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post #1 of 18
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Well, it's happened twice in the past week. I start feeling dizzy, everything seems very far away - and I black out.

I'm going for blood work. (Seems to be the popular thing this week! ) But because I need some other things tested, I have to do it during the week when I don't take my birth control pill - so that means waiting until the week after next.

They think it might be my thyroid. It underproduces whatever, for which my brain has been compensating the output. But it's something we were supposed to keep an eye on... and the last time I had a comprehensive blood test was like three or four years ago. There's a history of family problems with the thyroid, so I hope this is the problem!

Meanwhile... we have to go home-hunting again tomorrow. We are just not having any luck finding a place to rent. On the bright side, our real estate agent has become an expert on the benefits of spaying/neutering cats! Quite a few places haven't wanted the cats (but would be OK with small dogs), and they almost always say because of "spraying." His work on trying to educate them hasn't helped yet - but he's really learned a lot,

Laurie
post #2 of 18
I have an underactive thyroid. For years it went undiagnosed and I felt like I was on an emotional rollercoaster ride. But now with the proper medication, I feel great (no more lack of energy or focus). So, if it is your thyroid, it's treatable and managable. In my case, it just means blood work every 3 months (which is far better than feeling the way I was before the diagnosis).
post #3 of 18
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Originally Posted by LDG View Post
Well, it's happened twice in the past week. I start feeling dizzy, everything seems very far away - and I black out.

I'm going for blood work. (Seems to be the popular thing this week! ) But because I need some other things tested, I have to do it during the week when I don't take my birth control pill - so that means waiting until the week after next.

They think it might be my thyroid. It underproduces whatever, for which my brain has been compensating the output. But it's something we were supposed to keep an eye on... and the last time I had a comprehensive blood test was like three or four years ago. There's a history of family problems with the thyroid, so I hope this is the problem!

Meanwhile... we have to go home-hunting again tomorrow. We are just not having any luck finding a place to rent. On the bright side, our real estate agent has become an expert on the benefits of spaying/neutering cats! Quite a few places haven't wanted the cats (but would be OK with small dogs), and they almost always say because of "spraying." His work on trying to educate them hasn't helped yet - but he's really learned a lot,

Laurie

It could be your blood pressure, but I am glad that you are seeing a doctor.

I am sending prayers and hugs from Mississippi for you, I hope you get to feeling better.

post #4 of 18
Thread Starter 
I do have very low blood pressure to begin with - it's usually 90 or 100 over 60 or 65. So maybe it's the combination of the two, and I need thyroid meds.

Laurie
post #5 of 18
Laurie - I hope you are okay! Sending you positive vibes!
post #6 of 18
I used to black out once or twice a year when I was about 12-25 years old. It usually happened if I was someplace stuffy and hot (try to avoid that in Texas!).

Turns out I'm hypothyroid and have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, and with meds and a cooler climate, I don't have much of a problem any more. I also know when it's coming so I sit down immediately, right where I am, even if it's on the floor. Beats falling to the floor!
post #7 of 18
I hope everything is OK, and they can find what is going on quickly and the treatment to make everything right is easy and inexpensive. This is the last thing you and Gary need!
post #8 of 18
Ugh I hope you feel better soon. When I used to play the flute, my teacher had me sit durring lessons because mid song I'd pretty much do what you described. Same thing with exercising. I had a murmur as a child so the year before last I got to go for lovely tests with a cardiologist. He just had a 'lovely' beside manner. He told me I didn't truly black out because I never totally lost conciousness.....I never hit the floor, always came back to and caught myself. Anyway! The other thing they were going to look for was exercise enduced asthma. Then my DR got deployed and I got sick of em all. It's not that big a bother I guess. Hasn't happend in forever. But then the last time I exercised hard was....a while ago.

I hope if there is something, they can find it easily. My co-worker's daughter is going for tests with her thyroid and feeling much better now that things are getting under control.
post #9 of 18
Uh oh, I hope everything is okay Sending many healthy vibes your way
post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by LDG View Post
I do have very low blood pressure to begin with - it's usually 90 or 100 over 60 or 65. So maybe it's the combination of the two, and I need thyroid meds.

Laurie
Laurie

How much water are you drinking???
post #11 of 18
When you say dizzy, do you mean the room seems to spin or do you mean that you feel light headed? There is a difference.

When you actually feel "dizzy", you will feel like the room is spinning around, as through you were turning in a circle really fast and then stopped. Something like that is often caused by a problem in your inner ear called "Labrynthitis".

Feeling light headed on the other hand is equivalent to feeling "faint". It's often accompanied by a graying of the vision and ringing in the ears. This is what I have. When you feel faint but don't fall down and lose consciousness that is called "Presyncope" . When you fall down and lose consciousness that is called "Syncope". This happens to me if I don't sit down fast enough when I get that light headed, ringing in my ears, graying of my vision. Presyncope and Syncope are usually related to something cardiac related. I go to see a cardiologist in April to find out why I am getting Presyncope and Syncope episodes.

I've only actually lost consciousness once and that was 18 months ago which resulted in my falling and hitting my head and breaking my foot in 3 places.

When you talk to your doctor make sure you are specific with regards to your symptoms.

If you are just having inner ear problems that can be easily managed with medication or going through a specific sequence of poses in order to drain a build up of calcium in the ear if that is the actual cause of the moving room feeling.
post #12 of 18
I hope you're OK Laurie! Let's hope it's nothing serious! Vibes heading your way}}}}}}}}}}}}}}
post #13 of 18
Good luck home-hunting tomorrow. I hope the blood work explains the black-outs and can be controlled.
post #14 of 18
I have problems with grey outs or syncope when I sit up from laying down or get up. Half the time I fall Luckily I've only lost consciousness twice, once from the heat and once when I stood up on the bed and reached over my head to pull the ceiling fan cord.
It's a very odd experience to wake up from that. I've had this problem for many many years but haven't seen a doctor for it
post #15 of 18
The one and only time ive blacked out was after a long bike ride, when i woke up i had a big lump on the sid eof my arm and even though its lessened ive had something corked there for years now. My blood pressure dropped (i stupidly didnt have any breakfast) and the doc said i needed to cut out salt
post #16 of 18
I hope it is something easily treatable
post #17 of 18
Laurie...
I certainly hope your doctors discover what this is so that you can be treated properly for it. I've suffered with vertigo for years now...and let me tell you its no fun for sure. Somedays I can't even walk around without having to hold on to stuff. And then there are good days where I go for several days, maybe even weeks, without an episode.

My doctor quickly sent me for cardiac tests when I first started with this. I didn't understand why until I learned that in women, symptoms of a heart attack can be very different from those in men. While men experience the pain in the left arm and chest pains...for women, it could be more like dizziness & nausea. Anyway, they did all sorts of cardiac tests only to find out that this was not the problem....thank goodness!

I've been seeing a neurologist for several years now and I have an MRI done of my brain with and without contrast every year. So far, they can't seem to pinpoint what is causing my symptoms. Some radiologist a few years ago got me all worried cuz he thought I had MS...just scribbled it on my report. I was checked for that and no, I don't have that either.

Good luck...I hope you feel better soon...
Hilda >^..^<
post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by LDG View Post
I do have very low blood pressure to begin with - it's usually 90 or 100 over 60 or 65. So maybe it's the combination of the two, and I need thyroid meds.

Laurie
How tall are you?

I'm 5'9 and I am prone to dizziness and blackouts. B always thought that I might have some blood pressure issues (I think for a while he thought I was diabetic too).

Anyhoo, turns out I wasn't getting enough sodium in my diet. Being 5'9 and having low pressure doesn't allow for the blood to flow properly to all points of the body. As much as I don't like adding sodium to my diet, I did and feel a lot better and don't see black if I stand up too fast.

When I was younger my mom always thought it was lack of iron. That's not true.

This whole thing came from my doctor.
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