Severe Dizzy spells – whats wrong with me?
I’ve suffered from dizzy spells for about 2.5 years. I am a 16 year old male, perfect BMI, perfect blood pressure, good diet, 20/20 vision, no long term disease/illness, don’t drink, do drugs or smoke, no family history of any hereditary diseases.
About two months ago i went to my GP to find out what was wrong, and to be frank, she doesn’t give a toss. She sent me for a blood test which revealed nothing and is now trying to diagnose me with absence fits (which doesn’t fit my symptom list at all). Shes obviously losing interest in my case and is not being at all helpful.
So my question is, what the hell is wrong with me?!
This dizzy spells occur two to three times a week but with no regularity and no certainty that i’ll get them at all. They occur most often in the evening and last from 15Min’s to 2hrs.
There are three main stages of any dizzy spell:
1) Dizziness, difficulty concentrating, slightly slurred speech (occasionally mistaken for drunkenness, my parents did think i was an alcoholic for a short period of time lol)
2) Dizziness, difficulty concentrating, lethargy, fatigue, feelings of surrealism, nausea
3) Difficulty concentrating, lethargic, fatigued, exhausted and a mild feeling of completely debilitating depression.
I would really like to know whats wrong with me because the depression from stage three can last for days and makes me feel like shit. I cant stand it anymore, i cant go out in the evenings for fear of having an attack and cant tell my friends whats wrong because im ashamed of the fact i cant control my body/emotions, the fact that i allow this to rule my life actually makes me feel more ashamed…. What the fuck is wrong with me?!
Answer by Pooky
Let’s assume you’re in America.
So my question for you is do you have HMO or PPO (health) insurance. Since you stated your primary care physician (a pediatrician, I assume) did not seem to be giving you the attention you needed, it’s probably time to be referred (HMO), or self-refer (PPO) to a specialist.
The next step to consider is whom you should see. For what you have stated, the next person ought to be a neurologist (a brain doctor)–or an otorhinolaryngologist (ENT, as in ear-nose-and throat doctor).
Since you said your lab works were normal–that’s good. Have you had your eyes checked at all, by the way?
Have your parent(s) make you a follow up appointment with your PCP (primary care physician) again. This time, tell her that she’s not giving you the answer that you needed, and you ** want ** to be referred to someone who can help you.
Even with PPO insurance (that does not require a referral)–she should have someone she knows professionally (and near by) that you can see. Otherwise you can look it up in the yellow pages yourself.
** Be sure you have a copy of all the tests & the progress notes related to these visits with you so tests won’t have to be repeated. **
While my answer did not really help you about what is wrong, I know enough to get around the “system”, and I hope it is helpful.
p.s. There is no need to be ashamed of this. I had a friend who occasionally has tics (rapid movements) and I flatly told him that he had no fear of feeling shameful when he was around. It certainly relaxed him and he had fewer “attacks” after that.
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