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weak and lightheaded

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 12, 2009
  • 11:26 AM

i am a singer in a popular band wich will remain nameless i only mention this becouse my symptoms started on stage on the road in colorado ive been weak and very lightheaded for a little over 2 years now and it seems to be getting worse ive been to alot of doctors all are stumped or just dont care the symptoms started after months of really heavy drinking i also am a smoker and have used oxygen between songs for months im curious as to whether i may have done some kind of damage by pushing myself and taking too much oxygen(hyperoxia)i am desperate for a cure but ill settle for a reasonable or likely diagnosis

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  • Well, the prospect of seeking a likely diagnosis over the internet of all places is not likely to bear out anything productive. In cases where patients feel weak and light-headed, testing is necessary to discern the cause. Possibilities range from physical exhaustion to problems with your liver from excessive alcohol intake or oxygen toxicity from excessive O2 use. There are simply too many factors related to your symptoms for a "likely" cause to be accurate or of benefit in the least. I would ask at this point what level of alcohol consumption and rate of smoking you presently undertake in the presence of the symptoms described? Best regards, J Cottle, MD
    JCottleMD 580 Replies Flag this Response
  • thx for replying i am totally aware that a diagnosis on the internet is unlikely if not impossible but it just goes to show my level of desperation in search of a direction.in addition im hopeing to possibly find someone with the same symptoms brought on by similar circumstances or a doctor who has had any patient with similar symptoms brought on by similar circumstances the internet is the only recource i can think of.regarding my consumption i was an alcoholic for 10 years prior to my symptoms and have physically been unable to drink since i have been completely sober since the symptoms appeared thats how severe they are and i smoke about a half a pack of cigaretts a day
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  • i have just recently even heard about hyperoxia or essentially an "oxygen overdose"and looked it up on this site.the symptoms seem to match many if not all of mine and i was taking alot of oxygen just minutes before the symptoms appeared and for a few months prior on tour i was curious if the symptoms could be permanent or have caused lasting damage in the form of my symptoms becouse i have not had oxygen since either and its been two years
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  • Okay, fair enough. Hyperoxia can in some cases produce irreversible effects at the cellular level, but based upon your description it raises the question of just how much O2 you were exposing yourself to on a regular basis. Typically, effects dissipate following removal from O2 and unless you were using the O2 nearly constantly, I would question whether it has caused damage. I would make certain that thyroid function has been checked, as well as your A1C, AST/ALT ratio, vitamin B1,B6,B12 and a CBC panel. If there is any history of intravenous drug use, then a hepatitis panel should be included as well. This would represent the usual culprits with complaints of weakness and light-headed sensorium. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
    JCottleMD 580 Replies Flag this Response
  • thx for replying i have had alot of bloodwork and am unsure what they were for specifically i will ask my neurologist if these were done.any further suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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  • also if hyperoxia is possibly in question are there any tests that can detect its effects? also can hepititis be sexually transmitted? or are there any other std's that might exibit these symptoms?
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