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constant light headed fatigue

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 29, 2008
  • 06:18 PM

hi guys im hoping someone may be able to help me. i am 18 and male for the past month and a half or so i have been very light headed. its not vertigo but it feels as tho i could pass out. along with this i feel tired all the time sometimes i feel like im in a kind of brain fog were i just dont feel right i seem to not be able to concentrate as well as i used to. my neck has been stiff and have a general feeling of weakness. along with this i have on and off headaches which arnt bad. i also have this pressure in the back of my head. i have had 3 blood tests all came back clear except for an elevated white blood count and low potassium on the third test. i had a ct scan with no evidence of a tumor but showed a sinus infection( which explained white blood count being high) and was treted with antibiotics and a steriod. also my blood pressure is in the norm just a little low but docs said nothing to worry about. had two ekg tests all clear ive seen an ent and he didnt find anything. im goin toa chiropractor now and she says my necks outa alignment and that is why but im not too convinced. ive had two alignments so far and it helped the pressure in my head but not much else. and along with this ive been kinda depressed and been having panic attacks so my doc gave me 4 weeks of lexapro and im on week 3 now. it is helpin a little with depression and anxiety.all ive been doing is laying in bed and i miss my life. can anyone help me?

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  • Well, I would call the doctor and ask what exactly your blood pressure was. If you find out write back and let us know what it is.
    qwertyuiop123 453 Replies
    • September 30, 2008
    • 10:31 PM
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  • hi guys im hoping someone may be able to help me. i am 18 and male for the past month and a half or so i have been very light headed. its not vertigo but it feels as tho i could pass out. along with this i feel tired all the time sometimes i feel like im in a kind of brain fog were i just dont feel right i seem to not be able to concentrate as well as i used to. my neck has been stiff and have a general feeling of weakness. along with this i have on and off headaches which arnt bad. i also have this pressure in the back of my head. i have had 3 blood tests all came back clear except for an elevated white blood count and low potassium on the third test. i had a ct scan with no evidence of a tumor but showed a sinus infection( which explained white blood count being high) and was treted with antibiotics and a steriod. also my blood pressure is in the norm just a little low but docs said nothing to worry about. had two ekg tests all clear ive seen an ent and he didnt find anything. im goin toa chiropractor now and she says my necks outa alignment and that is why but im not too convinced. ive had two alignments so far and it helped the pressure in my head but not much else. and along with this ive been kinda depressed and been having panic attacks so my doc gave me 4 weeks of lexapro and im on week 3 now. it is helpin a little with depression and anxiety.all ive been doing is laying in bed and i miss my life. can anyone help me?If your blood pressure is low and you are of normal or low-normal weight you will have lightheadedness when you stand because your blood pools to the lower areas of your body and it takes a few seconds for your vessels to respond. This is completely normal. Your white count was elevated because you had an infection. That is also quite normal. You should be sure to eat regularly, as being hypoglycemic (when your blood sugar drops too much) can make you light headed. You don't have any medical problem. Consequently, I am not sure what it is exactly you want help with. With regard to your psychiatric problems, that is most likely the cause of your fatigue. Anxiety can also cause fatigue, exhaustion, and headaches. Make sure your depression and anxiety are well controlled on medications and that you exercise regularly and eat well and your physical symptoms will resolve. Bear in mind it takes several weeks to a month for depression medications to really kick in. If this one doesn't work for you after a few months there are also others you can try. Citalopram (Lexapro) is a good one however, with a favorable side effect profile (minimal side effects).Relax and get healthy! Good luck.
    MD2010 5 Replies
    • September 30, 2008
    • 10:59 PM
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  • well i do eat regularly and its a constant light headed feeling not only when i first get up. its nearly almost always there i cant do anything without feeling like i could pass out. do you guys feel as tho i should get more testing done and if so what tests should i see a neurologist maybe and thanks for your help
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 30, 2008
    • 11:31 PM
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  • Your welcome I would have more tests done, but i can't really recommend which until you answer a few questions. Do you run fevers? Do you have any rashes? Where do you live? Have you been out of the country? Do you ever black out, or do you just feel as though you are going to? Are you more dizzy at some times than others, such as exercising? When you get a cut does it bleed more than it should? Have you lost any weight? Do you have nosebleeds, and if so do nosebleeds run in your family? Does anything run in your family? Have you ever been bit by ticks? If so, how long ago? The neck out of alignment could explain the stiff neck. Has the chiropractor helped with this at all? Did the stiff neck start at the same time as the dizzyness? I guess thats more than a few questions lol.
    qwertyuiop123 453 Replies
    • October 2, 2008
    • 06:16 PM
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  • i did have a fever when i had the sinus infection but not anymore. i dont have rashes. i live in illinois near chicago about an hour away. i have not been out of the country i have not actually blacked out it just feels like i could. i get more dizzy when i stand for a while and dont have nose bleeds. i dont seem to bleed more than usual altho i havnt really gotten cut lately. im not aware of anything runing in the family. the stiff neck did start around same time as dizzyness and the chiro has helped with stiff neck a bit. i dont think i had a tic bite but tics are in my area. could this all be from anxiety the dizziness gets worse when i get anxiety and also latly ive been having sharp chest pain that doesnt last long thanks for replying
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 2, 2008
    • 08:00 PM
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  • I don't know whether or not it could be caused by anxiety, but a good way to tell might be to consider when did the dizzyness start compared to when did the anxiety start? It seems weird that you are always dizzy, do you always have anxiety, do you think the anxiety causes dizzyness, or does the dizzyness set off the anxiety?
    qwertyuiop123 453 Replies
    • October 3, 2008
    • 06:41 PM
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  • well it seems like it started around the same time i actually think the dizziness was first then a week or less later the anxiety kicked in. i even went to the ER for the first panic attack i had it was the worst one. i think the dizziness sets off the anxiety because when i think about my condition i and how i might pass out the anxiety comes in real bad. btw thank you for your support. i personally feel i should see a neurologist and have a mri done what do you think?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 3, 2008
    • 07:48 PM
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  • Your very welcome. I understand what its like to realize you are young and should feel great, and yet you don't, and I understand how frustrasting it is not to know why you don't feel well. You should see another doctor, a neurologist makes sense, although it could just be something that more specialized blood tests would pick up. I would suggest you call your doctor, whoever you see for shots, checkups etc, and ask them to refer you to whoever they suggest for dizziness, otherwise a neurologist might refuse to take you, and the fact that you are so serious about finding an answer might encourage your doctor to run a few more tests, or just find the right doctor for you. Does that make sense?
    qwertyuiop123 453 Replies
    • October 4, 2008
    • 03:42 AM
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  • Oh, and another suggestion, because blood pressure and salt problems are said to be common in teenagers make sure you are drinking plenty of fluids and eating plenty of salt. Not actually 8 8oz glasses or anything, as we actually get like half that in our food, but try to drink at least a liter (two water bottles worth) of water per day. The amount of waqter we should drink is really up in the air, no one really seems to be sure, but thats the lowest recommended amount I could find, so make sure you are AT LEAST drinking that much. I can't guarantee this will help, but its all stuff that should make you healthier anyway so its worth a try.
    qwertyuiop123 453 Replies
    • October 4, 2008
    • 04:00 AM
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  • Hi. I'm just letting you know that I have experienced pretty much EXACTLY the same symptoms that you have listed. I was perfectly "normal" up until one week when i started feeling dizzy, and then the anxiety kicked in and it was all downhill from there. My anxiety got so bad (espeically in public situations) that I actually have had to remove myself from situations, for fear of them escalating. I still feel the dizziness almost constantly. Some days are far worse than others. This has been happening to me for about 2 years now, and I still havent found a valid solution.. or an answer. I have been to a few doctors who have asked to put me on medication for panic and anxiety disorder, and I refused. Without a definate answer as to what's going on with my body, i don't want to start treating symptoms that might be caused by something bigger.Anyways. In my 2 years dealing with it, I still have alot of unanswered questions, but I've sort of trained myself in HOW to deal with it without medication or anything. I just suck it up and keep moving on with my life.. and that's one million times easier said than done, trust me.
    GraceLutz 4 Replies
    • October 4, 2008
    • 04:45 AM
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  • If either of you guys ever figures out whats wrong make sure to let the other know, although dan isn't a member so he has to check back in here, he doesn't get an email everytime someone responds to this like we do.
    qwertyuiop123 453 Replies
    • October 4, 2008
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  • Hey, you said you had an elevated white cell count and low potassium?Along with depression, panic attacks, and fatigue, those are classic symptoms of celiac disease. I'd get it checked out. Celiac disease is a problem with the lining of the small intestine. It can randomly develop at any age, and light headedness could be caused by resulting malnutrition (along with high white cell count, due to the body trying to fight off cell destruction; and potassium deficiency, for obvious reasons). Even though celiac disease is a small intestine problem, most people with celiac disease have no gastrointestinal symptoms.Good luck.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 4, 2008
    • 06:16 AM
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  • thanks for you suggestions i will call my docter and see what they think. perhaps i will request further blood work. and ive been drinkin loads of water lately it seems to help slightly. and perhaps i will become a member once i get to a computer ( ive been doing this on my cell phone) but im about to see my chiropracter now and shes helped with some of my symptoms. again i cannot thank you guys enough for the support it makes me feel better that people out there actually care. and grace thank you for repling it helps knowing there are others out there.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 4, 2008
    • 02:28 PM
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  • thanks kel and what kind of test would they run to diagnos celiac disease ? im going to talk to my mother about getting further testings done. i just found out that my insurance has expired which is discuraging
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 4, 2008
    • 10:29 PM
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  • I don't have a clue where Kel got their info about celiac. Wow. Um, I have a cousin with celiac, and I've been tested for celiac, so I know a lot about it, and what I just read makes no sense to me. High white blood cell count, as far as I know, has nothing to do with celiac. High white blood cell count usually means an infection, which you had. And most people DO have gastointestinal symptoms, though some don't. I've read this posted on another thread too, I'm not sure if it was the same person or not, but as far as I know this isn't correct, someone will probably be very angry at me for saying this, but that doesn't bother me, I just don't want people to run to their doctor with suggestions that make no sense, because most doctors are annoyed when people try to diagnose themselves online, and end up wasting the doctor's time, so your doctor may be less willing to help you, and yes I know this for a fact as my own doctor is annoyed with me.
    qwertyuiop123 453 Replies
    • October 4, 2008
    • 10:37 PM
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  • lol oh well then never mind about the celiac disease. i just looked it up on webmd and it didnt seem like what i have. however thank you for your suggestion. ill keep you guys posted when i get more tests done.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 4, 2008
    • 10:53 PM
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  • I will first state I AM NOT A DOCTOR. There is someone on this forum who does not like my posts because I am not a doctor. I thought being a forum member was what we were suppose to be to share our ideas and knowledge. I am reposting this post in case you didn't see this on another forum. The symptoms you have are very much Lyme Disease symptoms. They also fit with other diseases and can also be nothing at all. But if you are feeling there is something wrong, I would suggest you continue your search for your health. Don't let others slow you down or change your mind. Research and be your own strongest advocate. It is difficult to get a valid diagnosis if one has Lyme Disease. Traditional doctors and labs often are of no help. If you read about Lyme and other tick borne diseases and any of the information sounds like a possibility continue on. It took me 16 years to get a solid diagnosis. I was misdiagnosed for all those years with many different illnesses including: migraine headaches, tension headaches, MS, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Lupus, and many others. Let me just say this, there are two standards of diagnosis and treatment for Lyme disease. Check out both sides before you finish researching. It is a tricky disease to have these days. One day soon Lyme Disease will be more common to hear about than HIV is now. It is infecting more people on this planet than any other infectious disease by far. If you are interested check out these sites: Lyme Disease Association Lyme Disease Network Lyme Disease Foundation
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 5, 2008
    • 09:58 PM
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  • I'll just say I wouldn't be too concerned about lyme either, oh and if someone posts about electrical sensitivy or something like that, i wouldn't be too concerned either, somehow i doubt power lines are poisoning us, but thats just my opinion lol.
    qwertyuiop123 453 Replies
    • October 6, 2008
    • 06:09 PM
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  • Lyme disease is easy enough to test for to rule it out.
    JennNYC 14 Replies
    • October 6, 2008
    • 06:45 PM
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  • Lyme is NOT easily to rule out. It is because so many people still believe that very thing, that so many are still suffering and getting worse. And is is not easily cured if you have had it for a while, so make sure FIRST. Most general doctors won't give you the most effective tests. And no testing is fool proof right now. Check out the up to date information. If it was easy to rule out, it would be taking 10 to 20 years for people to get diagnosed. Unless you have Lyme and have been through the hoops that you have to go through... Please don't comment if you are not positive on things. At least give the option for people to investigate things on their own. Lyme is being misdiagnosed as Lupus, MS, FMS, Chronic Fatigue, ALS, Alzheimer's, RA, JRA, "it's all in your head" disease, and much more. The testing is still not reliable. Please investigate before you completely rule out Lyme and other tick borne illnesses. Did you know over 200,000 people are getting infected with Lyme each year now? It has by far the highest infection rate over all other infectious diseases. Please be prudent and check it out.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 6, 2008
    • 08:02 PM
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