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  • Posted By: deedee35
  • April 14, 2007
  • 10:22 PM

Hello. I've had this weird thing happening to me for the last month or so and I was wondering if anyone has any experience or heard of it.

About a month or so ago I was very sick. I was throwing up and had diarrhea at the same time. I couldn't stop either and I was completely dehydrated. It was about this time as I was getting better that I noticed this weird feeling but I blamed it on the fact that I couldn't take my cymbalta that I take for depression/anxiety.

I would be walking and I would get this tingling numbness in my feet and my palms. It was wierd because it wouldn't last. Sometimes it would tingle up my shins and to my finger tips. It would be if I turned too fast or if I was just walking. At the same time I got the tingling it would do something weird with my ears too- kinda a mix between a hollow sound and a ringing. All of this would last for seconds but it was all at the same time. I figured it was maybe a withdrawl symptom until I noticed it is now happening like once a week. Thinking now it isn't those meds since I am taking it.

I don't feel dizzy, it's only when I am standing or walking, never when I am laying down. I thought it might be my blood pressure but that just doesn't seem right for some reason.

I've been sick on and off since like November when I was diagnosed with Asthma. Allergies, Asthma, and being sick has been the rule on and off for like months now.

So, what are you guys thinking? I looked online. Not seeing alot out there.

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  • I would check all of your medications to see what the side effects are. YOu also may have orthostatic hypotension, which is a drop in the blood pressure when standing up to fast. I would go see a doctor.
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  • The symptoms listed are typical of withdrawl from psychological medications which is why a doctor must instruct a specific step-down period where the patient tapers the dosage. Under most circumstances resuming the dosage will stop the symptoms. Since you mentioned that you are taking the medication again it may not be related to the symptoms experienced. Have a blood sugar test to check for diabetes and consider a CT of the brain to look for any lesions or changes that might explain what is going on because the problem definately sounds neurological.
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  • or it could be as simple as not breathing right. Most people don'tbreathe very efficiently, which is one of the benefits of yoga and meditation,learning how to breathe properly. The episode of vomiting probablystressed your diaphragm, which is slightly weaker now, like a sore muscle, causing you to take shallower breaths. The fact that the tingling is in your hands and feet and is very transient makes me think this. Even if your BP is good if your blood isn't properly oxygenated this can happen. Next time you go for a walk, concentrate on your breathing. You don't have to overdo it, just try to breathe deeply and regularly. Remember to exhale slowly. See if that helps.M
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  • Thank you for your replies. I'm not standing up quick so I know it's not my blood pressure. It's actually when I'm walking around, not when I am getting up.I'm on the MEDS still and having the symptoms for the last month so I don't see how that could be a withdraw. As for the breathing- I have asthma- I will never breathe right. When I have problems with the breathing I usually cough, I've never got a tingling in my hands and feet and that doesn't really account for the ear thing that happens at the same time. Very very strange.
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  • Have Md Check For Diabetes. Tingling And Burning In Extremities Is A Classic Sign Of Peripheral Neuropathy That Is Associated With Uncontrolled Diabetes.
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  • Went to Doctor today because I fell at work this week because my hands and feet keeping going numb/tingle and I have no sense of balance anymore. I have a huge bruise on my arm- about the size of a fist. Doctor said that she thinks that I have vertigo because of my asthma and allergies. Said that I have fluid in the ears, nose, lungs. Agreed. Told me that she thinks I am hypervantilating because of the vertigo and that makes my feet, hands and face tingle- disagree. I do have anxiety issues but I am not anxious when it happens. I think she's grasping. I have to take lab tests tommorow: b-12, cbc/diff, hgb a1c, iron and tibc, tsh, 3rd gen, ua complete. Meanwhile, on top of it all I have been coughing constantly- I can not get my asthma under control. Blood pressure is good and I am at 100% oxygen in blood(how??). So we'll see.
    deedee35 38 Replies Flag this Response
  • You may have an inner ear infection, but I would, if I were you, stop taking any form of drug as long as it is not a dangerous-to-stop drug such as a high blood pressure pill, it could all be from your brain reacting negatively to a wrongly prescribed antidepressant, a very common illness in the medical profession. I would advise you get a SPECT brain scan, see www.amenclinics.com and these guys are experts.dr beilin: www.fortifyhealth.comHello. I've had this weird thing happening to me for the last month or so and I was wondering if anyone has any experience or heard of it. About a month or so ago I was very sick. I was throwing up and had diarrhea at the same time. I couldn't stop either and I was completely dehydrated. It was about this time as I was getting better that I noticed this weird feeling but I blamed it on the fact that I couldn't take my cymbalta that I take for depression/anxiety. I would be walking and I would get this tingling numbness in my feet and my palms. It was wierd because it wouldn't last. Sometimes it would tingle up my shins and to my finger tips. It would be if I turned too fast or if I was just walking. At the same time I got the tingling it would do something weird with my ears too- kinda a mix between a hollow sound and a ringing. All of this would last for seconds but it was all at the same time. I figured it was maybe a withdrawl symptom until I noticed it is now happening like once a week. Thinking now it isn't those meds since I am taking it. I don't feel dizzy, it's only when I am standing or walking, never when I am laying down. I thought it might be my blood pressure but that just doesn't seem right for some reason. I've been sick on and off since like November when I was diagnosed with Asthma. Allergies, Asthma, and being sick has been the rule on and off for like months now. So, what are you guys thinking? I looked online. Not seeing alot out there.
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  • I don't think you would have peripheral neuropathy. You are only 25, right? That takes a while to develop and if your blood sugar was so uncontrolled as to develop PN, it would be obvious. You could be diabetic and the HA1c will determine how stable your blood sugar levels have been over the last few months. Diabetes could possibly describe your dizziness. When the body is stressed (like with the flu, etc. ) diabetic symptoms get worse. Do you feel better when you eat? Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause neurological symptoms/damage. Numbnesss, etc. Though, you store a few year' worth of B12 in your liver....and you are 25, but it could be deficient. Even if you are in the low normal range (200-400), it is being recommended that you are still treated as deficient. Normal range for US is 200-1100. Interestly, the normal B12 range for other countries like Japan is 500-1100. In your first post you mentioned hearing a hollow sound and ringing. This could indicate TINNITUS. Orthostatic hypotension is a possibility, but not for all your problems. Are you exercising when you are walking? If you have asthma you have trouble breathing, when you walk faster your heart beats faster thus the need for even more oxygen. This could explain the numbness only while walking. Tinnitus is a sure bet, though it is difficult to treat. If you are coughing a lot, that could be an indicator of pneumonia or other lung disorder. Do you cough anything up? Is it a dry cough? Do you have a fever? Allergies (perhaps seasonal like Spring - now) could exascerbate your asthma. You can develp allergies at any time in your life. Good luck and let us know how the test results turn out!
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  • Hi again, :0) I am actually 30 though I am sure how much difference 5 years would make. My Doctor did mention TINNITUS. I cough up white stuff- kinda frothy.It's a dry cough but I cough so hard that something has to come up. I actually have year round allergies so I am always kind of SOL on that. Doctor said my lungs were clear but she made me breathe in and than FORCE the air out and boy could you hear the fluid then. I Couldn't stop coughing in the office. I definately have vertigo but she's telling me that it's not that bad which is scary to me that this is "not that bad". She made me stand up and hold my arms back with my eyes closed and I started to fall backwards. She made me follow her finger with my eyes and I was dizzy- this wasn't fun stuff. I am not exersizing per say. I literally will be walking and have these symptoms. That's what is so... annoying about it, I can't stop it. I have to walk slow and concentrate on walking. It is very fustrating. I get tired after I eat. However, I DID start to notice this when I got sick- that is when it started- i had something like the rotovirus. I was throwing up and had the runs at the same time, it was horrible. It was than that I noticed these symptoms. I have gone off everything but my advair and rescue inhaler. I went off my cymbalta last week and OH MY GOD WHAT A MISTAKE. Now I am depressed very badly on top of all else. I think when I go back I am going for something like strattera which is for anxiety and depression. I don't have an inner ear infection but I have fluid which she thinks is the vertigo issue. I don't know- it's all very confusing and fustrating. I will keep you guys posted on the test results.
    deedee35 38 Replies Flag this Response
  • You sound like you have quite a lot going on, and it must be very frustrating for you! Have you had a chest xray done? I would do this to rule out pneumonia. Sometimes docs miss this with an asthma diagnosis - I assume you haven't had asthma symptoms before this? Also perhaps a CT scan to check your sinuses for occlusion. Sinusitis can also cause dizziness and plugged up ears. Please consider finding an acupuncturist who is also a certified herbalist to help you. You are showing lots of symptoms of phlegm accumulation (asthma, cough, dizziness) and a qualified practitioner could really help you. I have treated my asthma through acupuncture and a treatment called NAET (Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Technique) and no longer have any symptoms or use any inhaler. Please look into these treatments - you can continue getting your tests done to rule other things out, but Traditional Chinese Medicine has been treating upper respiratory disorders for thousands of years. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • I have had a chest xray done when I was intitally diagnosed with asthma which has been about a year ago- it came out clean thank god- though I've had pneumonia. I've had allergies since I was about 8. I had allergy shots than. I continued to have problems and ended up on Shots again in my early twenties but they didn't even put a dent in them the second time around. I had the same allergies plus some food ones that I can't avoid. I was diagnosed with Asthma a year ago. It's the tingling, the ears, the tired exhaustion that's very new.
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  • Allergy shots just aren't successful in my opinion. Look into NAET - it is revolutionary! I was cleared of a low grade staph/strep infection which didn't go away after a strong course of antibiotics. One NAET treatment and my symptoms improved dramatically. My NAET practitioner is also a medical intuitive, and as kooky as that sounds, she has been dead on with diagnosing my problems. www.naet.com for more info. Speaking of antibiotics - did you take any when you were first sick? Which ones? They can cause many lingering problems and some are ototoxic (they can damage the ears). I have had many problems from past antibiotic use. Best wishesDOM
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  • deedee...you have symptoms of ME go to www.ahummingbirdsguide.com there are so many people on this site with symptoms of ME it is a virus, neurological but affects several systems in your body...Please take a look...mommy cat
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  • Went to Doctor today because I fell at work this week because my hands and feet keeping going numb/tingle and I have no sense of balance anymore. I have a huge bruise on my arm- about the size of a fist. Doctor said that she thinks that I have vertigo because of my asthma and allergies. Said that I have fluid in the ears, nose, lungs. Agreed. Told me that she thinks I am hypervantilating because of the vertigo and that makes my feet, hands and face tingle- disagree. I do have anxiety issues but I am not anxious when it happens. I think she's grasping. I have to take lab tests tommorow: b-12, cbc/diff, hgb a1c, iron and tibc, tsh, 3rd gen, ua complete. Meanwhile, on top of it all I have been coughing constantly- I can not get my asthma under control. Blood pressure is good and I am at 100% oxygen in blood(how??). So we'll see. A serum B12 is not good enough to diagnose a B12 deficiency--- sometimes it will be in the "normal" range-- this is why a serum B12 should always be accompanied by a test called methylmalonic acid (MMA) to rule out B12 deficiency. Go to the forum on wrong diagnosis "B12 deficiency is commonly misdiagnosed"--- and you will learn a lot about B12 deficiency and neuropathy, as well how commonly it is underdiagnosed or misdiagnosed. You can be any age and have a B12 deficiency for a variety of reasons. I have actually co-authored a book regarding this titled, "Could It Be B12? An Epidemic of Misdiagnoses," Quill Driver Books, 2005. Sally
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  • Sally, I am a nurse too. PLEASE go to www.ahummingbirdsguide.com I am not crazy...I have the same sx. I've been sick for 4 years and just found this info. Healthcare workers, teachers and students are at a higher risk. It's viral spread by respiratory, saliva, blood and body fluids and sexual contact...there was an outbreak in the 80's...read the ME site...PLEASE...I believe this to be of an epidemic proportion. Look around the site...How many people are having ME sx?? HUNDREDS...including myself...spent 6 hrs in ER Fri night having stroke-like sx...been having them for 7 mos...Fri was worst so far...Nothing they could do but my Potassium was low which is symptomatic of ME and I do not take diuretics ect... and my Lymphocytes were high another sx or diagnostic tool if you will... Luckily I had an ER Dr who took me seriously...He looked up the ME site and even put it on my discharge summary as a final diagnosis...Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Symptoms...Thank God someone listened...For years according to the doctors I've had everything from Peri-menopause to Carcinoid Syndrome to Chron's disease, diverticulitis, psychocological problems and anything else they could correlate sx with...Sally you have a BSN in nursing. You obviously are an intelligent person. Please take advice from one medical professional to the other and give the site a look...Best of Luck...mommy cat
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  • Hi It is very strange that I have similar symptoms. I get tingling in my arms and legs. I also have burning pain mostly in my shoulders. This has been going on for about 10 years. The worst is constant diarrhea followed by weeks of horrible gas. When I do have diarrhea, the symptoms are worse with neck pain and chest pain and feeling hungry all the time. I also fainted about a year ago (which might be unrelated). I have had a lot of blood work, intestinal tests, cardial tests and a brain scan. I am 45, workout often and my vitals are great. The strangest part is the constant ringing sound. I often feel like I have a flu. I had something very similar when I was only 17 and it lasted about a year but the symptoms totally dissapeared on their own, yet came back about 15 years later. Once my arm became so weak I couldn't use it to wash myself. What is really odd is after a few days my strength returns (I lift weights) and am actually stronger than I was at 25. Anyway, I keep having tests.
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  • Ok. My Doctor didn't call me back but I got my results. Anyone got an idea? Looks like some borderline things here to me. Anyone can read these. I know the one said I had slightly elevated blood sugar but the other things I do not really understand. Anyone know?
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  • Hi, I looked over your lab results. I am not a medical technologist or Dr., but my Dad was! I also worked in a Hematology lab and Chemistry lab through college. You did not have that many tests run, in my opinion. For Diabetes, they seem mostly to be concerned with the HbA1C test. Your fasting glucose was 80 (great), but the HbA1C was slightly above normal. Your other tests looked fine. I do not remember seeing the cell or RBC morphology....something that should be looked at with B12. As far as your B12: From personal experience, I tested at 287. Normal is 200-1100. Treatment is recommended if you fall in the 200-400 range. However, you can still have symptoms of neuropathy between 400-600. I also read that the NORMAL range for B12 in Japan is 500-1100!!!!! Why 500? Obviously, Dr.'s there know something we don't! Or....their norms are probably updated and per their population....but aren't we all human? Sorry about the rant. Anyway, I think you are also supposed to have your FOLATE level tested along with the serum B12. You are 30....and if you haven't had children, it is best to have that looked at as well before you get pregnant (Folate deficiencies can cause spinal tube defects in a baby). The MMA test that Sally mentioned, I have not been tested for. I asked about that test and there is another test where they inject some kind of radioactive marker to see if you absorb B12 (to test if you are lacking instrinsic factor in your stomach---that helps you absorb B12?). My Dr. or PA rather (the Dr. in my practice is currently on medical leave due to cancer), said it was difficult to find a lab to do the tests so she just went on ahead and treated people for the deficiency, because almost always they were deficient.. As I am writing this explanation given to me, it seems a pretty lame excuse for not making sure! I do have many of the symptoms.....so I think I am sure I am deficient in B12!:) I do wonder about ME. As a teenager in the 80's, I became very depressed, slept a lot and was diagnosed with Major Depression. I believe I was truly depressed then, but it was mostly situational. Since my mid-College years (2 years later), I have felt extreme fatigue....and have for the last 15 years. It sucks. I no longer feel depressed, but when a Dr. finds out you've been treated for major depression, they attribute your fatigue to that, especially when all other tests come back normal such as yours have. It sucks! Acuann/DOM is correct about antibioics causing ear damage. My husband took a high dose of....I can't remember, to clear up a resistant sinus infection and he temporarily lost hearing in one ear for about a month. Dr. Beilin's answer is interesting: "it could all be from your brain reacting negatively to a wrongly prescribed antidepressant, a very common illness in the medical profession". I will look up the site he recommended, but I wish he would have gone into more detail about that one. Nothing I have written is that much of a help as I am not a "professional", but I am definitely in the trenches with you!
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  • Thanks for your reply. I guess I am confused because I don't understand how they are "normal" when the test results say certain things are high or low. For instance, that lmph thing on the cbc is low- what does that mean? What about the RDW and RDSW being high?What about this mono thing that is high. What is all that? Also, the I guess the a1c thing isn't important? This is the second time I've had a high blood sugar issue and everyone states," Well, your blood sugar is a little high but I wouldn't worry about it." Is that just not a big deal? I have to be honest, I am growing fustrated.
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  • Val...deedee...ME...mommy cat
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