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Vanderbilt Autonomic Dysfunction Center

Initial Medical Work-up

I was 20 years old and still seeing my pediatrician, but it quickly became clear that I was going to need a bigger team of doctors. I started seeing an adult provider who sent me to various specialists, and the barrage of testing began. With each new test and new doctor, the possible diagnoses got scarier and scarier. First it was flu, then mono, lupus, HIV, and cancer. I was CT scanned, echoed, stress tested, holter monitored and MRIed. I had more blood drawn than I can remember. I was terrified and confused. Just weeks ago I was a happy, healthy 20 year-old and now I was barely able to walk without my heart pounding and getting extremely short of breath. I had to sit in the shower, I could barely eat, and I hurt all over.

Seeing Dr. Raj (The First Time)

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