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new onset dizziness/lightheadedness

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 21, 2010
  • 01:50 AM

I am a 21yo female with a non-diagnosis of "rheumatogolic autoimmune disease with recurring uveitis and polyarthralgias". I am about to finish my first semester in nursing school, and am recently having problems with a new symptom.
It has only happened when I am in clinical and have been standing (relatively) still for some time. What happens is that all of a sudden I become lightheaded, start to sweat (on the palms of my hands, upper lip), feel my face flush, and then feel very cold. My vision starts going dark and I feel like I am going to pass out. It has happened about 6 times over the last month, and I can't figure out what is causing it. I have ruled out hypoglycemia, dehydration, being grossed out, and empathy as causes.
I have been taking methotrexate 20mg/week since April 2008 and started Humira in December 2009. I'm also on folic acid, seasonale (birth control), and take multivitamins and vitamin D.
I have been doing a lot of my own research lately and I am starting to think that lupus fits my symptoms the best (it's one of the "options" according to my rheumatologist), and right now feel like I am experiencing a flare.
My internist did an EKG (normal) and diagnosed mild orthostatic hypotension (which I already knew I had and know that this is different).
Any thoughts??

Kathryn

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