I am going to try and make this short and sweet, but will try to keep in key details so maybe you can help put my mind at ease.
For the last month I have been completely lightheaded, and completely worried about my health.
About 3 weeks ago - Chest pains began to accompany the constant lightheadedness, so I decided to rush myself into the ER. They thought it was vertigo, allthogh my body didnt seem to respond to any of their tests. I felt at ease, and went home to relax.
A few days later, I had what I know know was a "Panic attack". I felt as though I couldnt get enough air, and the lightheadedness was much worse. Again I went to the ER.
( I want to mention I am a 28 year old male, that went to the gym 5 days a week, but am an occasional smoker.)
In the ER they were more concerned about the chest pains, so they did bloodtests, and EKG, chest Xray, and urine tests. All of my tests came back fine, and I was more confused than ever.
I had made an appointment with my family doctor, and that was coming up the following day, but my lightheadedness had been completely constant, and almost crippling. It was affecting my job, and my personal life because I was always scared to go out before I had a diagnosis I felt ok with.
My doctor said the lightheadedness could have been a weird virus, and the chest pains were probably broght on by anxiety, so he prescribed me with a sedative called ATIVAN (lorezapam).
After taking the pill the very first day ( a week and a half ago) the chest pains have completely disappeared, but the lightheadedness WILL NOT GO AWAY.
This is where yor advice may come in handy. My father is a diabetic, and takes insulin and checks his glucose levels all of the time, so he said we shold check my glucose levels..... At this point anything was worth a try.
Upon taking my level last night at around 730pm, we noticed that it was at 4.2 My pops told me that it was pretty low and gave me a couple sugar pills. The lightheadedness didnt really subside, but he seemed worried and wanted me to check it again after I ate.
I ate a sandwich with some coldcuts and cheese, and abot an hour later my level went up to around 7.1 which gave me some emotional relief, allthough I was still dizzy. an hour later it was back to 4.6
I went to bed; completely aware that I should be monitoring this the following day and calling my doctor.
SO TODAY THIS IS HOW IT HAS GONE:
waking up at 7:30
- level at 4.1
-ate 3 sugar pills to see how they affected the level.
-ate a bowl of weetabix cereal
-500 mg vitamin C
-ate a piece of toasted indian bread with a piece of cheese
- 4.7 ( really that low after I ate?)
anyways, its a really weird trend, and im wondering if this is the root of my lightheadedness? I have blood tests specifically for diabetes or hypoglycemia testing tomorrow.....
thanks a million!