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dizziness and lack of concentration and pressure in head

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  • Posted By: barb weiger
  • March 16, 2008
  • 08:20 PM

I have had some dizziness, loss of concentration, pressure in my head-usually on the left side back of head, loss of time or zoning, and alot of depression and thoughts of suicide since last october, I went to the Dr in December with this and they took a CT scan, which they said didn't show anything, but it is getting worse, it is intermitten, not every day, but the symptoms last longer each time it does happen, due to my loss of concentration, my manager has made me take FMLA because I am not productive enough, so I have no income, which I desprately need, since I just purchased a new home last June, please help me, I have seen an ENT-ear,nose,throat Dr, and I am scheduled to see a nuerologist next week, it's a hurry up and wait thing

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  • Sorry for your symptoms and having them interfere with work. I hope that you will allow your self some guilt-free time off to rest. It might be tempting, but try not to dwell on being unemployed and in sort of a lull- it can happen to anyone, and you did not cause these symptoms. Enjoy this time to pursue hobbies if you can.I had some of your symptoms, and went undiagnosed for 8 years. About 8 neurologists later, I was diagnosed with something called Hashimoto's Encephalopathy. It's a rare complication of autoimmune thyroiditis, detected by testing thyroid ANTIBODIES- even if hormones are normal (mine were... and so i was reassured over and over that my thyroid gland was okay- only to find out later that it was full of nodules from the autoimmune destruction).Most doctors have never heard of HE, and doctors are trained not to look at thyroid antibodies unless hormones are off first. Thus, many cases of HE are probably being missed. HE can cause a wide variety of symptoms, and every case looks different. I had mostly fatigue, headaches, and balance problems. There were episodes of brain fog (dizziness/ spacing out) too- and this is a common symptom in HE. Of course, depression can cause problems with concentration too, as well as suicidal ideation. There are good treatments for depression. But if you don't think this is "just depression", it is worth looking into other things, especially given the headaches and dizziness. Another thing that may be worth ruling out is celiac disease. They might want to do more imaging to make sure it's not something else like MS or other things.There are probably a lot of other things that need to be ruled out as well. I hope your visit with the neurologist goes okay and that he/she is understanding and takes your symptoms seriously. Please keep us posted!Best Wishes.
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