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#1 Freya Black

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 03:08 PM

Really feeling dizzy/lightheaded all day.
Have now drunk tons of water but it's not seeming to change things.

Semms to be getting slightly worse so I'm getting worried.

Do I need to be worried, it's slightly frightening.
Any suggestions for things that might make it go away??


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#2 Alessandro Machi

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 03:23 PM

This seems more like a facebook question to me. Are you on facebook? If you are not, then let us know that and someone will probably respond.

You should take your blood pressure to see what it is at. If you are near an urgent care, you should just go. If you are not a member and don't have health insurance, the charge is usually a 100 dollar deposit that then is applied to the actual services that are given out. However, someone should probably drive you since you probably shouldn't be driving a car.

Were you or someone else to guess how to make you feel better, that could still be a bad thing since you never find out what was actually wrong.

There are too many causes of light headedness to be diagnosed by someone who is not a doctor and who doesn't already know something about you. You should probably do something instead of hoping the feeling passes, if you feel too shy to call an ambulance, then you MUST talk to a friend or family member who knows you so you can go over the options that work best for you.
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#3 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 03:36 PM

Assuming you've been eating and drinking normally today, you should get medical advice. There are number of things that could cause this, so you should get checked over. If you're in the UK at least run this https://www.nhsdirec...headedness.aspx

Edited by Brian Drysdale, 25 August 2012 - 03:39 PM.

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#4 Freya Black

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 03:41 PM

This seems more like a facebook question to me. Are you on facebook? If you are not, then let us know that and someone will probably respond.


Heh heh! That's probably exactly one of the reasons I'm not on facebook.

You should take your blood pressure to see what it is at.


Is it possible that could plummet for some reason? I went to my GP last few months, had a clean bill of health, blood pressure fine. I have some health probs but...I dunno. My health seemed like it was getting better, you know as my life gets better...

Just a bit nervous this second.

Mybe being silly.

Thnx 4 the reply. I'm not thinking quite straight and it has given me ideas for what I will do if it becomes a prob.

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#5 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 03:46 PM

Also read BBC Health http://www.bbc.co.uk...izziness1.shtml
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#6 Bill DiPietra

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 03:51 PM

Freya,

I would definitely get checked out if I were you. I've been an Emergency Medical Technician for eight years and, as others have already stated, there is a number of different things that could cause dizziness.

Check your blood pressure and make sure the top number is reading at least 90 (if it's any lower, I would call the ambulance immediately.) Either way, you should get checked by a doctor ASAP. It can't hurt.

Sorry to post this publicly, but when I tried to send it as a PM, I got a message that said you can't receive any new messages.
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#7 Freya Black

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 03:54 PM

Assuming you've been eating and drinking normally today, you should get medical advice. There are number of things that could cause this, so you should get checked over. If you're in the UK at least run this https://www.nhsdirec...headedness.aspx


That's awesome Brian. Thanks sooo much. Really appreciated.
...and yes I know it's a bit facebook and I totally apologise for that, just was frightened and not sure what to do and was about to post something else more fun but...

...and my hearing is going a bit whistley and my sight slightly log-c which I don't like at all.

Starting to feel a little better now tho.

Apologies again.

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#8 Freya Black

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 04:06 PM

Freya,

I would definitely get checked out if I were you. I've been an Emergency Medical Technician for eight years and, as others have already stated, there is a number of different things that could cause dizziness.


Usually it's cause I havn't drunk enouh but I've put litre after litre in and it's not changing things.
Slept a LOT this morning too because I felt really, really tired, despite having had a great nights sleep I thought.

Really appreciate all the helpful stuff.

I know you may not understand because I'm not stupid but my thinking is not as clear as it might be.
So it's really helpful to have these suggestions.

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 04:23 PM

I think seeing a doctor is sound advice. I won't give you medical advise because I am a grip not a doctor. If I had those symptoms and seeing a doctor was not an option I would probably take a close look at my diet. If I was a female I would take note of my menstruation cycle and where my dizziness fits into the cycle. Many women have a hard time keeping adequate levels of iron in their body; resulting in Anemia.

http://www.mayoclini...ECTION=symptoms

Be smart about your health.
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#10 Bill DiPietra

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 04:51 PM

Many women have a hard time keeping adequate levels of iron in their body; resulting in Anemia.

http://www.mayoclini...ECTION=symptoms

Be smart about your health.


Good point. Hadn't thought of that.
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#11 Freya Black

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 05:57 PM

Many women have a hard time keeping adequate levels of iron in their body; resulting in Anemia.

http://www.mayoclini...ECTION=symptoms

Be smart about your health.


That is actually a good call (and probably one my GP would never think of) as I have had a history of being mildly anemic in the past. Will get some iron vitamins ASAP too!

Thankyou.

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 07:25 PM

That is actually a good call (and probably one my GP would never think of) as I have had a history of being mildly anemic in the past. Will get some iron vitamins ASAP too!

Thankyou.

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Freya,

Please be careful taking iron vitamins. Taking too much iron can be deadly. Do not try and over compensate by taking more than the recommended dosage. A simple phone call to your GP may be in your best interest. Again, be smart with your health.
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#13 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 09:25 PM

There are drop in centres all over the place in the UK where you can get seen at a few minutes' notice. I probably use those more than I see my actual doctor, inasmuch as I see doctors that much at all. Maybe that's a low-stress option.

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#14 Keith Walters

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 04:29 AM

Really feeling dizzy/lightheaded all day.
Have now drunk tons of water but it's not seeming to change things.

Semms to be getting slightly worse so I'm getting worried.

Do I need to be worried, it's slightly frightening.
Any suggestions for things that might make it go away??


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It could just be a virus. There are flu-type viruses that don't actually produce flu-type symptoms, but produce dizziness and sometimes blurred vision. I had one myself earlier this year.
Definitely see a doctor though. However if it's nothing obvious (blood pressure etc), while you can have tests done, the doc will probably tell you that 9 times out of 10, the symptoms will disappear long before the test results come in. Which is why it is so hard to diagnose.
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#15 Freya Black

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 06:45 AM

There are drop in centres all over the place in the UK where you can get seen at a few minutes' notice. I probably use those more than I see my actual doctor, inasmuch as I see doctors that much at all. Maybe that's a low-stress option.

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Phil, this seems like another fantastic suggestion!
I'm feeling a lot better today so far but I'm intending to be doing a lot more work here in London which is miles away from my GP. The drop in centres could be a good way of keeping that part of my life covered. You wouldn't know if there is a list of those somewhere would you?

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#16 Freya Black

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 07:08 AM

It could just be a virus. There are flu-type viruses that don't actually produce flu-type symptoms, but produce dizziness and sometimes blurred vision. I had one myself earlier this year.


I think you might be spot on as I'm getting lots better.
The NHS thing suggested it might also be a virus.
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Posted 26 August 2012 - 11:15 PM

have you tried restarting the computer?
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#18 Alessandro Machi

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 01:07 AM

There are drop in centres all over the place in the UK where you can get seen at a few minutes' notice. I probably use those more than I see my actual doctor, inasmuch as I see doctors that much at all. Maybe that's a low-stress option.

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We call then Urgent Care in the U.S.

I'm a bit nervous that Freya quoted the most bland part of my original message.

Freya, I have care taken for both of my parents and I have been in and out of Urgent Care's. emergency rooms, and stayed overnight on a cot when either was admitted to the hospital. Finding the Baseline condition is always the first thing that is done, finding what you might be deficient in helps move the process along correctly.

Finding a way to make the symptom disappear without consulting a doctor could mask the actual issue that needs assessing and addressing.
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#19 Freya Black

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 10:11 AM

We call then Urgent Care in the U.S.


I think you might be thinking of what we call A&E (accident and emergency) which is a very grim place with long queues but might have been where I ended up, but I was alone and not in good enough condition for that to be honest.

Freya, I have care taken for both of my parents and I have been in and out of Urgent Care's. emergency rooms, and stayed overnight on a cot when either was admitted to the hospital. Finding the Baseline condition is always the first thing that is done, finding what you might be deficient in helps move the process along correctly.

Finding a way to make the symptom disappear without consulting a doctor could mask the actual issue that needs assessing and addressing.


Sadly I have very poor access to medical care presently.
Despite the scare on Saturday tho, I generally feel my health is getting a lot better as my life improves.
I do agree with what you say and my health has partly deteriorated because of not addressing problems in the past but there you go. I don't want to dwell on stuff like that.

Phil's posting is actually a very good lead as these are medical drop in centres where you can get seen by a nurse in a fairly straightforward way. I've found one a bit of a trek from here so it's useful, although I'm feeling loads better now.

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#20 Alessandro Machi

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 01:24 AM

Urgent Care is not as grim as going to the emergency room. The cool thing about urgent care in the U.S. is that if the doctors on duty find you have something that they think qualifies as an emergency, their pre-screening usually means one gets seen faster in the E.R.

So as long as the Urgent Care does not have mega long lines, it tends to be a safe way to get seen and then escalated if necessary. So you did, or did not go?
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