Living With Marfans


Below is a list of most of my symptoms. Please understand everyone is an individual case. Some Marfans sufferers may have less, others may have more.

  • Fatigue - sometimes very strong/general fatigue daily.
    Probable cause(s): atenenol, bleeding, joint issues, dural ectasia, stress, body pain, fibromyalgia, atrial fibrillation and arrhythmia.
  • Pain - (head/back/neck/chest/legs/joint/arms/hands) - varying strengths/varying forms/daily.
    Probable cause(s): dural estacia, migraines, joint issues, temporal arteritis, fibromyalgia, sciatica, costochronditis, peripheral neuropathy, osteoarthritis.
  • Shortness of breath: - pretty much daily
    Probable cause(s): chest cage deformity, mild restrictive lung disease, stress-anxiety, fibromyalgia pain in chest, costochondritis.
  • Dizzyness: - occasional - maybe 3 times + a week.
    Probable cause(s): Atenenol, Coumadin, dural estacia, bleeding, migraines.
  • Bleeding: - occasional - most happens during sleep
    Probable cause(s): Coumadin, Gingivitis, Ischemia
  • Eye Problems - occasional/shade over eye/eye pain
    Probable cause(s(: migraines, medications, Ischemia
  • Stomache Problems - bloating/gas/diahria/cramping. (the bloating and abdominal distention is now daily since late 2016)
    Probable cause(s): stomach sphinctor muscle, lactose intolerance, celiac disease, GERD, irritable bowel syndrome, bacterial overgrowth in bowel, gastroparesis (poss.), slow motility, poor absorption and processing of food/intake.
  • Memory - short term memory lapses, occasional 
  • Probable causes(s) CSF pressure, migraines, sinus pressure, medications, etc.
  • Other Symptoms - Achey-loss of sensation at times/muscle spasms (all over hands, leg, chest, etc)
  • Pain when standing/sitting or walking to long/ankles buckle sometimes when I walk (can be very painful).
  • Sleep Problems - on occasion - wake in the middle of the night-night sweats - discomfort  Probable cause(s): Sleep Apnea, Fibronyalgia, gas reflux, etc
  • Swallowing Issue - sometimes choke on food - gel cap meds stick and dissolve in throat -Probable cause(s): weakened esophagus/mechanism-loose tissue, loose valves, etc.