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For 8 months I've been suffering with varying symptoms. There was no catalyst a other than my father dying, though that was not unexpected or particularly traumatic in its nature.
Nobody can work out what the cause is:
- An hour after eating I sometimes feel awful fatigue, weakness, light-headedness, nausea, dizziness, tightness in chest, like I'm going to pass out
- I'm never actually sick not pass out
- When I can check my pulse it's normal (60-80)
- Tension type headaches particularly in the temporallis (above ear) and frontalis (upper temple)
- Jaw tension at times
- Nausea (sometimes without the headaches) sometimes with reflux
- Some days I have headaches, no nausea
- Some days I have nausea, no headaches
- ?Just feeling unwell
- Sometimes my vision is 1% fuzzy
- Dizziness on motion
- Light-headedness on standing
- Severe malaise, weakness
- Brain fog
- Aches behind the eyes when I have a headache
- A buzzing foggy facial feeling
- Symptoms come on an hour after waking (30 mins after breakfast), possibly food related
- ?If I skip breakfast they wait and then can come on an hour after lunch
- ?Some days I have no symptoms but the same routine
- ?It comes on during about 30 mins, stays all day, and can disappear just as fast
- ?When it disappears I feel wonderful and very healthy, 30 mins after feeling terrible
- They sometimes remain for 4-8 hours
- They can be relieved by eating lunch (so it seems they can be caused by eating and somehow also cured by eating)
- They usually fade after sundown but not always
- Maxillofacial specialist
- ?Brain scan for sinusitis
I've been misdiagnosed then ruled out:
- Chronic Sinusitis
Still under investigation:
- Tension headaches from stress
Treatments that haven't worked:
- Botox in jaw for TMJ myalgia
- Occipital nerve block
- Chiropractic treatment
- Postprandial Hypotension
- ?Postural/orthostatic issues
- ?Hypotensive disorders (trying salt)
- ?Iron deficiency (trying supplements)
- ?Adrenal disorder
Any ideas? Thanks.
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With me, stress and anxiety triggered costochondritis and IBS and when I had exam stress as a student, I developed chronic acid reflux. I don’t know what you will be diagnosed with but diet and relaxation techniques may be a good place to start.
So, I really sympathise with your chronic symptoms. I guess because my colleague came down with this at the EXACT same time, then that supports the virus theory as it must have passed between us some how. Have you had your gall bladder checked?
I am a 40 year old woman (teacher), in UK. Best wishes.
I forgot to mention everything started for me a week after the worst sore throat I had ever had. It tested not strep. I had nausea one night, then these symptoms once a week, now increasing in frequency.
My bilirubin and other such tests were normal, re gallbladder.
?I am so sorry to hear of all your symptoms and malaise.
?It sounds like you might be suffering from stress and depression due to your father's passing.
?Please see if you can get some "Talk Therapy" or try a short course of some anti depressants to raise your Serotine levels.
I amcertain that both therapies will help.
Good luck and God's blessing to you.
It certainly makes sense. A gastroenterologist is about the only specialist I haven't yet seen.
I have the same symptoms for 2 years now. My only relief is when I eat a healthy diet and work out..
You body needs certain nutrients to work properly.. water (2.7 l) plus healthy carbs, protein, lipids (these three give you energy) and vitamins and minerals for the proper function of organs and digestion. And all these in the right ratio.. check DRI on gov sites.
Health comes from your gut!
So try to stay away from empty calories and also meds since they ruin your stomach and intestinal lining that helps your body to absorb all the nutrients.
The body is such a complex system and depending on us giving it the right nutrients.
Thanks for the ideas.
I sleep 8 hours peacefully every night.
I eat healthily, with a few treats now and then. No red meat, minimal dairy, rare alcohol, I don't smoke, lots of fish, sushi, chicken.
I take a good quality multivitamin every day.
I have a 90 minute workout with a personal trainer once a week.
I drink a lot of water.
My only meds are beta blockers for anxiety.
It just doesn't feel like this fits with what you're saying.
My colleague and I have racked our brains to find a pattern to this but the symptoms seem to come and go so randomly. But yes, I seem to mostly be ok first thing and then the symptoms creep in during the day and then I’m usually not too bad at bed time. I have a herbalist that I see who suggested that we do an adrenal test.
I’m taking heart in that some symptoms have improved and some things have got better. I don’t take any current medications, just vit d, zinc, magnesium and herbal tinctures. You could consider seeing a naturopath or herbalist but it can be pricey going down that road and I have no idea if any of it has really helped! I try and do a bit of swimming and walking when I feel up to it.
I have also read about entero viruses that effect the stomach that can linger for a long long time.
Thanks. The symptoms seem so severe, and came on so suddenly, that I just don't feel it's "diet". But I'll keep it in mind.
Some self checks..
How does your tongue look like (if milky white it could say you have a bacteria imbalance in your gut)
How does your tongue feel. Flat or bumpy, dry.. (dry, then you are definitely dehydrated)
How is your stool (if always constipated you are definitely missing something).. what color is your stool (if light brown that could be a problem of bile production- so gallbladder)
How are your fingernails? If always broken then you are missing minerals..
Just answer these things for yourself and that might give you a hint.
Plus have you had the docs check on your bacteria levels in stool? Maybe that could cause it. That’s why I stopped eating sugar. Bad bacteria feeds from sugar..
Just some thoughts..
Yes when I have no Symptoms I could do a 3 hour workout.
I am working but occasionally have to call out because I know it's going to be "one of those days".
I bought a glucose monitor. All normal so far.
I feel it is blood pressure related as it happens an hour after food, upon exterion.
I'm experimenting with more water, more salt, to raise blood pressure.
Does postprandial Hypotension match your symptoms?
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