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Light headed, poor concentration, short term memory los and Frequent urination

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  • Posted By: Timmy029
  • October 17, 2009
  • 11:57 PM

I don’t usually post on these sorts of forums and usually find my problems can be solved by find the answers to others (more so with technical problems). I have had problems for the last 4 -5 years, without a day without any symptoms.

The list is huge but hopefully somebody will see a link and be able to point me in the right direction, so here goes. I am 20-year-old male, not in the greatest physical form, but not obese, just a little overweight, I exercise in-frequently(2-3 times a week), I walk 40 minutes a day to work and back I used to exercise every day when the symptoms first came on. I don't smoke and drink every so often. Every day for the last five years I have felt light headed, off balance, dizzy, fatigued and have had poor memory and concentration, I also feel thirsty all the time and urinate every 30-60 minutes sometimes every 10-20 minutes. On top of this I also sometimes have numbness in the top of my head, the feeling my head is full, like an internal pressure, a feeling that feels like I've drunk a lot of alcohol, but without the happy feeling that goes with it (the feeling as though your not fully in control). My speech also suffers, it feels like I’m slurring my words sometimes and I forget what I'm talking about. I have days where I can hardly do any work or concentrate on anything, other days (very rare) that I feel almost normal. The symptoms have slowly got worse, as time as progressed, my Mothers sister has the same symptoms as my granddad and me also had very similar symptoms (diagnosed as menieres about 40 years ago).

I have been to 5 doctors, one an ENT specialist, and another a neurologist, as well as 3GP's. I have had a full blood test, testing for pretty much everything with nothing abnormal. My blood pressure is normal, I have had an MRI of my head with nothing abnormal, been tested for meniers, had my eyes tested, diabetes and have eventually been told I am stressed. I understand stress doesn't manifest itself as many think, but I can be on holiday without a care in the world and feel no better, I can be struggling with a huge report, piece of work etc and feel no worse. I was sent to therapy to try to relieve the stress, I did everything I was taught, it did nothing. I do not have a stressful life, so I really do not think I have stress/anxiety. I used to have migraines but they stopped when I was 15, I have tried taking all sorts of vitamins and minerals, the Omega's, B12, Zinc, Magnesium etc in the vain hope it was a vitamin deficiency, it wasn’t. I have not drunk alcohol for a month to see if it was that, not eaten chocolate, cheese, wheat, dairy as suggested by one GP to try rule out allergies. There is not one thing I can see that makes it better or worse....

Please help, I'm getting frustrated, its affecting me in a big way, I struggle at work and Uni, I used to be at the top of most of my classes, I'm now struggling to scrape through Uni.

Thanks in advance,

Tim

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  • Please, any help is much appreciated :)
    Timmy029 3 Replies
    • October 26, 2009
    • 00:44 AM
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  • Sorry, one more thing I forgot to mention as I've never though it was relevant until I read some info on Lymes disease. I developed a strange rash on my ankles that then progressed onto my foot this is at about the same time as my symptoms started, probably a bit before. the one on my ankles has now gone but the rash on my foot is still there 5 or so years later. Doctors have seen it but have no idea what it is, it doesnt itch, burn hurt or anything it just looks unsightly so they weren't concerned about it.Its darker and more red than it appears in the picture. Heres a link:http://www.freeimagehosting.net/image.php?5ef1b0c7da.jpg
    Timmy029 3 Replies
    • October 26, 2009
    • 01:22 AM
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  • It seems like a lot of people come to these boards and try to hand out amateur diagnoses of lyme, celiac, or chronic fatigue syndrome. These are serious and protean syndromes, which manifest in literally thousands of different ways and are often underdiagnosed, but they are not a catch-all answer for every hard-to-define ache, pain and depression. In your case I would seriously suggest you revisit the diabetes testing. It can actually be harder to correctly diagnose than one might think, and can present in almost as many ways as celiac,lyme or cfs, but is statistically much more likely based on your described symptoms.
    gregtfish 67 Replies
    • October 27, 2009
    • 10:14 PM
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  • Hi, thanks for the post.I think its definately worth having another look at, my mum is diabetic as was my grandad on my dads side, so I'm probably at an increased risk. I had a fasting blood test done about a year ago that came back normal.. have you or anyone else got any advice on what to suggest I do next, what test/tests are best at giving a diagnosis or proving I dont have it?
    Timmy029 3 Replies
    • October 28, 2009
    • 00:33 AM
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  • It's always risky giving advice without contact,examination and a full clinical picture, but here are some of the possible tests that can be done and level that can be checked. 1. Fasting Plasma Glucose2. Random Plasma Glucose3. Oral Glucose tolerance tests4. Fasting lipid profile for hdl, ldl, triglycerides, cholesterol5. Urine tests for protein, ketone bodies, glucose, sediment6. BUN and Creatnine Talk more with your doctor about these tests and a possibility of diabetes, insulin resistance, impaired glucose tolerance, and some metabolic disorders.
    gregtfish 67 Replies
    • October 28, 2009
    • 08:04 PM
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  • I don’t usually post on these sorts of forums and usually find my problems can be solved by find the answers to others (more so with technical problems). I have had problems for the last 4 -5 years, without a day without any symptoms.The list is huge but hopefully somebody will see a link and be able to point me in the right direction, so here goes. I am 20-year-old male, not in the greatest physical form, but not obese, just a little overweight, I exercise in-frequently(2-3 times a week), I walk 40 minutes a day to work and back I used to exercise every day when the symptoms first came on. I don't smoke and drink every so often. Every day for the last five years I have felt light headed, off balance, dizzy, fatigued and have had poor memory and concentration, I also feel thirsty all the time and urinate every 30-60 minutes sometimes every 10-20 minutes. On top of this I also sometimes have numbness in the top of my head, the feeling my head is full, like an internal pressure, a feeling that feels like I've drunk a lot of alcohol, but without the happy feeling that goes with it (the feeling as though your not fully in control). My speech also suffers, it feels like I’m slurring my words sometimes and I forget what I'm talking about. I have days where I can hardly do any work or concentrate on anything, other days (very rare) that I feel almost normal. The symptoms have slowly got worse, as time as progressed, my Mothers sister has the same symptoms as my granddad and me also had very similar symptoms (diagnosed as menieres about 40 years ago).I have been to 5 doctors, one an ENT specialist, and another a neurologist, as well as 3GP's. I have had a full blood test, testing for pretty much everything with nothing abnormal. My blood pressure is normal, I have had an MRI of my head with nothing abnormal, been tested for meniers, had my eyes tested, diabetes and have eventually been told I am stressed. I understand stress doesn't manifest itself as many think, but I can be on holiday without a care in the world and feel no better, I can be struggling with a huge report, piece of work etc and feel no worse. I was sent to therapy to try to relieve the stress, I did everything I was taught, it did nothing. I do not have a stressful life, so I really do not think I have stress/anxiety. I used to have migraines but they stopped when I was 15, I have tried taking all sorts of vitamins and minerals, the Omega's, B12, Zinc, Magnesium etc in the vain hope it was a vitamin deficiency, it wasn’t. I have not drunk alcohol for a month to see if it was that, not eaten chocolate, cheese, wheat, dairy as suggested by one GP to try rule out allergies. There is not one thing I can see that makes it better or worse.... Please help, I'm getting frustrated, its affecting me in a big way, I struggle at work and Uni, I used to be at the top of most of my classes, I'm now struggling to scrape through Uni.Thanks in advance,Tim Tim, Did you get tested for toxic mold, allergy or toxicity?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 29, 2009
    • 02:47 AM
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  • I don’t usually post on these sorts of forums and usually find my problems can be solved by find the answers to others (more so with technical problems). I have had problems for the last 4 -5 years, without a day without any symptoms.Hi Tim. I was just wondering if you've gotten any positive feedback on your symptoms? The only reason I ask is because I'm 31 and have the exact same set of base symptoms as you, and I have about the same lifestyle, (my symptoms have been going on for ~4-5 years but I haven't had a rash). So far I haven't found a thing that has helped yet, my sugar levels always test good, and the worst symptom seems to be the loss of concentration and focus along with frequent urination.Feel free to give me a holler, I'd be really interested in if you found out something.Mike
    Mitsubishi 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • ADH test,OGTT,Antinuclear Antibodies,TSH test,Ionogram,Serum Testosterone could help getting a diagnosis.Still i would recomend you to see a Neurologist and to repeat the MRI
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Xanax caused this in me. Went to numerous doctor's. Finally found forum on yahoo about Benzo's, the devil's evil twin. Benzo's anti depressant medicines can cause up to 90+ symptoms that people don't even realize.
    hoggess 10 Replies Flag this Response
  • I also have these symptoms (not the rash). It started with lightheadedness and frequent urination (I used to drink a lot of water- I drink less now but still have to urinate just as often) about 5 years ago. In the last couple years, all other symptoms started (brain fog, fatigue, muscle weakness, motion sickness, and poor circulation). I've had 2 normal MRIs, normal blood work (currently being tested for Lyme, Vimamin D & B12 deficiencies, and a couple other things I'm not sure about- results should be in on Tuesday. I didn't think diabetes was hard to diagnose. I'm wondering if I should bring that up to my new neurologist. Have you gotten anywhere with your diagnosis?
    Minstrelette 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • There are other medical issues other than diabetes which cause symptoms people are posting about here along with thirst sometimes quite severe. POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome) patients suffer from thirst along with symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, tiredness, concentration loss etc. People with CFIDS (chronic fatigue immunity dysfunction syndrome) also suffer similar symptoms (those with CFS may also get rashes). POTS can be tested for with certain heart rate tests (being a problem with autonomic nervous system dysfunction thou rather than a heart issue, cardiologists dont seem to know much about this condition so you will have to hunt about for someone who does) or a tilt table test. So dont just think missed diabetes if you have already been tested for it and tests are negative. Start researching to see if you fit other conditions and see a doctor about the possibility of those.
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies Flag this Response
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  • There are other medical issues other than diabetes which cause symptoms people are posting about here along with thirst sometimes quite severe. I don't have extreme thirst. I have read about POTS but not the type of CFS you mentioned, so that's worth looking into. I did just find a good neurologist, so hopefully he'll shed some light. Thanks.
    Minstrelette 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • I'm not a doc so I don't want to give you any incorrect info...but don't give up and continue to go to doctors until you get an answer. I myself have been going through something similar with additional symptoms such as numbness in the limbs, shooting pain in my head and depression. I have always been a healthy woman and I have a 3 yr old and 1 yr old. You know your own body and just by hearing all your symptoms something is not right. Don't give up until you get answers...unfortunately our healthcare system sucks and you pretty much have to be your own doctor nowadays.
    ksealy 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • OMG, i have exactly the same thing as this, i had to check to make sure it wasnt me who had written it, everything you explained is exactly the same as me im male and also 20 , its been going on for 6 months now and i have been to the doctors today.all the symptoms you have said i have also had apart from the rash, its so hard to explain the symptoms but you describe them really well, glad im not the only one because this feeling is horrible.do you have it all day every day or does it come on at different times etcmy doctor has refered me to a specialist and wants, and they are going to test me for seizures so i assume it will be petit mal / epilepsy..
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  • Tim, Did you get tested for toxic mold, allergy or toxicity?Hello,Im 22 and have the same symptoms pzzzzzzzzzzl let me know if u found anything out thanks
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 21, 2010
    • 04:01 AM
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  • I'm 54 and having the same problems, I too have had an MRI and they found I have a couple of grows but they said they were nothing to worry about, also blame it on my age. It is very much affecting my job and I'm afraid it may cost me my job WHAT TO DO?June
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 29, 2010
    • 11:57 AM
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  • Hello,I am a 32 year old female with the exact same symptoms minus the rash. Did you find anything out? I've been to the doctors numerous times and nothing comes up. I've been struggling with this for the last 6-7 years.
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