November 24, 2010

Question

Since giving birth I've had a few health issues that I've avoided mentioning here on the blog. Mostly because we don't have any answers to why things are happening yet, and partly because I'm too scared to talk about it more than I have to. In the third trimester of my pregnancy I started feeling a little dizzy and unable to focus. Almost like how you feel when you're drunk, and if I focused on something/someone I would feel like I was going to go cross-eyed or something. I know, weird right?
I had an EEG done to make sure that I wasn't having seizures and thank goodness that came back negative but we couldn't do any other tests while I was pregnant because Ro would've been exposed to radiation. We also ruled out anemia, and the doctor said that it was probably just my body going into overdrive in the third trimester and my symptoms would most likely go away after I gave birth. Well, since giving birth they've only gotten worse. Now my symptoms are accompanied by head pressure and sometimes a tingling sensation in my head. NOT FUN. 
Today, we're getting results from an MRI that I did last week, and hopefully we can rule out anything super scary but I'm mostly writing about this now because I was curious if any of you mamas experienced something like this? I can't help but hope that one of you did(and got rid of it), only because that would mean that I'm not a complete freak of nature! I'm so scared that this will be one of those medical cases that no one can solve or explain and I'm just going to have to live like this for the rest of my life!
So.. anyone experience this at all??

19 comments:

  1. I have had an AV block sense I was 20. An AV block is basically when the natural electric system in your heart malfunctions and your heart skips beats or in my case now doesn't tell your heart to beat at all. It took about 9 months to get diagnosed. At the start I would just get light headed and then it turned in to always being tired and then passing out. Every time after an episode I would go to the ER and get checked out, but by the time I would get there it would be back to a normal rhythm. It was a medical assistant at the clinic where I got my birth control that figured out I had an abnormal heart rhythm.

    Those 9 months when I knew without a doubt something was wrong but they couldn't tell me what was the worst time in my life. I felt horrible, all the time, and no one believed me.

    When they were finally able to find my issue my heart rate was at 18 beats per minute. They put in a pacemaker the next day and now everything is perfect (perfect as in I am alive and doing well).

    I really hope your aliment isn't anything like mine and you get the answers you need. Just remember that if you dont fight for answers no one will do it for you.
    -Good luck Mama.

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  2. I went through the exact same thing for an entire year, saw every doctor, every specialist in the city. I thought I was having anxiety attacks, but after a year of suffering and being completey scared no one understood what I was going through I found a doctor. A Neurologist, and my mri saw some abnormal brainwaves. He says I was having "partial-seizures". I am on some daily meds now and feel almost normal again. I suggest you get another mri done from a different Neuro. Don't feel alone though, I know EXACTLY how you feel. This probably sounds strange coming from a complete stranger, but whatever. :)

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  3. I hope I can help but I just dont know how much. I am 18 weeks pregnant and when I was around 16 weeks I was cooking one day and felt like I was going to black out. My eyes felt like they were rolling in back of my head and I thought I was going to faint. It was really scary cause I was home alone. My dr said it was probably the baby sitting or kicking a nerve the wrong way. But then it happened again while I was driving just recently. I had to pull over and wait for it to pass. I havent been back to the dr's for my check up but I am going to bring it up to her again that it is happening.

    I havent tried google-ing or webMd-ing yet but I think I might to see if this has happened with anybody else.

    I hope you get answers and everything works it self out. I am sorry you are going through this.

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  4. I didn't have these symptoms, but it sounds like some vertigo symptoms. I will keep you in my prayers, feel better soon.

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  5. oh man, i'm so sorry you're feeling crappy! i didn't have experience anything like that but i was wondering if maybe lack of sleep could be contributing to your crummy feelings? i know that alone messed me up in a ton of different ways....just a thought.

    hope you feel better soon!

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  6. Have they checked your thyroid? I had symptoms really similar to these and it was because of a thyroid issue that was easily treated.

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  7. I hope everything is all well with the MRI and it is nothing serious!!

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  8. Oh my gosh, I totally get this feeling all the time but haven't told anyone because it sounds crazy right? I get crazy migraines, get really dizzy, and got the same 'crosseyed' feeling when i focus on something for too long. I have no idea what the deal is, but I totally know what you're talking about. It's kindof scary sometimes!

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  9. Never had any of those symptoms myself but I gave birth in June and I still don't feel back to "normal" yet. They say a lot of the sympotoms we experience will go away after we are done breastfeeding, and I'm still doing that. I hope you are ok honey.... maybe this will pass when you are done breastfeeding. Take it easy girl. :)

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  10. thanks for all the well wishes and support girls.. the MRI showed that all is well with my brain.. so now it's on to the next test to try and figure this out..
    XOXO

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  11. I'm recently being feeling similar things. The only thing doctors have said is I have a short ear canal resulting in middle ear infections and the vertigo. They also think I may have diabetes because a blood test showed high sugar, I had to get a glucose test two days ago, results shough come back today! I want answers.

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  12. Amy: i hope you get good results and answers! i hope both of us do!

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  13. Have you ever had your thyroid checked? I had similar feelings and it turned out to be my thyroid. I also have low blood sugar and some of the feelings are similar so you may want to have your blood sugar checked (in those moments if possible) as well if you haven't already. Will be sending lots of positive and healthy thoughts your way!

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  14. i didn't but just wanted to let you know that i'll be thinking and praying for you. really hope you get better soon!

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  15. I wish I had something helpful to say but I just wanted to send some love! I'm amazed how many people have similar symptoms. At least you're not alone :) X

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  16. Anonymous: no i haven't.. i'll have to run that by my GP at my appt this friday.. thanks for the tip!!! and thank you for the well wishes!!

    Dana: thank you girl!! <3

    Anonymous: thank you so much!!

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  17. Jessica, you know my story...I hope you feel better soon. I understand how scary and upsetting it can be with a baby around. You're always in my thoughts and prayers.

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  18. Hi, I just randomly clicked on your blog today and was reading it and saw the stuff you posted about your health. I could be totally off but just thought I would tell you about this condition called pseudotumor cerebri, its when you have to much fluid or pressure from spinal fluid on your brain. It's common among females and relates alot to hormones. Its causes headaches, nasuea, changes in your eye sight and I also had neck pain and a werid tingling on the top and back of my head. It also doesn't show up on an MRI or any other kind of brain scan. They have to do a spinal tap and/or eye exam. You might want to google it.

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  19. Hi
    I totally know how you feel I have been feeling the same way for the past year. Pressure on side of my head, eyesight out of focus (mainly left eye) I even have a slight pulse in my left eye that has not gone away it started 9-months ago, it's not very obvious but if I get really stressed I can feel a pulse in my left eyelid, Dr. called it a "eye twitch". Now I feel I am loosing control focusing out of my left eye (I don't know if that makes sense?) I have had bells palsy in the past (left side of face paralyzed now is back to normal due to treatment)
    I recently went to a neurologist and he didn't have a proper answer of what it is happening to me, he said the only 2 things he thought it could be is lack of sleep. He said I had severe sleep disorder (true) and maybe what I was experiencing was the after symptoms of bells palsy because it can reoccur. Dr. prescribed anxiety /brain seizure medication in lowest dosage. I take it at night that's when I feel the symptoms the most it seems it occurs when I am trying to relax. I think meds has helped relieve the brain pressure but I worry mostly about eyesight and the eye twitch. I feel the same way you do! I am in no way trying to scare you just switching stories to help one another. I am a mother of 3 and I need to be as healthy as can be. Please keep blogging regarding this matter maybe you can help others like me who can't get a proper answer. Wow you already made me feel a bit better knowing I am not the only one, even though it's awful to bond over scary health issues but thanks for sharing ") I now know I am not alone

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