What can these symptoms be? Nausea/fatigue/headache after eating

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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

I've seen:

- Primary

- Neurologist

- Maxillofacial specialist

- Physiotherapist

- Chiropractor

- ?Brain scan for sinusitis

I've been misdiagnosed then ruled out:

- Chronic Sinusitis

- Migraines


Still under investigation:

- Tension headaches from stress

Treatments that haven't worked:

- Botox in jaw for TMJ myalgia

- Occipital nerve block

- Chiropractic treatment

Slightly helps:

- Ibuprofen

- Tylenol

- Zofran

My suspicions:

- Postprandial Hypotension

- ?Postural/orthostatic issues

- ?Hypotensive disorders (trying salt)

- ?Iron deficiency (trying supplements)

- ?Cardiomyopathy

- ?AFib

- ?Adrenal disorder

Any ideas? Thanks.

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  • Posted

    No, I’ve just read about it and I don’t think it quite fits. I’m convinced that my colleague and I have the same thing and most likely a third person too so I’m sure it’s something that was at one point communicable between us. That’s good that you can still work and lead some thing of a normal life, although be debilitated at times. Plus the worry of it is always there ‘is today going to be a good/bad day?’ Good luck with the things that you are trying.
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      Thank you. My doctor has ordered a cortisol test to see if it's adrenal related. Addison's or Cushing diseases don't seem to quite fit but I want to rule as many things out.

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