For the past couple weeks I've been getting TIA-like (mini-stroke-like) symptoms, on a very lightweight scale, every time I take a deep breath or sometimes for no reason at all. First my chest and shoulders start tingling, then my sense of self / my consciousness begins to diminish, and my mouth, particularly on the left side, feels both numb and tense, while my eyes feel like falling back into their sockets. It lasts about ten seconds and then everything returns to normal, but happens frequently, every hour so on average I'd say.
It started when I was sitting at the sofa for several hours with my laptop with the TV on, I tilted my head and sighed and suddenly I felt like I was about to faint. But it all came back in a few seconds.
Then it started happening at work. I'd complete a task, take a deep breath, and then suddenly grab the side of the desk and squint, because I got very dizzy (not spinning-head dizzy, but rather losing-all-my-senses dizzy).
Last Wednesday was the first time it started happening frequently, as in every hour or so. I was tired and went to bed a bit early (this inevitably means, for me, that I wake up wide awake at midnight), and as I was trying to sleep these dizzy spells kept happening, over and over. When I did wake up at about 1:00 AM, and got up to go to the rest room, I noticed that my left arm, left leg, chest, and left side of my face were slightly numb and tingling. I somehow shook it off and had the sense that all of this, whatever it was, was caused by too little exercise, so I went for a walk for half a mile, came back, and Googled for more info. One medical expertise site (don't remember where) in the mini-strokes section actually spelled out, "Some people might wake up from sleep and notice that the left side of their bodies are tingling and numb. These individuals may have suffered a mini-stroke while they were sleeping." Umm.. yeesh? That night after this strange awakening, and for the next couple days, I had a strange tingling in my left leg, specifically on my left knee. It would tingle for about 1/2 seconds, every three seconds... one, two, three, *tingle* .. one, two, three, *tingle*. Weird. Went away eventually, though.
Now the dizzy spells happen about every fifteen minutes, but goes away for a couple hours and comes back again, while I'm sitting at the computer coding, when I sneeze, when I yawn, when I sigh, when I stand up to go to the restroom, or whatever. When it happens, again, I first feel a tingling in my chest and shoulder blades area (more on the left than the right) for a few seconds, followed by a sudden rush of senselessness in my face, particularly the left side of my mouth, and I feel my whole face and particularly mouth is getting both numb and tense like I feel like scowling. And, again, my eyes feel like falling back into their sockets. It's like I'm having some kind of seizure. But again, it only lasts for about ten seconds, but repeats over and over again.
None of my research-at-home has shown that mini-strokes / TIAs last only a few seconds, that they are very frequent, or that they can be triggered by deep breathing. So I'm completely at a loss as to what this could be.
It was only tonight that I realized that I could trigger it by taking several consecutive deep breaths. I tried doing that when I was a teenager and got this "oxygen high", but this is completely different, it's more like the oxygen high that feels like it's almost killing me. But it does make me wonder if it might actually be a lung problem, or a heart problem, rather than a brain problem.
I'm DEFINITELY going to seek out professional medical help immediately, but the problem is that my medical insurance provider (Blue Cross / Blue Shield) won't assist me until I wait out the one-year wait due to the fact that I wasn't able to provide certificates of credible coverage for the prior year. I have now acquired these certificates but now I have to get BCBS to change their minds before I can seek help, so that's on my agenda in the morning.
Meanwhile, I was wondering if anyone has any ideas on what this could be??
By the way, I'm 32 years old, male, rarely exercise (trying to change that, especially now with this), I'm about 40 lbs. overweight (trying to change that, especially now with this), and I've NEVER had any symptoms like this before in my life. My blood pressure is a bit higher than perfectly normal and cholesterol is one level above normal ("somewhat high", trying to correct that too, no I don't have the numbers), all I believe because I'm overweight and nothing extreme.