My 26-year-old brother has been having bizarre attacks 3 - 4 times a year now for the last couple of years and he has been unable to get a diagnosis from our family physician who is no longer the youngest or freshest doctor on the block. Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated....Here's what happens:
Extreme lightheadedness and dizziness starts, accompanied by a thundering heartbeat. Fingers and toes go numb and more than half the time, he passes out cold. When he wakes he has nausea, vomiting and extreme fatigue. He then sleeps for at least 12 hours straight and has very little energy or ability to get himself out of bed during this time due to his dizziness and nausea. When it eventually passes he is weak for another week or so and then is fine. Several times these symptoms have been accompanied by a bright green, spidery pattern on his hands. During his last attack the pattern extended all the way up his arm. This was verified by my father and myself. It's not blue and it's not his blood vessles - you can see those below this strange green pattern. Our doctor thinks he's having a panic attack. I've heard of lots of kinds of panic attacks, but none like this - it lasts for days, causes complete blackouts and this weird green veiny pattern in his skin...we don't even know what kind of specialist to send him to...internist? neurologist? hematologist? Has anyone ever heard of anything like this??? He's in otherwise excellent health.