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  • Posted By: Buckner
  • March 29, 2008
  • 07:52 PM

For over a year now, I have been experiencing various problems that I cannot seem to get reprieve from.
I've been to numerous doctors, told them the same thing, and so far nothing has worked out.

I am a 23 year old white male, a full-time student, and a part-time worker. I have no medical insurance.
I've had asthma since I was 7, and i have acid reflux. I also have allergies that, when they flare up, can impact the severity of my asthma. I take my albuterol almost daily, and I take advair two times a day. I also take Prilosec OTC for the acid reflux. And lately, I've been taking Zyrtec and Flonase as a means to control the allergies.

The problems that I'm having started a year ago.
I had just cooked a meal for myself and my girlfriend, and while I was eating, I had a sharp pain on the top of my head. I had to lay down because it scared me so bad. I thought I was going to throwup. Then a few weeks later, I was going to job training for a new job that I was starting, and during the training process, while sitting down, I started to feel incredibly dizzy and found it increasingly hard to concentrate. I started to get nervous, and I had what I think was a panic attack. I felt like I was going to vomit, or pass out, and that if I didn't do something, I honestly felt like I might die.

I excused myself and managed to drive to a local emergency clinic, where I was given an EKG and told that I was dehydrated.

For the next couple of months, I felt relatively fine.

But then, sometime in the Fall of 07, I started to have the same problems again. This time though, it was more of a constant thing. I would be standing at work, or sitting in class, or sitting at my computer, and my head would hurt mildly. I would start to feel dizzy, and occasionally, I would have heart palpitations.
If I were in class, or at work, or in a public place, the symptoms seemed to be worse, and I would work myself into a mild panic episode because I felt like I couldn't control myself. If I were at home, I knew that I could lie down. But, I can't very well do that while in class or standing in front of a cash register at work, or in line at the post office, or whatever.

And this would happen pretty much everyday. So going to work and school on a daily basis became a struggle. To make this worse, during this time, I was taking 18 hours at school, and working two jobs, putting in about 20 hours a week at each one. (Somehow, I still pulled a 3.75 gpa). Stressed would be a mild way of putting those 5 months.

In November, December, and January, I had three separate sinus infections. Each requiring me to take antibiotics and prednasone (sp). All the while, these symptoms continued.

In February, my GF and I moved to Athens GA to get ready to start at UGA in the summer. Since I've moved up here, the symptoms have been about the same. Some days, I can go to work, or go for a walk, and be fine. But most days, I feel pretty bad. If I stand in one place for too long, I get dizzy feeling. My heart beat is fine, though. I've learned not to get scared or nervous about the dizziness or headaches. So, the "panic" symptoms are gone. But, we did take a trip to Atlanta to go to the IKEA store shortly after we moved up here, and I started to feel dizzy while driving on the Downtown part of 75/85... talk about panic attack! I had to take every exit until we got to the store because I just knew I was gonna lose control of the car. I chalked that up to circumstance.

Anyway, I start school in May. Hopefully, I will be able to get some insurance through the school, and maybe finally I can put an end to these rather annoying, occasionally terrible, but seemingly vague problems I am having.

But I was hoping someone here might be able to help me.
The basic symptoms include:

-mild to moderate dizziness
-inability to stand without worsening the problem
-feelings of disorientation
-mild headaches that vary by location (sometimes throbbing, sometimes pressure, sometimes tingling)
-difficulty focusing on things
-and, all of this worsens tenfold when I exert myself physically.

I have changed my diet and sleeping patterns to try to curb some of this. I started taking vitamins, and I cut out soda. I drink as much water as I can daily, and have coffee in the morning, and tea occasionally throughout the day. I try to exercise, but the symptoms get worse when I do.

thanks to everyone who read this long, LONG sob story. Anybody who can help, trust that I will be indebted to you.


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