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Dizziness, Fatigue, Hair Loss

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  • Posted By: thesingingsea
  • February 22, 2010
  • 00:31 AM

I'm extremely dizzy (no real issues with vertigo most of the time, though when I wake up really bad, it is occasionally a problem). I feel weak and lightheaded all the time. I never have energy (EXTREMELY tired all the time), and sleep doesn't help (I don't have trouble sleeping). I can't concentrate, I feel like my eyes can't focus on things, I feel really disoriented, I can't think straight. When I'm extremely tired I feel a bit sick and just generally awful. Last time I had a really bad episode (last fall), I also had weird issues with two fingers on my right hand twitching bad enough that I couldn't do anything when it was happening (they would quiver and twitch--not strained, just sitting there--for several seconds straight, and all the muscles in my hand would feel incredibly weak when it was happening), but that doesn't seem to be happening this time around (except in my sleep, but I always twitch in my sleep). I almost passed out on a bus a few weeks ago with symptoms of a hypoglycemic episode (dizziness and fatigue got worse, tunnel vision, everything felt fuzzy, fingertips and mouth were tingly, really bad nausea and stomach pain--got off the bus immediately and the cold air helped a bit, but my knees were buckling horribly and I had trouble standing and walking for awhile).


This has been going on (off and on--I'll go a few weeks feeling normal occasionally) for at least a year (the fatigue part has been going on for at least 3 years, gradually getting worse). I originally thought the fatigue and energy issues were depression, but that doesn't seem to be the case. When the dizziness first kicked in, I thought it was a med side effect, but have since rotated and gone off every med enough to rule them out.


I've had hair loss during this time too that seems to be slowed/stopped by taking birth control pills, though my doctor insists that a hormone imbalance can't cause hair loss, and no doctor I've seen (including the gynecologist who prescribed birth control for an assumed issue with estrogen when I first had the hair loss) has had any interest in testing hormone levels. Also, when I started birth control, I lost 50 lbs without changing ANYTHING about my diet or activity level, over the course of about 6 months (most of the weight loss was in the first 3 months). This was about a year ago. (I'm 21, by the way.)



I've been checked for anemia, diabetes (blood glucose was never below 70, highest I've seen was 113 first thing in the morning after eating a Butterfinger and a biscuit, haha--I've only ever been tested at random, if that matters), vitamin deficiencies, and I've had my TSH, T3, and T4 checked (all normal except T3, which was low, which no doctor has cared about--TSH was 1.5). They checked my blood pressure after laying down and sitting up and all that--all normal (110/60 with no changes). I'm getting all the blood work done again with some other stuff (the last time I had everything checked was October), and a Holter monitor, and an MRI of my head, but I'm just really nervous. I can't handle going to classes when I'm like this, and the spring quarter of my school starts soon. My next appointment with my doctor is just before the next quarter, and I don't want to be out of school longer than I have to. Does anyone have ANY suggestions?

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  • Oh my gosh, I've been having very similar symptoms. Been thinking it may be neurological so I did a search and found this post. I've been getting waves of dizziness really fast and it's super hard to maintain consciousness. It's not when I stand up or change positions really fast either.. Just sitting. Like you, I've also been losing a lot of hair. This is especially apparent when I shower in the AM and huge chunks come out. It's really scary.. I'm 26 and otherwise totally healthy. My blood pressure is a little on the low side but other than that I'm just fine medically. I've been wondering if this has to do with ceasing my birth control pills so it's really great to know somebody else has noticed that connection, too. Do you suffer from migraines as well?
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  • I am having the same issues, although I have been off the BC pills for about 4yrs now. My hair loss is getting to be excessive lately, and the hairs seem to be falling out with the root intact (which I am pretty sure is only supposed to happen when the hair is pulled out). I've been dealing with bouts of dizziness as well, and yes, do get severe migraines at times. My monthly cycle has also slowed. Used to be 7-9 days long and heavy and is now light and 3-4 days max. I've been healthy aside from the lower blood pressure as well, until recent weight gain. Has anyone checked into thyroid issues? I found a post online that this might be the case...Oh my gosh, I've been having very similar symptoms. Been thinking it may be neurological so I did a search and found this post. I've been getting waves of dizziness really fast and it's super hard to maintain consciousness. It's not when I stand up or change positions really fast either.. Just sitting. Like you, I've also been losing a lot of hair. This is especially apparent when I shower in the AM and huge chunks come out. It's really scary.. I'm 26 and otherwise totally healthy. My blood pressure is a little on the low side but other than that I'm just fine medically. I've been wondering if this has to do with ceasing my birth control pills so it's really great to know somebody else has noticed that connection, too. Do you suffer from migraines as well?
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  • For the past two months I've had some strange symptoms which I’m really scared of now. It started out with my menstrual cycle getting lighter and for fewer days, it went from 7-8 days to 3-4. That didn't get me worried much for some reason, but my hair started falling out and that is when I started getting scared. Last night I took a shower and I got scared from what I saw on my brush. It was so much hair I had to tell my mom.Since I was 7 years old, I’ve been having dizziness randomly, but lately it’s gotten worse. This morning when I got to my first period class, I couldn’t stand up straight or look at my paper. Even if I was standing still I could feel the room spinning so fast. I had to go to the office and call my mom, holding myself from everywhere. I don’t go to the doctor so I don’t know if there might be something wrong with me. I’m a busy 15 year old and I don’t exercise, but I do get enough sleep. Sleeping doesn’t help me that much, because I’ll still be tired. I’m not on birth control, but I was a couple of months ago because i was having irregularities, and I gained 7 pounds in one month. But I don’t know if that has anything to do with the symptoms I am having now.I was worried that I wouldn’t find an answer but I see some other people have the same problems.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 23, 2010
    • 10:31 PM
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  • Have your thyroid peroxidase checked which is for Hashimoto's diseaseI'm extremely dizzy (no real issues with vertigo most of the time, though when I wake up really bad, it is occasionally a problem). I feel weak and lightheaded all the time. I never have energy (EXTREMELY tired all the time), and sleep doesn't help (I don't have trouble sleeping). I can't concentrate, I feel like my eyes can't focus on things, I feel really disoriented, I can't think straight. When I'm extremely tired I feel a bit sick and just generally awful. Last time I had a really bad episode (last fall), I also had weird issues with two fingers on my right hand twitching bad enough that I couldn't do anything when it was happening (they would quiver and twitch--not strained, just sitting there--for several seconds straight, and all the muscles in my hand would feel incredibly weak when it was happening), but that doesn't seem to be happening this time around (except in my sleep, but I always twitch in my sleep). I almost passed out on a bus a few weeks ago with symptoms of a hypoglycemic episode (dizziness and fatigue got worse, tunnel vision, everything felt fuzzy, fingertips and mouth were tingly, really bad nausea and stomach pain--got off the bus immediately and the cold air helped a bit, but my knees were buckling horribly and I had trouble standing and walking for awhile).This has been going on (off and on--I'll go a few weeks feeling normal occasionally) for at least a year (the fatigue part has been going on for at least 3 years, gradually getting worse). I originally thought the fatigue and energy issues were depression, but that doesn't seem to be the case. When the dizziness first kicked in, I thought it was a med side effect, but have since rotated and gone off every med enough to rule them out.I've had hair loss during this time too that seems to be slowed/stopped by taking birth control pills, though my doctor insists that a hormone imbalance can't cause hair loss, and no doctor I've seen (including the gynecologist who prescribed birth control for an assumed issue with estrogen when I first had the hair loss) has had any interest in testing hormone levels. Also, when I started birth control, I lost 50 lbs without changing ANYTHING about my diet or activity level, over the course of about 6 months (most of the weight loss was in the first 3 months). This was about a year ago. (I'm 21, by the way.)I've been checked for anemia, diabetes (blood glucose was never below 70, highest I've seen was 113 first thing in the morning after eating a Butterfinger and a biscuit, haha--I've only ever been tested at random, if that matters), vitamin deficiencies, and I've had my TSH, T3, and T4 checked (all normal except T3, which was low, which no doctor has cared about--TSH was 1.5). They checked my blood pressure after laying down and sitting up and all that--all normal (110/60 with no changes). I'm getting all the blood work done again with some other stuff (the last time I had everything checked was October), and a Holter monitor, and an MRI of my head, but I'm just really nervous. I can't handle going to classes when I'm like this, and the spring quarter of my school starts soon. My next appointment with my doctor is just before the next quarter, and I don't want to be out of school longer than I have to. Does anyone have ANY suggestions?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 4, 2010
    • 00:06 AM
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  • I'm extremely dizzy (no real issues with vertigo most of the time, though when I wake up really bad, it is occasionally a problem). I feel weak and lightheaded all the time. I never have energy (EXTREMELY tired all the time), and sleep doesn't help (I don't have trouble sleeping). I can't concentrate, I feel like my eyes can't focus on things, I feel really disoriented, I can't think straight. When I'm extremely tired I feel a bit sick and just generally awful. Last time I had a really bad episode (last fall), I also had weird issues with two fingers on my right hand twitching bad enough that I couldn't do anything when it was happening (they would quiver and twitch--not strained, just sitting there--for several seconds straight, and all the muscles in my hand would feel incredibly weak when it was happening), but that doesn't seem to be happening this time around (except in my sleep, but I always twitch in my sleep). I almost passed out on a bus a few weeks ago with symptoms of a hypoglycemic episode (dizziness and fatigue got worse, tunnel vision, everything felt fuzzy, fingertips and mouth were tingly, really bad nausea and stomach pain--got off the bus immediately and the cold air helped a bit, but my knees were buckling horribly and I had trouble standing and walking for awhile).This has been going on (off and on--I'll go a few weeks feeling normal occasionally) for at least a year (the fatigue part has been going on for at least 3 years, gradually getting worse). I originally thought the fatigue and energy issues were depression, but that doesn't seem to be the case. When the dizziness first kicked in, I thought it was a med side effect, but have since rotated and gone off every med enough to rule them out.I've had hair loss during this time too that seems to be slowed/stopped by taking birth control pills, though my doctor insists that a hormone imbalance can't cause hair loss, and no doctor I've seen (including the gynecologist who prescribed birth control for an assumed issue with estrogen when I first had the hair loss) has had any interest in testing hormone levels. Also, when I started birth control, I lost 50 lbs without changing ANYTHING about my diet or activity level, over the course of about 6 months (most of the weight loss was in the first 3 months). This was about a year ago. (I'm 21, by the way.)I've been checked for anemia, diabetes (blood glucose was never below 70, highest I've seen was 113 first thing in the morning after eating a Butterfinger and a biscuit, haha--I've only ever been tested at random, if that matters), vitamin deficiencies, and I've had my TSH, T3, and T4 checked (all normal except T3, which was low, which no doctor has cared about--TSH was 1.5). They checked my blood pressure after laying down and sitting up and all that--all normal (110/60 with no changes). I'm getting all the blood work done again with some other stuff (the last time I had everything checked was October), and a Holter monitor, and an MRI of my head, but I'm just really nervous. I can't handle going to classes when I'm like this, and the spring quarter of my school starts soon. My next appointment with my doctor is just before the next quarter, and I don't want to be out of school longer than I have to. Does anyone have ANY suggestions?[/QUOTEYou need a sleep study done...Night time and daytime (MSLT) sleep study. It sounds like you have a sleep disorder. There's medication for sleep disorders. Good Luck and really try to get a sleep study done or at least schedule an appointment with a sleep doctor and they can tell you whether or not, you need one.
    tns2010 2 Replies
    • February 22, 2011
    • 07:20 AM
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  • I'm extremely dizzy (no real issues with vertigo most of the time, though when I wake up really bad, it is occasionally a problem). I feel weak and lightheaded all the time. I never have energy (EXTREMELY tired all the time), and sleep doesn't help (I don't have trouble sleeping). I can't concentrate, I feel like my eyes can't focus on things, I feel really disoriented, I can't think straight. When I'm extremely tired I feel a bit sick and just generally awful. Last time I had a really bad episode (last fall), I also had weird issues with two fingers on my right hand twitching bad enough that I couldn't do anything when it was happening (they would quiver and twitch--not strained, just sitting there--for several seconds straight, and all the muscles in my hand would feel incredibly weak when it was happening), but that doesn't seem to be happening this time around (except in my sleep, but I always twitch in my sleep). I almost passed out on a bus a few weeks ago with symptoms of a hypoglycemic episode (dizziness and fatigue got worse, tunnel vision, everything felt fuzzy, fingertips and mouth were tingly, really bad nausea and stomach pain--got off the bus immediately and the cold air helped a bit, but my knees were buckling horribly and I had trouble standing and walking for awhile).This has been going on (off and on--I'll go a few weeks feeling normal occasionally) for at least a year (the fatigue part has been going on for at least 3 years, gradually getting worse). I originally thought the fatigue and energy issues were depression, but that doesn't seem to be the case. When the dizziness first kicked in, I thought it was a med side effect, but have since rotated and gone off every med enough to rule them out.I've had hair loss during this time too that seems to be slowed/stopped by taking birth control pills, though my doctor insists that a hormone imbalance can't cause hair loss, and no doctor I've seen (including the gynecologist who prescribed birth control for an assumed issue with estrogen when I first had the hair loss) has had any interest in testing hormone levels. Also, when I started birth control, I lost 50 lbs without changing ANYTHING about my diet or activity level, over the course of about 6 months (most of the weight loss was in the first 3 months). This was about a year ago. (I'm 21, by the way.)I've been checked for anemia, diabetes (blood glucose was never below 70, highest I've seen was 113 first thing in the morning after eating a Butterfinger and a biscuit, haha--I've only ever been tested at random, if that matters), vitamin deficiencies, and I've had my TSH, T3, and T4 checked (all normal except T3, which was low, which no doctor has cared about--TSH was 1.5). They checked my blood pressure after laying down and sitting up and all that--all normal (110/60 with no changes). I'm getting all the blood work done again with some other stuff (the last time I had everything checked was October), and a Holter monitor, and an MRI of my head, but I'm just really nervous. I can't handle going to classes when I'm like this, and the spring quarter of my school starts soon. My next appointment with my doctor is just before the next quarter, and I don't want to be out of school longer than I have to. Does anyone have ANY suggestions?[/QUOTEYou need a sleep study done...Night time and daytime (MSLT) sleep study. It sounds like you have a sleep disorder. There's medication for sleep disorders. Good Luck and really try to get a sleep study done or at least schedule an appointment with a sleep doctor and they can tell you whether or not, you need one.
    tns2010 2 Replies
    • February 22, 2011
    • 07:26 AM
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