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    Old 01-12-2004, 10:39 PM   #1
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    Imbalance for 1 year - walked like I was drunk!

    Wow! While reading some of these posts I just had to express what happened to me. I remember 3 years ago getting such encouragement from others. I had this "dizzy in the head" feeling and went on disability as I could not walk without hanging on to things. There would be times that it would start to be better and thought I was finally getting over this. Then would hit again harder. My head always seemed to be in a blur ( not necessarily a spinning sensation) but seemed to be getting mixed messages - hence could not walk properly. Went to all kinds of specialists, had all kinds of tests - no one could figure it out. Finally concluded that i had "functional overlay" or too many stresses - in other words it was "all in my head".
    Today I don't have any dizziness. in fact I am also clear from the positional dizziness that I had for 20 years that I used to do the Epley for.
    This is the short version of what happened.
    For a few days before waking up with this severe dizziness and nausea I had a bad episode with a flood out of my menstrual period. (guys - this may be hormonal and may affect you but of course not in the same way???) For about 6 months previous I had menstrual problems. Wondered if it could be connected re: anemic, etc. but the Dr.'s didn't think so. July 1, 2000 came down with this dizziness. Lasted for 2 months and then started feeling a little better - even started to slowly go back to work. Then came back in Oct. suddenly. By Nov. started walking with a walker just to survive as I was so house bound. At least this enabled me to walk a little bit further out. At this time I could drive around our small town but not on the highway or anyplace that needed a fast shoulder check or whatever. Crowds of people or lots of movement confused me (ie. Imax movies, big malls, etc.) In Dec., I was in a wheelchair and was at my lowest moment thinking I may never walk again. ((for vacation to Hawaii -of course we had booked in June to go with my husband's family at Christmas before all this happened.) Used a walker to help get around until Apr. 2, 2001 when I had a hysterectomy for another problem (supposedly non- related to dizziness problem).
    The DAY AFTER SURGERY I COULD WALK AGAIN WITHOUT DIZZNESS. It was totally amazing! I got a few more small incidents after but gradually by 2 months later my mind seemed to readjust and now to this day have not had any dizziness. Even the positional dizziness has disappeared. The Dr.'s still say that it was "all in my head" because I was thinking it would help. Except for my family physician who saw me at all stages. She said to me after this "I cannot tell all my patients who are dizzy to go and have a hysterectomy - especially all the men!!" She saw the change so has acknowledged that they must have been related somehow but does not know how.

    Sorry this is so long but just wanted to share my story and the help I received. I had tried all kinds of medications, tests, etc. and nothing helped. It has now been 2 1/2 years later and no dizziness. I thank God! Hopefully you can find relief from your dizziness too. Ladies do you have menstrual problems - heavy bleeding? A hysterectomy may be worth looking into. This is my story and I'm sticking to it. Take it for what it is worth. I totally sympathize with all the stories here. Don't give up hope.

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    Old 01-13-2004, 02:54 PM   #2
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    Re: Imbalance for 1 year - walked like I was drunk!

    Interesting and delighted to hear that life is back to normal for you. Now go and enjoy that holiday. Though isn't it normal enough that heavy blood loss would cause dizzyiness etc. Male relative was having probs, tired, unsteady, not walking properly, ill, etc., etc. Everybody put it down to his age, doctor did a blood test, and WOW he had lost half his blood volume. Outcome transfusions, checked out head to toe inside & out, no reason found, but life back to normal for him.

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