I’ve been having these dizzy spells lately and I don’t know why. I am sure if “dizzy spells” is even the right way to describe it. Sometimes the room spins, sometimes it doesn’t. Most of the time I get a head rush and feel like I’m going to pass out. I wouldn’t even care so much about being dizzy or practically wanting to faint, except now it happens when I drive. I’ve had 3 separate lightheaded/on the verge of fainting spells while driving. Two at night and one during the day.
I’ve had several episodes of vasovagal syncope throughout my life and I know what the signs are. Lightheadedness, feeling warm, feeling disconnected from surroundings, etc. This is what it feel like. Like I’m going to die. In most of the episodes I have experienced with fainting in the past, it usually happens due to getting blood drawn or my body overheating. I am not doing any of those things when these symptoms come over me. I’m doing normal things, like driving, standing up and walking and then sitting back down again.
I’ve been to the doctor three times since this has started. I have a Geisinger doctor who really seems to be a sadist. The first time I went with the complaint of dizzyness he told me to wait a month and if it was still happening, come back and maybe he’ll do something. A month? Are you kidding me? After having another dizzy spell last Saturday morning combined with the two spells when I was driving in the last week, I called the telenurse who told me not to go to the ER (I was seriously considering going there) and to call my doctor and try to make a Saturday appointment. I did, and got an appointment for 11:15. In the event that I needed blood work, I stopped for Breakfast at McD’s. I’m not a breakfast person, but I do love the breakfast burritos. I also got a large orange juice. In my past experiences, If I drink a large sugary drink such as OJ or Gatorade, I do better with blood work.
I ended up getting an order for blood work, but not for that day. I had to make an appointment the following week. I did get an EKG from the doctor on duty. It came back abnormal and was sent to a cardiologist for review. Props to the weekend doctor on duty for actually giving a damn about my condition.
I called and made an appointment for Monday morning for the blood work and to follow up with my normal doctor. The blood work (4 different tests) all came back with normal results. I repeated the EKG, again, the results came back abnormal again. I also had very low blood pressure – 94 over whatever. The doctor then requested I go for a bunch of follow up tests including a tilt table test and getting fitted with a holter heart monitor. However, the doctor told me “do not drive until this gets resolved”. I’m not really sure what that means. 2 weeks ago, he told me to wait and see for a month. Now he doesn’t want me driving for another month until the tests are performed which is October 3rd, btw. This is not possible. I have school, events to plan, kids to get on the bus, work to commute to and I live in the sticks. It’s not like I can just hitch a bus or a cab to where I need to go.
I don’t know what is wrong with me, but something isn’t quite right. I think my body is broken.
Anyway, I’d appreciate some good karma thrown my way if you have any you can share.