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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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  • @oldmancrosbyDon`t let yourself be told as a (pure) mental case until all relevant tests are done, I know that panic attacks can be of mental origin but such extreme situations usually not.It`s clear that you get anxious when experiencing such a situation, but everybody who feels the same would panic.I have the same problem for a few years now.It could be a normal day and suddenly for example when driving a car everything gets so intense,also in supermarket it sometimes makes my head lighted,often accompanied by short changes in consciousness (heightened or altered),troubles swallowing and sometimes even mild breathing problems,short absences/confusion followed by nausea and/or tachycardia, mild muscle jerks,panic and mental changes.Often this problems appear over some days one to three times a day often accompanied by other milder and chronic symptoms.Your problems sound like petit mal seizures (often unrecognized by doctor and patient) or some other neurological disorder.I would do an EEG and blood work,looking especially for autoimmune disorders (thyroid,Lupus) or chronic infections like Lyme disease.Good luck!
    undiagnosed022 11 Replies
    • November 26, 2009
    • 09:21 PM
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  • Any results? I suddenly fainted at work about a week and a half ago. I then went to the doctor the following week to follow up, but have also been consistently lightheaded. I've had an EKG, EEG, blood work, CT Scan (head and abdominal) and urine tests. Nothing. I've been told that my blood pressure (resting) is low, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. I'm scheduled to see a cardiologist, but am concerned I'll still be left empty-handed. Any suggestions?
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  • Any results? I suddenly fainted at work about a week and a half ago. I then went to the doctor the following week to follow up, but have also been consistently lightheaded. I've had an EKG, EEG, blood work, CT Scan (head and abdominal) and urine tests. Nothing. I've been told that my blood pressure (resting) is low, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. I'm scheduled to see a cardiologist, but am concerned I'll still be left empty-handed. Any suggestions?By now you may have seen the cardiologist, and hopfully he has ordered a tilt test to check for orthostatic hypotension, which means your blood pressure drops when you stand. It can cause dizziness also when one is upright for a while. Meniere's is also a possibility, and lyme can actually cause meniere's.I unfortunately have both, and am so bitter towards the doctors who made me feel like a mental case years ago when I first came in with frightening tachycardia, i can't get over it. If they hadn't treated me like a hysterical hypochondriac my father, who suffered the same automimmune diseases that caused these related conditions might not be dead. I finally figured it all out, when it was too late. Don't let anyone bully you.. good luck.
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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.Hi I have had this lightheaded sensation for 8 years. I have recently been to a practitioner who is qualified in, I think everything to do with the funtion of a human body, plus more. He said he thinks I have a Knot in my brain..it makes sense. His name is Christian Devoux, he is in Australia, in a small town called Clunes..Look him up if u want!! Medication wont help, its not anxiety, its just easy for the doctors to group patients without even knowing what it is!!
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  • Old man Crosby, any news of what the outcome was? Everything you feel is what I am going thru. I have had an MRI but everything was fine( they couldnt get a good look at my sinuses because of my braces). I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism when I went to the doctor about this 7 weeks ago.
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  • Hi I have been having the same sort ogre feelings recently too.. I also live in sf and work in an office on computer all day.. It seems to me that I get the feelings because ogre the fluorescent light in our office...I was on vacation for 20 days and all terrible feelings were gone. . Totally. . Now I javelin them all back and even more severe. ..
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  • Have you had an h. Pylori test done my mom had the same symptoms and it turned out to be h pylori bacteria
    reggie miller 1 Replies
    • October 17, 2012
    • 00:17 PM
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  • OMG This sounds just like what I have been experiencing.
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  • I have same symptoms. On computer 10 hrs. day. DR. says anxiety. No it is not. Need help.
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