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in the emergency room on new years.

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 1, 2007
  • 08:24 PM

I woke up at 9:30am today. (The past week or so over christmas break I've been waking up at about 1pm, so this was pretty early for me.) I had nausea and a bit of heartburn and bad gas, but it went away after I ate some saltine crackers and drank ginger ale. Then I sat on the couch to watch some tv, and I felt this really weird kind of crushing sensation in my head. I'm not sure how to describe it, but it also felt like I was kind of moving backwards or something, but it only lasted for about two seconds. It REALLY scared me though. After that, I turned off the tv, tried to go back to sleep, but started shaking, which probably related to anxiety.. I still felt dizzy, and I asked my mum to take me to the ER. Since august I've always been feeling dizzy, and nobody can say what it is. I was with my friends for new years eve last night for about six hour, and for the most part, I felt alright around them, with only occasional dizziness. I also went to a concert friday night, but even with earplugs, I only stayed for 15 minutes. I'm not sure if all of this has anything to do with my ears or not, and I'm thinking of scheduling something with a neurologist, and I also have an appointment with an ear doctor as well.

At the ER, everything turned out normal, except that my TSH was a little off (I thought I heard the nurses say it was 5.4, but the doctor said mine was 5.), and I have yet another appointment with an MD in a few days to check the T3 and T4 levels or whatever. The ER was NO help at all. As if I wasn't dizzy enough to begin with, taking four tubes of blood obviously doesn't help, haha.

So if anyone here knows anything about vertigo attacks, would the crushing feeling in your head be part of it? It wasn't painful, just really strange. I think I might have Meniere's Disease, but I guess I'll find out at my ear doctor. I'm only 17, so I guess I have quite a few years to deal with whatever I'm suffering from. :P Happy new year!

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  • Did your doctor put you on any thyroid medication? With a leavel of 5 you have a hypothyroid. That is problably causing a good part of your dizziness. My tsh level was at 80, I know how you feel. One other question though, did you say that you felt this way mainly at home? If so do you have any gas applinces or a gas furnace? I had a carbon monoxide leak, and it made me extremely dizzy, but only at home, and when or furnace was on. I hope you get some answers soon.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 2, 2007
    • 03:45 AM
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  • As of early 2006, at most laboratories in the U.S., the official "normal" Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) blood test range runs from approximately .5 to 5.0.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 2, 2007
    • 00:00 PM
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  • Until November 2002, doctors had relied on a normal TSH level ranging from 0.5 to 5.0 to diagnose and treat patients with a thyroid disorder who tested outside the boundaries of that range5 . Now AACE encourages doctors to consider treatment for patients who test outside the boundaries of a narrower margin based on a target TSH level of 0.3 to 3.04. AACE believes the new range will result in proper diagnosis for millions of Americans who suffer from a mild thyroid disorder, but have gone untreated until now.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 2, 2007
    • 00:05 PM
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  • Did your doctor put you on any thyroid medication? With a leavel of 5 you have a hypothyroid. That is problably causing a good part of your dizziness. My tsh level was at 80, I know how you feel. One other question though, did you say that you felt this way mainly at home? If so do you have any gas applinces or a gas furnace? I had a carbon monoxide leak, and it made me extremely dizzy, but only at home, and when or furnace was on. I hope you get some answers soon.No. Pretty much anywhere I go, the dizziness comes along. I sleep in my basement, and I have a coal stove that runs down there, but I don't think it's related to the dizziness. Most of the time when I'm down there, everything feels normal in comparison to how I feel being upstairs. I don't know why.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 2, 2007
    • 09:22 PM
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  • Oh, and also, what's the best thing to do in case I have another attack of vertigo, or just really bad dizziness? They gave me a prescription for antivert, but I hate pills, so that's a last resort, I guess.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 3, 2007
    • 02:03 AM
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