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17 yrs. old with multiple unexplained sympthoms

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 23, 2007
  • 03:05 AM

I am 17 years old and have been dealing with my undiagnosed medical problem since kindergarden, which makes it 12 years. Everyday I deal with the feeling of dizziness, and lightheadedness. I get this way when Im around large crowds. Every once in a blue moon my sympthoms get worst. I get to the point where I am mentally out of it,I cant perform simple tasks,My vision gets blurred, I get really hott & cold, I feel shaky, my speech is slurred, I give this blank stare, it's like physcially Im here but mentally I'm not, my hearing gets really dim, my eye sight is light (it's like those dimmer lights), I feel twitchy, etc.. In the past I have passed out multiple times, which my head did hit the floor. I've had multiple incidentz growing up where I had hit my head. The doctors said I would grow out of this phaze and it was just a hormonal thing, but it seems to be getting worst as Im getting older. The doctor's thought I was having seizures, anxiety attacks, panic attacks, etc. but those were all rolled out. I've seen a pyhsciatrist but they dont find anything wrong with me. I've had an EEG, Tilt Table Test, EKG,MRI, blood work, etc. & those all came back negative. The doctors said I had low blood pressure so they put me on sodium pills but that didnt do anyhing for me. Im at wits end with this problem. I'm 17 years old & not having the kind of fun a teenager should be having due to this problem. If anyone has any suggestions please write back. Thank you!

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  • I'm curious to know how anxiety attacks were ruled out. I have suffered the exact same symptoms as you in the past and I'm absouldtely certain that they were anxiety attacks. I had just been through a very stressful time, breaking up with my boyfriend and there was lots of pressure at school. Having a panic attack doesn't necessarily mean that you are feeling anxious of afraid or even uncomfortable at that particular moment, it's just your body going haywire for no obvious reason, though you say it happens most to you when you are in crowds. It's possible it's something in the subcouscious triggering it off but it's not like you'd be able to have immediate control over that. It may even be that your symptoms are so worrying to you that anxiety that it might be about to happen again actually sets it off. So unfair, I know.Basically an anxiety attack is where adrenaline (=epinepherine) is released by your body. This is the chemical that is involved in the fight of flight response and also during exercise. If you think about it when you do exercise you breathe faster, your heart races, you start sweating and your blood vessels dilate yo send more blood to your muscles. BUT if all this happens when you're not actually exercising you get all the symptoms you describe. Because you're sweating you're losing heat so feel shivery. Because your muscles arent pumping hard pushing blood back up your veins to your heart all your blood heads for your periphery and less reaches the brain so you feel dizzy, confused, foggy and can even pass out. The dilation of your blood vessels also causes your blood pressure to drop. Breathing faster when you're exercising helps you get rid of excess carbon dioxide produced by your muscles so prevents your blood becoming more acidic. Breathing faster when you aren't exercising meant you hyperventilate so you still get rid of carbon dioxide, but you get rid of too much so your blood becomes less acidic and this upsets your system generally. You can get strange sensations like pins and needles in your fingers and toes and feel sick and vomit and even make you pass out again. If you have very low levels of carbon dioxide in your blood becuase of hyperventilating you can seem to twitch about after you faint, which some people can mistake for a fit. Don't worry it ISN'T a real fit. When someone faints because of hyperventilation they ofetn stop breathing for a few minutes, which is the body's automatic response to allow carbon dioxide to build up again in the blood and restore the correct acidity, then they come round again and feel very embarrassed if everyone has gathered around to check you're ok. (Personal experience!)Sorry if all this is too detailed, it did turn into a bit of an essay! I just like to know what's going on if something is worrying me. BTW I'm a 4th year medical student which is how I know about all of this, and hopefully not yet jaded and arrogant as some doctors can be. In terms of how to stop this happening you can try going and sitting in a quiet corner and breathing slowly and deeply (in for 3 seconds and out for 3 seconds) when you feel it coming on. Close your eyes and concentrate on your heart and breathing slowing down and coming back under your control. Of course sorting out any particular anxieties will help enormously. Try writing down everything that is stressing you, no matter how small, you don't have to let anyone see it, it can just help to see it written down. Talking to someone you trust always helps too. If things still don't improve a shory course of antidepressants/ anxiolytics may help. Don't be scared of them, taking them does'nt mean you're crazy any more than taking aspirin for a headache means you're dying of a brain tumour. Hope this helps and i didn't bore you too much. Take care and feel better soon! x
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  • I am 17 years old and have been dealing with my undiagnosed medical problem since kindergarden, which makes it 12 years. Everyday I deal with the feeling of dizziness, and lightheadedness. I get this way when Im around large crowds. Every once in a blue moon my sympthoms get worst. I get to the point where I am mentally out of it,I cant perform simple tasks,My vision gets blurred, I get really hott & cold, I feel shaky, my speech is slurred, I give this blank stare, it's like physcially Im here but mentally I'm not, my hearing gets really dim, my eye sight is light (it's like those dimmer lights), I feel twitchy, etc.. In the past I have passed out multiple times, which my head did hit the floor. I've had multiple incidentz growing up where I had hit my head. The doctors said I would grow out of this phaze and it was just a hormonal thing, but it seems to be getting worst as Im getting older. The doctor's thought I was having seizures, anxiety attacks, panic attacks, etc. but those were all rolled out. I've seen a pyhsciatrist but they dont find anything wrong with me. I've had an EEG, Tilt Table Test, EKG,MRI, blood work, etc. & those all came back negative. The doctors said I had low blood pressure so they put me on sodium pills but that didnt do anyhing for me. Im at wits end with this problem. I'm 17 years old & not having the kind of fun a teenager should be having due to this problem. If anyone has any suggestions please write back. Thank you! You need to go to a cardiologist and request that they have an electrophysiologist read your EKG results to rule out "Long QT Wave Syndrome." At the same time, you definetly need to ask for "an arrhytmia monitor". You wear it for 30 days. Looks like a pager. When you feel these symptoms you press a button and it records what is going on in your heart. It is then transmitted via the telephone to a cardiac center. They will alert your family if you need to go to ER. At the same time, heart conditions that normally are not "caught in the act" get missed. This will help you to "catch it". Raytel Cardiac Services is a company that does this nationally. Most cardiologists are aware of this test. Ask for it. Take care.
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  • Some of what you describe reads like social anxiety disorder. Maybe you have anxiety but it mainfests itself in ways other than a typical panic attack. Not everyone with SAD has panic attacks. Ever had a CT of the brain or just MRI?
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  • An MRI is more detailed then a Cat scan. A cat scan is a 3 dimensial xray. An MRI is like slices of detailed views of every part of the scan. Much more detailed.
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