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Dizziness

post #1 of 12
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Oh boy. Today around 3pm I started feeling dizzy, only when I looked up or down. It worsened to the point where it was constant, and it didn't let up until late in the evening. I took a nap, to no avail. Even tried drinking a cup of coffee. Anyone else having episodes like this?
post #2 of 12

that sounds unpleasant! are you well-hydrated? how's your blood pressure? my BP is low and i have dizzy spells regularly. it's so annoying, but i haven't gotten a concussion (yet). i hope you're feeling better soon. keep us posted. 

post #3 of 12
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Edited by thefreckledmama - 6/8/13 at 8:02pm
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Just wanted to pop in and let everyone know, my daughters pulmonologist just called, she does NOT have cystic fibrosis!!!

Thank you for all the prayers and good thoughts...now it's time for a happy dance!!!

 

That is awesome news!!!! Yay for you and your family!!!!

post #5 of 12

As for the topic of dizziness... ugh. Over the past few weeks, I've been having whole days of wooziness, fatigue, tingling in my limbs with simple physical tasks (like walking up a flight of stairs) and faintess. I seem to have at leaat two a week, and then regular periods like this every day in between. I've talked to the midiwives about it, and they took some blood to test my iron levels as well as my B12 (I'm a vegetarian, so it was a possibility). Turns out my blood is fine. My blood pressure is also fine; a little on the low side, as always, but not to the point of concern at all. It doesn't seem to be a blood sugar problem, since eating doesn't make a difference. I'm eating enough and well, and I think I'm getting enough fluids...

They're at a loss and so am I. The only thing they can recommend at this point is to see my family doctor about it, which is difficult as our family doctor is two hours away and I don't drive, so my husband would have to take a vacation day to take me, and he simply doesn't have enough left as he needs to take two weeks when the baby is born and we are taking a very minimal vacation home this summer. (Long story summed up: we're military, got posted here last year, loved our doctor in our old city and know we'll be back there probably next posting in two years, so decided to keep her since -- before all this and some issues my son has been having lately -- we rarely need to see doctors and it's very hard to find new ones.) Anyway, because that's so difficult, they suggested going to a drop-in clinic, but think that it's still best if I went to my family doctor for the continuity of care and all that. And what can they do at a walk-in? Take all my vitals and give me papers to go to a blood clinic, likely.

 

I just don't know what to do... :( I feel like my hands are tied. On the one hand, I could just forget about and chalk it up to a stupid pregnancy thing I need to put up with. On the other hand, I'm a bit worried about what the cause could be, and it's really having a negative impact on my life. I'm not getting any hosuework done. I find it very hard to even get my older son to and from shcool. Even folding a load of laundry makes my arms feel worn out, and going up a flight of stairs makes my legs tingly. I kinda feel like I have the flu or something, but just in the fatigue and sometime dizziness I'm experiencing.

 

Bah! Glad this is my last pregnancy. :P

post #6 of 12
I get similar issues, Bromache. It's started again the last week or two, and it will last til I have the baby. I get lightheaded when I stand or walk for more than a minute or two-some days more than others. It's happened every single pregnancy. Ugh.

My hydration level helps a tiny bit, but not to the point of stopping it.
post #7 of 12

I have low blood pressure (100 over 70) which is absolutely why I get dizzy sometimes. Iron deficiency can also be a problematic and causing your issues, Jennyanydots. I would speak with your medical practitioner and seek their help in finding out what the problem is.

post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the responses!
It hasn't happened again, thank goodness.
I could probably do a better job staying hydrated. My problem is I tend to think about drinking more in the evenings, tea, water, whatever, and I just don't think about it much throughout the day. I do fill up one big water bottle every morning, and I always drink it all, and usually at least one more refill, but that's not enough in sure. I have lately started trying to limit nighttime liquids because all the trips to the bathroom are driving me crazy. So yeah, I will try to be more conscious of my fluid intake and maybe that's what was causing the weird spell.

As for iron, I've had my blood tested recently and it was great. Even quit the prenatals with iron because my levels were high enough that they were causing headaches. So I doubt I'm anemic- though I guess I'd have to retest to be sure.

Bromache, I'm sorry you're having so much trouble with this! Sounds awful. I hope it is just a passing thing for you.
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by thefreckledmama View Post

I get similar issues, Bromache. It's started again the last week or two, and it will last til I have the baby. I get lightheaded when I stand or walk for more than a minute or two-some days more than others. It's happened every single pregnancy. Ugh.

My hydration level helps a tiny bit, but not to the point of stopping it.

 

Well, I'm sorry you're suffering too. But it IS nice that I'm not alone! It really seems to me that it's something to do with the baby, or maybe placenta, sitting in a weird spot in my body. I think I'm going to have to just live with it. But it sucks. I feel so weak and tired.

 

Thanks for the sympathy Jennyanydots!

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Just wanted to update that apparently I'm anemic! huh.gif

 

I ended up calling my doctor's office to see if she was working on a day we are going to be in the area already, and she happened to be available at the right time, so I made an appointment for the 25th. As part of that process, the receptionist had asked what it was for (a question that usually drives me nuts, but turned out well this time). I briefly explained what was going on. Well, she called me back the next day because the doctor had looked over the bloodwork results and found that my hemoglobin and iron were both low! But my midwife and her student had specifically called me as soon as they got the same results and told me everyting was fine... I was like "Huh. That's funny. The midwives said everything was fine with my blood..." She agreed that was strange. All I could figure is that they must have different standards for adequate levels? headscratch.gif Anyway, I immediately called the midwifery clinic and left a message for the in-clinic midwife (they trade off week to week who is on call for births and who is in the office) to please call me about these results.

I had to wait two days, but the call came today. Naturally, I was not available at the time, but she thankfully left a detailed message. Apparently, my hemoglobin levels are a bit low for a non-pregnant person, but considered fine for a pregnant woman. However, my iron was something like a 5 when it's supposed to be at least 10 (I might have those numbers totally off, but you get the idea), so yes, that's too low and will continue to make my hemoglobin levels drop if we don't get my iron stores up. So, she suggested I take an iron supplement, then went on to make some suggestions on what to take, etc., before the machine cut her off. Unfortunately I'm not sure where to get the recommended brand quickly (Spatone liquid iron supplement), as the local health food store does not carry it, but I was able to find another liquid otpion at the pharmacy to try, and if that doesn't work well, the natural health store has Floradix, which I'vee read good things about on here, or I can get the Spatone online.

ANYWAY... long story short: I'm kinda pissed off at the one midwife and student midwife right now. They knew my symptoms, and they saw those same results the other midwife and doctor did, and yet told me the numbers were fine and that wasn't the cause of my fatigue and dizziness and shortness of breath and so on?!? As soon as I googled "low hemoglobin and iron" and saw the symptoms for anemia, it was very obvious that was my problem. I just don't get it.

 

And, of course, when I told my mother all of this, she is now concerned about my care and disappointed in the midwives in general. *sigh* I'm avoiding telling anyone else the whole story for the same reason. I don't want midwives looked down on, and I know it's not as if doctors never make mistakes. My husband was quick to point out this is the first negative issue we've had in three pregnanacies with midwifery care. But I'm still really annoyed. And very thankful that the receptionist asked the "nosy" questions, and that my doctor cares enough to have me called back right away. Otherwise, I would not have known about this for another two weeks. As it is, I lost a week and a half when I could have been getting better. Ugh.

 

The light at the end of the tunnel is that I now have what I hope will be the solution to this problem. I can't wait to start feeling better!

 

(Sorry for the long book, and thanks for reading if you did.)

post #11 of 12
Bromache- I wanted to let you know, I got some Floradix with herbs last week, and I've been taking it for 6 days now, and the difference is amazing! I read that the dizziness and weak feeling can also be a B vitamin deficiency, and the Floradix with Herbs has b6 and b12, so idk if its the combo of everything or simply the iron, but WOW, what a difference!

Just wanted to let you know. smile.gif
post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by thefreckledmama View Post

Bromache- I wanted to let you know, I got some Floradix with herbs last week, and I've been taking it for 6 days now, and the difference is amazing! I read that the dizziness and weak feeling can also be a B vitamin deficiency, and the Floradix with Herbs has b6 and b12, so idk if its the combo of everything or simply the iron, but WOW, what a difference!

Just wanted to let you know. smile.gif

 

Thank you, Freckled Mama! I decided to try the Spatone, since that was recommended by the midwife, and after reading about both online, I liked the fact that this one is supposed to be unnoticeable in juice. It came in the mail last week and I've been taking it since Thursday night. I'm starting to notice an improvement! I still have weak spells, but not all day like it was before. (My B12 leveels were tested and are apparently fine, but I already take a B Complex supplement since I'm a vegetarian. I think I have that one covered.)

 

I'm glad you've noticed a big difference and are feeling better! I hope by the end of this week, I'll be back to almost normal. I'm going on vacation, and would like to have some strength and not be tired all the time. Fingers crossed!

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