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    Old 01-18-2015, 10:59 AM   #1
    jennd121
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    Brain fog, dizziness, pressure in head

    It's been a long time since I've posted but I'm hoping maybe someone has found some answers for themselves that may be able to help me. I have he a severe brain fog for the better part of 5-6 years with no reprieve. Dizzy spells come and go, sometimes worse than others. I have been to 15+ doctors (MDs and natural) including an array of specialists and no one can figure it out. I also get the feeling of pins and needles in my face and arms and legs. Today I feel like just standing up I'm going to hit the floor. Usually it only happens when I stand in one place for just a few minutes. Today I can't even do that. I Just want to figure out what it is so I can start getting my life back. My poor husband has been so supportive but I'm not sure how much more he can take. I've hd an mri tons of blood tests including blood counts and thyroid, ear/hearing tests, stool analysis, acupuncture, colon hydrotherapy, a chiropractor, allergist and more I just can't remember them all anymore. Anyone have any suggestions as to where to go from here? We've literally broke the bank at this point and have run out of options. Thanks in advance.

     
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    Old 02-09-2015, 09:43 AM   #2
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    Re: Brain fog, dizziness, pressure in head

    Have you been tested for Lyme disease? I've been having the exact same problems, brain fog, dizziness along with pressure at the base of my skull sometimes radiating to the front of my scalp. I also have had numerous episodes of double vision. It's been a nightmare to say the least.

    I've had an MRI which shows white matter, a CT scan and have had numerous blood tests. I still don't have a diagnosis, numerous people said I should be tested for Lyme Disease, which I did and it came back negative. I'm going to ask that they test
    again and send it to Igenix in California, I heard they're the best. I'm also scheduled to have a spinal tap to rule out MS.

    I feel your pain, I am having a time driving to and from work. I hope you get it resolved, I'm trying very hard to remain positive but this has really taken a toll on me.

    I wish you the best!

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    Old 02-09-2015, 10:41 AM   #3
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    Re: Brain fog, dizziness, pressure in head

    I know exactly how you feel. I have been dealing with the same problems for over 6 months now.... I keep having to switch doctors because eventually they all just give up because they don't know where else to look. It is extremely frustrating.

    How do you get tested for Lyme? Does it now show up in blood tests?

    I am in the process of trying to get another ENT appointment, as my first one was absolutely USELESS. Appointment literally lasted 2 minutes after waiting a month to get in.

     
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    Old 02-09-2015, 10:54 AM   #4
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    Yes, they do a blood test for Lyme. What little I know about Lyme disease I learned from this website. Go to the Lyme Board on this website and read some of the posts.
    It's amazing what symptoms this disease can present.

    I've been dizzy, pressure and tingling in my head for 4 months. Some days are a little better than others but I haven't had a "Normal day" since the onset!

    I do know that the best testing is done by Igenix in California. Since you've had so many other tests done, it surely wouldn't hurt. Read the Lyme Board, it's really informative.

    Good luck!

     
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    Old 02-09-2015, 02:31 PM   #5
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    Re: Brain fog, dizziness, pressure in head

    I have not been tested for Lyme Disease that I know of but I have done some reading and will not rule that out. I did just find out that I have a nodule in my thyroid in the parotid gland (right in front of my ear) that is showing benign characteristics. I'm wondering if that may be causing my issues and I just hadn't discovered the lump before now. I just got the phone call today and have a follow up with my doctor next Tuesday to discuss my options. My mom just went through the same thing, but hers was cancer and she had it for 20 or so years. Not sure that could do it or not, but worth a shot.

    I have been to over 15 doctors, more than half of which told me I was crazy or that it was all in my head. I don't have a primary care physician anymore because I got sick of telling them what was going on for them to not believe me, or not listen to what I had to say. It is frustrating to say the least, but it's nice to know we aren't alone. Thanks for responding, keep me posted on your progress, and I will do the same.

    Best wishes on your journeys,
    Jenn

     
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    Old 02-11-2015, 05:43 PM   #6
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    Hi all first time posting.

    I have similar feelings as what the OP mentioned. Have had mild headaches and pressures that seem to move around my skull, pain normally about a 2/10 but sometimes it'll flash quickly to an 8 for a second. headaches been going on about two weeks. Lots of pressure behind eyes the past couple days, almost like eyestrain. Bit of nauseous feeling. And the kicker is the pins and needles sensations the past week or so. Started out as one or two a day, now they are pretty constant, several a minute and completely random (toe, butt, scalp, middle of eye, rectum, calf, arm). Never experienced anything like this before. Am hoping it is stress and goes away as many folks on other boards have had pins and needles for years attributing to stress; may try to see my massage therapist who is good with body pains. Lost a parent in the past month and some relationship stress on occasion. I'm a 50 yr old slender male. In Arizona so I donít think Lyme disease is a candidate. On a national map of states where Lyme exists its pretty non existent here. Will be curious to hear from others about these symptoms.

     
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    Old 02-12-2015, 06:15 AM   #7
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    I used to get eye twitching and pins and needles quite a bit, but not so much anymore. I do get a lot of floaters in my left eye (right eye is completely fine). I do notice that when I eat really unhealthy, the floaters get worse... not sure if that's coincidence or not, but we'll see. I'm working up to doing a 10 day smoothie cleanse next week. I did breakfast and lunch one day of smoothies and I felt half way decent the next day... I thought it was worth a try. I really do notice a difference in how I'm feeling when I eat healthy versus eating fast food or processed food. I'll keep you guys posted

     
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    Old 04-21-2015, 10:48 AM   #8
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    Thought I would do a follow up since I know people find these posts googling symptoms online and probably wonder what ever happens to people....

    My symptoms got worse through March which lead me to my GP who did blood and chest x-ray (was having possible sinus infection but never sure about that). Since my pin pricks, tingles and muscle twitches were getting worse, I decided to see the Neurologist that he recommended. Met w her and received a good office physical exam where she checked reflexes, muscle strength, coordination, eye movement, etc. She said all good. For my peace of mind had a brain MRI done. This was a little nerve-racking because after a few days the doc office calls up and says "We have your MRI results and the doctor would like to see you for a follow up. We can see you in 9 days." So for 9 days I was worried sick. I mean, why bring me in unless it's serious? So I went for the followup and the brain "was in tact" she said. Only thing that showed up was a polyp in nasal cavity that many with allergies have. She asked if there was anything else she could do and I said no.

    Now, she did recommend the following for the pin-pricks: get off of the nightly benadryl I was taking to help me sleep and maybe try melatonin. Also she suggested 500mg a day of Magnesium Oxide. So I've been doing that.

    I then moved on to a naturopath to look at other things like supplements, prescriptions, diets, etc. She saw in recent blood work that my ALT was kinda high. This has to do with the liver and could be high from the statins I've been taking for cholesteral. Is this related to pin pricks, twitches? Not sure, maybe. So for now I'll wean off of the statins and replace with CoQ10.

    And finally, it has been a pretty stressful spring. Both the GP and Neuro and Naturo all said stress could be causing these symptoms of pins, needles, tingles, twitches, brain fog, minor headaches. So, in conclusion, since nothing major was found I am looking at a comprehensive way of making myself healthier, from stress management, to diet, exercise, supplements, etc. Hopefully these will make these symptoms completely disappear.

    As I write this, I am in fact doing much better. Brain fog and headaches are gone. Pins, needles, twitches still going on, just not as prevalent.

    Good luck all.

     
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    Old 04-27-2015, 11:09 AM   #9
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    AZDude, how are you doing? It's been a few months, so I hope you're still on here and that your experiment has gone well. I would love to hear more about the changes you have implemented and how they have effected you.

    Have you (or anyone else reading this) tried Essential Oils for fogginess? I have had several people in the last couple of weeks tell me I have to try it that they will change my life. I found 2 that I am curious about but thought I would ask if any of you have experience with them (Fog related or not).

    For those interested, the ones I have found the most information (and best reviews on) are Young Living "Clarity" and "Brain Power". I found them online for about $100 for both.

    I hope my message finds you all happy and healthy

    ~Jenn

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    Old 04-27-2015, 11:12 AM   #10
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    I guess I should read recent posts before jumping the gun! Great to hear that what you are doing is working. I would love to hear more about what you've done

     
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    Old 10-11-2016, 11:22 PM   #11
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    Hey everyone, AZDude here. Thought I'd do a long term follow up for folks that find this post through searches. Right now I am doing great. Most all the symptoms described in my first post in this thread have subsided. Brain fog, twitches, 95% of pins/needs, headaches, all gone now. Like many maladies I think it was a mixture of things. I think the biggest part really was the grieving of my deceased parent. That was more stressful than I realized. But who knows, maybe it was some other factors. I still take 500 mg Magnesium everyday, and I've stayed off the Benadryl since last year as well. I started getting regular massage work from my male massage therapist who works part time for a chiropractor, and when he first started seeing me, he felt something in my neck out of place and I asked if I'd been having a certain kind of headache, and I said, yep I sure have. Regular appointments with him adjusted my neck much better and my headaches have 99.9% disappeared as well this past year. I still get the odd pinprik, maybe a couple a day but that's it. No more twitches, brain fog, headaches, dizziness, or anything else. Also, I really try to hydrate as much as I can stand. That seems to help EVERYTHING in the body, lots of water. Good luck everyone....

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    Old 10-12-2016, 06:17 AM   #12
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    Hey AZDude!!! So great to hear you've seen these improvements with your health! I'm so unbelievably happy for you! It is amazing what the human body can do when given the right tools. I'm glad you found what works for you, and have had the opportunity to work through the grieving process. That is the hardest of all. I hope you continue to get better and better!
    I am about the same place as I was below. I am taking way better care of myself than I was and making better choices as far as food and exercise. I started a new med and think this one is actually starting to work for me. I'm sleeping better, feeling a bit better, and i have some more energy. It's only 2 weeks in so fingers crossed.
    thanks for the update! It's always nice to hear someone overcome this. It gives the rest of us some hope
    Have a great day!!!

     
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