Dizzy Spells?????

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   Posted 12/2/2011 9:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Today I was walking around my classroom feeling okay, suddenly I was hit with a dizzy spell. I had to stop and just stand still for a couple of minutes. I felt like I was going to black out. When things slowed down I went and sat down in my chair. My students were very concern about me, as was I.
I told them if something happened to me they were to use the intercom to call the office and to get a teacher in the next classroom. I managed to get through the next hour without blacking out or falling down (I stayed in my chair mostly).
The para-pro in the next room took my children to PE for me so I could rest. :-)
I spent the rest of the day resting in my chair and teaching the children. I didn't feel dizzy anymore but felt weak and tired. My co-worker who has lupus too, says she gets dizzy spells too.
Is this normal for everyone else? What do you do to combat this? I hate feeling like the way I felt today. smhair

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   Posted 12/3/2011 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I get dizzy spells quite often. It used to be from low blood pressure and low blood sugar. Do you have a bp machine at school and a way to check blood sugars?

It could also be from sheer exaustion. Were you feeling any more tired than usual that day?
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   Posted 12/3/2011 4:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had trouble with sleeping this week. I'm also geting a bad cough (allergies? Illness? IDK...)
But just before the spell hit I was feeling energetic.
I do have a blood tester I bought some years ago, because my mother's a diabetic and I wanted to watch out for it. I'm long out of test strips though.
I don't own a BP machine, but I guess I need to buy one. I've never had bp trouble. The doctor always brags on how good my pressure is compared to other family members.

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   Posted 12/3/2011 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I get dizzy spells too...my rheumie can't explain them. My blood pressure is always normal at the doctor, but I wonder if it's low other times. Especially when I go from sitting to standing, sometimes I have to hold onto something to make sure I'm not going to faint. Wish I could help :(

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   Posted 12/4/2011 2:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I have really, really low bp. Before I started treatment wih fludrocortisone my bp was at best 60/40 which had everyone running around in a panic so you can imagine what they were like when it dropped to unrecordable and was still awake and talking!
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   Posted 12/5/2011 11:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I have to ask, " did this happen about 2-3 hours after breakfast??"

I ask because there is something called REACTIVE hypoglycemia that causes low sugar symptoms even though your sugar levels and bp levels are all normal. And this happens to anyone.

This usually happens late morning, 2-3 hours after eating a breakfast that is higher in carbs/sugar such as waffles, french toast, pancakes, cereal and doesnt include enough protein as in eggs, ham, sausage, peanut butter, etc, etc.

What happens is that we fast all night and then we eat carbs for breakfast, then our sugar levels will spike and then about 2-3 later it will plunge and it will plunge fast and low.

To avoid this just eat plenty of protein after a fast of more than 4 hours or keep a healthy snack (like peanut butter crackers) for that late morning sugar drop.

I used to have this happen to me quite often. Since I changed my breakfast eating habits I have not had it happen but maybe once. And, since I had a snack nearby, I was able to ward it off before the symptoms became severe enough to feel like blacking out.

Its hard to believe that a simple meal of protein can be a "fix" for these symptoms but try it. I had a severe reaction on my way to the doctors office and this is how I found out what it was. (had waffles with syrup for breakfast, and truthfully, I knew better but did it anyway.)

I sincerely hope that this helps and that this is all that your symptoms are leading to.
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   Posted 12/5/2011 7:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I had drank a protein shake before leaving for work and ate a sausage/pancake on a stick about an hour after that. It had been only about 15 minutes since the sausage/pancake meal.
I'm never very hungry in the mornings so I drink a protein shake with my medicines and then eat breakfast at work. It's usually some type of biscuit with meat inside it and fruit.

My sinuses are hurting today so I figure it's related now.

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   Posted 12/29/2011 2:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I experience the same thing. Once I went to the ER for it. and the nurse explained to me that it was because I didn't have enough water in my system. I do still get them. I just keep track of it. I always keep a little snack/cereal bar/piece of candy/water just in case.

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   Posted 12/29/2011 2:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Denita, that happened a bunch of times to me until I changed my eating schedule and habits. I got where I could tell if an episode was coming on - if I felt flushed, then sweaty, and irritable or confused feeling, I would go eat something and in 5-10 minutes I was better. My own fault for having a 'breakfast' of Mountain Dew, LOL. I know better now.

Mammalupie, I do the same thing. I keep those small bags of peanuts in my purse.
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