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Old 11-06-2004, 02:16 PM   #1
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Unhappy light headed spells - not vertigo...desperately need your help

I'm throwing out a life line here and hope someone can help. My husband has spells of lightheadedness. Has had for a number of years. He's not dizzy....the world does not spin for him, but it's light-headed spells. Sometimes they are mild and he can function normally. Other times they are severe and he cannot drive, cannot go to work. He has had so many tests but no one seems to know what is wrong. Some things work for a while, others not at all. He has controlled high blood pressure and controlled high cholesterol. He has been given anti anxiety medication, medication for his blood pressure, medication for his cholesterol. He has had an MRI, CAT scans, blood tests, sonograms on his abdomen, eng tests etc and everything turns up normal. His hands are always cold. He usually has stomach upsets when he has the lightheaded spells. Can anyone give us any help????? Point us in some direction that will help diagnose what is going on? We are both so over this! Most times it seems like the doctors think he is a wooss and think it's all in his head and is a bid for attention. I live with the man. I know he is no sissy and I know, it may be in his head, but is not invented!! We need some help here and are looking to you to help us. Thanks for whatever you can do

 
Old 11-06-2004, 02:28 PM   #2
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I'm throwing out a life line here and hope someone can help. My husband has spells of lightheadedness. Has had for a number of years. He's not dizzy....the world does not spin for him, but it's light-headed spells. Sometimes they are mild and he can function normally. Other times they are severe and he cannot drive, cannot go to work. He has had so many tests but no one seems to know what is wrong. Some things work for a while, others not at all. He has controlled high blood pressure and controlled high cholesterol. He has been given anti anxiety medication, medication for his blood pressure, medication for his cholesterol. He has had an MRI, CAT scans, blood tests, sonograms on his abdomen, eng tests etc and everything turns up normal. His hands are always cold. He usually has stomach upsets when he has the lightheaded spells. Can anyone give us any help????? Point us in some direction that will help diagnose what is going on? We are both so over this! Most times it seems like the doctors think he is a wooss and think it's all in his head and is a bid for attention. I live with the man. I know he is no sissy and I know, it may be in his head, but is not invented!! We need some help here and are looking to you to help us. Thanks for whatever you can do
Hi

No one posting on this board---will believe for a second---your husband's
symptoms are in his head or that he just can't hack it---we know better!!!

To start

---what state are you located in??

---sounds like---it is a job/task---that one of the "Centers of Excellence" in this area---needs to be brought on board to solve/fix----there are not very many---Northwestern Univ, John Hopkins, Univ of Penn,etc....I'm assuming your in the states??

Unfortunately---if you have been reading this board--and have read the "information archive" info (first post)---you know it it not unusual for someone(which is most of us/posters) to have seen many, many Doc's.


 
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Old 11-06-2004, 03:14 PM   #3
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Re: light headed spells - not vertigo...desperately need your help

This is just a thought. My friend's mom was having problems with blood pressure medication she had been for years her symptoms were light headness. It may be controlled but the body can change and then the dosage of medication needs to be reevaluated.

Prayers with you
Jade

 
Old 11-09-2004, 03:40 PM   #4
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Re: light headed spells - not vertigo...desperately need your help

Thanks for the replies. We are in Florida, Tampa Bay area. medication does not seem to be the cause as these spells started a number of years ago before he ever tried any blood pressure medications. The doctor has switched his medications several times but the only thing that seems constant is that he gets an upset stomach most of the times with the head spells. Not sure which comes first, the head spells or the upset stomach. He says the stomach does not bother him enough to take tums or anything, but just that it's there. He has another appointment tomorrow with the GP and is going to insist that he run additional tests, refers to neurologist, gastro phys. etc.

I appreciate you taking the time to reply.

 
Old 11-10-2004, 12:29 AM   #5
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Re: light headed spells - not vertigo...desperately need your help

This is just a thought. Have you looked up or been told that he might have Syncope or near syncope. I have several medical issues but this started for me a couple of years ago and always with a upset stomach. Does he ever feel faint or like he is going to pass out? Only a thought.

 
Old 11-10-2004, 03:32 AM   #6
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Re: light headed spells - not vertigo...desperately need your help

It might be a migraine issue. Do a search of this board for MAV - migrane can do all sorts of things beside the 'classic' one-sided headache with nausea. I'd try to arrange a referral to a neuro-otologist in your area (sometimes also known as oto-neurologist) - they're the experts on inner ear issues. Good luck!
Ann

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Old 11-10-2004, 04:24 AM   #7
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Re: light headed spells - not vertigo...desperately need your help

Spkn to LL yet Ann? xx

 
Old 11-10-2004, 04:27 AM   #8
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Re: light headed spells - not vertigo...desperately need your help

Hello there,

I've got to say, also thought possibly a type of silent migraine - or migraine aura without headache. Migraine can cause stomach upset as well as lightheadedness. Then again, queasiness can simply be a result of feeling dizzy with an inner ear disorder. As Subs and Ann said, try to get yourself to somewhere that has a real handle on dizzy issues. The specialists in this area are called neuro otologists - (different from neurologist) they specialise in the ears/brain and dizziness, are used to dealing with people with dizzy issues and don't give you that blank, you're making it up look that other doctors might give you.

It's a long shot, but someone wrote me a post recently regarding my symptoms which mentioned Lyme disease, apparently this can be a cause of stomach upset and dizziness. I'm guessing it probably isn't that, but thought I might as well mention it, always worth being aware of possibilities.

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Old 11-10-2004, 05:10 AM   #9
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Spkn to LL yet Ann? xx
No...! I've left messages every day, and the secretary just takes my number and says 'OK, leave it with me...' but she hasn't rung me back.

Ann

 
Old 11-10-2004, 07:56 AM   #10
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Re: light headed spells - not vertigo...desperately need your help

Hi TampaSal -

I posted to HBEP about my diagnosis of Lyme and two tick borne coinfections called Babesiosis and Ehrlichiosis. I never had a bull's eye rash and I don't remember a tick bite. I had horrible digestive problems to the point I went in for a colonoscopy and endoscopy. All check out fine. They told me I had IBS. I was extremely dizzy and felt like I was going to faint. The symptoms would wax and wane. I had more pronounced fatigue. My blood pressure dropped tremendously, and my body temp. which is interesting because normally think lyme they think fever. My extremities are extremely cold...doctors would actually comment on this when I would go in for appointments. Tick borne illness affects everyone differently...but what tends to be true for everyone is that as the disease progresses it becomes even more multisystematic affecting more and more of the bodies systems - organs and CNS.

Anyway, I would recommend reading my posts as well as checking out the Lyme board here on Healthboards. There is a good lyme literate Medical Doctor in the Tampa area I hear.

Lyme disease and tick borne coinfections are not limited to the Northeast of the US. They are prevelant just about everywhere. It just happens that in the NE there has been more attention thanks to the Lyme, CT discovery.

Take care and I hope your husband feels better soon.

-ncgirl88

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