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Eagle resident to be featured on TV show

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE – Discovery Health’s show “Mystery Diagnosis” will spotlight an Eagle resident Monday.

As part of the series’ eighth season, Dr. Diane Dike will share her story with audiences across the nation. Dike’s show, premiering on Monday at 8 p.m. Mountain Time, shows her as she endures misdiagnoses and dismissals before ever finding a solution.

In the fall of 1990, Diane Dike felt that her life had never been better – she was married to her high school sweetheart and working in her dream job as a teacher. One day, Diane, noticed two red bumps on her right foot, coupled with a strange sensation. After initially dismissing the bumps as a spider bite, Diane awakened the next morning to excruciating pain with her foot completely red and swollen twice its normal size. Diane rushes to the emergency room, where she is told that her puzzling symptoms are the result of a simple bruise from unknowingly hitting her foot.

The doctor directs her to stay off of her foot and to take anti-inflammatory pills, which helps at first – but a few days later, Diane finds her legs covered in red spots. As visits to her family doctor and multiple specialists yield no answers, Diane’s symptoms persist-and then, six months after her initial symptoms began, her legs turn completely black. Terrified, Diane goes back to the emergency room – but after five days in the hospital, the symptoms fade and, still with no answers, she is discharged.

In a last ditch attempt to find a diagnosis, Diane’s doctor sends her to the University of South Florida to seek help, where she is finally diagnosed with Cryoglobulineamia, a blood disorder which causes the blood to turn into a jelly-like substance when temperatures drop significantly below 98.6 degrees.

Because there is presently no cure for this disease, Diane must regularly take anti-inflammatory medicine, keep her extremities warm and avoid stress on her body. Today, Diane is remarried and has created a support organization called Second Chance with Saving Grace.

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