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Dizzy, feet swollen, numb left side body

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  • Posted By: bloo22
  • March 4, 2008
  • 10:40 PM

Any opinions would be appreciated. For the last 2 months I have felt terrible. Here are my symptoms: swollen feet, sleep apnea (only every now and then....worse under stress), headache, left side of body (hand and arm) often numb, left side of lips numb sometimes, high blood pressure. Sometime when I feel really bad, almost always in early PM or later, I feel confused, dizzy, my speech slurs, the numbness in my left side gets worse. I have almost passed out a few times, but I haven't lost consciousness. When I feel bad, almost every day in the PM, moderate exercise is tough. Sometimes, when I feel really bad, it is tough to breath. Salt and fried foods make me feel really bad. Some chest pains, headaches, my vision seems to get worse the worse I feel. I am 38, a runner (I feel much better in AM and I can run in the AM, most of the time), 5'10 155, male. I went to the doctor and took blood tests, EKG (came back OK). I also can't sleep. Doc just prescribed me something to help me sleep. My dad had heart attack early in his life, high blood pressure in family, grandmom had strokes frequently, starting in her twenties. Mom had thyroid disease. Anyway, the doctor didn't seem like much help, so far, and I am just hopeful somebody can help me understand. Thanks.

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  • It sounds like you may need to see a neurologist to get properly evaluated for transient ischemic attacks and/or stroke. Given your strong family history, they should probably be looking into this more carefully. They should also be treating your hypertension, as it puts you at increased risk of stroke, heart attack, and kidney disease.You also mentioned family history of thyroid problems. One thing that can present as 'stroke' is a rare complication of autoimmune thyroiditis called Hashimoto's Encephalopathy. It can produce a lot of your symptoms. It is diagnosed by elevated thyroid antibodies- most people have normal thyroid hormone levels. The vast majority of doctors and neurologists have never heard of it (it took me 8 years to get properly diagnosed) which is unfortunate. Doctors are trained not to check thyroid antibodies unless hormones are off first (my hormones were normal the whole time) or you have a goiter (I never had a goiter but they did an ultrasound of my thyroid after I was diagnosed and it was full of micro-nodules)...I'm sorry you are sick with no answers. Not sure any of this will help, but good luck and Best Wishes.
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  • Thank you for your reply. I appreciate it.
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  • i am having the same thing and i am concerned about my self if you find out whats wrong with you will u please let me know. thanks
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    • 01:42 AM
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