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  • Posted By: scotsman
  • October 1, 2007
  • 00:17 PM


I am a 35 year old male and I have been suffering from a variety of symptoms for a number of years now. The symptoms have been varied but for the last 14 months have increased and become much worse. I have been unable to get a diagnosis.

Main symptoms are nausea and dizziness and a 'head fog' - which occurs virtually every day. Occasionally I will throw up but this is not always the case.

For the last year I have been getting severe attacks of Hives approxiamtley every fortnight. These can cause collapse due to low blood pressure and I have been taken by ambulance to the hopital on three occassions so far.

I get a severe pain just below my sternum from time to time which normally lasts up to 1 hour before subsiding. Also on a few occasions in the last year I have been sick with what apeared to be a virus - i.e. violent vomiting until my stomach was empty, then severe wretching. I am not so sure this is a virus anymore given the other symptoms.

The doctor has prescribed me ant-acid tablets for stomach-acid, anti-histamines to try and control the hives, and an epi-pen for when the attackes are severe.

I have been referred to a gastroentorologist who has taken a lot of blood for tests and these showed up normal. I have also had a scan of all my major abdominal organs, which showed up normal.

Anyone heard of anything similar? I am getting increasingly concerned now and it is starting to have a major impact on my everyday life.

Thanks for listening...

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  • Dear Scotsman... I had all of your symptoms and more. All of my tests came back "normal" as well. I was referred by someone in this forum for NAET or BioSET therapy.I'm a nurse so I was very skeptical. I went anyway because I had no other alternatives. Western med wasn't helping a bit!! Like yourself. Please consider this treatment. It works!! Take care and take the advice. It is the best I got when looking and it is the best you will get. believe me.......mommy cat:)
    mommy cat 1,654 Replies
    • October 1, 2007
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  • Hi, Have you been tested for food allergies? The dizziness and brain fog can be from the central nervious system. Have you seen a Neuro dr and had tests? Just a few thought for you to check into. Best wishes~~Jersey Lymie
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 2, 2007
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  • Symptoms of low blood pressure to watch for include:Dizziness or lightheadednessFainting (called syncope)Lack of concentrationBlurred visionNauseaCold, clammy, pale skinRapid, shallow breathingFatigueDepressionUnusual thirstMedications. A number of drugs can cause low blood pressure, including diuretics and other drugs that treat hypertension; heart medications such as beta blockers; drugs for Parkinson's disease; tricyclic antidepressants; Viagra®, particularly in combination with nitroglycerine; narcotics and alcohol. Other prescription and over-the-counter medications may cause low blood pressure when taken in combination with high blood pressure drugs.Heart problems. Among the heart conditions that can lead to low blood pressure are an abnormally low heart rate (bradycardia), problems with heart valves, heart attack and heart failure. These are conditions in which your heart may not be able to circulate enough blood to meet your body's needs.Endocrine problems. These include an underactive or overactive thyroid (hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism), adrenal insufficiency (Addison's disease), low blood sugar and, in some cases, diabetes.Dehydration. Fever, vomiting, severe diarrhea, overuse of diuretics and strenuous exercise can all lead to dehydration, a potentially serious condition in which your body loses more water than you take in. Even mild dehydration, a loss of as little as 1 percent to 2 percent of body weight, can cause weakness, dizziness and fatigue.Blood loss. A significant loss of blood from major trauma or severe internal bleeding reduces blood volume, leading to a severe drop in blood pressure.Severe infection (septic shock). Septic shock can occur when bacteria leave the original site of an infection — most often in the lungs, abdomen or urinary tract — and enter the bloodstream. The bacteria then produce toxins that affect your blood vessels, leading to a profound and life-threatening decline in blood pressure.Allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). Anaphylactic shock is a sometimes-fatal allergic reaction that can occur in people who are highly sensitive to drugs such as penicillin, to certain foods such as peanuts, or to bee or wasp stings. This type of shock is characterized by breathing problems, hives, itching, a swollen throat and a sudden, dramatic fall in blood pressure.Postural (orthostatic) hypotension. In some people, blood pressure drops rapidly when standing from a sitting or prone position, causing dizziness, lightheadedness, blurred vision and even fainting. Causes can include dehydration, prolonged bed rest, diabetes, heart problems and excessive heat. Medications like diuretics, beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, ACE inhibitors, antipsychotics, antidepressants and drugs for Parkinson’s disease can also cause this condition. In some cases, sitting for long periods of time with legs crossed or squatting can be the cause.Postprandial hypotension. A sudden drop in blood pressure after a meal usually affects older adults with high blood pressure or autonomic nervous system disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. Lowering the dose of blood-pressure-lowering medication and eating small, low-carbohydrate meals may help reduce symptoms.Neurally mediated hypotension. Unlike orthostatic hypotension, this disorder causes blood pressure to drop after standing for long periods, leading to symptoms such as dizziness, nausea and fainting. This condition primarily affects young people and occurs because of a miscommunication between the heart and the brain.Nutritional deficiencies. A lack of the essential vitamins B-12 and folic acid can cause anemia, which in turn can lead to low blood pressure.When to see the doctorIf you experience any dizziness or lightheadedness, you may want to see your doctor. If you have gotten dehydrated, have low blood sugar or spent too much time in the sun or a hot tub, how quickly your blood pressure drops is more important than how low it drops. Keep a record of your symptoms and your activities at the time your symptoms occurred. What do you think of the food allergy suggestion? If you are in Scotland you probably don't eat peanuts the way that we do in the US, but you could also try a celiac diet.
    rad-skw 1,605 Replies
    • October 2, 2007
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  • Yes-- hereditary angioedema. www.hereditaryangioedema.com Disclaimer-- I have no commercial involvement with this site.
    aquila 1,263 Replies
    • October 2, 2007
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