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apk41473 04-29-2008 03:31 PM

Dizziness, fatigue and brain fog.
So here it goes. I'm 35 years old w/ an 11 year old. But I feel like I'm 70 years old. This started 4 years ago. I just got dizzy and then it went to a lightheadedness and tired. I had every test you could take. CAT, MRI, gluclose tolerence test, holter moniter, full blood test, lupus test, thyroid test, cortisol level test. I went to a specialist and he said nothing is wrong. I changed doctors recently and she put me through all of these test again. She narrowed this down to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Makes since right?
In December 2007 I had 2 anxiety attacks and went to the hospital. These major dizzy spells came back and have not gone away. Cannot drive, lost my job, fiance and probably soon my home. I don't know what to do. I have tried everything. I also recently found out I have major allergies and now I have to get injections once a week. They are not helping. Now I am getting nausea. I have this headache often, heavy just sucks. I am getting really depressed and I need help. I have tried herbs, vitamins and home remedies. And now I have no money to try anything else. Does anyone out there have any ideas on what I can do to help???????????

I also have tried anti-depressents and my body rejects them.. My body seems to reject most medications. The only thing that helped (a little) was valium and 3 days ago I stopped them. Please someone help!!!!!

Thank You


topcat1709 05-02-2008 06:50 AM

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Hello I am sorry to hear about your pproblems. I had the same and could not stand without almost collapsing.After many tests, MRI CT scan etc I had lung function tests. I was constantly hyperventilating, overbreathing, but it was not noticeable to me at all.I had one visit to a physiotherapist specialising in breathing problems and learnt to breathe from the abdomen and to breathe slowly, about 10 inhalations per minute. After that one visit I felt better than I had done for months.I pracise the breathing exercises regularly.My dizziness which had become so bad disappeared completely. I have since been diagnosed with CFS. Anxiety causes hyperventilation.I hope this may help.It really made a great difference to me and was quite easy.Good luck

apk41473 05-04-2008 11:49 AM

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Thanks topcat1709, I'm willing to try anything. I just wonder anymore if this is something that can be helped medically. They have tried anti-depressants and my body rejects them. So I feel I have to try anything other than medicine to, I'll give it a try. I'm glad your doing well. Keep it up.


apk41473 05-04-2008 11:50 AM

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:dizzy::dizzy::dizzy:Thanks topcat1709, I'm willing to try anything. I just wonder anymore if this is something that can be helped medically. They have tried anti-depressants and my body rejects them. So I feel I have to try anything other than medicine to, I'll give it a try. I'm glad your doing well. Keep it up.


chris1021 05-05-2008 01:25 PM

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Hey there, I'm so sorry to hear about your suffering.....You sound EXACTLY like me, and I had to reply to your post. First of all, please know you are not alone. I have all of your symptoms, and have struggled for years to get the Mayo Clinic they gave me the diagnosis of CFS and sent me home with NOTHING to was only a matter of time until my OB/GYN uncovered the mystery! I'm adrenal insufficient.... The testing at Mayo couldn't uncover my issues! SHOCK!!
My doc at home insisted on running tests that nobody ran. Thankfully he cared enough to help me! He ran Saliva tests (Hormonal panel) A lot of docs don't believe in them and continue to use the tests they were educated in using (among them urine and serum). Saliva tests are extremely accurate in pinpointing the amount of cortisol you put out during various times of the day. Because the levels go up and down ALL DAY, this is one sure way of tracking them. Well, surprise surprise....I had a boat load of answers....and now I see a doc who specializes in treating these issues.
One thing I have learned is that you must be your own please don't give up! You deserve to have optimal health! I see that you live in WV. Not sure exactly where, but perhaps you could check into docs who perform these types of tests in your area.
Stress makes everything worse. Being a single parent is incredibly stressful, and being chronically ill is incredibly stressful. Hang around happy people, remove the toxic ones Make yourself laugh many times a day. "laughter is the BEST medicine!" Watch a funny movie.....surround yourself with positive people.... do something for yourself each day...go for a walk even though it's exhausting, don't walk fast, just slow down and enjoy the beauty around you! Tell yourself "I'm going to be healthy, I'm well!" Hang in there...I will keep you in my prayers. .
I still struggle everyday....and the doc is still working on my cortisol dosage to keep me above the grass :-) just know that you are not alone, and I believe and understand what you are going through!
I hope this helps. Good luck, and I wish you great health in the very near future!

itburns2004 05-15-2008 07:37 AM

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B12 shots. Have you tried them. Ask your doctor to GIVE them. This has helped me sooooooo much. Do not take no for an answer! Tell him even if he tests you,, the acceptable level is too low. He [COLOR="SeaGreen"]can[/COLOR] test you by the way. That would be the absolute starting point. Then go check out Dr. teitlebaums site he is very into this and feels for sure it is yeast related, which by the way is also very treatable. An alternative/complimentary doctor would be VERY helpful in the area. ACAM can help you find a doctor in your area. IT IS SO WORTH THE VISIT.

David 12321 05-20-2008 09:25 PM

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i've had cfs/fibro for 28 years. i've tried so many different medicine therapies i can barely, if at all, remember each one. the things that helped me the most on a consistent basis over the past twenty-some odd years are:
benzodiazepams (klonopin, lorarzepam, valium) each one works a little differently; one releases more quickly, one lasts on and so forth. yes they can be addictive. there's a big difference between being addicted and being dependant. they help with sleep.
sleep meds: ambien, sonata, lunesta and rozerem are the ones i most hear about. ambien can do weird things. people have driven, cooked and ate meals, cleaned their house, etc. while under the influence of ambien and not remembered. i didn't let that scare me away, i just took steps to make sure it wouldn't happen. lunesta leaves a nasty metal taste in your mouth, with some people it goes away, with me it didn't
sonata is a quick acting one. it hits you fast so if you take it make sure you go straight to bed. it is used to get one to sleep. it wears off quickly, in four hours which is nice because there is little hangover effect. however if you have problems with waking up and not being able to get back to sleep, it may not be the best one for you because of its quick in and out pattern.
rozerem is a different type of sleep med. it's not a hypnotic. it works similar to melatonin. some people i know have used melatonin but talk to a doctor first. it changes brain signals or something like that, i'm not really up on it. the only time i've taken it is for jet lag after a long flight changing a lot of time zones. i'm currently taking rozerem, the verdict is still out on that one as to whether it's gonna work or not.i've taken all the sleep meds mentioned, each one has its positives and its negatives. the problem with most is that they have diminishing effects. the longer you take them, the less they work which is unfortunate.
if we could get good sleep without meds, it would be a God send. literally, at least for me.
so benzodiazepams and sleep meds.
the other big one is anti-depressants. trycyclic anti-depressants seem to work well for many people. they have the added benefit of helping with sleep. the negatives are a very very dry mouth and being somewhat stoned.
remeron is another i hear of a lot. i couldn't take it. i was majorly stoned. you could've driven a knife through my hand and i wouldn't have known it.
be careful with the SSI inhibitor anti-depressants as they can, and in many cases do, completely mess with a person's lobido. mine was nilch. nada. nothing. and i'm a guy so i stopped them immediately. (not saying it wouldn't be bad for you ladies) i feel weird mentioning it but i'm amazed how many doctors prescribe this type to guys and don't mention that the drug has a very good chance of rendering them impotent. good thing is that it reverses when the medicine is stopped so i guess it can't hurt to try, maybe it wouldn't do that.
those are the big three....benzos, sleep meds and anti-depresants.
there are others. some have success some don't with a variety of things. after reading some threads in here you'll hear a lot of them mentioned but the three that i mentioned are the three that i've seen have the most success over the longest period of time.
whatever you whatever you can to get the best, most consistent sleep pattern you can. it's an enigma. we're tired and need sleep but have trouble sleeping. so that's what i've heard and seen over the past 28 years. i hope it helps.

apk41473 05-25-2008 04:29 PM

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Thanks to everyone whom have posted replies at my aid. I actually get B12 shots for years now and they do not really do anything for me. And they have given me all sorts of meds....anti-depressents/mixes of and the only thing that helps a little is the valium. It doesn't help with the dizziness just the anxiety. All the other meds I've tried make me sick, so the doc thinks I may have an ulcer to boot. Just went to the doc Wednesday because I've felt sick to my stomach for the past 4 weeks. So she has now put 2 and 2 together on the ulcer. So, they gave me a blood test. Then, Friday the doc called and said my potassium levels are super low and I have one week to ge them back up. (Could this be the problem?? I really hope so.) So, now I started a potassium supplement and I am crossing my fingers hoping this works. Who knows? Not much luck yet. But I thank everyone for their support and I hope you all are doing well.:)


javelina 06-08-2008 08:11 AM

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Did you ever get tested for autonomic nervous system dysfunction? These are pretty classic symptoms for that. They would have done a tilt table test among other things.

David 12321 06-14-2008 11:54 PM

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bananas are a great natural source of potassium. if you are getting muscle cramps and charlie horses, they are very indicative of low potassium. i had a low level once over the years and i started eating bananas every day and it went back to normal.

rvnfrost 06-16-2008 10:25 AM

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I see that your doctor tested you for most things, but maybe they should do a vitamin and mineral workup. Every one of my first blood test results came back fairly normal, but my doctor wanted an explanation for my exhaustion and some other symptoms that sound similar to yours.
She discovered my b12 is extremely low. She also discovered that cells in my stomach that bind to b12 are not being produced in high enough numbers for me to absorb b12 orally (through supplements either).
Her next course of action is for me to get an endoscopy to check for an ulcer. It's the next simplest solution to everything. I'm stressed and I'm constantly overwhelmed. More than likely I do have an ulcer and from what you are saying (in terms of your life) you are also extremely stressed. Maybe you should find out about b12 and an ulcer.
You never know.

My Regards.

rvnfrost 06-16-2008 10:26 AM

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Sorry about the follow-up, I thought I had read all the posts.

Good luck in your search.


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