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Old 05-19-2012, 05:18 PM   #1
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Recurring episodes of tiredness/dizziness/runny nose/brain fog, etc.

Hi everyone

I've been having some sort of "episode" every so often for the past 3-4 months. Sometimes it feels like it has gone into remission and I'll feel anywhere from just "ok" to "pretty good" only to be hit with it again. These episodes can last a few days or a few weeks with various degrees of intensity. I have a history of Allergic Rhinitis, Chronic Sinusitis, a deviated septum, GAD, OCD, Hypochindria, Tourettes Syndrome, GERD, IBS, Cervical Arthritis and Panic Disorder. My Tourettes causes me to jerk my head back and forth and side-to-side many times each day and as you can imagine, this is not good when you have cervical arthritis and a bone spur. I can sometimes hear a crack or pop when my Tourettes is really bad or when I turn my head to far the wrong way.

Anyway, these episodes always seem to start out with an on-again/off-again fatigued feeling that seems to originate in my head and lasts a few hours (even though I've had plenty of sleep) followed by mild to moderate waves of dizziness. Sometimes I feel like I'm about to go mad and jump right out of my head or I'll start to have a panic attack. Then, after awhile, I start sneezing and my nose starts dripping. Sometimes my left eye will water. My eyes also feel really bugged out and un-focused during these episodes and I get this intense "brain fog" (almost a burning feeling). A few times I've taken my temperature a few hours after all of this started up and it was anywhere from 98.0 to 99.4 (but I do have a 2-decade long history of having "low-grade fevers of unknown origin").

I've got shoeboxes full of all kinds of tests (almost all of them normal). I've seen many different specialists. The only meds I take are Ativan (05mg 2 x per day) and occassionally, I'll take Prevacid.

I really can't think of anything else I can add at the moment. Has anyone here had similar symptoms?. Sigh. I don't know what to do or where to run anymore. Thanks kindly for any input!.

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Old 05-19-2012, 08:45 PM   #2
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Re: Recurring episodes of tiredness/dizziness/runny nose/brain fog, etc.

So what all are you allergic to? And why aren't you on an antihistamine or injections?

 
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Re: Recurring episodes of tiredness/dizziness/runny nose/brain fog, etc.

It definitely sounds like allergies to me. They can drive you NUTS. I agree with the other writer that you should see an allergist. Also, go to your nearest pharmacy and buy a saline solution to spray in your nose. That does help. Allergies can effect your balance, your thinking and zap you of any energy you have. Apparently, this is a very bad allergy year and I will attest to that! I have been going crazy. I know that when I first came down with them, I read a wonderful book and did not understand what it was about. My allergies calmed down and the book was one of the best ones I have ever read.

 
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Re: Recurring episodes of tiredness/dizziness/runny nose/brain fog, etc.

Thanks for the replies. For the last 3 days the dizziness has been hitting me off and on. I also have this stunned, dazed, swirly, loopy feeling in my head (very intense at times) that can last all or part of the day. Sometimes, it gets so bad I start obsessing about it and wondering if it could be something else. I've had tons of tests and it looks on paper like I'm the perfect picture of health. I just wish I felt that way!.

The doctor gave me some saline drops. A lot of people seem to swear by this. Does it really work that well?.

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Re: Recurring episodes of tiredness/dizziness/runny nose/brain fog, etc.

Saline drops? Eye drops? Nose drops? Ear drops? I've never heard of saline drops - sprays and rinses but not drops. And you really need an antihistamine. Try zyrtec. and a saline nasal spray or rinse could help as well.

Have you had allergy testing with an allergist? What did he advise?

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Old 05-20-2012, 08:30 PM   #6
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Re: Recurring episodes of tiredness/dizziness/runny nose/brain fog, etc.

Have you had the ELISA test for food allergies? They have one for air born allergens, too.

 
Old 06-22-2012, 07:42 AM   #7
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Re: Recurring episodes of tiredness/dizziness/runny nose/brain fog, etc.

Steven: Have you noticed anything that you have been around that could have triggered these reactions? It is very helpful to keep a diary when these reactions come on and note what you were doing, where you were, anything that you have been in contact with when these reactions occur. You also need to check under the section for "environmental disorders". I kept a diary and it took me months to figure out what was going on. They did perform a RAST allergy test which showed that I do not have any allergies but I do react to any type of fragranced consumer product which produces your symptoms, along with elevated blood pressure, elevated white blood cell count, my heart will feel like it is beating out of my chest, headache, my face, eyes and nose will start burning, etc. I have tried several types of medications which do nothing to keep these reactions from occurring or minimizing the reactions when they do occur. Just a thought but, again, I would post your message also under the "environmental disorders" section.

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