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Join Date: Apr 2009
An answer would be a pleasant surprise.. Could it be in my head?
Hello everyone, I'll try to keep this post relatively short, but we'll just see where it goes, I thank all of you in advance for any answers you could possibly give me. Let's begin. Let's start... at what I BELIEVE was the beginning. Or at least from when I remember the first happening of this unknown ailment.
The date is May of 2008. I've got a new job at an office. Around the end of May, I started feeling these dizzy spells, now when I say dizzy spells, I mean, kind of a can't focus, feels like I'm walking on the moon, drunk but not drunk kind of feeling. I got laid off (what can I say, crappy company) later that week, and I was back on the job hunt. From what I can remember, I was still feeling these waves of dizzy spells, but then they started to be accompanied with kind of hot spells.
A couple months go by and I've been out of work for a while, so a friend gives me a couple days at some gig, having little money left in my bank account I gladly take what I can get and jump on the hours. We're now in Late July of 2008. It's at this gig I met a girl, we began dating immediately after.
During the month of August I really don't remember feeling symptoms anymore, life was moving very fast for me, I didn't have a job, but I had a girl, and people I knew from out of town were all coming home. My social calendar was filled. Whilst dating this girl, we moved pretty quickly into the physical stuff, and it was a strange relationship. We broke up after a month, but elected to "stay friends". We tried that for another month, but one night got into a really stupid fight. That's the second last time I've ever seen her. This was in September. There was never any face to face closure.
Meanwhile during my courting of this girl, I got a new job in retail. Now I do recall a couple days before work even during August I felt a bit light headed before work, and even going to work. They promoted me pretty quickly (after about 1 week), into a better paid, full time position in the warehouse.
So now we're in September, I'm in a pretty high stress job ATM (Just due to the time of year), I'm new at it, I lost my girl... but that being said, overall I don't remember having any symptoms. Overall, physically I'm okay. And even emotionally, ya know, she meant something to me... but, we only dated a month. Life goes on.
Here's where it begins for real - We get to about mid October, and I start to feel... different, the symptoms aren't a big deal, and I just figure, weather is getting colder, my body is adjusting, no big deal. I would wake up in the morning, get these, chills, just, I'd get dressed in the morning and just feel chilly, and very unwell, like I just want to crawl back into bed. On the bus on the way to work I have huge dizzy/light headed spells, that do not go away. Officially, I have chronic symptoms and I'm getting extremely fed up with this.
I go to a Doctor in November and we start to do the broad strokes. My chest seems fine, no heart problems, I don't smoke and I do the very VERY rare toke of weed. I drink very sparingly, rarely get drunk, no real tests have been done yet to determine, what it could be, she's convinced it's stress.
As the months go by and the weather gets colder (Mind you, I'm in a warehouse where the door opens to the outside, very frequently, so the blast of cold air comes in, and out, and the temperature is always changing) I start to feel, way worse, I dont have a cough or cold, but I FEEL cold, I feel light headed, every night I just want to jump into a warm bath and kill this rotten feeling. We're now into December and I think it's definitely time to get my blood tested.
I get tested for HIV, other STD's, any abnormalities in my blood like iron, etc. and it all comes back a blank, I'm clean. Now I've got my own parents convinced from my complaining that this is all manifested in my head. I'm crazy, my friends think I'm stressed out, my doc agrees.
In December I also started seeing a Chiropractor, now this guy is a really honest guy, I know the horror stories are all there that they are cheats, etc. But anyway, I go to him, and he diagnoses me, Apparently my neck is straight as an arrow (there should be a curve in it), and the whole left side of my body is just, not fully operating the way it should, He started cracking and shifting aggressively over a couple months, and he got my neck back in place again, I now only see him once every 45 days or so. It's hard to tell if he actually DID anything towards my symptoms, but I'd love to think he helped in some way. I still believe in the medicine.
We're now into early January and I've booked an appointment to an Ear Nose Throat specialist. Now it's about this time that I've noticed, along with my normal symptoms, I have been feeling blocked up in my ears, if I put ear drops in, I get this kind of rush feeling and my lightheaded spells goes away, I'm totally convinced there's something lodged in there. I finally see the man, he looks at me for 3 minutes and shoves me out the door (in Canada he gets paid per patient a flat rate I'm assuming), I was very ****** off and am still convinced, even if the guy knows what he was doing, he couldn't even be bothered to flush my ears.
From February up to now it's been relatively the same, LIGHT HEADED as much, but more so, chills, and feelings of being extremely weak. And now I've gotten into the bad habbit of cracking the (my right) side of my jaw, and I'm trying to break the habbit, my jaw is sore, my neck is sore and I have the following symptoms:
Symptoms - Dizzy spells, hot spells, sweaty and chilly, I can feel the tingling on every bit of my skin like its irritated when im having one of these spells, like if I put on a shirt I can FEEL the irritation of putting on my shirt. When I get home from work I usually feel better, and I can jump in the bath, feel even better, get some sleep and rinse and repeat.
On the weekends, I'm always a write off, somehow I manage to feel worse. For example THIS weekend. I was feeling okay, I was sitting outside with my brother for the first time yesterday enjoying the hot weather, then I went out, I'm on the subway in a t-shirt, and all of a sudden, I'm hot, but cold, I'm sweating heavily in my armpits, I feel pressure behind my ears. I feel like a wreck.
I go home, and as I'm preparing to go out last night, I have ANOTHER shower, to try and just, wash it off, the hot shower helps, but I definitely still feel symptoms. This has become all too familiar, even writing this post now I feel a little dizzy.
So breaking it down.
I don't have an STD, I am working on my neck and body with a chiropractor, I eat well, I have good dental hygiene recently im cracking my own neck and jaw and it's become a bad habbit, I feel better after hot showers and baths. I feel mostly horrible on weekends. I work in a warehouse where there definitely is ****** air.
Could it be an allergic thing? I've never been prone to them, but I'm going to get an allergy test very soon.
Lack of sleep? I know that on a lot of nights I've only been getting 6 hours, and it's like my body has learned to only get 6 hours, but I just don't think I'd be getting chronic symptoms like this.
Stress? Who knows.
I've not been 100% in 9 months. And for the first time in my life, I've actually felt very vulnerable to an early death. And I know I sound melodramatic, my symptoms aren't some SERIOUS SERIOUS thing where it should be assumed I'm terminal or near death... but, is it too much to ask to want to be able to live a normal life?
If any of you have read this far, I commend you for having patience for my verbal diarrhea. If I can think of anything else I'll reply with it, any suggestions would be lovely.