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Light headed, confused, brain function, not myself.

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  • Posted By: oldmancrosby
  • January 5, 2009
  • 00:36 AM

Hello, thanks for reading my post. (sorry for the length, just wanted to be thorough)

I am 28 years old, Male, 5'9", 180 lbs. pretty healthy for the most part. I did quit smoking about 7 or 8 months ago (cigarettes) before that i had smoked for 7 years or so.

I have been dealing with a strange light headed feeling for the past 4 months or so.
When it first started I was in a building with a lot of natural light. I began to get light headed, feeling faint, sensitive to light (like whites became whiter, reds more red), my hearing became more sensitive, a person's voice from far away seemed louder. This all seemed very strange and i began to feel like I was going to faint, had a sweat on my brow, but i tried to just stay conscious by breathing, thinking, etc. I didn't faint. I felt the same that night when i went home and then went into a Walgreens, felt faint, light headed, as if i had little control over what might happen, my balance.

Since then I have had the same sort of feeling. It isn't off and on, it is CONSTANT, but often it can be less intense or noticeable (but is always there in some way) Now i have a hard time focusing on people talking, i have a hard time thinking of what to say, often times blanking on what to say (other times i can remember new things though that i haven't thought about in a while) My short term memory is suffering i think. (An example of blanking would be a teacher calling on me to answer a question when i know the answer, i just can't get my brain to form the analysis to answer it) when in the comfort of my home i can thinking a little straighter, but am still light headed, don't feel like myself.

Also my neck / shoulders have dull pains, soreness, stiffness.

I have a general weak feeling, a bit of my strength i feel has faded.

I have a strange sensation in my eyes (behind my eyes) today they were sort of icy feeling (like there was icy/hot on them) Most of the time They JUST FEEL TIRED, like they are straining always (but my vision isn't blurred) I basically don't feel like my normal self, my personality has changed because of this light headed feeling.

I went to a Neurologist 3 times. Ideas evolved throughout my visits from prolonged migraine, to anxiety. I had a CT scan of my head (nothing wrong) and a PET scan (nothing wrong that my doctor saw). I also had a blood test at another general doctor and nothing seemed out of ordinary. I was given an experimental dose of Provigil (for alertness) which in the first couple of weeks helped to give me confidence in my balance, and i liked it (but the feeling was still there in some capacity) and after a while i felt that cracked out chemical feeling, so i have since stopped using it, sometimes i'll use it here and there.

Recently he prescribed Paxil CR (12.5 mg), which after a week of using it seemed to intensify the light headed feeling. (although i did have an alcoholic drink for three of those nights) But still it made me feel even LESS in control of my balance or mind than before i had taken it. I have since stopped taking it, because i didn't like the way it made me feel, perhaps i will give it another shot. For some reason though I feel it's not going to solve the problem.

(I do work on a computer screen a good portion of my day, not sure if that has anything to do anything)

The feeling of fainting has gone away.

Anyway, just wanted to get that out, ask for any suggestions, possible causes, any similar stories or conditions. I'm holding out hope this isn't something serious, but want to know what it is so i can perhaps make an effort to change it in some way.

Thanks again.

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  • my bf is going tru almost the same thing but worser i really want hin 2 get beter so we kan star r life 2gether............................
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 7, 2009
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  • Grrrr, I'm sorry to hear that, at least i know I'm not alone in dealing with this. I have since found a good site http://www.nomorepanic.co.uk/forum.phpI have found valuable information on here dealing with anxiety, which is what i'm leaning towards as what is plaguing me. (Still entertaining ideas of what else it could be as well)As an update/reiteration/clarification I still feel the same, I am trying to not drink alcohol, and restart my paxil prescription (i take the generic "Paroxetine") I'll see how this makes me feel again. As clarification, i feel light headed but i know this is a rather broad statement, so I'll describe the feeling as being imbalanced all the time. But not so much my body being imbalanced, though i am less on point as i used to be with balance (i feel confident in my body staying up) It is my mind that feels imbalanced. I feel like my mind is a bit woozy, sometimes it'll feel like I'm going to tip over, in the beginning i thought i would faint (never did though). It is in this way i say i feel light headed. Also a bit "airy", less on point with my attention and my ability to think critically in a reasonably quick manner. A sensation behind my eyes like they are tired, sometimes it's harder to keep them open, and it feels like they are sunken in more, sometimes i can liken it to a fisheye effect on a camcorder (though not a severe fisheye) it is more of a vague effect. Altogether it is a strange feeling of not being myself, sometimes feeling as if i'm watching through someone else's eyes, feel out of control. No headaches though Thanks again for reading...
    oldmancrosby 7 Replies
    • January 16, 2009
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  • Hi there,how are you feeling? Any better or worse?Well I just wanted you to know that you are definitely not alone!I've had so many tests done to figure out why I am always feeling slow and lightheaded! I've had CT scans, MRI's and MRA(MRI with contrast).I am only 18 years old and I've had to stop going to college this semester because I can not even drive anymore. I can not concentrate, I feel so slow,and the lightheadedness is always there 24/7/ It sometimes gets worse when I go out.I am currently taking Alprazolam 0.25 twice a day because doctors are so convinced that it is anxiety, I beg to differ. Ofcourse I GET ANXIOUS:mad:, I don't know what I have. My symptoms are causing me to get anxious.:eek:Please let me know If your doctors find something.EDIT:: I forgot to mention that 2 days before ALL of this started which was in November of last year, I started to experience what they call Pulsatile Tinnitus and ever since then I have not been able to have a quiet relaxing good night's sleep.
    LightyHead0704 4 Replies
    • January 31, 2009
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  • Hi LightyHead,Thanks for replying, I'm sorry you feel the same as me. I have been taking the paxil (or paroxetine) for the past 2 weeks or so AND I have not had a drop of alcohol as well. I can feel a difference in my mood of coarse, and I also feel a bit more relaxed in a way, which helps. BUT It's still there. I can still feel the light headedness in there, even though it is slightly better. I STILL don't feel like myself, the person i was when this began 5 or so months ago. I also feel like my concentration goes in and out sometimes, sometimes it will feel better and other times it will actually feel worse than before. Does the Alprazolam help you at all?I have had more and more doubts as to this being axiety. Like you said the anxiety is there but it is not the thing that is causing all this. Since this is such a mysterious thing that is happening to me, I have come up with alternate things this could be (just in researching the net and hopefully finding something i can pin it down on):Meniere's Syndromeviral labyrinthitis(My mom used to have : Eustachian tube dysfunction)Lyme disease These are merely avenues to go down of coarse, I'm growing tired of feeling like this so the sooner I pinpoint something the better. It could be something entirely different of coarse, but at this point I don't think anxiety could be THIS much of a drain in my life, causing this much hassle over such a LONG period of time.Keep me posted if you find anything or feel different...
    oldmancrosby 7 Replies
    • January 31, 2009
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  • It sounds like Lyme Disease to me...from personal experience. Where do you live?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 13, 2009
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  • Hi CTguy, Thanks for your input. I have been entertaining that possibility. I live in San Francisco, CA, in the downtown area. BUT...I have been thinking about lyme disease because I took a trip to some lake near modesto in the dead of summer, August i think (i think it was Lake Mcclure) Anyway, I stayed the whole weekend at a campsite there with friends, so it is ENTIRELY possible that I could have gotten a tick, I was sleeping in a tent, but I didn't notice any, and i didn't notice a red rash. At first i was thinking it was some kind of concussion, because we were being pulled along by the boat at times on the water, and I would bail out pretty hard. Please if you can, share with me your reasoning, why you think it's Lyme. Have you had it or known anyone with it? Thank you again for your help.
    oldmancrosby 7 Replies
    • February 13, 2009
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  • Is there an e-mail address that I can contact you at? I would rather communicate that way then on here if you wouldn't mind.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 15, 2009
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  • They don't seem to want to let me post my email on here.
    oldmancrosby 7 Replies
    • February 21, 2009
    • 09:40 PM
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  • I've got some questions, Do you eat a lot of fast food? Do you typically have slightly higher blood pressure?Do you monitor your salt intake?Do you hate your job?Do you exercise?
    clandecyon 4 Replies Flag this Response
  • I'll go ahead and tell you the reason I ask, since seeing the posting times, you may not get this for a while. It sounds a lot like what I suffered from during a period a while back and also seems to be similar to what a lot of people seem to be claiming in this forum as symptomes without diagnosis. I would feel dizzy, light headed, and couldn't form sentences well. I couldn't focus or think very well, even though I made straight 100s in high school and am very intelligent in many areas. Once, I even saw spots for about 5 seconds and felt like I had stood up too fast even though I hadn't. Granted I still experience some things that I cannot explain but most of those symptomes have subsided due to some modifications. What helped me was eating a good diet, watching extreme sugar intake, exercising, and lowering my blood pressure, but probably the biggest change was reducing my stress and feeling good about myself. I hated my job and didn't feel like I was happy with my position causing some depressive symptomes that also attributed to stress. This along with high blood pressure caused by too much salt intake from eating fast food and I was blessed with a ton of anxiety and bad blood cirulation. I think that the poor diet with salt and msg(more salt) thickened my blood prevented my brain from getting the necessary oxygen and the sugar and overall lack of diet concern might have been leading me to diabetic issues or similar causing the light headedness and dizziness. Now I am always conscious of how many times I eat fast food, sugar, msg, mayonaisse, salt, french fries, fried foods, etc. I drink much more water than I eat now which flushes out the bad and excess chemicals, so they don't muster. I exercise when I can, and I also take a baby aspirin a day to help my blood flow smoother. I have not felt any of those major symptomes since but I do still feel head pressure from time to time and other slight conditions. I can "think" though, a difference I noticed as soon as I began taking baby aspirin, and while I still have slight memory issues, I'm not dizzy, or light headed, or mumbling. I think that we take for granted what we eat and how we live. Most of what we become conditioned to growing up isn't what we should be doing and it doesn't affect us till we get into our 20s. I don't know if there isn't something else going on with me. Maybe a condition resulting from the damage i've already done to myself or possibly from all the cellphone usage or another habit taken for granted in this age of new additions to our daily lives that have not been thoroughly tested for longevity, but at least I am not as bad as I used to be. Perhaps we are all destroying ourselves by something that has yet to pop up on some health radar, and may not till we reach 40 or 50 yrs old. I think we are doing to ourselves due to commercialism and crammed schedules the same thing that we have been doing to our environment, taking everything that we live with for granted. Anyway. I hope this helps.
    clandecyon 4 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thank you for responding, here are some answers to your questions... I do not eat a lot of fast food. I maybe have a hamburger and fries, once a week to once every 2 weeks. I do eat some fattening stuff, but I try and balance it out with some healthy meals. I am currently 5'9" and weigh 187 lbs. I would say I could stand to lose 10 pounds or so, for sure.I haven't been informed of my blood pressure the last couple of times or I haven't asked (a nurse usually takes it, writes it down, then leaves) So if I said it was normal, that might not be the most accurate way of describing it... I'll check it out the next time I go in, In the past it's been "normal"I do not monitor my salt intake, I do drink a lot of diet sodas, I do like salty foods, I have soy sauce and salty Japanese/asian stuff but I wouldn't say an outrageous amount of it. But No, I do not watch my salt intake. I am actually a full time student, when I did have a job I would say I enjoyed it, I was never stressed out too much, but I did work and go to school. I am doing school full time now, I graduate in May. I wouldn't say I'm overly stressed. I live in San francisco, so when I walk it can be a nice climb up the hill. I walk home from school, a good mile or so. But I do not go out and "exercise". During the day I am at home on the computer, I get out of the house when I have school 3 days a week, but mostly I'm at home, trips to the market and what not here and there. But when this all started happening back in august of '08, I would say I was a lot more active then (that is when I had a job, I would walk to and from work everyday)Thanks for any comments you may have...
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  • As kind of an update...I have since stopped taking paxil. I took it for about a month to a month and a half. It helped maybe my mood, but not my light headedness. It's like putting a band-aid on a severed limb, I don't really feel it's addressing the problem. Though I was only taking 12.5 mg, but still. I went to my neurologist again, and he prescribed me a different medication, this time it is Venlafaxine (or Effexor) in 37.5 mg. Apparently it does the same as Paxil, but involves another part of the brain in addition. Something... I took it for a week, but I didn't like the way it made me feel, so I stopped, I'm back on the paxil for now, just because it's SOMETHING to take. This whole time I haven't had a DROP of alcohol (about a month and a half), except super bowl sunday was the only day I drank some alcohol.I had a blood test taken at the end of february, haven't heard back from my doc yet. I mentioned to him about lyme disease, and he said it was a possibilty, I think that's why he had me take a blood test. So I'll be seeing him next tuesday.This whole thing (the light headedness) has sort of evolved I guess (over these 6 or 7 months, however long it's been) It is way different from when It started. In the beginning I felt like I had no control of myself, like I would faint or have a stroke or something and I was powerless against it. Now I can walk down a street with confidence that I will not faint or anything like that, but the light headedness is still present. It affects my relationships with people, how I interact with them, my memory, my mental clarity. It's basically very annoying now, I just want to feel like myself again. I feel like something has invaded my head/brain and has set-up shop in there and is slowly just eating away at me. I still function and seem somewhat normal to people who don't know that I'm dealing with this, but I function at a fraction of what I'm normally capable of. Thanks to all that read this, comment, or suggest anything, or just take the time out to read it. I appreciate it and I will surely keep everyone up to date on anything else I find.
    oldmancrosby 7 Replies Flag this Response
  • I've got some questions, Do you eat a lot of fast food? Do you typically have slightly higher blood pressure?Do you monitor your salt intake?Do you hate your job?Do you exercise?Thank you for responding, here are some answers to your questions... I do not eat a lot of fast food. I maybe have a hamburger and fries, once a week to once every 2 weeks. I do eat some fattening stuff, but I try and balance it out with some healthy meals. I am currently 5'9" and weigh 187 lbs. I would say I could stand to lose 10 pounds or so, for sure.I haven't been informed of my blood pressure the last couple of times or I haven't asked (a nurse usually takes it, writes it down, then leaves) So if I said it was normal, that might not be the most accurate way of describing it... I'll check it out the next time I go in, In the past it's been "normal"I do not monitor my salt intake, I do drink a lot of diet sodas, I do like salty foods, I have soy sauce and salty Japanese/asian stuff but I wouldn't say an outrageous amount of it. But No, I do not watch my salt intake. I am actually a full time student, when I did have a job I would say I enjoyed it, I was never stressed out too much, but I did work and go to school. I am doing school full time now, I graduate in May. I wouldn't say I'm overly stressed. I live in San francisco, so when I walk it can be a nice climb up the hill. I walk home from school, a good mile or so. But I do not go out and "exercise". During the day I am at home on the computer, I get out of the house when I have school 3 days a week, but mostly I'm at home, trips to the market and what not here and there. But when this all started happening back in august of '08, I would say I was a lot more active then (that is when I had a job, I would walk to and from work everyday)Thanks for any comments you may have...
    oldmancrosby 7 Replies Flag this Response
  • It sounds like it could be a blood sugar problem or just not having the right balance for your body. I'd recommend drinking a lot of water and just watch eating excess of bad stuff like salt, sugar, fat calories, etc. Eating some fruit wouldn't be bad thing to do each day. Bananas are nice. Its great you get to walk occasionally, but maybe try doing some cardiovascular a couple of times a week to help circulation.I've been told by health professionals that diet and life style are some of the biggest reasons we don't feel well or "ourselves." From my experience I can definitely say that is partly true. Sure we panic when things go weird, but many of the most seemingly serious symptoms are just a result of poor circulation and imbalance of nutrients. Wouldn't hurt to get your blood sugar checked too. Anyway. Hope this helps in some way.
    clandecyon 4 Replies Flag this Response
  • Keep this updated please. I am going through the exact same thing for 10 months now. The only thing found health wise was that I am hypoglycemic. I eat every 3 hours mainly protein and vegetables. I eat absolutly no sugar. I have a fungal sinus infection that will not go away. Please keep us updated especially if you find the answer. Also, ask your doctor about candida. Most doctors don't talk about it because of ignorance, but maybe you have one that will.
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  • Had you had any colds or sinus infections before you started feeling this way? Do you feel any changes of pressue in your head or ears? Do you sometimes smell something bad?I ask because I have everything you describe, that constant spaced out feeling (like you're not quite here), the tired eyes and the lightheadedness that stays with me all the time with moments where I think if I don't sit down right now I'll faint or I feel like my brain has just spun round. I'm finding more frequently now that I completely phase out when people are talking to me and realise I haven't a clue what they've just said or my brain goes totally blank when asked a question, it's extremely disconcerting, almost as if my brain has forgotten how to think!I've had three sinus infections already this year and am sure it's this that's to blame, so if you haven't already had your sinuses checked and are still suffering it may be worth asking the docs. I have an appointment on Monday and I'm expecting to go on anti-biotics (although I had something similar before and I was on anti-biotics for a month and a half before it totally cleared)
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  • Hello, thanks for reading my post. (sorry for the length, just wanted to be thorough) I am 28 years old, Male, 5'9", 180 lbs. pretty healthy for the most part. I did quit smoking about 7 or 8 months ago (cigarettes) before that i had smoked for 7 years or so. It could all just be withdrawal from cigarettes!You smoked for seven years you can't just stop smoking and expect your body to react the same way.What did you feel when u first ever tried a cigarette....lightheaded dizzy i'm sure.http://www.quitsmokingsupport.com/withdrawal1.htm
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  • u need to get checked for lymes disease....this also happened to my aunt and after several tests and procedures they found out it was lymes and they think that she has had it for at least 3 moths due to all of the symptoms and side effects that she has! hope you find the correct answers!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 18, 2009
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  • your best bet for a good diet is the paleolithic type diet.. this type of diet will assure you of not washing the good stuff out of your diet..fresh and cooked vegetables, nuts and seeds lean mean and fish with some extra omega 3s would be a good place to start.. i suffer from a problem that causes my body to reacte strangely to fluctuations in my potassium levels. I have andersen tawil syndrome and thinking problem and light headed feelings go along with it.. im not suggesting you have this particular disorder but i truly believe many people do suffer from similar symptoms due to their potassium levels being off.. the diet i suggested contains no refined carbohydrates you must also avoid starchy vegetables and pasta and white bread.. stick to only complex carbs no sugars or flours and ill bet within a month youll feel significantly better!! (with my condition of andersen tawil syndrome i supplement with potassium but most people dont need to..it definitely would be something to discuss with your doctor first.. ps bananas are not a good source of potassium as the carbs contained in them wipe out most of the benefit of the potassium contained therein.. katts
    kattsqueen 29 Replies
    • August 22, 2009
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  • Hello, thanks for reading my post. (sorry for the length, just wanted to be thorough) I am 28 years old, Male, 5'9", 180 lbs. pretty healthy for the most part. I did quit smoking about 7 or 8 months ago (cigarettes) before that i had smoked for 7 years or so. It could all just be withdrawal from cigarettes!You smoked for seven years you can't just stop smoking and expect your body to react the same way.What did you feel when u first ever tried a cigarette....lightheaded dizzy i'm sure.http://www.quitsmokingsupport.com/withdrawal1.htmI was an avid smoker of cigarettes for 13 years. I quit smoking (cold-turkey) due to a cold-flu. As I had no desire to smoke after I became sick. However I noticed on day 8, after I quit smoking I became disoriented. Same symptoms of light headedness, lack of concentration, confused and really really not myself. I felt I was going to faint or collapse but never did. I am still feeling the same way, as I have no idea why I am going thru these exact same symptoms as you describe. However, i feel a bit more at ease knowing I am not the only one going through this ***l-like feeling. Its awful, as you have no control over it. However, I am going to start doing the different routines recommended in recent posts about working out, eating healthier foods, etc. I hope you find answers soon. I will keep you posted on my condition however.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 25, 2009
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