Thank you so much for replying! I need to do some more research here, at your advice.
Darlene, it sounds as if we had a similar type episode. Luckily, my husband thought to take my BP after scraping me up off the floor and getting me into a chair and it was 124/97, with a pulse rate of 72. I told the ER doctor this, and yet he still said it was a vasovagal episode. I have never had high BP until sometime between 9/2007 and 3/2007, when I went in for my 6-month labs for my thyroid and they found both the TSH level high, as well as the elevated BP. My BPs have always been fine, so they thought it was related to my thyroid (possibly what they call a thyroid storm). They started me on Propranolol and HCTZ, which finally brought the BP down. So, my problem has been high BP, not low. Even on the Propranolol, the BP has not gotten too low, or low enough to induce this so-called "vasovagal attack". They've also taken my BP both sitting and standing at the doctor's office twice in the past 2 weeks (most recently last Friday), and it did not differ much. Wouldn't you think if I was going to pass out that it would have been in a different room and not waited so long? I traveled through four rooms, was in my fridge sorting through food, and then it happened. I didn't feel hungry per se--just wanted some crackers to calm down what felt like reflux churning. I've never had a problem with low blood sugar, and it was fine in the ER. I will do some reading up on the adrenal exhaustion--thank you so much. And, thank you for your prayers--all here are in mine, too.
Kristin, I'm so sorry on what you went through. How horrible--and I feel guilty complaining! I am beginning to wonder if it the bigger part of the problem on getting diagnosed, is more that the doctors are just either too confused or don't want to take the time to dig in and treat the cause and not the symptoms. Let me say that I am a firm believer in being proactive in your medical care, medicine, etc.--even if that means Internet researching, whether the doctors like it or not! This is number one on things I have learned so far. And, just because you research, doesn't mean that you can't be nice about it--tact gets you a long way I have found out! To me, any doctor that thinks you are a nutcase for researching, needs to get off their high horse and stop being so close minded and taking things personally! I don't demand that a doctor has all the answers, but the willingness to find them and believe their patient. I had a full SLE panel and the RNP is the only thing that came up abnormal/high. My Rheumatoid factor and the rest were normal. I am going to ask for referrals to both endo and rheumatology at Barnes-Jewish when I go to my primary tomorrow. I want to know the pros and cons of elective thyroidectomy, just to rule out my thyroid being the cause of any future problems. I mean, who knows what else is getting ready to crop up in the future, right? My thryoid is pretty much dead as evidenced by my recent nuclear scan and I have to take thyroid hormone for the rest of my life anyway, so I'm not sure that having it removed will hurt anything. Please keep your sense of humor--you either laugh or cry! Also, keep picking on the stupid doctors--sometimes it's the little things that get us through!!
I'll try to post tomorrow as to what my primary says. Thanks!
Diagnoses: Hashimoto's disease, acne, fatigue, headaches, hypertension and "as-of-yet-unconfirmed-but-in-the-process" MCTD.