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Old 05-23-2008, 04:04 PM   #1
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My dizzy wife = I am afraid

I am really concerned about my wife, I fear something serious, yet the Drs. seem laxidaseical (sp) about it. This happens sometimes. She is an RN , works night shift in an environment that gets very stressful at times.

A couple nights ago while at work she was struck with a panic attack with dizziness, severe dizziness. Almost simultaneously she couldn't talk and got a migrain.

Sometimes she gets dizzy without a panic attack. There are times when her talking is not affected.

The dizziness has been occuring since whe was a child.

It used to happen in sports when a tenage. Now if she plays volleyball sometimes it happens, sometimes not.

She was vacuming the house, and she got hit with the whole 9 yards.

All these years the Drs arent sure. They think something is wrong. Wow.

Shes had mris & all the other stuff.

Does anyone have any idea whit is going on.

I fear a serious stroke & what we see as a fate wortht hen death if it is a totaly paralyzing stroke.

If u know, please help.

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Old 05-24-2008, 03:55 PM   #2
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Re: My dizzy wife==========I am afraid

you need to demand to your doctor to refer your wife to see someone higher up the hospital, don't give it with your doctor keep on going to see him and then he will have no choice but to refer you.
I suffer from vertigo but no where near as bad as your wife!
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Re: My dizzy wife==========I am afraid

just wondering here. when this all 'happens' does it ALWAYS end up with an actual migrane? some migrane 'auras' can be pretty insane when they start up. i have been getting migrane since i hit age thirteen,many many years ago,and can tell you,i have had the 'pre/aura" onset go some really incredible ways over the years. one time i lost all vision in one eye for about 45 minutes,everything just went black,i have had one whole side of my body just 'feel' really creepy and unable to really move anything at all there? but luckily,most just srew up my vision and will make it appear like one arm just is not 'my' arm? very wierd kind of a 'detachment from the rest of my body. thats kind of 'my' standard pre migrane aura for me. but one time i culdn't look at something and read it and get the words out of my mouth to actually get the word from the page,thru my brain and actually read it aloud type thing? really crazy. does she have any type of an 'abortive' migrane med to take that actually stops the progression from the 'aura thru migrane" thing.

mine went untreated til they finally invented a wonderful med called midrin way back in the early 80's. this med is one you take right when your particular "aura' pops in and it will abort the migrane within about 45 min to an hour. it was a true lifesaver for me and gave me my life back. has she ever just had these evaluated by someone who really understands the whole migrane thing? they can just present in some very insane ways in some people.

just what showed up in that MRI and how long ago was it and was it done with a contrast agent? does she have an actual copy of that MRI in her possession? if not,she needs to obtain one and go thru it herself. what type of docs has she been seeing about this?

the thing is,this just could be 'her" migrane aura or it could be something else too. one huge thing here tho,lack of sleep is HUGE possible migrane trigger for some. working nights is just much more difficult to even try and get any real "normal' type of sleep for most. my hubby used to work nights and could never get any real 'normal' typs of sleep,ever. my sister is also an RN and works the night shift too,she has a very strange scehdule with big changes in her sleep patterns too. it just comes with that territory i guess.

in some people,just having that sleep pattern disrupted like when you are working vs having the day or days off? it can create problems for people who already are predisposed to migrane. if she doesn't currently have any types of meds she can take for her migranes, the midrin is really a wonderful abortive med. i have been on this one med only for my migranes for over 25 years and it still works as well for me as the first time i tried it. just a good suggestion. she really needs this all evaluated and defined just to see what these "episodes' really are,migrane with aura,or something else. FB
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Old 06-04-2008, 09:26 AM   #4
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Re: My dizzy wife==========I am afraid

There are many reasons for dizzyness. Typically, they are related to calcium in the ears and as these "rocks" move, they get misplaced causing the brain to have difficulty determining up from down. I have severe vertigo - they thought positional vertigo, Meneries, MS. After 2 years of disabling vertigo, they still don't have a diagnosis. However, after insisting on getting some treatment to at least help aleviate the symptoms, they have given me a prescription that is used to treat Meneries.

I find that the medical profession does not understand the severity of how disabling vertigo is. One specialist told me there was nothing that could be done. I asked him that if his wife was suffering the same problem would his answer still be the same? You guessed it - he said he would tell her there was nothing to be done. I didn't believe him - but if they can't find out what is causing it, they don't know how to treat it.

So, make sure she has seen an ENT or even better, a Neuro who specialises in inner ear problems. There is a great link on Healthboards titled "inner ear disorders" with some great members who fully understand vertigo.

Good luck!

 
Old 06-05-2008, 06:23 PM   #5
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I'm not sure about that "aura" thing. I'm gonna ask her to read this and see if it makes sense to her. That sounds like a terrible, frightening condition with your migrains.

I know they gave her some samples of something that u r supposed to take as soon as it is coming on & I know the stuff is real expensive but I don't know what it is.

I think she has found a good Dr. recently who is , I believe, trying to get to the route of this.

Ya know, there are so many things going on in all of us & some stuff is undefined or not detailed.

But what happens to her, I think, is maybe one of those things that is known, but it is so unusual that you have to find the appropriate place.

I'm new to this board but I guess you are probably all familiar with that mystery diagnosis show (or whatever it is called.)

The saddest theme that runs thru many of these poor afflicted people is the disrespect that get from ignorant Drs. It seems like a lot of time these patients are woman and the Drs. simply don't believe them.

I have great respect for the hard work people in the medical field do. But it really disgusts me when sometimes Drs. get so arrogant, godlike in their minds, that they predetermine what something is based on their prejudices.

They are only human, but so are we. Even when I am positive I am right about something, if there is something that does not fit my opinion, and it is an important issue, I know, or have learned , that it is necessary to sometimes reexamine things.

For a Dr. , whose opinion is so important, to be closed minded is the epidimy of ignorance.

(Sorry about 'preachin'- but arrogant people who abuse others really pisses me off)

 
Old 07-21-2008, 06:21 AM   #6
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Re: My dizzy wife = I am afraid

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Originally Posted by Browndog113 View Post
I am really concerned about my wife, I fear something serious, yet the Drs. seem laxidaseical (sp) about it. This happens sometimes. She is an RN , works night shift in an environment that gets very stressful at times.

A couple nights ago while at work she was struck with a panic attack with dizziness, severe dizziness. Almost simultaneously she couldn't talk and got a migrain.

Sometimes she gets dizzy without a panic attack. There are times when her talking is not affected.

The dizziness has been occuring since whe was a child.

It used to happen in sports when a tenage. Now if she plays volleyball sometimes it happens, sometimes not.

She was vacuming the house, and she got hit with the whole 9 yards.

All these years the Drs arent sure. They think something is wrong. Wow.

Shes had mris & all the other stuff.

Does anyone have any idea whit is going on.

I fear a serious stroke & what we see as a fate wortht hen death if it is a totaly paralyzing stroke.

If u know, please help.
Hi Browndog,

I've just started a new thread about Benign Postional Vertigo....or is it? and as I read your post, it is like reading all about myself.

I have been suffering bouts of dizziness for over 15 years, which started for me soon after my mum died.....of course, it was put down to the stress of mum dying, but three years after mum died, I was still suffering dizziness.
Surely, it wasn't still stress......

I've had all the tests, ears, eyes, nose, throat, scans, x-rays and here I am 15 years down the line still having bouts of dizziness.....

I manage to control them when they start, but at the time of starting, I feel so ill.

My latest visit to my GP tells me they still don't know what is causing the dizziness and the GP still maintains it's stress......

I don't know where to go from here, but I just keep trying to look after myself as best I can.

I do sincerely hope your wife is feeling better.

Linda

 
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