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Doctor's don't know?! Help?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 3, 2006
  • 05:18 PM

Well first off I am 22 and this all just started one day out of nowhere! I was cleaning my house and then all of the sudden I felt like I was going to pass out, I was all shaky and I got tingles in my left arm and side, I sat down and put my head between my legs. It subsuded, I called the doctor and they thought I was having a panic attack. It then kept happening day after day, I would feel like I was going to pass out but not with the tingle thing. The doctor, told me I might have a sinus infection, but that was not the case. The they took my heart rate from laying down to standing, and saw that there was a 25 beat jump. So they said I must have a heart arrythmia. The they took my blood tests and they all came back normal. I don't know what is wrong with me, but there is something definatley wrong. The feeling like I am going to faint has subsuded a lot, but I get a straining chest pain right above my left breast almost every day all day, along with a headache on the left side of my head only, and my throat feeling like it is swollen. The doctor said he is working on figuring it out, but Ihavent been able to work, and I am getting so depressed not being able to go about my everyday life. Someone help! Please..

Desperate Nicole.:confused:

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  • I have almost the same thing. I get a tingling sensation and my heart rate jumps up when I stand up (sometimes it jumps up even when I'm just sitting there) I've almost passed out several times and sometimes when I stand up my arms and legs feel "weightless". I've been shaky and had that feeling that my throat was full, or tight. My doctor suggested it might be something called P.O.T.S or postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. It's a condition where a young person (especially young women) experience a rapid heart beat and a drop in blood pressure when they stand. It's because of an inability for the body to compensate for gravity. You should consider looking it up online and if it sounds like it could be the case you should ask your doctor about it. My doctor doesn't know for sure if that's what's wrong with me (I'm going to get a bunch more tests to rule anything else out) but it is a possibility. If your doctor won't help you, you may want to consider talking to a cardiologist or an electrophysiologist (sp?). Good luck:)
    kate1982 6 Replies
    • November 4, 2006
    • 00:11 AM
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  • Thank you for your reply!! It gave me a little piece of mind about it all. Next time I talk to my doctor I am definatley going to mention this to him! It really helps to talk with someone who knows what you are going through, especially when it's something that a doctor is confused about!:)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 4, 2006
    • 04:21 AM
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  • Well first off I am 22 and this all just started one day out of nowhere! I was cleaning my house and then all of the sudden I felt like I was going to pass out, I was all shaky and I got tingles in my left arm and side, I sat down and put my head between my legs. It subsuded, I called the doctor and they thought I was having a panic attack. It then kept happening day after day, I would feel like I was going to pass out but not with the tingle thing. The doctor, told me I might have a sinus infection, but that was not the case. The they took my heart rate from laying down to standing, and saw that there was a 25 beat jump. So they said I must have a heart arrythmia. The they took my blood tests and they all came back normal. I don't know what is wrong with me, but there is something definatley wrong. The feeling like I am going to faint has subsuded a lot, but I get a straining chest pain right above my left breast almost every day all day, along with a headache on the left side of my head only, and my throat feeling like it is swollen. The doctor said he is working on figuring it out, but Ihavent been able to work, and I am getting so depressed not being able to go about my everyday life. Someone help! Please.. Desperate Nicole.:confused:hello nicole. Get your doctor to do a couple more tests but I was just like you 40 years ago and I am still here. Mine was panic attacks and they can cause all these symptoms and more. :) Lay off drinking to much coffee and cola drinks as this can cause the arrythmia, also to many late nights and smoking. I have had to take medication all my life but the one big thing that helped was meditation and relaxation. Learn to be kind to yourself, you deserve it.
    hairy45 11 Replies
    • November 4, 2006
    • 04:59 PM
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  • Thank you for your reply!! It gave me a little piece of mind about it all. Next time I talk to my doctor I am definatley going to mention this to him! It really helps to talk with someone who knows what you are going through, especially when it's something that a doctor is confused about!:) I'm glad it put your mind at ease:p It is a lot more comforting to find people with similar problems to yours.
    kate1982 6 Replies
    • November 5, 2006
    • 00:21 AM
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  • This is for hairy45... Since it was panic attacks, did they start all of the sudden? I mean I was just cleaning house and it happened, and I had never had this occur before, so it weirded me out.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 8, 2006
    • 03:02 AM
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  • hi, hope you get this, not used to this site as yet. Yes, I had a huge panic attack, never experienced anything like it before, couldn't breathe and I was terrified and thought I was dying. Years later I realised it was a build-up of a very stressful childhood, I was working and looking after my child, my husband was completely unreliable and it had to erupt somehow. Just like a volcano, I guess and the landscape is changed forever, we have to learn to adapt to these changes, it takes time but you need a doctor you can trust, get some basics tests done and lead a healthy life-style. If you follow these simple rules, you will eventually convince yourself that nothing catastrophic is going to happen. Get yourself a couple of good relaxation tapes and take some time-out for fifteen minutes every day, it doesn't work overnight so be kind to yourself and let me know how things go. Perhaps you can recognise some stressors in your life and find a way to eradicate them. Take care.
    hairy45 11 Replies
    • November 8, 2006
    • 03:58 AM
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  • Hi-I too am 22 and get really dizzy and light headed, and can't catch my breath. I also have headaches daily, but on the right side of my head. My throat swells every few days and it was really hard to swollow. The doctor put me on asthma and allergy meds a few years ago. Still got dizzy and light headed, but could breath better. My thoat then really swelled. I read that my meds would cause panic attacks, so thats how I new I had those, but that still didn't explain the swollen throat.Then a few months ago, I went on thyroid meds. My throat went down, I can swallow a lot better. I still get really dizzy though, so I am thinking maybe it's hypoglycimea. I don't think I feel hungry at the time the dizzy spell happens, but if I do eat something it goes away faster. I now always have some food around me at all times. It really helps out. Like I said I still do get dizzy, but not as much. Also when I would get out of bed or stand up, I would get really dizzy and start to blackout, just got use to it after awhile, but my thyroid doctor said that it's because of my thyroid. And now that I've have taken the meds, the blackouts/dizzy spells have not come back.Have you looked up some of your symptoms with thyroid ones, maybe the same.Have you had your thyroid tested recently? It might not be your thyroid, but who knows. Good Luck on finding out, hope you feel better soon.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 8, 2006
    • 06:16 PM
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  • Hairy45.. What is your email I would like to keep in touch with you! mine is NicoleCasey2@hotmail.com And reply to the other person, yes I have gotten all blood tests done including my thyroid and everything is normal. Thanks for the advice though. Good luck in your search!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 8, 2006
    • 07:50 PM
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  • Hi,I am so glad I found your post. I have similiar symptoms and its been 4 years and many differnt specialists with no answers. Mine startrd the day my second daughter was born and has progressively gotten worse. Do you ever get flushing with your attacks? I start feeling uneasy and then the tachacardia, flushing along with cognative symptoms. My dizziness is around most of the time along with nausea but gets worse when my head is down. I feel for what you are going through, I sometimes wonder if i'm just crazy but I know that something changed in my body the day my daughter was born.Thanks for listening Natalie
    natalie 8 Replies
    • November 9, 2006
    • 05:54 AM
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  • wow..!! other people feel this way too..... do any of you ever have a tingling feeling in your hands and head the instant you become dizzy?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 17, 2006
    • 02:21 PM
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  • Natalie, I am soo sorry I havent been on here in a while.. I thought everything was going okay and then in the last couple days I have started to feel this way agian! Ugh. It really suck. I had a baby 8 months ago and that strikes me as something that could have triggered it since yours started after you child. Hmm. Well my doctors say everything is normal, but I know how you feel. You know something is wrong but you feel crazy becuse no one knows how your feeling.. Nicole
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 25, 2006
    • 11:53 PM
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  • Nicole,Thanks for your reply. I'm stillstruggeling to find out whats wrong. Right now they are testing me for pheochromocytoma and I go in for my MRI next week. My blood tests came out high but not as high as what they normally see. We'll see. I know that what ever is happening was affected by the birth of my daughter.I would love to know whats happening with you.Take care and hang in there. Natalie
    natalie 8 Replies
    • November 28, 2006
    • 02:52 AM
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  • This is for hairy45, I am new here.I have all the same symtoms. fainting , lightheaded ,tach, but what I wanted to say was that your comments were very kind and uplifting, what a nice soul you are.....:D
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 24, 2007
    • 06:41 PM
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  • I AM A REGISTERED NURSE: You must have a "TILT TABLE" DONE, ASAP. In the mean time, look up NEUROCARDIOGENIC SYNCOPE. Also, try to kep well hydrated until you have this test done. It sounds like you have this. Its VERY common in young women, and I see it ALL THE TIME!!!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 22, 2008
    • 06:33 AM
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