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Title: Feeling faint, giddy and shaking in the middle of the day - suggestions please.
Post by: Sunshine Meadows on 13 Dec 2018 08:41AM
I am just wondering if anyone else's has an idea what this might be. I usually get up at about 8:30am, watch some tv and potter about, then go on my computer upstairs. For as long as I can remember I get shakey and more spazzy when I am tired and from time to time it would happened in the earlier part of the day. Lately at about 11:30am I have been having something that is a bit like a Menieres Disease attack as in I get giddy and feel like I am falling backwards. However I also shake a lot and feel very weird. I don't ever pass out but it feels like I am going to. I deal with it by asking Mr Sunshine to make me toast and a a drink, after which I slowly feel better.

I asked my counsellor (who I am still seeing) is it is psychological like a panic attack and she suggested it being low blood sugar. If it is low blood sugar will eating even more than I already do in the morning help. One weird thing is my pulse rate only goes up a bit and nothing like when I take Bran out with the powertrike.

Does anyone here have something similar happen to them?

edit to fix text size - Sunshine
Title: Re: Feeling faint, giddy and shaking in the middle of the day - suggestions please.
Post by: lankou on 13 Dec 2018 09:13AM
Get to a doctor.
Title: Re: Feeling faint, giddy and shaking in the middle of the day - suggestions please.
Post by: Richard_D on 13 Dec 2018 02:32PM
How long on you staring at the computer screen for?

Are you experiencing any twitching/ jerks or involuntary movements?
Title: Re: Feeling faint, giddy and shaking in the middle of the day - suggestions please.
Post by: Sunshine Meadows on 13 Dec 2018 02:50PM
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How long on you staring at the computer screen for?
Maybe an hour and a half  sometimes shorter some longer.



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Are you experiencing any twitching/ jerks or involuntary movements?
Apart from shaking and 'ordinary' cp symptoms no.


thank you for asking.
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Post by: ally on 14 Dec 2018 02:06PM
Either low blood sugar, or could be anaemia.  Have a blood test that'll tell you it its either of the above.  I felt incredibly tired.  Fell asleep sitting up.  Then, experienced feeling faint and dizzy, with palpitations.  On visiting the GP, I explained the above.  She ordered blood tests, and, I was diagnosed with low ferritin. I'm now on ferrous fumerate iron meds.  The ferritin is slowly rising, and, I'm no longer feeling as tired.  So, go and see a GP.
Title: Re: Feeling faint, giddy and shaking in the middle of the day - suggestions please.
Post by: Sunshine Meadows on 14 Dec 2018 02:35PM
Lankou  >hugs< sorry I missed you earlier post.

Ally and Lankou,

I had a blood test about a month ago and everything was withing the parameters it should be. What you said about being so tired you fell asleep sitting up and low blood sugar ties in with the fact I had another spell while unpacking the super market shopping. I wonder is it just I have rubbish core muscles and so when I tax my system by sitting upright it makes me dizzy etc.

Thank you everyone.
Title: Re: Feeling faint, giddy and shaking in the middle of the day - suggestions please.
Post by: lankou on 14 Dec 2018 05:21PM
Lankou  >hugs< sorry I missed you earlier post.

Ally and Lankou,

I had a blood test about a month ago and everything was withing the parameters it should be. What you said about being so tired you fell asleep sitting up and low blood sugar ties in with the fact I had another spell while unpacking the super market shopping. I wonder is it just I have rubbish core muscles and so when I tax my system by sitting upright it makes me dizzy etc.

Thank you everyone.

Just because your sugar level was OK a month ago does not mean it is OK now.
Also those symptoms could be caused by low blood pressure.
Title: Re: Feeling faint, giddy and shaking in the middle of the day - suggestions please.
Post by: Sunshine Meadows on 14 Dec 2018 06:35PM
I did not know that Lankou. I have had periods of spells like these for a number of years. I might have already mentioned it was thought to be too low blood pressure and an essential tremor but low blood pressure is associated with standing up and I am sitting down. I wonder if it is a CP thing?

The blood test I had was the yearly MOT one for iron,cholesterol and vitamin D etc. I have a 0.6 risk of cardio vascular disease in part I think because my blood pressure is on the lower side. It is so frustrating being in less pain now I am taking Pregablin but more wobbly so I cant do the things I want and need to do.

Maybe it is just that I tend not to think about a particular state of my health once it improves and so I sort of forget about it until BLAM it comes back :-(
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Post by: SteveX on 14 Dec 2018 06:55PM
That's not good Sunshine, I hope you're feeling better soon!
 >hugs<
Title: Re: Feeling faint, giddy and shaking in the middle of the day - suggestions please.
Post by: Sunshine Meadows on 15 Dec 2018 09:34AM
Thank you  >hugs<
Title: Re: Feeling faint, giddy and shaking in the middle of the day - suggestions please.
Post by: KizzyKazaer on 15 Dec 2018 04:42PM
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It is so frustrating being in less pain now I am taking Pregablin but more wobbly so I cant do the things I want and need to do.

That just sucks  >thumbsdown<  But I do agree with Ally and Lankou that you should take this giddy-shaky feeling to your GP..
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Post by: lankou on 15 Dec 2018 04:48PM
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It is so frustrating being in less pain now I am taking Pregablin but more wobbly so I cant do the things I want and need to do.

That just sucks  >thumbsdown<  But I do agree with Ally and Lankou that you should take this giddy-shaky feeling to your GP..

Having just read this about Pregablin, please go to a doctor.

More at link:-

https://www.drugs.com/sfx/pregabalin-side-effects.html

In Summary
Commonly reported side effects of pregabalin include: infection, ataxia, blurred vision, constipation, diplopia, dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue, headache, peripheral edema, tremor, weight gain, visual field loss, accidental injury, and xerostomia. Other side effects include: abnormal gait, abnormality in thinking, amnesia, arthralgia, asthenia, cognitive dysfunction, confusion, edema, neuropathy, sinusitis, speech disturbance, vertigo, visual disturbance, myasthenia, amblyopia, increased appetite, and twitching. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.
Title: Re: Feeling faint, giddy and shaking in the middle of the day - suggestions please.
Post by: Sunshine Meadows on 15 Dec 2018 05:52PM
Thank you and it is good to have a list of Pregablin side effects. It is difficult though because I really need a holiday from how much pain I was in and I have done this before. I think the longest I have taken Pregablin for is about four months because the weight gain gets too much and also a sense of otherworldlyness kicks in and I see people who are not there. Oh my that is too dramatic it is just like when you see the coat on the of a settee and think it is a person only more so.
 I will think about going to GP after all it is impossible to get as appointment right now unless it is urgent.

On the upside it did not happen today. I have just been feeling tired and wintery.
Title: Re: Feeling faint, giddy and shaking in the middle of the day - suggestions please.
Post by: Richard_D on 15 Dec 2018 07:47PM
Doesn't your surgery have an online appointment bookings and prescription requesting system?
Title: Re: Feeling faint, giddy and shaking in the middle of the day - suggestions please.
Post by: Sunshine Meadows on 16 Dec 2018 10:01AM
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Doesn't your surgery have an online appointment bookings and prescription requesting system?
Yes it does, and when it gets loaded with new appointments tomorrow which is Monday. I should have said it is next to impossible to get an appointment with one of the GPs I usually see. Also having recently seen them I really dont want to go again so soon to talk about something I have mentioned a few times before. Last time I pushed I was sent for an MRI and saw the Neurologist who i had never seen before and he was the one talking about low blood pressure upon standing :-( > I got all hopeful that they would find something that could be fixed and then that.


If I was not already ill and the spell happened I would have gone straight to see a GP or ringing NHS 111 but as things stand I have a smart watch so I can check my heart rate, a blood pressure monitor if I want to check it and also the big thing is I dont have to go to work. I did do some research on none hypoglycemic low blood sugar and it could be the increase in sugar in the cereal bars I eat in the morning is causing my pancreas to make a bit too much insulin.

One other think Mr Sunshine is here all the time as in he is either off sick himself or is working from home, so if I did proper konk out he would get help. I dont think I am going to get any worse thought. I will let you know how things go.


>bighugs<
Title: Re: Feeling faint, giddy and shaking in the middle of the day - suggestions please.
Post by: lankou on 16 Dec 2018 11:11AM
I did do some research on none hypoglycemic low blood sugar and it could be the increase in sugar in the cereal bars I eat in the morning is causing my pancreas to make a bit too much insulin.




>bighugs<

May I ask what cereal bars please?
Title: Re: Feeling faint, giddy and shaking in the middle of the day - suggestions please.
Post by: Sunshine Meadows on 17 Dec 2018 09:03AM
Frusli and Go Ahead Bake bars. Its just because they are easy to grab and carry.
Title: Re: Feeling faint, giddy and shaking in the middle of the day - suggestions please.
Post by: lankou on 17 Dec 2018 10:09AM
Frusli and Go Ahead Bake bars. Its just because they are easy to grab and carry.

Neither are the one I personally think should carry a warning because of the anti-social side effects.
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Post by: Sunshine Meadows on 18 Dec 2018 09:37AM
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Neither are the one I personally think should carry a warning because of the anti-social side effects.
Are you referring to some sort of protein bar cereal bar hybrid?
Title: Re: Feeling faint, giddy and shaking in the middle of the day - suggestions please.
Post by: lankou on 18 Dec 2018 09:48AM
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Neither are the one I personally think should carry a warning because of the anti-social side effects.
Are you referring to some sort of protein bar cereal bar hybrid?

Without naming it, it is an American import with a reputation of having very antisocial properties.
Title: Re: Feeling faint, giddy and shaking in the middle of the day - suggestions please.
Post by: Fiz on 21 Dec 2018 04:16PM
Which means nothing to me. No rules against naming it!

Sunshine on the face of your symptoms and how you feel slowly better after eating my first hunch would be low blood sugar. Key to maintaining blood sugar is switch from 3 medium sized meals to 5 small ones. Cut out complex carbs such as potato, pasta and bread and stick to oats, dried fruits etc. And see if that helps. Berries are good to eat when feeling woozy, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, cranberries and best of all strawberries.

But definitely chat with the doctor
Title: Re: Feeling faint, giddy and shaking in the middle of the day - suggestions please.
Post by: Sunshine Meadows on 23 Dec 2018 01:22PM
Thank you for the food advice, I am going to try to have porridge mid morning, it is just I need Mr Sunshine to make it for me.

After thinking about it more I realised that the fact I spend much of my life having shakey lightheadedness and feeling knackered most of my adult life was causing me to think of the worsening symptoms as manageable. A able bodied person having spells like I had over the last few weeks would be taking time off work and going to bed.

I have loved being in less pain from TN and migraines and have to accept it can't go on long term so I am cutting back to one Pregablin a day and will probably have to further reduce to none at all. 

I have been worried about putting on more and more weight and at almost 14 stone sitting around pain free but unable to move about much would wreck any possibility of living the life I need to live. 

Thank you again to the people who replied to this thread  >bighugs<
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Post by: Sunshine Meadows on 09 Jan 2019 10:45AM
Cutting back on Pregablin seemed to be working, I was in more pain but also less tired, and so I stopped taking it all together. The next sunny day we had after that I got a intense piercing headache, migraine. TN attack and lost most of the rest of the day. I am back taking Pregablin and the sun is coming through the kitchen and wet rooms windows so I guess I am testing to see what happens.

Now we know for sure that winter sunshine can be a triggering so will be getting blinds for the kitchen and wet room. It so sad though because this type of weather is lovely to go out in with the dog and my camera  :-(
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Post by: KizzyKazaer on 09 Jan 2019 09:30PM
I'm not surprised the sun is giving you trouble - it's so low in the sky at the moment.  Perhaps wearing a peaked cap when you're out might help to keep the brightest rays off your head and eyes (if you've not already tried this)?
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Post by: Fiz on 10 Jan 2019 10:46AM
Some symptoms may be withdrawal symptoms that would go away. Might be worth a check?

The lady at the pharmacy told me I'm the customer in their chemist who has the highest amount of different prescriptions for things. I was a bit shocked by the news. Rattle rattle 
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Post by: lankou on 10 Jan 2019 12:00PM
Some symptoms may be withdrawal symptoms that would go away. Might be worth a check?

The lady at the pharmacy told me I'm the customer in their chemist who has the highest amount of different prescriptions for things. I was a bit shocked by the news. Rattle rattle

Some years ago in the real ale bar at a motorcycle rally, in the real ale bar a dozen or so of "Waiting for God," "last of the summer wine," types were sitting at a table doing the usual putting the world to rights.
One man stated I bet I am on more medicines a day than you lot.

He lost, the winner was on 36 pills a day had his own oxygen enhancer, and also a "helper" who looked like the female version of Odd Job.
Title: Re: Feeling faint, giddy and shaking in the middle of the day - suggestions please.
Post by: Sunshine Meadows on 12 Jan 2019 12:17PM
Kizzy,

I used to wear a bucket hat when I took the dogs out and that helped with the glare maybe I could try it indoors thank you for the suggestion.

Fiz,

Good point but the the pain that returned was a symptom from my malfunctioning body that was being reduced by Pregablin and painkillers. I have a bunch of different options additional like betablockers and antihistamines so it is a matter of finding the right combination of extras. I hope the two GPs I prefer to see dont retire for a very very long time otherwise it could take years for a new GP to get to know my symptoms and what the heck is going on season to season year in year out.

Lankou,

LOL yes you have reminded me of my dad's medicine box and him showing me how an asthma puffer works. He was a Yorkshire man.
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Post by: huhn on 12 Jan 2019 06:28PM
yesterday I had a terrible spell of dizziness, I  was in bed and had to hold the bed while I was feeling that my bed is turning around  and was not able to move. I was getting scared. have no idea what was going on.
Title: Re: Feeling faint, giddy and shaking in the middle of the day - suggestions please.
Post by: Sunshine Meadows on 12 Jan 2019 06:45PM
That sounds like an inner ear balance organs issue and I know how scarey they can be  >bighugs<

How are you feeling now?
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Post by: huhn on 14 Jan 2019 12:44PM
still not better, but it is my blood pressure, it is  for me far to high, must be the stress
Title: Re: Feeling faint, giddy and shaking in the middle of the day - suggestions please.
Post by: Sunshine Meadows on 21 Jan 2019 09:52AM
Huhn,

Are you able to get and use high blood pressure medication? I hope the stress you are under reduces soon  >bighugs<