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  • Posted By: Buckner
  • March 29, 2008
  • 07:52 PM

For over a year now, I have been experiencing various problems that I cannot seem to get reprieve from.
I've been to numerous doctors, told them the same thing, and so far nothing has worked out.

I am a 23 year old white male, a full-time student, and a part-time worker. I have no medical insurance.
I've had asthma since I was 7, and i have acid reflux. I also have allergies that, when they flare up, can impact the severity of my asthma. I take my albuterol almost daily, and I take advair two times a day. I also take Prilosec OTC for the acid reflux. And lately, I've been taking Zyrtec and Flonase as a means to control the allergies.


The problems that I'm having started a year ago.
I had just cooked a meal for myself and my girlfriend, and while I was eating, I had a sharp pain on the top of my head. I had to lay down because it scared me so bad. I thought I was going to throwup. Then a few weeks later, I was going to job training for a new job that I was starting, and during the training process, while sitting down, I started to feel incredibly dizzy and found it increasingly hard to concentrate. I started to get nervous, and I had what I think was a panic attack. I felt like I was going to vomit, or pass out, and that if I didn't do something, I honestly felt like I might die.

I excused myself and managed to drive to a local emergency clinic, where I was given an EKG and told that I was dehydrated.

For the next couple of months, I felt relatively fine.

But then, sometime in the Fall of 07, I started to have the same problems again. This time though, it was more of a constant thing. I would be standing at work, or sitting in class, or sitting at my computer, and my head would hurt mildly. I would start to feel dizzy, and occasionally, I would have heart palpitations.
If I were in class, or at work, or in a public place, the symptoms seemed to be worse, and I would work myself into a mild panic episode because I felt like I couldn't control myself. If I were at home, I knew that I could lie down. But, I can't very well do that while in class or standing in front of a cash register at work, or in line at the post office, or whatever.

And this would happen pretty much everyday. So going to work and school on a daily basis became a struggle. To make this worse, during this time, I was taking 18 hours at school, and working two jobs, putting in about 20 hours a week at each one. (Somehow, I still pulled a 3.75 gpa). Stressed would be a mild way of putting those 5 months.

In November, December, and January, I had three separate sinus infections. Each requiring me to take antibiotics and prednasone (sp). All the while, these symptoms continued.

In February, my GF and I moved to Athens GA to get ready to start at UGA in the summer. Since I've moved up here, the symptoms have been about the same. Some days, I can go to work, or go for a walk, and be fine. But most days, I feel pretty bad. If I stand in one place for too long, I get dizzy feeling. My heart beat is fine, though. I've learned not to get scared or nervous about the dizziness or headaches. So, the "panic" symptoms are gone. But, we did take a trip to Atlanta to go to the IKEA store shortly after we moved up here, and I started to feel dizzy while driving on the Downtown part of 75/85... talk about panic attack! I had to take every exit until we got to the store because I just knew I was gonna lose control of the car. I chalked that up to circumstance.

Anyway, I start school in May. Hopefully, I will be able to get some insurance through the school, and maybe finally I can put an end to these rather annoying, occasionally terrible, but seemingly vague problems I am having.

But I was hoping someone here might be able to help me.
The basic symptoms include:


-mild to moderate dizziness
-inability to stand without worsening the problem
-feelings of disorientation
-mild headaches that vary by location (sometimes throbbing, sometimes pressure, sometimes tingling)
-difficulty focusing on things
-and, all of this worsens tenfold when I exert myself physically.


I have changed my diet and sleeping patterns to try to curb some of this. I started taking vitamins, and I cut out soda. I drink as much water as I can daily, and have coffee in the morning, and tea occasionally throughout the day. I try to exercise, but the symptoms get worse when I do.


thanks to everyone who read this long, LONG sob story. Anybody who can help, trust that I will be indebted to you.


-buckner

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  • i'll definitely look into this. it would suck though, as I just bought an iPhone! thanks for your help.-buckner
    Buckner 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • no, I don't think it is what she said...have you checked into all the side effects of your meds and also, you should talk with a phamacist about the cocktail side effects. Ask him about rare side effects, too.When you get your insurance, get your thyroid and diabetes screening. It could be something glandular. I'm glad you changed your diet, but you might want to explore even better options, organics and such. Avoid artificial sweeteners.Whatever cuased your head pain needs further exploration, too.I suspect it was your meds, but take a good electrolite daily, too. If you were my son, I would send you to a new allergist to get your asthma under better control. You have been on albuterol very long and your entire picture needs to be reassessed. You combine the RX with the OTC which leads me to believe that your RX needs switching. I think you should also get allergy tested and get the weekly desensitizing shots to lesson your asthma. All in all, I think all the meds are causing you to be dizzy and associated blood pressure dips. I would also send you to a cardiologist to have your heart checked out. Can you qualify for free state aide insurance so you can see a doctor or are there any sliding scale clinics in your new town? Check into it. http://www.harristeeter.com/healthnotes.aspx?org=harristeeter&pgpid=359&ContentID=1305003 http://www.rxlist.com/cgi/generic/albut1_ad.htmCardiovascular Effects: Albuterol, like all other beta-adrenergic agonists, can produce a clinically significant cardiovascular effect in some patients as measured by pulse rate, blood pressure, and/or symptoms. Although such effects are uncommon after administration of albuterol at recommended doses, if they occur, the drug may need to be discontinued. In addition, beta-agonists have been reported to produce electrocardiogram (ECG) changes, such as flattening of the T wave, prolongation of the QTc interval, and ST segment depression. The clinical significance of these findings is unknown. Therefore, albuterol, like all sympathomimetic amines, should be used with caution in patients with cardiovascular disorders, especially coronary insufficiency, cardiac arrhythmias, and hypertension.Deterioration of Asthma: Asthma may deteriorate acutely over a period of hours or chronically over several days or longer. If the patient needs more doses of albuterol than usual, this may be a marker of destabilization of asthma and requires reevaluation of the patient and treatment regimen, giving special consideration to the possible need for anti-inflammatory treatment, (e.g., corticosteroids). http://www.factsandcomparisons.com/atoz/viewmonograph.asp?fid=fandc-atoz0022&cs=ncpaAdverse Reactions:cardiovascular: Palpitations; tachycardia; elevated BP; chest tightness; angina. cns: Tremor; dizziness; hyperactivity; nervousness; headache; insomnia; weakness; drowsiness; restlessness.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies Flag this Response
  • DEAR BUCKNERi have the same symptoms as u , only mine started when i was lying down one day i felt a few stings in my chest which i had never felt before they lasted until next day.then a few weeks later i woke up in the middle of the night and rushed to the ER spent all night and then they sen d me home and told me it was anxiety, that time i felt like i was out of breath and had palpitations.now since then i have visited 5 cardiologist and about 10 Drs. and have had all kinds of test done coming all ok thank GOD .Now every dr i have seen say its anxiety and that im in denial i have diffrent symptoms all from palpitations to out of breath to a little chest pain and just a weird feeling in my body 24/7.i too am at the point were i cant ride in a car or go to the grocery store,bank or park or were ever ,without me feeling like im going to past out and like im out of breath especially if i ride with someone i feel like i cant suddenly stop the car or rush to the ER because i feel pressure about keeping my cool but i feel worst.i am looking into seeing a head doctor like some people refer to them to help me out i doupt its anxiety though causing all this.
    elias01 36 Replies Flag this Response
  • DEAR BUCKNERi have the same symptoms as u , only mine started when i was lying down one day i felt a few stings in my chest which i had never felt before they lasted until next day.then a few weeks later i woke up in the middle of the night and rushed to the ER spent all night and then they sen d me home and told me it was anxiety, that time i felt like i was out of breath and had palpitations.now since then i have visited 5 cardiologist and about 10 Drs. and have had all kinds of test done coming all ok thank GOD .Now every dr i have seen say its anxiety and that im in denial i have diffrent symptoms all from palpitations to out of breath to a little chest pain and just a weird feeling in my body 24/7.i too am at the point were i cant ride in a car or go to the grocery store,bank or park or were ever ,without me feeling like im going to past out and like im out of breath especially if i ride with someone i feel like i cant suddenly stop the car or rush to the ER because i feel pressure about keeping my cool but i feel worst.i am looking into seeing a head doctor like some people refer to them to help me out i doupt its anxiety though causing all this. I don't know where you live, but if you live in a large city, pollution is a source of a lot of your distress. Check your home for carbon monoxide leaks, pilot lights and sources of exposure to pollution/mold.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies Flag this Response
  • I don't know where you live, but if you live in a large city, pollution is a source of a lot of your distress. Check your home for carbon monoxide leaks, pilot lights and sources of exposure to pollution/mold. I live in california ,los angeles to be more precise.have u heard this problem before and how has it turned out
    elias01 36 Replies Flag this Response
  • I live in california ,los angeles to be more precise.have u heard this problem before and how has it turned out for anxiety or anything like that you can ask your doc to prescride "Lorazapam" i think thats how its spelt, its targeted for anxiety, helps sleep, and a few other things. i had anxiety the first year of my hubbys passing and the doctor gave me those pills and i felt better. they really do work!
    GivenUp 135 Replies Flag this Response
  • for anxiety or anything like that you can ask your doc to prescride "Lorazapam" i think thats how its spelt, its targeted for anxiety, helps sleep, and a few other things. i had anxiety the first year of my hubbys passing and the doctor gave me those pills and i felt better. they really do work! thanks i will ask my dr. about it
    elias01 36 Replies Flag this Response
  • I live in california ,los angeles to be more precise.have u heard this problem before and how has it turned out You don't want to get hooked on drugs like Lorazepan. It is very addictive. Yes, most people move away from smoggy cities when they have have health issues. There's no way around it.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies Flag this Response
  • You don't want to get hooked on drugs like Lorazepan. It is very addictive. Yes, most people move away from smoggy cities when they have have health issues. There's no way around it. i took it for a year and did not have an problems, one day i just stopped taking it :D there was no detox or anything lol. i guess in my case it wasn't i dunno....
    GivenUp 135 Replies Flag this Response
  • You don't think it could be all that electrosmog, but you do think it could be all that carbon monoxide? Hmmm... I would think if it were carbon monoxide poisoning, he wouldn't be posting this thread. no it could be carbon monoxide, i read about a guy who didn't have a carbon monoxide detector (stupid move), he had a leak in his house. but he was a jogger. so he was almost never home.. but there is some bad news. he was rushed to the hospital one day, hours from death because he had been sick and could not go outside, and thats when it REALLY took effect. i guess in that guys case he got little doses because he was one of those people that just cant stay inside, do you go out A LOT? if you are in your house most of the day then i agree, you would not be here typing this. but if you go out for like... 6 hours then come back for 1 hour thats basiclly like getting a tiny dose of carbon monoxide. depending on how big the leak is/how much is in your home. search google for something like "carbon monoxide poisoning stories" thats what i searched and found a doctors report on the guy i was talking about
    GivenUp 135 Replies Flag this Response
  • His post suggests that these attacks can consume him out of nowhere at a variety of places - at work, at home, etc..., so if it were carbon monoxide poisoning, he'd have to have been exposed at multiple locations. On the other hand, post offices are notorious for hidden masts/antennas because they are government owned, and housing an antenna just happens to pay some government bills. At work he is likely exposed to computers and fluorescent lights and copy machines. He mentions having attacks while standing in line at the cash register. I know I feel especially ill when I'm standing near a conveyor belt or a cash register. Add some fluorescent lights, not to mention the towers and high-tension power lines I pass on my way to wherever I'm going, and I'm pretty much a goner. So no, I still think this man has severe microwave sickness/electrosensitivities. ok go eat some deadly poison at your house. then go to the mall does that mean that because your at the mall the poison is gone? nope. carbon monoxide poisoning STAYS with you. and CAN and WILL effect you anywhere you go. as i said before, you have to be getting a VERY low dose in order to still be alive, and a very low dose is a VERY high possiblity. infact i have a carbon monoxide detector in every room for that reason. you can have a tiny leak in one room, then the air flow carries it to another (which may not have the detector)
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  • Okay, yes, I agree - I think he has carbon monoxide poisoning??? I have a pilot light on my stove which went out once, and I leave my kitchen window cracked the tiniest bit. I'm not sure how many hours or days it was out before I noticed, but look at how healthy I am;) I still highly doubt it would be carbon monoxide poisoning. i still highly doubt its EMR sickness, lets agree to disagree actually lets agree to disagree while the first poster gets treated for carbon monoxide poisoning before they die, then they can go out and stand next to a cell phone to see if it hurts them there, problem solved :D:D:D
    GivenUp 135 Replies Flag this Response
  • Okay, yes, I agree - I think he has carbon monoxide poisoning??? I have a pilot light on my stove which went out once, and I leave my kitchen window cracked the tiniest bit. I'm not sure how many hours or days it was out before I noticed, but look at how healthy I am;) I still highly doubt it would be carbon monoxide poisoning. That's not carbon monoxide; it's ethyl mercaptan the gas company adds to the odorless gas so you know you have a gas leak and don't blow up your house. Living in a large city, the fumes from automobiles alone, are a huge source of carbon monoxide and diphenyl oxide. No homes should be without a carbon monoxide detector, too. A person with asthma would need relatively clean air to breathe for their own well-being. I believe the combination of meds, along with LA are a source of on-going problems for the poster and he needs to have his meds evaluated since he has been on some of them since he was a child.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies Flag this Response
  • Actually, where did he go anyway? By the way, sorry to hear you have that disease that you posted (I forget what you call it) - seriously. I do hope you kick it. thanks, it is hard to deal with also i dunno where the first poster went :confused: what do you mean kick it? get better? or? yeah when people look up ECD they read something which i hate, that it can be cured, it cant. it is a life long struggle. blaze. i owe you an apology, i was wrong about the things i said to you. you are a reasonable person.
    GivenUp 135 Replies Flag this Response
  • and i haven't a clue at all...:confused:..........could be allsorts disease......or whoknows disease !.......:D.......just hope everyone gets better soon !:)
    Tootsie 628 Replies Flag this Response
  • I hope you know I didn't mean kick it kick it - I mean fight it kick it. I never hated you. I don't think if I hated you the things you'd written would have bothered me as much as they did. And I'm sorry, too. I said some things I didn't mean either. And I do hope you get better soon - and don't believe them if they tell you there is no cure - there's always something you can do:) You're in my prayers. thanks :) i never really "hated" you either. hate is a strong word :D yeah they say there is no cure, but i always try new things anyway! not like it can hurt me more haha
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  • I hope you know I didn't mean kick it kick it - I mean fight it kick it. I never hated you. I don't think if I hated you the things you'd written would have bothered me as much as they did. And I'm sorry, too. I said some things I didn't mean either. And I do hope you get better soon - and don't believe them if they tell you there is no cure - there's always something you can do:) You're in my prayers. We're all sorry..........no-one wants anyone to be ill or cause any harm to any body......so smiles all round girls ! :D we can all be a pain in the arse at times ! :Dat the end of the day we all want to get better or find a way forward, sometimes there is no cure, just got to learn to live with it, but still keep are eyes open just incase.....ya never know, things are moving on all the time ! ;)
    Tootsie 628 Replies Flag this Response
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