the symptoms affect my life. I think this is perhaps a mitochondrial disorder.

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Comment from: jemran71, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

I have had problems like arthritis since I was a young child. I always just thought it was arthritis. Now I read things like mitochondrial disease and I wonder if there is more to it. I try to keep active even at 71 but a lot of the time I can't. It is hard to breathe so they diagnosed me with COPD. I was on oxygen as well as inhalers for years. Now I am fine without the oxygen but I still have many problems with skeletal aches and pains. I take atenolol for heart rhythms, and have many other problems, never diagnosed with just one ailment such as mitochondrial disease. But I wonder some days if that is the cause for my pains.

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