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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 3, 2011
  • 08:20 PM

Hi everyone, could you please give me a hint whats wrong with me. Im 22 yrs old female

I have had these symptoms:
*fatigue (very bad like many people describe it here on the forum) - since 15 or so. i sleep a lot and recently even an alarm cannot wake me up

*migraines - since teenage, i can feel the capillary on the left side of my head near the eye (when i touch it, i can feel it by fingers but i can't feel the one on the other side) and it hurts there when i get headache (the other side is just fine, i know,typical for migraines)

*cold hands & feet - since ever, sometimes its ok, my toes turn white and purple

*chest pain on the left side, as if it was the sternum causing the pain (was quite bad when i was about 16-20, cant remember well, then improved and now since i started fainting i experience it again)

*fainting - several times recently, before i used to feel dizzy and get vertigoes

*nausea - frequent

*dizziness - frequent

*struggle to concentrate

*i think sometimes i get arrhythmias, but i might be wrong. i had some /i was told by a doctor/ when i was 14. ECG was ok now.

i get palpitations though.

Now please tell me someone, am I making these up? Can someone experience it due to mental state? I am psychologically OK, I am happy, not very anxious, even though my uni gives me hard time (which is normal, i see students more stressed out then me, i dont like to stress out :D). I am a joyful person and always have hopes even in very difficult situations. basically im not depressed or anything, except that for example i feel very guilty for not being able to catch up with my course work. It is not like I am anxious about getting worse or whatever (I have heard about this, anxiety attack, hyperventilation, hypochondria), but feeling unwell makes me unable to study well and then of course I am concerned and I want to ask how to rid off the problem.

because I have had routine blood tests done and they were alright and seen a gp because of the chest pain (with no outcome), i dismissed this problem and thought (as the doctor and a friend suggested) it was due to my psychology (even though I thought and still think nothing is wrong with me :D) but then i think i have no reason to be ill so perhaps they are right. I learnt to put up with how i feel, without complaining, not to see the doctors, which in my mind equals to not to annoy them since i also thought of my problem to be psychosomatic.

But since I had these fainting spells i ask myself is this psychological too????? am i going mad or what? I am not a hypochondriac, actually it makes me feel embarrassed when i faint, first time i fainted no one saw it, plus i dont want my family to know because they might worry. so clearly not the case, but sometimes i think what if? once i fainted at uni,when i fainted i was told by students i had banged my head which i cant remember, so i was told to go to A&E. they did not really do anything at A&E.
I wish i was in my homeland because currently Im in the UK and the doctors dont seem to be bothered as long as the system works. i came to an appointment with a cardiologist but was told its been cancelled. so i have to get referred again.

With regards to dizziness - my hands sometimes go shaky, i always thought it was due low BP i used to have (as i found out, USED to, according to last measurment at my GP..which was high for me, instead of 100-110/60-70, it was something like 130/70)
and i also thought it was due to hypoglycaemia because my mom gets it. i mean a bad hypoglycaemia. my diet is healthy i dont eat too much not too little, no junk food, i buy raw food and cook it myself. sometimes though i go hungry for a a few hours because there is no such a thing worthy to be called food sold in most British stores nowadays. BUT I know the dizziness is not due to hypoglycaemia because once i fainted at my GP (i came to see her because of the very same reason, i had a bad day and fainted several times) and she measured my sugar immediately it was alright.

On days when I faint (or near faint) i feel more dizzy and/or nauseated and i know i might faint, even though it is sudden then, i cannot predict exactly - i just pass out in a second. sometimes i have slight difficulty breathing. i read that when someone faints and has some warning symptoms it is usually not cardiac, but vasovagal. however, i also read that in certain heart conditions people have nausea, fatigue etc.

please, someone help me and give me any advice i will be very grateful. i need to graduate, and for that i need to be able to concentrate without being light-headed, feeling sick, fainting, getting headaches etc. I have described my feelings not because im pouring my heart out :D but because you can also see what is going on on my mind and tell me yes it can be psychological :D this confusion is not good for me as i need to deal with the problem in appropriate way (for example not to take tablets instead of learning some psychological techniques to tackle the problem). as i said, i was not thinking about the symptoms before, i just learnt to put up with them, and i thought they were nothing special as i found many people complainig about them online. but now i started fainting, im quite tired and i need to study hard because of uni, im doing a difficult course but feeling unwell, sleeping long and being tired doesnt help me -this is the main problem.PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE help me. im fed up.
THANKS

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  • Hi everyone, could you please give me a hint whats wrong with me. Im 22 yrs old femaleI have had these symptoms:*fatigue (very bad like many people describe it here on the forum) - since 15 or so. i sleep a lot and recently even an alarm cannot wake me up*migraines - since teenage, i can feel the capillary on the left side of my head near the eye (when i touch it, i can feel it by fingers but i can't feel the one on the other side) and it hurts there when i get headache (the other side is just fine, i know,typical for migraines)*cold hands & feet - since ever, sometimes its ok, my toes turn white and purple*chest pain on the left side, as if it was the sternum causing the pain (was quite bad when i was about 16-20, cant remember well, then improved and now since i started fainting i experience it again)*fainting - several times recently, before i used to feel dizzy and get vertigoes*nausea - frequent*dizziness - frequent*struggle to concentrate*i think sometimes i get arrhythmias, but i might be wrong. i had some /i was told by a doctor/ when i was 14. ECG was ok now. i get palpitations though.Now please tell me someone, am I making these up? Can someone experience it due to mental state? I am psychologically OK, I am happy, not very anxious, even though my uni gives me hard time (which is normal, i see students more stressed out then me, i dont like to stress out :D). I am a joyful person and always have hopes even in very difficult situations. basically im not depressed or anything, except that for example i feel very guilty for not being able to catch up with my course work. It is not like I am anxious about getting worse or whatever (I have heard about this, anxiety attack, hyperventilation, hypochondria), but feeling unwell makes me unable to study well and then of course I am concerned and I want to ask how to rid off the problem.because I have had routine blood tests done and they were alright and seen a gp because of the chest pain (with no outcome), i dismissed this problem and thought (as the doctor and a friend suggested) it was due to my psychology (even though I thought and still think nothing is wrong with me :D) but then i think i have no reason to be ill so perhaps they are right. I learnt to put up with how i feel, without complaining, not to see the doctors, which in my mind equals to not to annoy them since i also thought of my problem to be psychosomatic. But since I had these fainting spells i ask myself is this psychological too????? am i going mad or what? I am not a hypochondriac, actually it makes me feel embarrassed when i faint, first time i fainted no one saw it, plus i dont want my family to know because they might worry. so clearly not the case, but sometimes i think what if? once i fainted at uni,when i fainted i was told by students i had banged my head which i cant remember, so i was told to go to A&E. they did not really do anything at A&E.I wish i was in my homeland because currently Im in the UK and the doctors dont seem to be bothered as long as the system works. i came to an appointment with a cardiologist but was told its been cancelled. so i have to get referred again.With regards to dizziness - my hands sometimes go shaky, i always thought it was due low BP i used to have (as i found out, USED to, according to last measurment at my GP..which was high for me, instead of 100-110/60-70, it was something like 130/70)and i also thought it was due to hypoglycaemia because my mom gets it. i mean a bad hypoglycaemia. my diet is healthy i dont eat too much not too little, no junk food, i buy raw food and cook it myself. sometimes though i go hungry for a a few hours because there is no such a thing worthy to be called food sold in most British stores nowadays. BUT I know the dizziness is not due to hypoglycaemia because once i fainted at my GP (i came to see her because of the very same reason, i had a bad day and fainted several times) and she measured my sugar immediately it was alright.On days when I faint (or near faint) i feel more dizzy and/or nauseated and i know i might faint, even though it is sudden then, i cannot predict exactly - i just pass out in a second. sometimes i have slight difficulty breathing. i read that when someone faints and has some warning symptoms it is usually not cardiac, but vasovagal. however, i also read that in certain heart conditions people have nausea, fatigue etc. please, someone help me and give me any advice i will be very grateful. i need to graduate, and for that i need to be able to concentrate without being light-headed, feeling sick, fainting, getting headaches etc. I have described my feelings not because im pouring my heart out :D but because you can also see what is going on on my mind and tell me yes it can be psychological :D this confusion is not good for me as i need to deal with the problem in appropriate way (for example not to take tablets instead of learning some psychological techniques to tackle the problem). as i said, i was not thinking about the symptoms before, i just learnt to put up with them, and i thought they were nothing special as i found many people complainig about them online. but now i started fainting, im quite tired and i need to study hard because of uni, im doing a difficult course but feeling unwell, sleeping long and being tired doesnt help me -this is the main problem.PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE help me. im fed up.THANKSHi. Please post the food that you eat. A lot of disorders are misdiagnosed such as malnutrition - eating too little of something, or everything all together, especially at university being malnourished is a problem, which can even include eating too much. You may also have a pituitary problem, possibly a thyroid or parathyroid problem, types of diabetes, a wide array of bacteria related problems ect.too be short, this forum can not answer and give you an accurate medical diagnosis without additional information including recent medical records.
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  • Hi everyone, could you please give me a hint whats wrong with me. Im 22 yrs old femaleI have had these symptoms:*fatigue (very bad like many people describe it here on the forum) - since 15 or so. i sleep a lot and recently even an alarm cannot wake me up*migraines - since teenage, i can feel the capillary on the left side of my head near the eye (when i touch it, i can feel it by fingers but i can't feel the one on the other side) and it hurts there when i get headache (the other side is just fine, i know,typical for migraines)*cold hands & feet - since ever, sometimes its ok, my toes turn white and purple*chest pain on the left side, as if it was the sternum causing the pain (was quite bad when i was about 16-20, cant remember well, then improved and now since i started fainting i experience it again)*fainting - several times recently, before i used to feel dizzy and get vertigoes*nausea - frequent*dizziness - frequent*struggle to concentrate*i think sometimes i get arrhythmias, but i might be wrong. i had some /i was told by a doctor/ when i was 14. ECG was ok now. i get palpitations though.Now please tell me someone, am I making these up? Can someone experience it due to mental state? I am psychologically OK, I am happy, not very anxious, even though my uni gives me hard time (which is normal, i see students more stressed out then me, i dont like to stress out :D). I am a joyful person and always have hopes even in very difficult situations. basically im not depressed or anything, except that for example i feel very guilty for not being able to catch up with my course work. It is not like I am anxious about getting worse or whatever (I have heard about this, anxiety attack, hyperventilation, hypochondria), but feeling unwell makes me unable to study well and then of course I am concerned and I want to ask how to rid off the problem.because I have had routine blood tests done and they were alright and seen a gp because of the chest pain (with no outcome), i dismissed this problem and thought (as the doctor and a friend suggested) it was due to my psychology (even though I thought and still think nothing is wrong with me :D) but then i think i have no reason to be ill so perhaps they are right. I learnt to put up with how i feel, without complaining, not to see the doctors, which in my mind equals to not to annoy them since i also thought of my problem to be psychosomatic. But since I had these fainting spells i ask myself is this psychological too????? am i going mad or what? I am not a hypochondriac, actually it makes me feel embarrassed when i faint, first time i fainted no one saw it, plus i dont want my family to know because they might worry. so clearly not the case, but sometimes i think what if? once i fainted at uni,when i fainted i was told by students i had banged my head which i cant remember, so i was told to go to A&E. they did not really do anything at A&E.I wish i was in my homeland because currently Im in the UK and the doctors dont seem to be bothered as long as the system works. i came to an appointment with a cardiologist but was told its been cancelled. so i have to get referred again.With regards to dizziness - my hands sometimes go shaky, i always thought it was due low BP i used to have (as i found out, USED to, according to last measurment at my GP..which was high for me, instead of 100-110/60-70, it was something like 130/70)and i also thought it was due to hypoglycaemia because my mom gets it. i mean a bad hypoglycaemia. my diet is healthy i dont eat too much not too little, no junk food, i buy raw food and cook it myself. sometimes though i go hungry for a a few hours because there is no such a thing worthy to be called food sold in most British stores nowadays. BUT I know the dizziness is not due to hypoglycaemia because once i fainted at my GP (i came to see her because of the very same reason, i had a bad day and fainted several times) and she measured my sugar immediately it was alright.On days when I faint (or near faint) i feel more dizzy and/or nauseated and i know i might faint, even though it is sudden then, i cannot predict exactly - i just pass out in a second. sometimes i have slight difficulty breathing. i read that when someone faints and has some warning symptoms it is usually not cardiac, but vasovagal. however, i also read that in certain heart conditions people have nausea, fatigue etc. please, someone help me and give me any advice i will be very grateful. i need to graduate, and for that i need to be able to concentrate without being light-headed, feeling sick, fainting, getting headaches etc. I have described my feelings not because im pouring my heart out :D but because you can also see what is going on on my mind and tell me yes it can be psychological :D this confusion is not good for me as i need to deal with the problem in appropriate way (for example not to take tablets instead of learning some psychological techniques to tackle the problem). as i said, i was not thinking about the symptoms before, i just learnt to put up with them, and i thought they were nothing special as i found many people complainig about them online. but now i started fainting, im quite tired and i need to study hard because of uni, im doing a difficult course but feeling unwell, sleeping long and being tired doesnt help me -this is the main problem.PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE help me. im fed up.THANKSYou're not mad or crazy but you are having alot of anxiety due to extra pressure being away from home, etc. Most of what you discribe is things I want through. The fainting is your bodies way of chilling, so to speak. It's a stressful world and you only have one body so you need to take good care of it. Don't be so ******n yourself, give yourself room to make mistakes. It's ok. You're a very sensitive person which is not a bad thing but you need to learn how to relax more. Deep breathe a few good breaths when youre feeling stressed. That will prevent the hyperventilation that is causing you to faint. Take time to laugh, cry, forgive often, pray always and love deeply and when things are feeling overwhelmed call home and talk to someone youre missing, go for a walk, do something for someone else. Youre not dying or going crazy. Youre body is just telling you something is wrong and its getting your attention.
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  • First off - you're not crazy. second - Have you been tested at all for anything autoimmune such as hashimoto's or menieres? I have both and have all your symptoms plus some. Hashimoto's can be both hyper and hypothryoidism.. which would cause nasuea and chest pains and migraines and fainting and inability to concentrate and fatigue and heart palpations plus the intolerence for hot and cold in your hands and feet. If you are swinging between the two (hyper and hypo) it would explain ALOT. Inner ear things (menieres is just one thing that can cause it) causes dizziness, blackouts (fainting), and migraines. so try looking up info on those and other related things. You might find something that fits you better than those two I mentioned.. and then again you might just find enough ammo to go to your doctor knowing you aren't crazy.. you're not making it up.. and that there are tests they can run to help you figure out what IS wrong. Best of luck to you!
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  • I dont think your issue is at all psychological. Sounds like possibly Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) thou you didnt say any key things to make me think this is likely to be the issue but it could be. ALL those symptoms you mention could be caused throu POTS. Tilt table testing is needed for POTS diagnoses. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postural_orthostatic_tachycardia_syndrome (or you could monitor your own heart rate in regards to info given in wiki to work out if POTS is your issue, see if that heart increase happens). check out the POTS site at http://www.dinet.org/Also there is some great info on YouTube about POTS (including a 3-4 part) "Mystery Diagnoses" episode. So I suggest to get on youtube and listen to others of their experiences with POTS.......... Beware that you dont mistakenly get diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, your symptoms are ones which may be all just POTS so that NEEDS to be ruled out in your case by one who is familar with the illness. (Beware.. It would be very easy for someone based on your symptoms and not enough testing to say you have CFS. In UK many mistakeningly get diagnosed with CFS due to UK and America not having as good CFS diagnostic criteria as canada and some other countries.. hence many get diagnosed with CFS who have got other illnesses!!). (Im a long term patient who actually does have both those illnesses, so aware of patterns of CFS.... You are more likely to have POTS based on what you said here). Teen girls also are a risk group of developing POTS so that fits with when your issues started. POTS can be treated thou it can take some trials of things to work out what treatments are best, (where as if you get wrongly diagnosed with CFS with the POTS missed, CFS cant be treated well at all). best luck ps IF you do get POTS ruled out... quite possibly you could have a mild case of CFS (I say mild as you dont have the huge range of symptoms most with it get.. I get over 90 symptoms due to CFS). IF you develop more symptoms you could have CFS as most patients with CFS do have POTS as one of their many issues. Take care.. many CFS specialists esp in england, arent aware of POTS.
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  • If you are after some people to chat to who are familiar with both CFS and POTS.. i suggest http://forums.aboutmecfs.org/
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  • Hey guys, thank you very much for your answers !!! I will consider what you said. Ive got my referral to cardiologist.ps. i get more symptoms but i described the main ones.
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  • Hi everyone, could you please give me a hint whats wrong with me. Im 22 yrs old femaleI have had these symptoms:*fatigue (very bad like many people describe it here on the forum) - since 15 or so. i sleep a lot and recently even an alarm cannot wake me up*migraines - since teenage, i can feel the capillary on the left side of my head near the eye (when i touch it, i can feel it by fingers but i can't feel the one on the other side) and it hurts there when i get headache (the other side is just fine, i know,typical for migraines)*cold hands & feet - since ever, sometimes its ok, my toes turn white and purple*chest pain on the left side, as if it was the sternum causing the pain (was quite bad when i was about 16-20, cant remember well, then improved and now since i started fainting i experience it again)*fainting - several times recently, before i used to feel dizzy and get vertigoes*nausea - frequent*dizziness - frequent*struggle to concentrate*i think sometimes i get arrhythmias, but i might be wrong. i had some /i was told by a doctor/ when i was 14. ECG was ok now. i get palpitations though.Now please tell me someone, am I making these up? Can someone experience it due to mental state? I am psychologically OK, I am happy, not very anxious, even though my uni gives me hard time (which is normal, i see students more stressed out then me, i dont like to stress out :D). I am a joyful person and always have hopes even in very difficult situations. basically im not depressed or anything, except that for example i feel very guilty for not being able to catch up with my course work. It is not like I am anxious about getting worse or whatever (I have heard about this, anxiety attack, hyperventilation, hypochondria), but feeling unwell makes me unable to study well and then of course I am concerned and I want to ask how to rid off the problem.because I have had routine blood tests done and they were alright and seen a gp because of the chest pain (with no outcome), i dismissed this problem and thought (as the doctor and a friend suggested) it was due to my psychology (even though I thought and still think nothing is wrong with me :D) but then i think i have no reason to be ill so perhaps they are right. I learnt to put up with how i feel, without complaining, not to see the doctors, which in my mind equals to not to annoy them since i also thought of my problem to be psychosomatic. But since I had these fainting spells i ask myself is this psychological too????? am i going mad or what? I am not a hypochondriac, actually it makes me feel embarrassed when i faint, first time i fainted no one saw it, plus i dont want my family to know because they might worry. so clearly not the case, but sometimes i think what if? once i fainted at uni,when i fainted i was told by students i had banged my head which i cant remember, so i was told to go to A&E. they did not really do anything at A&E.I wish i was in my homeland because currently Im in the UK and the doctors dont seem to be bothered as long as the system works. i came to an appointment with a cardiologist but was told its been cancelled. so i have to get referred again.With regards to dizziness - my hands sometimes go shaky, i always thought it was due low BP i used to have (as i found out, USED to, according to last measurment at my GP..which was high for me, instead of 100-110/60-70, it was something like 130/70)and i also thought it was due to hypoglycaemia because my mom gets it. i mean a bad hypoglycaemia. my diet is healthy i dont eat too much not too little, no junk food, i buy raw food and cook it myself. sometimes though i go hungry for a a few hours because there is no such a thing worthy to be called food sold in most British stores nowadays. BUT I know the dizziness is not due to hypoglycaemia because once i fainted at my GP (i came to see her because of the very same reason, i had a bad day and fainted several times) and she measured my sugar immediately it was alright.On days when I faint (or near faint) i feel more dizzy and/or nauseated and i know i might faint, even though it is sudden then, i cannot predict exactly - i just pass out in a second. sometimes i have slight difficulty breathing. i read that when someone faints and has some warning symptoms it is usually not cardiac, but vasovagal. however, i also read that in certain heart conditions people have nausea, fatigue etc. please, someone help me and give me any advice i will be very grateful. i need to graduate, and for that i need to be able to concentrate without being light-headed, feeling sick, fainting, getting headaches etc. I have described my feelings not because im pouring my heart out :D but because you can also see what is going on on my mind and tell me yes it can be psychological :D this confusion is not good for me as i need to deal with the problem in appropriate way (for example not to take tablets instead of learning some psychological techniques to tackle the problem). as i said, i was not thinking about the symptoms before, i just learnt to put up with them, and i thought they were nothing special as i found many people complainig about them online. but now i started fainting, im quite tired and i need to study hard because of uni, im doing a difficult course but feeling unwell, sleeping long and being tired doesnt help me -this is the main problem.PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE help me. im fed up.THANKSYou are not mad. You need to see a doctor who will take the time to listen to you and examine you. You probably have Migraine and in addition you may have NEUROCARDIOGENIC SYNCOPE which is causing your fainting spells. This is very easily diagnosed with a study called a Tilt Table Test ( TTT). This test is not positive in all cases and , like any other test , it has to be done and interpreted properly. Even if the test is negative a trial of treatment is indicated. Various drugs are used including the Beta Blockers. Look up NEUROCARDIOGENIC SYNCOPE on Google
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  • thank you very much for advice guys :) ive posted a reply few days ago but its not here.
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  • THANK YOU very much for advice!!!!!
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  • If anyone has read my symptoms, there is something that i found out. well i was told i used to get (peripheral?) cyanosis when i was very little plus i would faint sometimes as well. i cannot remember this because i was a small child. can this be associated to the syncopes ive experienced recently? thanks.
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