GRAPHIC CONTENT: A father-of-two says his body is eating him alive and his doctors can't agree on the cause.
In a short five months Matthew Ramsay has undergone seven surgeries, including the amputation of four toes, lost the ability to work, dropped 23 kilograms, seen his bond with his children suffer and been unable to share a bed with his partner, Mary.
The 26-year-old has seen a number of doctors, but said all of them had diagnosed him with something different.
"I've only started getting better since I haven't been on anything," he said.
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In January, a tiny sore appeared on Ramsay's finger, but he thought little of it.
"But then it sort of blew up...it swelled right up and had like a black ring around it," he said.
"Then I think it started on my ribs and it sort of just looked like a rash."
The Taranaki man continued to break out in sores which spread across much of his body, including his torso, genitals, face, leg and in his nasal passage.
A "pin hole" later appeared on his right foot, and then over time the foot began to swell.
"Then there was this thick pad under my foot which was basically just dead and trying to detach.
"Then one of my toes starting going black and then it affected the two next to it...and then they cut my toes off."
Most recently he was diagnosed with autoimmune disease, vasculitis - a term used for a group of rare diseases that have in common the inflammation of blood vessels which injure the body's organs.
But he's not convinced.
"With vasculitis there's meant to be an anchor in your blood - a way to hook it to one of the many different types of vasculitis," he said.
"But I don't have an anchor which leads me to think I don't have that."
Vasculitis can be mild or disabling, or even lead to death. It can occur as a secondary condition to an underlying disease or as a primary illness for which the cause is unknown.
But Ramsay has lost faith in medical professionals and is hesitant to treat himself based on the new diagnosis.
He was incorrectly diagnosed with shingles and then lymphoma cancer, and the subsequent treatments, including chemotherapy, only aggravated his wounds, he said. Read more and watch video here at Stuff
"I just want to get back to work...back to normal."
A TDHB spokeswoman confirmed Ramsay's complaints had been received.
She said they were currently being investigated but was unable to publicly discuss individual cases.
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Shingles was one of their misdiagnosis.
What was diagnosis?
I've never seen anything like that
I will let him tell you Rhonda. I'll let him know the article is up.
yes i would love to know the measures he took also
""His wounds have begun to heal since dropping prescribed medications"" yup ,that says alot
"But then it sort of blew up...it swelled right up and had like a black ring around it," he said
There is huge argument that white tail spider bites cause infection. In my experience they do and its serious and hard to medically treat. The one I dug out and filled with cider vinegar healed in less than a week, so then I did the other one, with a similar result.
We are conditioned to wait until the problem's bad enough to see a doctor rather than treat ourselves sensibly with a good diet or homeopathics at the outset.
Now when I have any suspicious bite that could have been from a white tail I apply cider vinegar and take the homeopathic white tail remedy, and I would also use bentonite clay.
'Shingles then lymphoma cancer'? Jeezus, that poor guy. Havin to put up with one quackstream misdiagnosis after anotha and have body parts chopped off. Where the fark are all these bacteria coming from? I feel like he's being targeted on a 'supernatural' level somehow, don't ask me how or why and I feel like natural medicine along with his determined will be his only savior and the aroha of the folk around him.