Nausea and headache/lightheadedness... just allergies?

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lindsay0891
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   Posted 7/18/2012 8:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi guys. I'm a 21-year-old female with no history of medical problems until recently.
Every morning I wake up with nausea. It varies in severity; sometimes I vomit, sometimes I can just tough it out. When I do vomit, it's usually just mucus. Sometimes the nausea sticks around throughout the day but it's always worse in the morning. I can't sleep for more than about six hours without getting woken up by feeling sick.
I stay dizzy-lightheaded most of the time. The only time I don't is when I'm laying in bed, which I've been doing pretty much all day every day lately. I've also been getting headaches way more often, and they seem to come in cycles (I'll have them three days in a row, then go without one for a week or two).

My doctor seems to think it's all allergies. I think it's something worse but I am a pretty big hypochondriac... I've convinced myself I have everything from lyme disease to heart disease to a brain tumor. I don't usually have a runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, etc. like most people with allergies but the doctor said not everyone does. She thinks the nausea is caused by mucus going down my throat and irritating my stomach.

I've had a few other symptoms that I can't explain. My veins seem to be more visible, especially in my hands and legs, and the left side of my body sometimes feels slightly weak. I'm thinking the veins could be from starting birth control and the weakness is probably just anxiety since it mainly just happens while or after I've been worried about something.

Basically I'm just wanting to know if allergies can cause all this. I've never really suffered from bad allergies before, but this seems to be a bad year for them for everyone. Thanks. :)

Alcie
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   Posted 7/18/2012 9:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Your symptoms are the same as side effects of the pill. 

lindsay0891
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   Posted 7/18/2012 9:41 AM (GMT -6)   
It started before I went on the pill. I was actually hoping the pill would help my morning nausea but it didn't.

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   Posted 7/18/2012 9:08 PM (GMT -6)   
It could be allergies, an inner ear problem, silent GERD, food allergies......there are a lot of possibilities. Something is going on but don't jump the gun and assume it's something worse than it could be. Doctors and patients are like working a puzzle...they try to find the pieces that fit and go from there. If it continues, see another doctor for a second opinion.
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lindsay0891
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   Posted 7/19/2012 1:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the reply. The main problem I have with doctors is that I'm so young and I don't really look sick. My blood pressure and everything is perfect. I also kind of have a hard time describing all my symptoms in detail, especially the weird feelings I get in my head. I'm kind of thinking inner ear problem as well, especially after the other day when I got a headrush type feeling that almost made me think I was having a stroke! But I don't think it was anything serious because it went away very quickly and I felt okay afterwards. Also, it was after taking some ibuprofen and sinus congestion medication so I thought that could have been the cause.

I'm getting more optimistic. While my symptoms are keeping me from enjoying my life, I don't feel like it's anything very serious that I can't get over. After all, I'm young and have been in perfect health up until now, and my symptoms come and go instead of getting progressively worse. The bad thing is I don't have another doctor's appointment until August 29th...

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   Posted 7/19/2012 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I get that headrush feeling at times too - sort of dizzy and a whooshing sound in your ears? Mine usually happens if I have too much caffeine or if I stand too quickly. I have low blood pressure and any spike in my bp makes me get that feeling. One time it got so severe I had the tilt table test done at the doctors office to make sure it wasn't my heart (it wasn't).

I totally understand about saying you're young and the doctors thing. I had that issue myself. In fact, I'm a young looking 42 year old and I had such a hard time getting doctors to treat me as an adult and not a child. But I'm getting feisty in my "old" age...when these doctors that come in that are younger than me and start talking to me like I'm a child...well I usually have to remind them otherwise! :) Sometimes it helps if you can right down your symptoms and hand the paper to the doctor because when we go to a doctors office it's like everything just shoots out of our ears and you forget what you came for.
SHERRY
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Diagnosed Left sided UC in '92 - meds: 6mp, Colazal, Remicade and Bentyl*Unable to tolerate ALL mesalamines*, in '11 diagnosed with IBS, Diverticulosis, Fibromylagia..I also have Sacroiilitis, Scoliosis, Raynauds, OA, PA, Rosacea, Psoriasis, Dry Eye and allergies controlled by Zyrtec and Singular

lindsay0891
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   Posted 7/19/2012 3:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I can't remember if I got any sound in my ears but it almost felt like everything in my head was frozen for a second, if that makes sense. I was worried I wouldn't snap out of it but I did shortly, and for the next few hours I got a few waves of pressure in my head that felt similar. I do notice that sometimes I get the "whoosh" sound in my ears if I move my jaw from side to side... don't know if that's normal or not, though. My BP was 116/72 the last time I got it checked so I don't think it could have been anything like that. I went to the ER with chest pains (turned out to be gas) in January and got a chest x-ray/EKG so I'm fairly confident that my heart is healthy. The only thing I can think of is a sinus/ear thing.

And yeah, every time I go to the doctor I find myself in the waiting room thinking "crap, what am I going to say?" It also doesn't help that for some reason, my doctor visits always fall on the days that I'm feeling the best! I mean, it's good because I don't like to go out when I'm feeling unwell, but it's bad because I seem perfectly fine in their eyes.

Post Edited (lindsay0891) : 7/19/2012 2:47:02 PM (GMT-6)


SmurfyShadow
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   Posted 7/19/2012 7:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Are you active sexually? Did they do a UA before you started the pill to make sure you are not prego? Have you took it upon yourself to do a home pregnancy test? Have you wrote down everything you ate and drank and presented it to the doctors? Have you gone to your gyn for this? How long before you starting the pill did this start? What had changed in that time? Protection can come malfunctioned with small holes like pierced ear rings size for them to be ineffective.

Also, if it is actually after the pill you could be experiencing the side effects or something called a false pregnancy. For example, they put me on the wrong dosage of the pill. I needed Low Estrogen Pills, not the normal ones. I got false pregnancies from it. I did morning sickness, cravings, the entire nine yards except labor and gaining weight. In fact, the bus drivers became sympathetic towards me because they saw me always with a bag of saltine crackers and ginger ale or 7 up. I was the only one allowed to eat or drink on the bus too. Was kind of funny because the driver was a male, but he looked at me and said "lady you can do whatever you want on my bus just please don't get sick like my wife does" I just said "Thanks Sir" and laughed it off. So I picked up two cards for the driver, a congrats and a thank you one. Now I'm friends with his wife too lol.

I have misscarried once too. Please keep pushing the doctor for help hon. You don't know what it is, it can be so many things. Try a gyn too
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lindsay0891
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   Posted 7/19/2012 8:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm definitely not pregnant. Believe me, that's the first thing doctors (and everyone else) asks when you're a young woman who's sick, haha. I've had two tests and I've gotten my periods regularly since getting sick. My symptoms started probably a month and a half or more before I started the pill.

I have thought about gynecological causes such as ovarian cysts, endometriosis, etc. but I don't have any of the pain or other symptoms associated with them. My doctor said it's uncommon for those things to cause nausea, dizziness, etc. I do have painful periods but that's really the only thing that would make me suspect something like that. I plan on making an appointment with a gynecologist soon just for a check-up, though, and I'll mention my symptoms if I'm not better by then.

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   Posted 7/20/2012 2:11 PM (GMT -6)   
see a gyn hon, also have her do blood work checking your hormone levels, cbc chem 20,
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lindsay0891
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   Posted 7/20/2012 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, I will try to get myself to one soon.

Feeling all kinds of pressure in my head today... the sinus/inner ear thing is starting to seem more and more likely. At least I'm not nauseous today!

SmurfyShadow
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   Posted 7/20/2012 3:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Nausea can be a few things; illness, pregnancy, pain, side effect from medication, so much more.

Where is the pressure in your head? You can take 2 benedryl and in an hour see how you feel. You can even add an ibprofen to that too.
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SmurfyShadow
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   Posted 7/20/2012 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Also ask for an A1C test. The dizzyness and lightheadness could be hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia, dehydration, borderline hyperglycemia, borderline hypoglycemia. Also ask for the score.
A1C readings:


Normal range is up to 6.0

Normal high 5.5 to 6.0

If it is above 6.0 you need to ask for a Endo consult to be done within the week.
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lindsay0891
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   Posted 7/20/2012 4:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the tips. I had my blood sugar tested and it was fine so I don't think it's that, and I drink TONS of water so I know I'm not dehydrated.

Might just be a coincidence but I just used some earwax removal drops and took a long, hot shower and the pressure in my head was greatly reduced. Almost feel "normal" right now. :)

lindsay0891
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   Posted 7/20/2012 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   
SmurfyShadow said...
Nausea can be a few things; illness, pregnancy, pain, side effect from medication, so much more.

Where is the pressure in your head? You can take 2 benedryl and in an hour see how you feel. You can even add an ibprofen to that too.


Just saw this post... I have a really hard time describing the feelings in my head, but I guess it just feels like it's right in the middle, like something's being squeezed. I have some Benadryl but I've been avoiding it because of the drowsiness it causes. Might give it a try later though.

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   Posted 7/21/2012 2:58 PM (GMT -6)   
You can drink too much water. It's called water diabeties, I think. I only heard about it once long ago.

Get your kidneys checked.
Joy

lindsay0891
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   Posted 7/21/2012 3:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I drink about 5 or 6 16.9-ounce bottles a day, so I don't think that's too much.

couchtater
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   Posted 7/21/2012 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   
That's 101.4 ounces!
You're not suppose to drink over 64 ounces per day. That includes the moisture you take in by eating wet foods.

Too much water can cause problems.
Joy

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   Posted 7/21/2012 8:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been drinking that much water every day for years, even when I weighed a lot less than I do now. You're supposed to drink at least 64 ounces a day, but drinking more isn't harmful unless you are drinking a ton very, very quickly. Actually, half your weight in ounces is a better guideline than 64 ounces for everybody... I weigh 150 pounds which would be 75 ounces. I don't think 25 extra ounces of water would be hurting me, especially in the summer time. Found this online:

"The kidneys of a healthy adult can process fifteen liters of water a day! You are unlikely to suffer from water intoxication, even if you drink a lot of water, as long as you drink over time as opposed to intaking an enormous volume at one time. As a general guideline, most adults need about three quarts of fluid each day. Much of that water comes from food, so 8-12 eight ounce glasses a day is a common recommended intake. You may need more water if the weather is very warm or very dry, if you are exercising, or if you are taking certain medications. The bottom line is this: it's possible to drink too much water, but unless you are running a marathon or an infant, water intoxication is a very uncommon condition."

lindsay0891
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   Posted 7/22/2012 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the helpful reply. :) Could an ear infection be present without pain? I feel occasional pressure in my ears but never what I would describe as pain... I had an ear infection as a child and I remember it being horribly painful.

lindsay0891
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   Posted 7/25/2012 6:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Little update... I was getting better but I just woke up with a horrible stomach ache and vomited pretty much everything I ate yesterday. I hope it's just food poisoning or something and not part of my illness... but I really don't see anything I could've eaten that would've made me sick, especially after so long. I've had food poisoning before and it usually sets in like 1-2 hours after eating, not 10 hours... I did eat a lot of junk food last night (my stomach has been much better up until now) but I wouldn't think that would cause it because I ate similar things the night before last and was fine. Hmmm.

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   Posted 7/25/2012 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   
ok your headaches are tension headaches. the dye in benedryl is what makes people sleepy, there of you need dye free benedryl. my other half knocks out on benedryl so I totally get what you say.

it wouldn't be food poisoning. i still want your a1c checked, just bloodsugar checking isn't good enough

can you count how man y carbohydrates you consume in one day?
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lindsay0891
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   Posted 7/25/2012 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, the headaches only come every couple weeks so I'm not too worried about those anymore.
I'll ask about an A1C test next time I'm at the doctor, which will be in about a month.
I don't count but yesterday I can tell you that I had a LOT of carbs... had a lot the day before that too but didn't get sick at all. What I don't understand is how I ate pretty much identical things two days in a row and got sick one night but not the other. I haven't been sick anymore today although my stomach does hurt after I eat.

One more thing... I'm sorry if I'm getting too off-topic here but does anyone know if darker/more visible veins in the entire body could be a side effect of birth control pills? I could barely see any of my veins before and now I'm seeing very distinct blue ones in my legs, arms, wrists, and even the palms of my hands. I was taking a garlic supplement and multivitamins but I've stopped those for a few days just to see if that's the cause.

Post Edited (lindsay0891) : 7/25/2012 8:18:20 PM (GMT-6)


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   Posted 7/27/2012 10:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Your veins is a normal thing :) its called spider viens hon. Everyone gets them off and on.
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lindsay0891
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   Posted 7/27/2012 11:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I'm only 21 and I've never had them before until I started having these other issues... but it was also around the time I started birth control.
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