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SO frustrated that I don't have an answer!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 27, 2009
  • 04:29 AM

Here are my yet-to-be-figured-out symptoms...

I am a 29 year old female who is about 30 lbs overweight. (I am 5'10" and 215lbs. A comfortable weight for my build is around 185.) I would definitely not call myself obese, but I could definitely lose a few. :rolleyes:
My symptoms started about a year ago, and I am losing my mind at this point that there do not seem to be any answers for me as to why they occur.
To make it a bit easier, I will just list my symptoms and try to give the brief(est) explaination that I can about them.

-Migraines- occur a few times a month. I usually will get one on the first day of my menstrual cycle, but the others are seemingly random. I currently take Topamax for this, which has decreased the frequency of them from 3-4 times per week (seriously) down to 4-5 per month. In January of this year, I had 2 MRI's of my brain, With and Without Contrast, which showed no signs of any tumors, blockages or weak points in any vessels.

-Heart Palpitations- occur daily. They can occur at any given time. I can be doing anything from reading a book, to sleeping in the middle of the night, and it feels as if my heart is racing and it can feel as if my breath can be hard to catch. At the time that I had my Brain MRI's, I also wore a King of Hearts monitor, which showed that I indeed have these episodes, but the Cardiologists decided that since they can be caused by anything, I would not need further testing.

-Dizziness- occurs infrequently, but when it does, it isn't usually related to standing up quickly, etc. I can be just sitting and reading a book, when suddenly I can become so dizzy that it feels like the room is spinning and as if I am about to pass out. This does not occur usually with anything else, except:

-Occasional Passing Out (Syncope)- This occurs fairly infrequently, but I can usually feel this coming on. I will get sudden "dizziness", then the odd sensation of a burst of blood coming up my Carotid arteries, then I will black out. I usually do not stay "out" for more than a second or so, but I will usually feel weak and slightly confused after for a hour or so.

-Terrible feeling of being "out-of-control" with my sugar cravings- I don't know if I do this for comfort, or if it is a "true" issue, but I feel as if I need sugar on a constant basis. (Yes, I am a sweet-tooth anyway, hence the 30 lbs. that I need to lose...) I had a recent "episode" this last week of ALL of these things at once, and was seen immediately by my Family Physician, who tested my blood sugar (among other things) and he stated that it was perfectly within "normal range". I have never had a blood sugar test indicate any form of diabetes.

-Depression-I have been struggling with depression off-and-on since adolescence, but it seems to be something that I could no longer "control" on my own after our first child passed away 5 years ago. After having our second son, I sought treatment for Post Partum Depression, and have been on Cymbalta ever since. (It started off as Prozac, but I felt the need to continue on antidepressants, and have been on Cymbalta since 2007.)

-Severe Insomnia- I have (again) been struggling with this since elementary school, and have a VERY hard time falling asleep at night, even if I have only slept for a few hours the night before. I NEVER feel rested in the morning, and this has been this way since I was VERY YOUNG. My husband reports that I don't ever snore and that I do toss and turn all night.

Okay, just listing all of those symptoms makes me feel "crazy". I have been seen by a Cardiologist, a Neurologist and my Family Physician, and they all can confirm all of these seperate "issues", but when put all together, the only answer that I am getting is "Panic Attacks" or "Stress". My only problem with those answers are that when these things occur, I am never in a situation where I am stressed about anything in particular. Most of the times that my heart races, or when I pass out suddenly, I will have been doing something that I consider "leisurely", such as relaxing and reading (for HOURS even when this occurred last, I had been sitting and reading this book for hours when I suddenly became dizzy and passed out.)

My family history is FULL of hypertension, (which they do not believe I have either.), heart disease, strokes, etc.
My father had his heart attack at age 50. He is very athletic, and it was related to a blood clot and not his lipids being high whatsoever. They were in the normal range, in fact.
My younger sister has somehow managed to survive 3 seperate events of Pulmonary Emboli. Each time they told her that she shouldn't have lived and that if she has another, they doubt that she would survive if it happened again. (She lives on Coumadin.)
All of my grandparents, both paternal and maternal have either had or have died from heart disease related issues. Both of my Grandfathers had multiple strokes, both had multiple heart attacks and both passed away from either stroke or heart attack. (Neither were overwieght, both were young and active.) One of my grandmothers was Type II Diabetic, and the other (the only surviving) has hypertension issues, heart issues and is overwieght.
Overall, my family has never been significantly overweight, never engaged in drugs or alcohol, and we all have these problems.
By the way, I MAYBE drink an alcoholic drink once or twice a month at most, and not once in my life have I ever taken an illegal drug.

I am sorry for bombarding those who could "stick-this-out" with my entire life history, but I am exhausted with living like this at 29! I feel like a wreck, and when I am told that it is due to "stress" or "panic", it just makes me feel even worse! I couldn't possibly have had "panic attacks" and "stress" related issues since I was elementary aged. I grew up in a very loving, wonderful home, so this doesn't make sense to me...

Please help!!!!!!!!!!!
I am at my witts end!!!! :(

Thank you for taking the time to look at my "issues".

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