Kimberly (kimberly_a) wrote,
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Hyperventilation?

Mild vertigo on and off all day today. Not even just when waking up. After lying on the gynecologist's table for a bit, even after taking some time sitting up to talk to the doctor and then spending some time getting dressed, I found myself staggering down the hall on my way out. Any time I lift my head up quickly or lower my head quickly: vertigo. Sometimes when I'm just sitting still, it feels like the world is spinning.

Since I've been drinking like a fish for the last few days, it seems unlikely to be dehydration, and I don't have any new meds, so it seems unlikely to be a side effect. A recurrence of chronic hyperventilation syndrome seems more and more likely. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised, since it tends to be brought on my stress/anxiety. Shannon wants me to go back to see my GP again about the vertigo, but I'm not sure she'll be any help. In my experience (albeit more than a decade ago), most doctors didn't understand or recognize the disorder. I'd seen several doctors and specialists (over the course of about 7 months) before a neurologist was able to diagnose me last time. And she diagnosed me within a few minutes. That was when I was first referred to a therapist to deal with anxiety.

Some other symptoms of chronic hyperventilation include nausea, tiredness, restless sleep, and insomnia, all of which have been plaguing me. Is it possible that the last couple years of mounting nausea (accompanied by mounting anxiety and tiredness) have actually just been caused by CHVS? Well, I'm seeing a GI specialist next month, so I'm making no assumptions. Also, we'll have some kidney lab results within the next couple days, as well. Information is good. Lack of information is scary.
Tags: anxiety, dehydration, dizziness, hvs, hyperventilation, vertigo
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