I have all these symptoms and no answers as of yet. I would sincerely appreciate any insight from anyone at this point!! here is a description of whats going on.
On Dec 26th and 27th I started feeling kinda dizzy and disoriented at work (I am a server at a busy restaurant). Then on the 28th I got a very strong, sudden head rush that made me feel like I was going to faint, but i never did. The only way to describe it is to say that it felt like something really bad was going to happen. Left work, went to the doctors, and they tested my thyroid. Everything came back normal.
Since then these episodes keep happening on a 2-4 per week basis I would say. They seem to come completely out of the blue. I am coherent when these head rushes happen, and I know that anything on me (an arm, blanket, etc) while its happening is extremely uncomfortable.
I have had 4 blood test since then, and I am waiting for the results of a CT scan I had done on my head this past friday.
I have noticed lately that my muscles twitch and tremor, and they always feel like they are about to sieze, but never do. A few times before an episode, it feels as though my left arm is hot and then sort of dissconnected.
I also have respiratory symptoms (which began with a diagnosis of Pneumonia) and now I just have trouble breathing all together. I hesitate to list this as a symptom as I just got two cats of which may be the cause, but I find that my breathing is limited when I am away from them as well.
Lastly, I pride myself on my memory, but lately my memory has been shot. I find myself unable to remember silly things like names or phone numbers of people I have known for years, and it is also difficult to find the right words when I am speaking.
I am tired ALL the time and find it very hard to focus my eyes for a long period of time.
My doctor thinks I may be having panic attacks but my heart never races when I get a head rush and I do not hyperventilate.
A doctor in the ER told me it was vertigo but my doctor dissagrees.
Thank you in advance for any insights!!
Welcome to the boards...your symptoms may be caused by several different conditions but I would suggest checking out the Lyme Boards, and reading the stickies at the top.
Although your symptoms may be aggravated by your cats, I doubt your condition has little to do with them. Some things, like Lyme and like med side effects can create allergies or intensify existing allergies.
Your docs up in Canada don't know much about diagnosing and treating Lyme...but you have wonderful organizations that are founded by Lymies that contain a wealth of info including reasons why your government has chosen to ignore this rapidly growing infectious disease.
I have muscle twitching, head 'rushes', dizzy spells, too. I was treated aggressively for lyme, bartonella, and babesia - on IV for almost 2 years, and oral abx for many years off and on for months at a time, by top lyme specialists in the NE US. I was put on so many drugs for all my symptoms, I started having adverse reactions to drugs, that were interpreted as disease symptoms. These symptoms were treated with more and more drugs. Almost 10 years later, and no relief from the symptoms of alleged lyme, babesia, etc., I tapered off all the drugs. That took me a year. Now, I can think again. My dizzy spells seem to be triggered or caused by food allergies, esp. any milk or fruit. I mean a little olive oil, vinegar, tomatoe, the milk solids or whatever they are called that are put in most fast foods. It is a delayed reaction, so it took me a long time to figure it out. The more dizzy I feel, the more my muscles seem to twitch or palpitate. I think it is an inflammatory process from the allergen or intolerance. I also have small nerve fiber neuropathy, diag. with biopsy, which I think makes my sensation of pain increased. Have you really tracked and analyzed what foods and drinks make you feel like? I reduced to a diet of homemade baked/boiled chicken, potatoes, and squash, and oatmeal for a long time before figuring this out. I still test positive some of the time for certain tick infections, depending on which lab is doing the bloodwork. I have not been bitten in many years, and have had negative tests for years, but suddenly one test comes up positive.
I too have a very complicated medical history, I was doing okay for a while. Then a few months ago, I would get dizzy once in a while and my arm would twitch, and I'd feel vertigo and strange senstations in my ears. Turns out it was TMJ. I never would have thought it would be related. So just something to think about. Ever been told you grind your teeth?
...I am going to ask my doctor to test for Lyme...
Tests for Lyme are unreliable....some people who have been diagnosed with Lyme suggest consulting with a Lyme Literate Medical Doctor right away because they wasted valuable time seeing between 12-24 doctors before being diagnosed and treated.
...I no longer have caffiene or drink alchohol as those both seem to aggravate symptoms, and have cut out dairy as well.
One symtom of lyme is an exaggerated/unusual response to alcohol. Carbs, sugars, alcohol, and caffeine can aggravate symptoms in many Lymies.
... I have been told I grind my teeth in the past but nothing major and I never have jaw pain or anything like that....
Teeth grinding or bruxism, and jaw problems and tmj, are symptoms of Lyme. This bacteria can attack bones, joints, and cartilage..I have read that some specialists think that the jaw is the fourth most common joint affected in Lyme patients presenting with Lyme arthritis.
Last edited by bethsheba; 04-06-2009 at 05:17 AM.