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is it all in my head

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 20, 2007
  • 04:24 AM

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I have major depression, i realize this and am being treated for it. recently i have episodes of um, i guess you could call it collapsing at work...

the first time it happened i wasn't feeling well, i had taken cold meds, felt a tingling sensation through my body, was dizzy and hadn't eaten that much. I work at a pet store and when i went into the grooming dept. my legs suddenly felt like spaghetti, i must have looked out of b/c one of the groomers asked what's wrong, i was very shaky by this time and weak and fell to the ground in a sitting position then fell back and started hyperventalating. They called an ambulance and they came and took me to the hospital.

the evidence of depression is all over my arms, i have a lot of scars from cutting, self injury. the minute they saw these they were convinced i was having some sort of panic attack, they pumped me with fluids gave me some xanax and sent me on my merry little way.

i visited my primary doc who, when she saw my blood sugar was low and asked me a few more questions and decided i was hypoglicemic.

i was satisfied with this diagnosis and changed my eating habits wich seemed to help dizzy spells and fatigue.

well just two days ago it happened again...

this time was different, i had eaten plenty that day, and was really feeling just fine. i was cleaning a hamster cage and the hamster jumped to the ground i bent down to pick it up and when i came up felt the room spinning and fell back on my butt.

i sat there for a minute, then when i started feeling better i got up and was heading to the office to tell someone what happened just in case it happened again. i never made it to the office when i collapsed and started hyperventalting. so here comes another ambulance, (hadn't even paid the first one yet), and again they saw that i was being treated for depression and again treated it as a psychological problem. The only thing they found physcially wrong was my potassium was low, but the er doc said it was probably unrelated.

i don't know what to believe. they did all kinds of test on my heart and my bp was fine and i feeling fine, i was even in a pretty good mood.

what is going on?

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  • there are conditions where your potassium is low. I think I've seen something about adrenal glands. A lot of these problems on here sound like gland problems.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 20, 2007
    • 04:35 AM
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  • fainting when bending is so common as to be regarded as normal,as is fainting when hungry.apart from that,"what is happening"is probably related to what is going on in your life,and your thoughts about it.the meanings of your history of self harm will be important in this respect too .i cant help unless you tell me more.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 20, 2007
    • 00:26 PM
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  • Don't let anyone tell you it's all in your head! Regardless of your depression problems, you know your body and what is normal for you. Obviously these symptoms are not normal. I am going through a similar situation in regards to dizziness and lots of other weird symptoms that no one seems to know what the cause is. Keep searching for a doctor who will understand you and your symptoms are real. Don't give up!! Good Luck
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 22, 2007
    • 05:13 PM
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  • Are you drinking enough of fluids? your electrolytes can be out of whack if you don't. Drink decaffeinated beverages- Gatorade. Potassium levels can also be affected by diuretics--water pills. Blood pressure decreases when you stand up. Ask the dr to take your sitting bp and then an immediate standing bp. Ask for a kidney function and urinalysis. Best of luck.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 22, 2007
    • 08:33 PM
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