Posted 3/4/2014 4:04 PM (GMT -6)
Hi, I was here last year but had to re-register because I have a new email.
I've had episodes of extreme dizziness/feeling like I will pass out/shakiness for over 2 years now. first happened on my drive to work (i had an hour commute). pulled over at a gas station and put my head between my knees, eventually was able to get out of the car and buy an orange juice. i first attributed these episodes to low blood sugar, because i was never a breakfast eater. now i work from home. thank goodness. and I eat every 2-3 hours.
I've had a brain mri, extensive blood work, hormone testing, had my inner ear checked, holter monitor. everything was normal except i did pass out during a tilt table test. was told to increase my water and salt intake, and not let myself get too warm. sometimes my blood pressure does go kind of low (90/60, 85/55 at its lowest) but many times when i feel dizzy and like i might pass out my blood pressure is fine (110/75). can you tell i own a bp monitor and check often? :)
i have been working with a therapist for about 8 months now to help me through this and help with anxiety. I have had fewer episodes than last year, but I still pretty much do not drive or go anywhere by myself.
today I had a major episode while getting a massage (!) how can anything be less anxiety provoking than that? I've been getting regular massage for years and it's helped me both mentally and physically (back broken in car accident years ago). laying on the table, sudden severe dizziness, felt like I would pass out, had to ask my husband to come take me home.
I also just started taking progesterone, because these episodes get much worse around the time of my period, and i've looked into the connection between low progesterone and panic attacks , possibly perimenopause.
I'm 37 and there is a lot online about dizziness and panic as perimenopause symptoms (something dr.'s dont usually tell you about). the progesterone had made me feel more calm, but i still had this horrible episode.
I am a little nervous because my husband will be away for a business trip tomorrow thru sunday. i used to be so independent, a do-it-all-on-my-own, travel across country by myself kind of person. now i feel like such a mess. and feeling so discouraged. this is 2 going on 3 years living like this. not always this down but this episode at the massage therapist really got to me. feel like i will never be normal again.
right now my theory is that I have a combination of some kind of medical issue (vaso vagal, maybe perimenopause?) combined with anxiety.
thanks for listening. just wanted to re-introduce myself, and be able to share with other people who might be able to relate. my husband is sometimes supportive, sometimes impatient with this, but just doesn't understand. and i dont blame him really, if you haven't lived through it , it would be hard to .
i'm glad this forum is here and that people share their experiences because even when i'm not posting, it helps to read what people write and know you're not alone in this.