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    Old 11-29-2006, 11:39 AM   #1
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    I am thankful my bloodwork is all good. I don't want to buy trouble. I want to count my blessings where appropriate. But to be as healthy as I am, I am lightheaded too often. I feel about at the end of my rope. Where can I turn? What can I say to give my doctor another idea of what to try? BP runs on the low side. Yesterday I was 101/60. A couple weeks ago 91/61. But that's not consistent. I was 128/78 2 days ago.

     
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    Old 12-10-2006, 12:53 PM   #2
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    Just curious are you on any low carb diets as these will cause lightheadedness and low blood pressure. Also increase your sodium intake as this could help some....
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    Old 12-10-2006, 03:02 PM   #3
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    Omg, finally, someone else who knows exactly how I feel. I've had a ton of testing done. Blood work, heart testing, CT scans...and now I'm getting neurological testing done on January 10. My blood pressure is always around 80/60. The lowest it ever was was 74/52. My doctor says it's because I'm 5'3" and 105 lbs. I am lightheaded from the time I wake up in the morning to the time I go to bed. I'm extremely tired and I have no energy. I woke up one day in June and felt like this. The only thing that I can see that it was from was the chiropractor. I stopped going to him around the same time. I also found out that IBS can cause lightheadedness because it messes with your intestines. Have you had your potassium levels checked? Also, I recommend trying to see a neurologist. Good luck, I feel your frustration.

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    Old 12-10-2006, 05:16 PM   #4
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    Re: Lightheaded but healthy

    I know the feeling all too well, been there, done that and now feel great!!

    It only took 10 years to finally find a doctor who recognized the problem after I reached the point of only being able to take 3 steps and stall out. I was a "hidden hyperventilater". I looked healthy, but felt terrible just like you. My lab work did not indicate a problem, cardiologist did not find anything.

    A hypertension specialist at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas recognized the problem, hidden hyperventilation. He explained to me that when we hyperventilate, even when we don't realize we are doing it and no one recognizes that we are doing it, we need a balance of carbon dioxide and oxygen. When we hyperventilate, we blow off too much carbon dioxide. We need a balance in order for the red carpusles to be able to release oxygen to the vital organs. My vital organs were being deprived of oxygen. No, using oxygen is not the answer, it is the balance that allows the red carpusles to release oxygen like it should. You have oxygen in the blood, it just cannot be released to the vital organs.

    My breathing was off track for unknown reasons.

    The solution was to rebreathe in a paper sack 5 minutes every hour for 3 months and then 3 or 4 times a day or as often as needed.

    Please learn all you can about hyperventilation and hidden hyperventilation.

     
    Old 12-11-2006, 04:08 AM   #5
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    Missy - Sounds like you are in the same boat. Last week my BP bounced around from 94/49 to 88/53. You are even lower. I was in the MD's office Friday, 12/8/06, for a routine cholesterol re-check and I told the doc I didn't care about my cholesterol at the moment. I have to get a handle on this lightheadededness. I felt at the end of my rope. But of course in the MD's office the white coat syndrome kicks in and I was 104/77. In any event, she said her gut feeling is that I'm overstressed/anxious. She said the vaso vagal response kicks in just like when some people get lightheaded at the sight of blood or when they get bad news or something like that. She recommends I try Paxil or Zoloft. After discussing the possible side effects of both of those, I was even more frustrated because I can't face the weight gain or sexual side effects. I'm 5'6" and 190 lbs. I ended up crying, and that really reinforced her gut feeling. I hate to cry. So then I got mad at the tears. I finally accepted the prescription, but haven't filled it yet. The appointment was a 3 ring circus and I was sorry I'd gone in the first place. I'm sure she was glad to see me leave.

    BUT............... what rang familiar to me in your email. She did go ahead and schedule me for a tilt table test today (12/11/06). She reminded me I've already had almost every other test possible. (extensive blood work, MRI, blood sugar monitoring, heart, etc.) So, I'm ready to enroll with hypochondriacs of America.

    So, I guess I'll put on my tough face and go back to work this morning. I'm vice president for Human Resources in a company where all the other vice presidents are men. Between having to always keep a balanced demeanor with human resource issues, trying NOT to look like an emotional "woman" with the rest of the men in the company, and making sure I can jump at my boss's slightest whim, I probably am anxious.

    How about you? I pray you get through the holidays with some joy.

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    Omg, finally, someone else who knows exactly how I feel. I've had a ton of testing done. Blood work, heart testing, CT scans...and now I'm getting neurological testing done on January 10. My blood pressure is always around 80/60. The lowest it ever was was 74/52. My doctor says it's because I'm 5'3" and 105 lbs. I am lightheaded from the time I wake up in the morning to the time I go to bed. I'm extremely tired and I have no energy. I woke up one day in June and felt like this. The only thing that I can see that it was from was the chiropractor. I stopped going to him around the same time. I also found out that IBS can cause lightheadedness because it messes with your intestines. Have you had your potassium levels checked? Also, I recommend trying to see a neurologist. Good luck, I feel your frustration.

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    Old 12-11-2006, 04:10 AM   #6
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    Misty - Is this the same general diagnosis/theory as a the body's vaso vagal response? See my other post to Missy.

     
    Old 12-11-2006, 08:41 AM   #7
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    Funny that someone posted this because I was coming on to post about this as well.

    For the last two to three years I've had bouts with "light-headedness" during, what I believe, are high times of stress. I am a rather anxious person so I always attributed the uneasy feeling of "losing balance" during times when I am stressed or really worried.

    I was fine for aabout a year but have recently been experiencing the same type of feeling AS WELL as difficulty swallowing food (but I notice this only happens when I am eating in front of others, and most of time while I am at work)

    I am making an appointment with a psychiatrist for testing (since my bloodwork, EKG, etc. all came back normal) but I'm wondering if these are symptoms of anxiety and if others have experienced something similar and what their diagnosis was.


     
    Old 12-11-2006, 01:50 PM   #8
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    twells:

    No, this is not the same as vaso vagal response. However, doctors treated me with vasodialoters and beta blockers to no avail in the beginning. Most likely they thought that was my problem, but it was not.

    What I described is the inability of red carpusles to release oxygen to vital organs without a balance of carbon dioxide. For some reason our breathing can get off track for unknown reasons. It does take a long, long time to get the breathing back to normal. It took 3 years for me.

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    Old 12-11-2006, 03:01 PM   #9
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    Twells-I was also put on 3 or 4 separate antidepressants. My doctor told me it was anxiety. They made things worse because, one, I hate taking medicine for anything and two, the side affects of the meds were what I went to the doctor for in the first place. They just made things worse. Hopefully my appointment with the neurologist tells me something. The only thing I can think of is a pinched nerve or something. I stopped going to the chiropractor around the time my symptoms came about, but it's odd that I'm not the only one who goes through this. Did you read anything about candida? It sounds gross, but my aunt has a problem with too much yeast in her system. I've been on a lot of antibiotics, which this is caused from. I'm going to bring this up at my doctor's appointment tomorrow.

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    Old 12-12-2006, 04:26 AM   #10
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    6foot3 -

    No, I"m not on any low carb diets. I'm about to just accept that this is my body's way of reacting to anxiety. Waiting for a few more test results. But I do know I get internally stressed. Should I actually ingest more table salt on food or what?

     
    Old 12-12-2006, 04:31 AM   #11
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    PrettyAnxious -

    Bless you - At least we know from here we're not the only ones experiencing these difficulties. I didn't even know where to put this post at first. I wondered about going to a psychiatrist too. My internist seems pretty sure it's anxiety related.

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    Funny that someone posted this because I was coming on to post about this as well.

    For the last two to three years I've had bouts with "light-headedness" during, what I believe, are high times of stress. I am a rather anxious person so I always attributed the uneasy feeling of "losing balance" during times when I am stressed or really worried.

    I was fine for aabout a year but have recently been experiencing the same type of feeling AS WELL as difficulty swallowing food (but I notice this only happens when I am eating in front of others, and most of time while I am at work)

    I am making an appointment with a psychiatrist for testing (since my bloodwork, EKG, etc. all came back normal) but I'm wondering if these are symptoms of anxiety and if others have experienced something similar and what their diagnosis was.


     
    Old 12-12-2006, 04:38 AM   #12
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    shaunsgirl -

    Let's keep each other up to date on what our MDs are telling us.

    My appt w/ neurologist yesterday wasn't the actual tilt table test as I originally thought. I should have remembered -- silly me -- you have to have 10 appts before you finally get somewhere: a pre consult, a b'zillion tests, and an appt to find out the results of each test. But it was okay. I'm getting accustomed to the idea that it is anxiety related. But I'm still not sure I can take the drugs.

    No, I haven't read about candida. I'll look into that. I've taken antibiotics for years for chronic UTIs. I've only had 1 or 2 yeast infections. (I'm 48) But you say it can be in your system w/o having sypmtoms?

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    Twells-I was also put on 3 or 4 separate antidepressants. My doctor told me it was anxiety. They made things worse because, one, I hate taking medicine for anything and two, the side affects of the meds were what I went to the doctor for in the first place. They just made things worse. Hopefully my appointment with the neurologist tells me something. The only thing I can think of is a pinched nerve or something. I stopped going to the chiropractor around the time my symptoms came about, but it's odd that I'm not the only one who goes through this. Did you read anything about candida? It sounds gross, but my aunt has a problem with too much yeast in her system. I've been on a lot of antibiotics, which this is caused from. I'm going to bring this up at my doctor's appointment tomorrow.

    Missy

     
    Old 12-12-2006, 10:33 AM   #13
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    Twells-I've had at least 2 or 3 UTI's in the past 2 months. I miscarried a baby too. I'm not sure if all of this is related to me being lightheaded. When I was pregnant, I felt even worse. At the doctor's office today, he said I have a sinus infection and put me on amoxcicillin. He said my ears look pretty blocked up too. I really doubt that this is what I have been suffering from since June. Maybe the antidepressants will work for you. I just don't see how. If you have been anxious to the point of needing meds, I don't think that you would just have these symptoms out of the blue. Like I told my doctor, there is a big difference from feeling anxious and depressed and feeling like you're going to pass out if you get up to walk. I think you would know better than anyone if you are anxious. I know I get anxious and nervous when I'm lightheaded...it's scary.

     
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