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Hopefully some of you might be able to help shed some light on what is happening.
Just over 2 weeks ago i had a panic attack in bed and was hyperventilating.. i never had a panic attack before even though i have suffered from anxiety most of my life. Im 35 male and generally in relatively good health. After the hyperventilating i got out of bed to go to the bathroom and i collapsed and fainted. I suddenly woke up in a daze on the floor and stumbled to the bathroom then fainted again. I don't know how long i was out for as i did not look at the time or how long i blacked out for. I stumbled back to bed and tried to sleep it off. I was feeling dazed and confused as i have never collapsed before.
2 years ago i was diagnosed with postural hypotension as usually if i get out of bed from a lying position to standing suddenly i would get a rush to my head of dizziness but wouldn't fall over as the blood would get to my head in time. I really should have noticed that after my panic attack this time the dizziness upon standing suddenly should have been avoided and i should have sat and waited for the blood to get to my head in time.
The problem is since the collapse i have been suffering from vertigo where it feels the room is spinning and dizziness. No nausea. I have had vertigo before 2 years ago which i treated with betahistine which i use occasionly whenever i had vertigo flare ups but this time round the betahistine did not work. I noticed the vertigo symptoms would flare up mildly initially and go away after a few secs whenever i got anxious. But after 2 days i would get dizzy spinning sensations lying down on my side or my back before bed. It would take an hour for the spinning to stop but whenever i switched from my back to side or vice versa the vertigo symptoms would become more pronounced.
A few days later after taking a nap i noticed my hands and arms had pins and needles as i was sleeping on my side and squashing my arms, the vertigo after that was exceptionally bad i couldn't even relax and watch tv as i would get more dizzy. i saw a gp at my doctors surgery and explained what happened and she checked my ear and my pulse for blood pressure.. weirdly my blood pressure came out normal i.e. no incident of postural hypotension. I was sent for an ECG as my heart rate was fast but i explained i suffer from anxiety. The gp said he thought i had minor BPPV and put me on prochlorezine for a few days, it didn't help either.
That same week i went back to doctors surgery and showed my ECG came back normal and asked about this BPPV and was told it can take weeks to calm down and i have to just wait it out. I was put on promethazine next which helped a little bit but did not stop the vertigo swaying sensation. I noticed that the vertigo would be better in higher oxygen environments i.e. outside and worse in low oxygen environments i.e. indoors or if i have anxiety and not breathing slowly.
A week went by and still no improvement and i went to the gym and when i attempted to do 20 reps of a very light weight i normally do with no issue i noticed my dizziness was getting really bad again to the point i felt i might collapse if i don't stop. I wasn't even exerting myself at all. The vertigo lasted for hours after and wouldn't calm down till 3 hours later and since then still isn't better than it was prior to gym yesterday. Right now writing this i feel things are swaying. I tried cinnarizine next which didn't seem to help either.
I concluded that what i have may not be BPPV as it seems to be brought on by not enough oxygen getting into my brain if that makes sense and explains why the medication does not work. I went back to gp today saw a different doc again and explained to him everything, he checked my ear and said i have fluid build up behind my ear drum. I tried to explain to him i get this every year and it's not related to my vertigo and that the other gp i saw last week checked my ears and everything was ok so it is not related to my ears even though i know vertigo can be a cause from inner ear issues. He wouldn't listen so i got frustrated asking what happens if you faint and get vertigo after this that doesn't go away and gets worse in low oxygen environments.
I see my regular gp next week finally but has anyone got an idea what is the problem?
I am sure it is related to me collapsing and fainting twice in same episode because that is when the vertigo started.
It feels like not enough oxygen is getting into my head/brain and it is making my coordination and balance is off i.e. i stumble and drop things a lot.
Does anyone can take a guess what i have or the cause?
I should mention if the vertigo gets worse like it did yesterday after working out or normally i get headaches at back of my head they subside as the vertigo calms down a bit but i am finding it dehabilitating.
Could it be something serious ie a blockage that's stopping enough oxygen getting to my brain?
I don't think it's a glucose issue i had blood test for diabetes last year and other blood tests i.e. anemia etc
I dont know if i hit my head upon falling and blacking out but i dont remember having any bumps or pain after blacking out when it happened.
What could this possibly be? Is there such thing as a blockage to the brain of oxygen or small.partial blockage. It cant be plaque i am taking statins for nearly a year and also 75mg of daily aspirin so i dont think a small blood clot would occur that's causing it.
I honestly dont know what is causijg this but i dont think it is BPPV unless it is BPPV with something else undiagnosed.
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