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Old 10-20-2003, 08:00 AM   #1
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Question I am so scared..anybody?

It started at the end of September when I was going through the aisle at Target..halloween section.
The flashing lights through me into a very bad dizzy spell. I figured that I hadn't eaten and was just not feeling good and didn't think much of it until the next week at Target - same aisle - I had another "episode". Then a couple days later, driving, the sun peeked through the trees and again..a bad dizzy spell. I went to the dr. and described my symptoms (flashing lights made have a dizzy spell that lasted about 30 seconds and then it just tired me out afterwards). I had heart tests (I have a left bundle branch blockage..no biggy), blood test (came out to be pretty anemic) and everything else was fine.

I went to New York for a wedding this weekend and when the photographer was taking a picture, the 2nd flash threw me into a dizzy spell. I was cognitive, but I couldn't see straight for about a minute. I am so afraid. I do get stressed very easily..but I never thought I could be having panic attacks. And now people keep mentioning MS to me? My family dr. is concerned, but thinks it is more with my heart..and I just don't know.

Please..anybody?
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Old 10-20-2003, 08:26 AM   #2
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vampslater,

That's an amazing symptom.
Just off the top of my head I thought vertigo/labyrinthitus. Have you had a head cold or bad hay fever lately?

Anything like this happen in the past? Have you always been photosenstitive, always need sunglasses etc.?

I wish I could be of more help but I don't think it's going to turn out to be something dangerous.

My second thought was "migraine aura." Do you have a history of headaches?

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Old 10-20-2003, 08:29 AM   #3
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Are you taking Iron regulary now? It's highly normal to be having panic attacks after the scarey symptoms you describe. However all panic attacks are is an over-reaction to bodily symptoms which increases adrenalyn, which intensifies symptoms..then you think about those symptoms ..then they intensify,..until you reach aaaaaaahhhh panic attack! Just realize these are normal symptoms for anyone who would be going through your current medical problem and then focus on your breathing. Most of the time with panic, people breath shallow. Breathing in slowly and out slowly and easier ALWAYS works. It is the key. If you keep having symptoms...sweating, nervousness, feelings of out of body somewhat, don't worry, just accept that this is part of panic, focus on the breathing and try not to run just remember YOU are the safe place. Not your bed, the closet a dark room... You will be just fine. Millions of people have this everyday. It will get better.

 
Old 10-23-2003, 02:04 PM   #4
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This may be epolipsy? Which is a nerve disorder you might want to see a specialist

 
Old 10-30-2003, 03:15 PM   #5
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yes, it sounds like photosensitive epilepsy to me

 
Old 10-30-2003, 04:44 PM   #6
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Go see your family doc and ask to be scheduled for an EEG (As opposed to the EKG/ECG's that we are all SOOOO sick of). There are many different kinds of seizures.... not neccessarily epileptic (if that scares you). I experience a similar thing and the EEG showed...well, heck now I forget what it is called. Anyway, it is a type of seizure. You will not lose your driver's license but will have to stop going to discos. They don't generally get any worse and actually may clear up if you get your anemia under control. Oh yeah, and not being able to remember what kind of seizures they are is not a symptom.
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