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Old 12-04-2000, 02:12 PM   #1
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Strange symptoms, appreciate advice/help

Hi Everyone,
For the past 4 months now, I've been suffering from a very strange lightheadedness that lasts all day, everyday. The symptoms are sometimes worse than others, but it never 100% goes away.
I've seen a GI Specialist, a ENT Specialist, and next week a Neurologist about this. No one can tell me what it is, or what is causing it.
Apparently my blood pressure is great, my blood work shows I'm healthy (blood sugar is also fine).
The ENT doc said that it might be either a lingering Virus in my body that I picked up somewhere, or else it may be psychosomatic (sp?).
This year has been very tough on me. I've been very stressed, and had pretty severe bouts of depression this year.
Leading up to this lightheadedness thing, I was severly depressed, and had considerable stress and anxiety.
One day, I woke up, and I just "had" this terrible lightheadedness. At first I thought it was the flu, but I never developed any other symptoms, and over 4 months later now, it still hasn't left.
Has anyone ever heard of stress/depression causing this sort of symptom? Have any of you ever experienced such symptoms?
To describe it a bit better, it is very much like having the flu, in that my head is fuzzy , and it is hard to concentrate. At times it is totally numbing. Occasionally I get mild headaches too...but not too frequently.
I guess I want to see if it is possible that my depression/stress is causing the symptoms. Then, I was curious if any sort of anti-depressant medication would likely help with this?
I've heard of Effexor and Remeron, but my understanding is Remeron isn't available in Canada.
I don't know how much sense this makes, but please let me know if you have any advice or suggestions.
Thanks.

 
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Old 12-04-2000, 06:49 PM   #2
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Re: Strange symptoms, appreciate advice/help

Ropesend--

I have to say that what you are describing, I have not experienced, nor has anyone I know experienced it. This however, is not to say that depression is not causing it, because as I am sure you are aware, depression can manifest itself in many different ways.

Sorry I am not able to help, just wanted to let you know I am thinking about you. Do keep in touch, let us know how things go.

Good luck,
Catriona

 
Old 12-05-2000, 09:22 AM   #3
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Hi Catriona,
Thanks for your kind words. I'm trying my best to deal with this, but it is incredibly hard.
I hope that the neurologist will have some answers or at least helpful advice.
Thanks again.

 
Old 12-05-2000, 01:34 PM   #4
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Re: Strange symptoms, appreciate advice/help

Dear RopesEnd,

I have suffered from a strange fatigue which might be similar to your lightheadedness.

I am now taking Celexa for anxiety, as well as Trazodone for insomnia. Also, I have weekly sessions with a psychotherapist.

The combination of medication and therapy are helping me cope.

Sincerely, Tom

 
Old 12-05-2000, 08:04 PM   #5
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I may be way off base here but your talking just like some people were on a tv show I watched some months ago. It was caused by a fungus that was present in the house. The show went on to describe how if people are left exposed to it,(especilally children or
older people) it can hospitalize them.
Also other causes are,
1. carbon monoxcide (sp) build up from
faulty heating or air conditioning equip.
2. fumes from new carpet, paneling an such
(forget what the chemical is).
3. Blood chemistry wrong, caused by many
different illnesses. (the testing for this
is extensive and time consuming as you might guess).
4. Last but not least...yes the symptom you describe can be caused by depression or brain dysorders. One I remember is a friend that had a small brain tumor. It took him almost 4 years before they finally discovered it after his insurance co had almost written him off as a nut case.
Keep going to docs and investigate your enviorment for the other causes. The cheapest way would be to go on a two week vacation to a warm place where you could sleep with all the windows open. HeHee,
good excuse huh..

 
Old 12-06-2000, 06:57 PM   #6
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Hi Tricky,
Thanks for your thoughts...I found it pretty interesting.
In fact, I today met with a new GP...who seems fantastic.
He strongly believes that it is in fact caused by stress/anxiety and that he has had patients with the same symptoms, and it was caused by stress.
I'm still going to see the neurologist, but I feel so much better having spoken with this doctor. He's the first doctor I've spoken to during this entire horrible experience that has actually made me feel confident in his abilities.
There are some great doctors out there..not many, but some.
Wish me luck everyone and I'll keep you posted.

 
Old 12-07-2000, 09:57 AM   #7
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RopesEnd,

I don't know if this will help you or not, but I've been dealing with daily lightheadedness due to anxiety for more than 20 years. I don't take any drugs for the problem, but have learned that I'm not going to pass out and/or die, and I go on with my life...

Good Luck!

 
Old 12-08-2000, 01:20 AM   #8
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maybe its a slight miner form of schizophrenia

 
Old 12-13-2000, 03:25 PM   #9
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Ropesend - Thank you so much for your posting! I've been having the exact same symptoms. The doctors have been at a loss and I'm about to do myself in if I can't get some relief. At this point I believe that my lightheadedness (similar to how you might feel with an inner ear infection) and nausea are symptoms of my depression and anxiety ridden state. I have an appointment with my doctor this evening (I called because I can't stand to live this way anymore - something's gotta break) and I'm hoping he will be able to do something for me.

I've been taking Trazadone to help with my depression and sleep but after three months it doesn't appear to be working for the depression although it does, to some degree, help me sleep. I've also taken Amitryptalene (?) but found that to be utterly useless.

On a side note - I have lost consiousness due to my lightheadedness. I've also expereinced a sensation that is best described as looking down a tunnel that is getting smaller and smaller. My vision will deteriorate until I feel like I'm about to pass out. Then I'll start to sweat very heavily (I can soak a tshirt and a pair of jeans in about three minutes) and my hearing gets extremely muffled. At this point I either throw up, pass out, or ride it through.

I feel better having read through these posts - maybe my doctor will be able to help me out. I'll be sure to post my findings.

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Old 12-19-2000, 02:25 PM   #10
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Hi Goldnkid,
I was really interested to see your post...I hope you come back here to post anything you've found out.
I've been seeing a new doctor, and will see him again tommorrow. As I mentioned above, this guy is sure it is stress/anxiety related. So far I'm taking nothing for it at all. He prescribed increased exercise, and relaxation techniques (yoga, meditation, reading).
I have to say, for several days i was feeling better. One day, I actually had a COMPLETE rest from the lightheadedness for about 4 hours...I was so excited, as this was the first real break I'd had in over 4 months.
However, the past couple of days have been terrible. The lightheadedness has been severe again during the days.
I'm so upset, because I thought I was getting better, and there's nothing I can think of that "triggered" this relapse. I have been starting Yoga, and started exercising again...but it seems to be back and bad as ever.
I'm going to ask the doctor tommorrow what he thinks can be done to give me a break.
If it is indeed stress/anxiety related, I wonder if tranquilizers would help.

Anyway, I'm not sure if you're coming back to this board or not, Goldnkid, but I'd like to talk to you about this - sounds like we're suffering from the same crap. Please feel free to email me at rope_end@yahoo.com

I'll also let you all know if anything new develops...until then, I just try to get through each day.

 
Old 12-21-2000, 08:38 AM   #11
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Just a quick update...
I've started taking Paxil. However, the doc told me it will likely take somewhere between 2-4 weeks to kick in.
He told me the most common side effect was drowsiness, but other side effects were rare.
Let's hope this helps.

 
Old 12-21-2000, 08:47 AM   #12
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can it be a sudden drop in blood pressure? they have machines in most drugstores now to check that....just a thought.....

 
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