I wondered if anyone here might be able to help me.
My grandmother is very sick, and is seeing a doctor. Her doctor has put her through a barrage of tests to diagnose the problem, and now she has to go and see all these different specialists. (She has joked that she needs to be put on the show "Mystery Diagnosis.") I told her that I would do some research and see what I could find out. Please bear with me; this is a bit long.
First, I'll give a bit of her history. When she was younger, she had labyrinthitis off and on, and over the past decade, more or less, she has had a couple of weakness and fainting spells. She also has had fibromyalgia for some years now, with nearly constant aches and pains, in her back most of all (but nothing excessive or debilitating). She has chronic low blood pressure, and she is hypoglycemic, too.
It began almost three years ago, when she was working really hard in her front yard during warm summer weather. She suddenly felt very weak and dizzy, like she was going to faint. At that time she was working as a grocery store cashier. The dizziness started to come upon her more and more often while she was at work, until she finally had to quit her job. Her dizziness kept making her nauseated and she had to keep running to the restroom to throw up.
Her dizziness has been coming and going since then, with her last spell being about six months ago. Recently, however, she hasn't had any real dizziness, but a constant nausea. Several times she has vomited because of it, to the point where she was left shivering and dry-heaving. But most of the time, she says, it is a constant, low-level nausea, which gives her a general feeling of sickness and weakness not just in her stomach, but throughout her body. And right before she gets a more severe attack, she feels a wave of nausea at the base of her throat, and her vision gets blurry.
She also says the nausea is alleviated whenever she eats, and gets worse when her stomach is empty. But she can't have anything light, like fruit or toast; it has to be something substantial and usually hot, like stew or mashed potatoes. The problem is that much of the time, due to her weakness, she doesn't even have enough energy to go into the kitchen and heat up something to eat.
When she told me this last part, I suggested it had to do with her hypoglycemia, but her doc thinks the hypoglycemia is being caused by another underlying problem. Her 8th cranial nerve is OK; she also tested negative for Meniere's disease, and she says she doesn't have diabetes.
I also wondered if it had to do with her fibromyalgia - maybe some of her nerves have degenerated to the point where they are ceaselessly aggravating her stomach, I don't know.
Aside from those underlying problems I mentioned, she's been pretty healthy and VERY energetic for most of her life. She's not REALLY old yet, but she's already feeling like an invalid. If anyone can offer any suggestions or insights, I would greatly appreciate it, and my grandmother would, too!Thank you!