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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 4/9/2007 12:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Just wondering if anyone else has gone throuogh this.  Bout 18months ago I was driving home from work, it had been a stressful day and I was replaying the events in my head.  Suddenly I became very dizzy and light headed, to the point I almost had to pull off the road.  It intensified for about a mile or two and then subsided.  I went home very freaked out.  The next two weeks I remember as being normal and then I had a meeting with a co worker who, once the meeting was over, informed me she had a sinus infection.  I of cousre caught it and for weeks was stuffed up and developed a strange pressure on my head that wouldn't go away.  From day to day the pressure, a feeling like someone was lightly touching my head, would move from the top to the back to the temples to the forehead.  My doc. ordered an MRI and it came up clear.  Soon after that my sleep began to be disturbed.  I would wake up, wide awake at 3:00 in the morning unable to go back to sleep.  My appetite also dissappeared and I began to rapidly loose weight.  My doc then gave me an abdominal scan, upper GI and a ct scan of my pancreas.  All came back normal.  A bony lump began to develop on my left shoulder where the collar bone meets.  My doc took xrays and said it was arthritis.  Meanwhile the pressure in my head remains constant along with my insomnia.  I try every sinus medication there is along with Wellbutrin.  I should also say that dring this time my job was under pressure eventually with my working unit being sold to another company, and my mother passed away.  The Wellbutrin did noth and not even AmbienCR, Lunestra or vallum could keep me asleep all the way through the night.  Meanwhile the head pressure was becoming quite unbearable. I would also have the sensastion of still moving if I turned my head.  My weight stabalize, because I was eating everything I could to keep from losing weight.  I noticed that everyday I was able, just by turning my head, to crack my neck.  Some friends thought my head was going to fall off one day when I did this.  Other crazy symptoms included breaking out into cold clammy sweats for no reason, fatigue to the point where I felt like I couldn't walk, sometimes it would be in the after noon, sometimes in the evening, pressure in my head, tired eyes, even if I got some extra sleep, a pulsing in my head that felt like my heart ebeating twice as fact as it was, flutter in my chest.  Lately, for the last 6 moths, every day is starting to feel the same.  I wake up feeling like Im hung over, I make it to work where I feel pulsing and throbbing and heavy pressure in my head until I go home, at home my legs feel so fatigued I usually stay in my chair, then I go to sleep and feel like the bed is sometimes moving, or Im falling or Im slipping out of my bed.  Ive had just about every system checked.  I say an allergist, Im allergic to nothing, a neurologist, I have low am cortisol and low B but not to the point hed perscribe anything more than exercise.
Im a very religious person but at this point I can't understand why God won;t even let me have an answer as to what is going on.  There is so much more I haven't written but these are the highlights.  Sound familiar to anyone?

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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 4/10/2007 5:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Your cortisol deficency is causing most of your symptoms; fatigue, weight loss, waking up feeling like your hung over and so on. Low cortisol causes fatigue, weight loss, inability to fight stress, poor immunity . It helps maintain blood pressure and cardiovascular function, regulate the metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, balance the effects of insulin in breaking down sugar for energy The reason you wake up at 3 am is because you probably have inverse cortisol levels. Your levels rise after midnight when they should normaly be at the lowest.

Do you ever get dizzy when getting up from a chair? Do you have any kind of hyperpigmentation? If so you might have addisons disease.

In any case, you should talk to your doctor about these symptoms.

Good Luck
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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 4/11/2007 8:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Any suggestions on supplements or anything for low cortisol. My doctor just perscribed physical exercise. Thats not helping too much. I find if Im able to get as much sleep as I can, notice I didnt say adequate, I havent had that in 18months, then the feeling aren't as intense. The hardest part of the execise part is that my fatigue is unbearable sometimes. My legs just feel like rubber and my head feels really spacey most of the times. I should also say that Im on zocor and the nicotine patch. the statins for about 2 years and the patch for about 4.

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 4/13/2007 12:25 AM (GMT -7)   
i sorta have this problem, but in the back of my head, and all of a sudden tonight, i have felt extreme pussure and have a bump :( dunno what it is but it is scaring me

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 4/13/2007 8:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I used to be scared about any thing that lasted for more than a couple of weeks. I want to know whats wrong with me but more than anything else now I just want an answer. With all the doctor tests Ive learned the value of early detection. If you think something is wrong don't wait, see your doctor.
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