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Dizziness, nausea, extreme body temp, weakness - ????

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  • Posted By: lscott
  • October 9, 2007
  • 03:16 AM

My husband has had debilitating dizziness (spinning room and light-headedness) and muscle weakness for about a year now. In addition, he has had bouts of nausea that pre-date the dizziness. Recently he has been experiencing extreme body temps opposite of the ambient temp, i.e. when it's hot he's freezing and then often overheats. He also suffers from insomnia AND narcolepsy.
He has tested negative for diabetes several times. Most recently he went to a neurologist who ran a battery of tests, including an MRI, and found nothing abnormal. The only conclusive thing that has been found is high blood pressure. His life is upside down - he has been unable to work consistently due to the dizziness, and often loses large chunks of the day due to the narcolepsy and/or muscle weakness. The neurologist was our last best hope. Now we are at a loss. Any suggestions for new leads would be appreciated.
FYI - he is overweight (6'2" and 295 lbs.)

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  • It sounds to me like your husband may have Grave's Disease/hyperthyroidism. I was diagnosed with it 3 years ago and it was brutal. It's easy to get under control if you are consistent with your bimonthly blood work. They tend to do radioactive iodine tx, but I opted for taking antithyroid meds, namely tapazole, for 1 year and be taken off and hope for remission. That worked for me, I didn't have to take meds as I went in remission for 2 years, now I am back on meds because my TSH was low, hence hyperthyroid again and out of remission. But it's in control now. Docs want to remove my thyroid now because the chance of going back into remission once you've already been there is slim. We'll see. Thyroin complications are horribly uncomfortable, but can be balanced with the right treatment. How is your husband's heart rate? High heart rate is another symptom of Grave's. I would also demand more MRI's, maybe in another 3 months. My husband had many symptoms leading to the final dx of Brainstem glioma, i.e. brain cancer. The symptoms you are sharing are very different than what my husband endured, but you just never know. The brain controls everything!!! Docs tend to do the bare minimum when it comes to testing. My husband went from June '05 to Nov '05 as symptoms got worse, as he was misdiagnosed in June. He passed away in Jan 2007 at 33 years old. I highly recommend being proactive and even a ***k demanding tests to be done. Men complain a lot less than we do, and if their lives are affected daily it certainly means something. Good luck
    trigon 4 Replies
    • October 28, 2007
    • 05:10 PM
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  • Has he had his cortisol levels checked or had Cushings disease looked into?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 28, 2007
    • 08:03 PM
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  • Has he been checked for heavy metals or encephalitis?
    mumzie 32 Replies
    • December 15, 2007
    • 06:28 AM
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