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I am new to this forum, or ANY forum for that matter. I'm a 35 almost 36 y.o. female, not overweight, and a mother of 2 kids. An 8 year old boy and almost 3 year old girl.
So, where to begin......? Two times this past week I have had what I call brain electrocution zaps when I am asleep. I am currently on ZERO medications, don't use drugs and only drink lightly, but I do take vitamin supplements. These brain zaps HAVE occurred in the past but ONLY when I was awake. The only other times I've experienced these was being awake and when I tipped my head backwards too far and/or too fast. I DO have some serious neck issues with disk herniations, but do not know the condition of the rest of my spine since no doctor has ever ordered imaging for the rest of my spine.
In addition to these horrendous brain zaps, I've been riddled with the most SEVERE full body fatigue ever. The fatigue has been present for at LEAST 5 months straight, with MAYBE 5 days total that it wasn't present. It's a deep, heavy, burning fatigue that is mostly prominent in my legs. It DOES affect my arms too however.
I generally don't have pain, except the random, brief, and very intense pains that randomly happen in even more random locations. These pains are quite unpleasant but not debilitating and generally do not interfere with my life.
Its the fatigue that has completely ruined my quality of life. I'm not depressed or experiencing anxiety either. I know EXACTLY what both depression and anxiety are and my issues are NOT from either condition. I'm fully familiar with the horrible feelings/sensations that can be caused by anxiety and depression, however I KNOW its not that.
The brain zaps do kind of bring on some anxiety at times since its woken me from sleep twice now. But even when I'd have them while awake, they were unpleasant and startling but it didn't make me feel panicked.
Also, I noticed a couple weeks ago that I have what seems to be a case of foot drop although I don't know EXACTLY when it first presented itself. Once again, no pain so I guess that's probably why I didn't notice it right away. Its my left foot that is affected. I've tried EVERY single stretch, exercise, and maneuver that I could find to try to regain my range of motion or full use of my foot, but nothing has helped.
I've been poked so many times for blood work in the past 15 months to check for anything. Nothing expect a low potassium issue in early December and that has been fine since.
Lastly, for now, I battled a terrible spell of diarrhea for 4 months straight! It has since gone away and things are normal in that area now. Its most likely that the low potassium issue was caused from the diarrhea I'm sure. And this wasn't just a case of soft stools diarrhea......there was NOTHING solid about it the entire time. It never presented with pain, discomfort OR constipation either. I'm glad THAT'S over with obviously but the previously mentioned issues above are my top 3 concerns now.
Yes, I see a doctor about all this and even recently changed primary care providers. My previous doctor told me it was "all in my head, and I should probably seek professional help." No joke, he said exactly that as he pointed his finger to his temple suggesting that I am "crazy." The new doc seems genuinely more concerned than the last one, but I KNOW I need an MRI of my entire spine and probably of my brain as well....
Any helpful insight, advice, experience, or words would be greatly appreciated!I do try to stay positive, and even make humor out of my issues and ailments and have a great sense of humor too. Meanwhile I'll just keep left foot high stepping, treading water in a pit of quick sand and operating at high voltage I guess. Lol! Have a wonderful day and I look forward to this new forum experience being positive, enlightening, and/or helpful experience. Thanks!
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