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    Old 02-24-2005, 06:11 AM   #1
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    Does this sound like Anemia?

    I posted this in the Brain disorders section but I feel like maybe I'm Anemic. Please read my story and tell me if you think i could be i am a 28 yr old male otherwise healthy, but I'm sick of finding no answers. I've be tested for thyroid problems, CT scan was done of head 8 months ago...sinuses are allright...




    Beginning about a year or so ago, I began having this pressure in my head, mostly behind my forehead, eyes, nose, and temples. I used to think it was sinus, but the ENT says no problems. The pressure in my head could best be described as a "full" feeling, almost as if my head were filled with water about it was about to burst.

    I had my first dizzy spell about 8 months ago where I felt as if I was going to faint and ended up going to the Emergency Room where they ran a CT scan that came back no problems. Just recently about a month ago, I began having more frequent headaches. And I have begun having more frequent and pronounced dizzy spells. Before a month or 2 ago, I had occasional dizzy spells mostly when I tilted my head or was lying down, but they usually went away. But more recently, the dizziness seems to go along with the amount of pressure I am feeling in my head. During a typical episode, I will wake up with a splitting headache which lasts most of the day, or even up to 2 days, and usually the dizzy spells begin when the headache starts to go away.

    It is not exactly like the room is spinning, but more like it is just bouncing around violently, up and down, back and forth. Very often, if I lay down on my side or back, the pressure in my head goes way up, and the dizziness is dramatically higher, and when I close my eyes the dizziness no longer bothers me but if I open my eyes the world is still bouncing around.

    Normally, I feel the best when I first wake up, unless I wake up with a headache, which is not uncommon. The dizziness and pressure usually seem to get worse as the day goes on. Sometimes I have to stop what I'm doing and just sit down and close my eyes.

    This is affecting my life and I'm wondering if there is any clear cut answer. Some days are almost symptom-free, where as other days, I cannot bear to leave the house in fear of fainting, or getting very dizzy out in public. It has been suggested that maybe stress is a factor, however I should point out that I don't really have much stress, and the fact that my dizziness is often dramatically worse when I lay on my side, makes me question how it could be psychological and not physical...not to mention the headaches and pressure in my head.

     
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    Old 02-24-2005, 01:39 PM   #2
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    Re: Does this sound like Anemia?

    You could be anemic as dizziness is the main symptom I have had but it sounds like you could have anxiety as well. If you are anemic a very simple blood test will tell you and you should have a blood test done anyways. Anxiety plays a huge role in dizziness. My dizziness started with the anemia but as I have been getting better my dizziness is still there - anxiety has kicked in and keeps it around.
    Your best bet is to see a doctor or a neurologist to see what is causing the dizziness.
    You also sound agoraphobic - that alone can cause severe dizziness.

     
    Old 02-25-2005, 04:27 AM   #3
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    Re: Does this sound like Anemia?

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    Originally Posted by Jbrannen
    I posted this in the Brain disorders section but I feel like maybe I'm Anemic. Please read my story and tell me if you think i could be i am a 28 yr old male otherwise healthy, but I'm sick of finding no answers. I've be tested for thyroid problems, CT scan was done of head 8 months ago...sinuses are allright...




    Beginning about a year or so ago, I began having this pressure in my head, mostly behind my forehead, eyes, nose, and temples. I used to think it was sinus, but the ENT says no problems. The pressure in my head could best be described as a "full" feeling, almost as if my head were filled with water about it was about to burst.

    I had my first dizzy spell about 8 months ago where I felt as if I was going to faint and ended up going to the Emergency Room where they ran a CT scan that came back no problems. Just recently about a month ago, I began having more frequent headaches. And I have begun having more frequent and pronounced dizzy spells. Before a month or 2 ago, I had occasional dizzy spells mostly when I tilted my head or was lying down, but they usually went away. But more recently, the dizziness seems to go along with the amount of pressure I am feeling in my head. During a typical episode, I will wake up with a splitting headache which lasts most of the day, or even up to 2 days, and usually the dizzy spells begin when the headache starts to go away.

    It is not exactly like the room is spinning, but more like it is just bouncing around violently, up and down, back and forth. Very often, if I lay down on my side or back, the pressure in my head goes way up, and the dizziness is dramatically higher, and when I close my eyes the dizziness no longer bothers me but if I open my eyes the world is still bouncing around.

    Normally, I feel the best when I first wake up, unless I wake up with a headache, which is not uncommon. The dizziness and pressure usually seem to get worse as the day goes on. Sometimes I have to stop what I'm doing and just sit down and close my eyes.

    This is affecting my life and I'm wondering if there is any clear cut answer. Some days are almost symptom-free, where as other days, I cannot bear to leave the house in fear of fainting, or getting very dizzy out in public. It has been suggested that maybe stress is a factor, however I should point out that I don't really have much stress, and the fact that my dizziness is often dramatically worse when I lay on my side, makes me question how it could be psychological and not physical...not to mention the headaches and pressure in my head.
    I would suggest that you go to a Ear nose throat specialist and be checked for Meneires disease. Those are the symptoms with that. It is not a fun disease but you won't die from it unless you have an attack while driving a vehicle or operating heavy machinery. There are medications that the doctor can prescribe to alleviate the symptoms.

     
    Old 02-26-2005, 04:37 PM   #4
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    Re: Does this sound like Anemia?

    I have been having dizzy spells-brain fogginess since September. Had to quit my job. I do get anxiety because I had a very severe case of vertigo-and when I get light headed-afraid another bout is coming. I also had MRI and CScan. What you may be having is migraines. You dont always have a headache (MAV )when experencing the dizziness. Are you light sensitive?
    I was treated for anemia and was very dizzy-pale and craved "ice" I could not keep enough in the house -I had to buy it by the bag! Took iron pills for 3 months and haven't craved ice since.

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