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Severe Headache, Dizziness, and Fainting (all tests neg)

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  • Posted By: BabyThespy
  • June 26, 2007
  • 08:27 AM

I am a 20 year old female. Last Sunday, I started having a really bad headache and thinking it was just a migraine, I took some advil and continued on with the father's day dinner we were having. My husband and I went home afterwards and my eyes were burning, so I figured I should take my temp and it was 100.7. The next day I went to work, and once my fever got up to 102, my boss allowed me to go home. About 2 hours later I went to the doctor b/c in addition to my fever, I was extremely nauseated and could not keep any food down, and I had a stiff and painful neck. When they took my temp, it was up to 102.6. After testing me for strep, pnumonia, and kidney infection and all of them coming back negative, she determined that I just had a virus. However, she told me that if anything got worse, that I should go to the ER and get checked for meningitis. I ended up going, and the spinal tap came back normal. They sent me home concurring that I simply had a virus. My doctor gave me oxycodone and antivert to help with my headache and dizziness. The meds helped for about a day. Then on Saturday morning, I woke up, and my fever was back, and my headache was worse than ever. I began having alot of dizziness. I started fainting or collapsing when I was walking. After one fainting spell, I got immensely confused, and didn't really know anything about where I was or what I was doing. My husband took me back to the ER and they kept me overnight. Sunday, they did an MRI/MRA which came back looking relatively normal. Despite my inability to walk without assistance, they sent me home saying that it was probably still just the virus doing this to me. My normal doctor keeps saying that my symptoms should be gone by now, but they arent, they are progressively getting worse. I am getting rather worried b/c I can't focus on anything, my vision is blurring and doubling, I feel as though everything is constantly spinning, my head feels as though it is going to be able to explode, I can't do much for myself right now, and because of this I may end up losing my job b/c I can't go to work. Does anyone know what could be wrong with me?

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  • Dear Baby...migraineseyes burningfevernausea/vomitingstiff, painful neckmany tests negativevirus "diagnosis"dizzinesscan't focusblurred/double visionspinning feelingfeeling like head will explodepossible Meningitis with negative resultfainting/collapsingconfusionnormal MRI/MRA these are all symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome...which is more than likey viral in nature. Has this been considered by the docs?This disease is exploding. If you just read around this forum you will see the numbers of people with strange symptoms, been to every doc, had every test that came back normal. You are not alone. Find a doc who does NAET or Bioset. Thhis helps immensely with symptoms. I have CFS. Bioset is the only thing that helped.Also, raw diet, vitamins, rest. Many people who go undiagnosed with this lose more than their jobs. Many have lost spouses, homes, cars and everything they've worked for because both patients and docs do not think this disease is real. Many are beginning to believe though.Best to you...mommy cat:)
    mommy cat 1654 Replies Flag this Response
  • These are similar to symptoms I have been experiencing w/o the high fever. Have you ever been checked for epilepsy or some other kind of seizure disorder? What about diabetes or hormonal disorders? If you haven't, I suggest you ask your doctor to run those tests.
    mormongirl 6 Replies Flag this Response
  • these are all symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome...which is more than likey viral in nature. Has this been considered by the docs?.mommy cat:) mommy cat.. for someone to have/be diagnosed with CFS, one needs to have those symptoms for 6 mths minimum and she has only got the virus this week!!!, so doctors certainly wouldnt/shouldnt be considering that its CFS.................................... She's obviously got a very bad virus of some kind. Baby ". I am getting rather worried b/c I can't focus on anything, my vision is blurring and doubling, I feel as though everything is constantly spinning, my head feels as though it is going to be able to explode," keep an eye on your temp.. worsening symptoms like that could mean its too high.
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies Flag this Response
  • dear tania, I have had several "very bad" viruses since I've been ill with CFS. According to guidelines, the time required is 6 months. I became severely ill in Jan 2005, but was sick way before that.A very bad virus either respiratory or GI are 2 of the underlying causes of CFS.
    mommy cat 1654 Replies Flag this Response
  • tania, we are also finding people who are having recent vaccines that are presenting with symptoms. As you are probably aware, vaccines are one of the things associated with this disease.
    mommy cat 1654 Replies Flag this Response
  • tania, we are also finding people who are having recent vaccines that are presenting with symptoms. As you are probably aware, vaccines are one of the things associated with this disease. yes Im well aware of the link for some, thou a recent study come up with no link there. (I know quite a few who got the CFS after vaccine thou). What's that got at all thou to do with this thread?? she didnt mention at all anything about herself getting sick after a vaccine. (please let me know if i missed something in her post).
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies Flag this Response
  • Sound like anxiety/depression disorder. Those are some of the effects from that type of disorder
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  • Do you live in an area that has West Nile encephalitis?
    rad-skw 1605 Replies Flag this Response
  • Did they consider MS? The eye vision problems are characteristic of MS in it early stages... have you gotten that check out?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Have you had a sleep deprivation eeg?
    mormongirl 6 Replies Flag this Response
  • Two months ago I started to get dizzy. The dizziness came one day and didn't go away, it was there day and nigh. I also got blurred vision some times, at times only in one eye, and, for the first time in my life, I got panic attacks, all completely out of the blue. I went to see many doctors, an ear-nose-throat specialist, a neurologist...I had all kinds of test and they told me I had an anxiety disorder and needed medication. By mere chance a friend of mine read me an article from the Balance and Dizziness Society of Vancouver (balanceanddizziness.org) that talked about blurred vision, anxiety and dizziness all related to having the first and second vertebrae of the neck out of place.Fortunately for me, I went to see a chiropractor that very day, though I had no hope of recovery because I didn't feel any pain in my neck.I had lots of anxiety and was willing to take the medication just to feel better. I thought I was going crazy.But the chiropractor explained to me that my neck was really out, and that the squishing of the vertebrae was causing the blurred vision in one or both eyes (it was even one of the questions in the questionnaire, "do you experience blurred vision in one or both eyes"), and that the anxiety was caused by the nervous system sending a "fight or flight" signal on it own, on and on, with no external reason.He told me I had a chronic back condition, though I had no back or neck pain, and asked me to give him 10 sessions without taking the medication. Well, I have gone there 3 times and I feel so good, 80% better. I am not dizzy, I have no anxiety, and no blurred vision.Without this chiropractor I would be on meds, thinking I am crazy.Please consider trying a chiropractor, it saved my life! I hope this helps.Venus
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    • September 20, 2007
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  • :( hello my name is robert and my wife just had a stroke (age 36)while in hospitel she woke up one morning and was unable to walk more than 20 feet as soon as she sat up in bed she felt a little dizzy and then as she stood ears started ringing and more dizzy headache worsened and ringing and then she said she didnt feel well a moment later she colaspes and is un responsive for a minute or more , b/p was fine during all phases , nerogiset didn't know and was discharging her so i had her moved to a stroke center that tested her thru thease symptoms hooked up to an eeg and video monitor they recorded the event , all tests done came back negitive , they called it there a non epilepic seziure and said that her brain was trying to protect itself and may go away or never go away. thease symptoms are not random they happen the same way everytime , mri show only the stroke and no more events , can any one help me to understand what else this might be ??
    armstrongr 1 Replies
    • November 22, 2007
    • 11:27 PM
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  • Sorry it took me so long to write back. I stayed in the hospital for a week, and it turned out to be West Nile Fever. It took about 2 months for me to fully heal. My heart goes out to anyone who has to go through the torchure of West Nile.
    BabyThespy 4 Replies
    • November 24, 2007
    • 04:58 AM
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  • My 19 yr old daughter is currently in the hospital undergoing numerous tests to find out why she gets a sharp pain in her head then passes out in the next few minutes. It happened a few times in the fall at work. Headaches at home, she lies down and goes to sleep (possibly passes out she doesn't remember). CT MRI show normal as do blood/urine tests. She gets plenty of sleep (always has). Happened again last weekend went to hospital and still there. Happened again yesterday and today. Neurologist (2 of them) keep saying they think it's migraine but are continuing to test to rule out anything else. I have found a lot of reference to migraines and losing consciousness but when she comes to the headache is gone. She says it feels like someone whacked her over the head with something. Any ideas?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 29, 2009
    • 04:52 AM
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  • you say your mri came back clear huh? because your symptoms sound like a brain tumor to me, i would get a ct scan and a second mri.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 6, 2009
    • 03:36 AM
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  • A few months ago i started waking up coughing really bad and i couldnt stop then i get really bad headaches,and when i get up i get lightheaded and very dizzy and the next thing i know i am waking up on the floor. the last time i passed out i fell into my kitchen table. i cant seem to figure out what is causing this to happen. i am a 23 female from oklahoma.can anyone tell me what is causing this and send me an email my address is (lil_tingting@yahoo.com).i am afraid that i will end up passing out at my work cause i get them there also.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 4, 2009
    • 10:27 PM
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  • mommy cat.. for someone to have/be diagnosed with CFS, one needs to have those symptoms for 6 mths minimum and she has only got the virus this week!!!, so doctors certainly wouldnt/shouldnt be considering that its CFS.................................... Sorry, but that is past tense information on CFS. Nowadays it can be diagnosed very soon after symptoms occur, as up to 97% of patients have orthostatic blood pressure problems that cause the dizziness and fainting.Waiting for six months, which is still recommended by the CDC, just leads to less of a chance of recovering from CFS. Just general information for others to review - this poster has stated she had West Nile, so I'm glad she has an answer.
    Elegiamore 5 Replies
    • September 7, 2009
    • 11:53 PM
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