Do I have a heart problem?

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   Posted 9/13/2006 3:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I am new to this forum, I figured that I would give it a shot.
I am a 30 yr old male 5'8", non-smoker, moderate coffee drinker, moderate alcohol drinker. There has been a history of heart attack in my family (grandfather has had more than one)
 I have been having consistent dizzy spells since my early 20's... they have been increasingly more in the past few years.  I went to my doctor back in my early 20's and he directed me to the cardiologist for tests (overnight heart monitor, ultrasound, stress tests).  The cardiologist found nothing but some plaque build up in one of my arteries I believe (forgive me I am not a medical professional).  I also saw the neurologist and he did not find anything.  At the time my drivers licence was suspended because I had complained of constant dizziness.  When nothing was determined to be wrong with me I was discouraged from going back to the doctor due to losing my licence for no reason.  Now I am finding that my dizziness and symptoms are worsening.  A list of my symptoms is below, I am not sure that they are all related:
-frequent dizzy spells - some minor - some major lasting 30 seconds that end in a bit of burning in my heart (heartburn like)- all times of the day 
-flashes of light in my eyes - minor flashes all times of the day- major flashes 2 or 3 times per day
-temporary loss of vision (peripheral) sometimes lasting 20 minutes (including flashes of light) once in a while
- increasingly blurred vision sometimes noticed from one day to the next
- floaters in my eyes( i have been told by the neurologist that they are dead cells and wont go away - just get worse with age)
- ringing in my ears (consistently)
- red face especially when drinking alcohol and noticed when entering a hot car, or hot room
- i have had a few incidents of impotence in the past 2 years
Please note, I experience consistent dizziness but have never blacked out or passed out.   My last visit to the doctor was in the spring and I had a physical performed with no significant results.  My doctor mentioned my blood pressure was slightly high but did not want to put me on meds because of my age.    He indicated to me that I should try to excersise and eat healthy.  My concern is it is not my eating because I am not a terrible eater and not terribly overweight.  I try to excersise but I worry anything strenuous is going to make me black out.  Any suggestions or ideas would be greatly appreciated. 
Thank-you very much.

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   Posted 9/16/2006 11:38 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Dennis, I am so sorry that your post has sat here for so long unanswered.  I am wondering when you went to see the neurologist what kind of tests did he perform?  Did he do an MRI or CT scan of your head and spine? 

I too have "passing out" spells but mine are related to extremely low blood pressure...I have MSA and it causes orthostatic hypotension so my blood pressure doesn’t regulate from sitting to standing and laying.  I also have Multiple Sclerosis and often have visual problems just as you have described, dizziness and sometimes ear ringing.  Please don’t think I am suggesting that you may have MS as I am not...but there are many neurological problems that can cause your symptoms. 

What I do recommend is that you keep on your doctors until they find the cause to this as this is not something that should be happening to you.  If you are concerned about them restricting your driver’s license again then you can just tell them that you don’t drive on the days when you’re feeling dizzy or faint.  The main thing is that they find the reason why this is happening.  Please do keep in touch and keep posting...take care

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   Posted 9/26/2006 2:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I too have those symptoms. It took 3 of the 24 hr holiter moniters to find that when I felt this way my heart rate was high. Try taking your pulse when your feeling this way and see what it is?

In any case, I hope you find answers. I know how hard it is to live with these symptoms and not knowing why you feel this way.
Good luck to you, and take care
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Migraines & Tachycardia

UK Lyme Suffera
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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 10/7/2006 4:58 PM (GMT -6)   


I am new here too... And have had many years bad health... Largely due to hormone based conditions: Ringing in the ears that sounds like Tinnitus which is another name for meniars (Spellings not right)?

The balance mechnisum can be effected by too much noise perhaps or allergic reactions or infections causing inflamation of the ear. That can put the heart out and as well causing fanting or feeling fant...

Do you get problems if you try and stand on a large cusion? Can you balance easily.


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   Posted 10/7/2006 7:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry, but tinnitus is a symptom, not a desease. It can occur with Meniere's disease, but with many other conditions as well. I was tested for Meniere's disease due to balance problems for many years, but it turns out what I have is simply benign vestibular dysfunction, caused by damage to the nerve to the inner ear. They found antibodies in my spinal fluid that they say means I had an infection at one time and it has lodged in my CNS, where it can lie dormant for a while and then become active and cause problems. I have pretty much learned not to turn my head too quickly or look at anything that is spinning, especially in my periferal vision.

So many different conditions can cause dizziness that only a work up by a doctor can sort it out. That can take a long time, but it's worth it just to rule out any dangerous diseases.

Take care. Lois

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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 54
   Posted 10/8/2006 4:22 AM (GMT -6)   


How do your doctors propose to help you get the infection out of your nervous system?

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