Hi, everyone! I’m a Newbie, here. I’d like to ask for your input, in hopes that someone out there can help. I’ll try to keep it as short and sweet as possible, but I apologize in advance if it seems I’m elaborating too much. I just want to be thorough……
I’m a 40 yo white female. About a year ago, I started having repeated episodes of lightheadedness. I have not fainted, but have come close many times. It’s not a spinning sensation, just to be clear. I experience this almost on a daily basis. It isn’t due to movement. I can sit up, lie down, etc., without incident. There is nothing I can purposely do to bring on the symptom, and nothing I can do to stop it. In the past year, I have developed an overactive bladder, hypothyroidism, heel spurs, irregular and heavy menstrual cycles, and was more recently diagnosed with TMJ and Epstein – Barr.
About two years ago, I had vnus closure performed on my varicose veins. I had no symptoms at that time. I mention this only on the outside chance it’s relevant.
About 18 months ago, I had LapBand surgery. Prior to the surgery, a plethora of tests were run – all normal. I have had no issues with the surgery. I have lost approximately 40 pounds. I take daily vitamin supplements. I am still able to eat a decent amount of food. I drink plenty of fluids. This is not a malnourishment or dehydration issue.
In addition to constant lethargy, a “pressure” in my face (especially when I’m feeling lightheaded), and a strange “fullness” in the roof of my mouth – it kind of feels like there’s not enough skin to cover it, at times, - I also have developed a pounding heartbeat. It’s not necessarily rapid or irregular…..just pounding really hard. This usually occurs when I’m at rest. I can be sitting on the sofa, or laying in bed, reading. It doesn’t occur when I’m on the treadmill, etc.
My primary doc discovered the hypothyroidism after my complaints of lethargy and lightheadedness. This was about 9 months ago. I was started on Synthroid. I have had repeated blood tests since and am within normal range now, and have been for many months. My doc then ran add’l tests to include everything from Epstein – Barr to Lyme Disease.
In the past month, I have started to develop a mild tingling in both of my arms and hands. It comes and goes, and is only slight.
Because of my varying symptoms, I have seen several doctors. I have been to two ENTs, my gynecologist, a TMJ specialist, a Urologist, a Podiatrist, and an Ophthalmologist.
Over the past year, I have had a sinus X-Ray, a sinus CT, a brain MRI, a 24 hour holter monitor, a plethora of bloodwork, a pap smear, an internal vaginal sonogram, a TMJ mouth guard, a cervical biopsy, and an EKG.
The overactive bladder is under control with an Oxytrol patch.
Now, I am sure there are several of you reading this who think I’m a hypochondriac. I assure you, I am not. I want to be well. I am finally at the point in my life where most people want to be. I am comfortable with who I am. I have a great life, and I want to be able to enjoy it.
But, a new symptom every minute I turn around is making me nuts! (ESPECIALLY the lightheadedness and the pounding heartbeat. It’s pretty scary.)
So, in advance, thanks for any input anyone has. My apologies for the blubbering.
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