Ever had your allergies cause you to feel dizzy, nauseous and break out in a cold sweat?

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

gcvmom
Regular Member


Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 139
   Posted 3/16/2007 4:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I posted this on the anxiety board since that's the latest take on DH's weird symptoms.  At first it was thought to be allergy-related, but he's been taking meds for that, and he still gets the weird symptoms.  It's a long post, so if you have a few minutes to spare, I'd love to hear anyone's interpretation of these symptoms.
 
Here's a bit of history: 
 
DH dx'd ADHD in 2001.  Takes Adderall XR for two years -- great improvement of symptoms, yahoo, life is good again.  Suddenly, husband starts having "dizzy spells" that are accompanied by nausea, a feeling that he's going to lose his bowels, and breaking out in a cold sweat.  These come and go, with no apparent pattern for several months, and finally after my urging he goes to see the GP.  They tell him it's allergy related, rx Flonase and send him on his merry way.
 
The episodes subside for a while with the Flonase, but not completely.  Then one day while driving to work, he gets that funny feeling again and wakes up on the other side of the boulevard with his bumper entangled in a chain link fence.  PTL he is not injured and neither is anyone else for that matter.  The angels were definitely watching over him that day.  He waits to tell me about the little mishap until 9pm that NIGHT!!!  I call the GP the next morning, he says to take him to the ER.  So we go.  He gets the once over, everything looks o.k. (labs, bp, EKG, etc.) and is referred to a neuro with instructions for no driving until cleared by that doc.  Temporarily loses license to drive (nightmare in and of itself).
 
Neuro sends him for brain MRI and EEG.  All normal.  Refers him to cardio.
 
Cardio does EKG, 24-hr Holter monitor, treadmill stress test.  All normal.  Refers him to cardio-electrophysiologist.
 
Cardio specialist  does tilt-table test.  He FAILS faster than anyone they've ever seen.  Doc asks about meds he's on.  Tells him about the Adderall XR and he has to quit the med for a few days, then return for another tilt-table test.  This time he passes the test.  The chalk it up to the medication, tell him to discontinue it, clear him to drive, life goes back to the chaos it was before meds and he's happy.
 
So that was 2004.  In 2005, he has another big episode in the airport while on our way to Hawaii with our 3 kids.  He's tense, uptight and stressed -- snapping at the kids, confused about where to go with the luggage, nervous about going through the whole security screening circus.  He starts to feel dizzy and nauseous and actually has to lie down on the floor next to the security line (neuro told him he'd better do that unless he wants to faceplant on the floor).  You can imagine the attention that got us!  Security was very helpful, but what a scene it caused!
 
Jump to late 2006 and he's still been having these dizzy spells, only more frequently now.  Hmmm, can't really blame the Adderall XR now, can we?  He isn't real good about taking the Flonase but religiously takes Claritin for nasal allergies.  I drag him to the GP to rehash the symptoms and get another crack at the problem, this time I sit in on the appointment to make sure he doesn't forget to tell him anything.
 
We find out that the spells happen several times a week, and in a variety of settings:  (not in his car, yet, thank G*d!), sitting at his desk reading a magazine, playing basketball, walking across a room, in meetings, working outside in the yard.  No pattern.
 
Now I CAN tell you that DH is one who tends to ruminate over things.  A LOT.  His old pdoc once remarked that when DH comes in the room sometimes he looks like he's ready to explode -- you can just see how tight he's wound from his expression and body language.  So I do think he has anxiety issues.  When he went off the Adderall XR, the pdoc wanted to prescribe Pamelor -- I actually filled it, but DH was so paranoid about taking ANYTHING that might cause him to lose his license again, he refused it.
 
The GP wanted to rx another med (I think it was an SSRI, but my brain's a bit foggy right now) but DH felt it was allergy related, like the GP had told him way back when.  GP agreed to just rx Allegra-D, with the understanding that DH would come back if the spells kept happening.  Which they are.  He had one tonight while I was sitting talking with him.  He didn't get dizzy this time, but nauseous, pale, cold sweat, passed a lot of gas (feeling of bowels moving, I guess).  And he's been taking the Allegra-D twice a day as instructed.
 
Also, he emailed me today to let me know he had an episode at 3:30am, 7:00am and 10:45am today.  Just sitting or lying down.
 
So what is going on here? 
 
Thanks for your patient reading, and for any thoughts you have on our little mystery.

gcvmom
12yo son w/Crohn's, dx'd 5/06, currently in remission; also ADHD and mild asthma
Imuran 50mg/75mg am/pm; Daytrana patch; Fisol, Viactive chews, children's multi
Resection planned in 6/07 to remove fibrotic stricture in TI
 
10yo son ADHD & ?, Daytrana patch 30mg, Abilify 20mg


Red_34
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 22023
   Posted 3/16/2007 5:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, I guess you weren't kidding when you said you had your hands full! In my opinion, this is NOT allergy related but something is definately going on with him. Has he ever seen an ENT? Could he possibly have an inner ear complication? I know with the inner ear, if there is fluid, rupture etc that can cause dizziness, nausea, cold sweats etc. This can also explain why the allergy med seemed to help for a bit, to help clear up any fluid that is built up in there - and no, the person normally doesn't know they have fluid in the ear unless it's really bad. Just an idea to pursue if you haven't already. As for the gas or bowels moving, this can be a side effect of whatever is happening to him. This definately is not normal!
@--->--Sherry--<---@
~Uc(Left-sided) since 1992 - Meds - Colazal, 6MP, Biotin, Forvia, Cortenemas~
~Allergic to Asacol and Rowasa - causes severe intestinal pain~
~Secondary Raynauds Syndrome since 2004-Meds-Norvasc..Fibromyalgia since 2006, Acid Reflux - Prilosec OTC~
~~Help others such as yourself by donating to Healingwell, every penny counts!~~
@--->--Co-mod for Ulcerative Colitis...Moderator for Allergies/Asthma--<---@
 

 
 


gcvmom
Regular Member


Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 139
   Posted 3/16/2007 5:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I just left a message for his GP and will ask for a referral to either an allergist or ENT. That's the only avenue we haven't pursued (aside from the psychiatrist, whom he doesn't want to deal with anymore (ha!)).
gcvmom
12yo son w/Crohn's, dx'd 5/06, currently in remission; also ADHD and mild asthma
Imuran 50mg/75mg am/pm; Daytrana patch; Fisol, Viactive chews, children's multi
Resection planned in 6/07 to remove fibrotic stricture in TI
 
10yo son ADHD & ?, Daytrana patch 30mg, Abilify 20mg


gcvmom
Regular Member


Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 139
   Posted 3/16/2007 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   
GP gave him a referral to an ENT doc. But also wants me to come in to discuss the reasons why I and pdoc beleive there are anxiety, mood, and impulse control issues with DH -- said he could see from my demeanor when I was at DH's appointment that there was more to the story than DH was telling -- the guy's more perceptive than I gave him credit for!

Hoping it's as simple as an inner ear problem... but it would also be great if we get some resolution to his psych issues along the way!
gcvmom
12yo son w/Crohn's, dx'd 5/06, currently in remission; also ADHD and mild asthma
Imuran 50mg/75mg am/pm; Daytrana patch; Fisol, Viactive chews, children's multi
Resection planned in 6/07 to remove fibrotic stricture in TI
 
10yo son ADHD & ?, Daytrana patch 30mg, Abilify 20mg


chickensoup
Regular Member


Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 42
   Posted 3/17/2007 8:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Lets help your husband! I think your on track with possible food allergies, do a search on ((wheat allergy)) and ((Celiac disease)) is caused by a protein, and has many syptoms including bloating, bowles trobles, dizzyness, fainting.vertigo ,ringing ears. I hope this will Help you some!

wannabbetter
Regular Member


Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 128
   Posted 3/19/2007 7:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there, this sounds alot like my husband. he gets these sizzy spells, nauseau and breaks out into cold sweats. he has to llay down or he will fall to the ground.it ususally last like an hout then he falls asleet. this is very scarey. he is a diabetic, but i dont think it is part of that condtion. i dont know i am not a dr. he does not have any allergies, that we know of. i thought it  sounded like an inner ear thing. dr told him it could be anxiety. he does have some anxiety issues, and so do i. i have panic disorder. but from what i see i dont think it is anxiety for him. when i ask him during his spells if he is anxious he tells me no.i dont know which way to go with this.may i ask how old your husband is> my husband is 42 yrs old. What is the tilt table test? I hope your husband is feeling better. i would like to know what happens next if you can keep up updated, please and thank you. I will do the same. God Bless 

gcvmom
Regular Member


Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 139
   Posted 3/19/2007 11:56 AM (GMT -6)   
My husband is 44. I think some people can have chronic anxiety and not realize it because it's under the surface and is just the way they've been all their life. At least that's how I think it is with my husband.

In your husband's case, coud it be due to low blood sugar that can also come with diabetes (does it happen when he's late or overdue to eat something)? My husband's father and sister are diabetic and if they don't eat at regular intevals, they can feel bad (although not necessarily with those symptoms). My husband's blood sugar was fine when he had all his tests when he first was being evaluated, so I don't think that's his problem...

A tilt table test involves being strapped to a table in an upright position, then you are tilted back a few degrees. The way I understand it, this causes a drop in blood pressure and you eventually pass out. For some people, if you don't pass out after a certain amount of time, they inject you with a medication that normally induces the blood pressure drop and then the fainting. All of this is timed and then compared to what is known to be within normal ranges. In my husbands case, he blacked out within a few seconds the first time around, whereas most people take 20 minutes or more to get to that point. His response was blamed on the Adderall XR he was on, because when he retook the test after being off the medication for a few weeks, he passed it with flying colors.

He's got an appointment now with an ear/nose/throat doc to rule out any inner ear problems. If that's negative, then I'm going to push for him to try something to address the anxiety I KNOW he has.
gcvmom
12yo son w/Crohn's, dx'd 5/06, currently in remission; also ADHD and mild asthma
Imuran 50mg/75mg am/pm; Daytrana patch 35mg; Fisol, Viactive chews, children's multi
Resection planned in 6/07 to remove fibrotic stricture in TI
 
10yo son ADHD & ?, Daytrana patch 40mg, Abilify 20mg


amfrmf2
New Member


Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 1
   Posted 9/3/2008 3:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I am a 30 year old married mother of two. I have had spells of breaking out in sweats and having to take my shirt off to lay on a cold floor. If I do not make it to the ground I will fall and/or pass out. I lose control of my bowels and get sick to my stomach. I always try to lay in the bathroom because I know about the stomach issues that will also occur. I turn exremely "white" and can not seem to control anything. The spell last for about 20 to 25 minutes and then I feel fine. The good part is, I normally get about a one to two minute warning that this is getting ready to happen, so when I do I go straight to the bathroom. My Dr. has referred me to a cardiologist. I do not know what to expect when I go there. I have been told it is for a consultation. But what exactly does a "consultation" with a cardiologist consist of? IDK....Hear  disease runs in my family on my mothers side, but I do not know anything about the history of my fathers side. Of course the biggest concern I have is my children. Age 10 and 3. Does anyone have any other ideas of what these spells may be? Oh, and it can happen any time of the day, at work, at home, or in the store, etc.
I have had my sugar checked, my blood pressure, etc etc, and everything checks perfect. My weight 138 and I am 5'8'' tall.

Kangaroo
Regular Member


Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 117
   Posted 9/12/2008 11:14 PM (GMT -6)   
 
Hi Amfr
I just stumbled upon yout post
 
I can relate to feeling faint and ending up on the floor due to panic attacks. This was before I learn't to deal with panic. But I didn't experience loose bowels though.
 
It's been a week since you posted. How are you now ??? Have you seen the cardiologist yet.
 
Let me know how you are going.
 
Debbie
DebbieLou


Green Grove
Veteran Member


Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 2424
   Posted 12/12/2008 1:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello, everyone. . . I've been going through the same EXACT thing for many years now. I am wanting to know how you all/family is doing now. Please follow up. One of the things that bug me a bit about this forum is the fact that some people don't realize this is an important place to learn valuable info, and fellowship with others that go through the same things. Following up is crucial and should be done by everybody. It is so crucial IMHO, that I feel it should be a forum rule.

Anyway:) Please eloborate and I would like to hear from other people about this issue. I will keep this thread bumped :)
Much Love, Hugs, Peace & Comfort :)
TTYL,
 
Sam
 
 

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Monday, September 22, 2014 1:07 AM (GMT -6)
There are a total of 2,223,589 posts in 247,420 threads.
View Active Threads


Who's Online
This forum has 156598 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, Ambie4.
257 Guest(s), 3 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
Ljm2014, Flip Flop, Garden Peace


Follow HealingWell.com on Facebook  Follow HealingWell.com on Twitter  Follow HealingWell.com on Pinterest  Follow HealingWell.com on YouTube
Advertisement
Advertisement

©1996-2014 HealingWell.com LLC  All rights reserved.

Advertise | Privacy Policy & Disclaimer