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This used to be the euphemism my friends and I would use for doing drugs or drinking a lot, but now it's just what is happening to me randomly. WHAT??

What is confusing is it happens mostly when I'm sitting still. At the computer, watching TV, in class. I just get this feeling of my head wanting to fall off. Seriously, that's what it feels like. Then, for like a minute or two, I feel a little giddy, and then it's back to normal.

What the devil is wrong with me??? I think it might be related to my workout migraines, but it's too early to detect a pattern...
 

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It could also be low blood sugar. That's what happens to my husband all the time when he's low, plus he gets a headache. He's a diabetic, though.

Something similar happens to my sister and it's seizures. She gets simple partial seizures and absense seizures (petit mal).

If it keeps happening, go see a doctor. They can run some tests to see what's really going on.
 

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Do you lose your sense of balance and get light-headed? I have spent too much time at mixing consoles, so I have some hearing damage that sometimes presents with symptoms I just described. Bad attacks cause me to lose my balance. If I'm not sitting down or leaning on something, I'll fall over.
 

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max, recently you have posted a few things that sounds like you could use a really good physical.. i really wish you would make an appointment and go soon. we would be very sad if something was to happen to you. call the doctor!
 

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I would certainly tend to agree, but I'm the kind of person who sees a doctor if anything out of the ordinary ever happens. It's a good policy, though. When I broke my collarbone recently, I figured it was really only a strained shoulder or something like that. I'm glad I went to the doctor, though, because a simple x-ray revealed the truth. I got myself some good information, a brace, some Vicodin, and some sympathy, so it was worth the visit.
 

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Sounds like what I used to have in high school years. The x-ray check revealed that one of the discs between two cervical joints was a little bit out of place. The nerves were pressed and lead to my dizziness. Physical therapy cured that pretty easily.
 

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I stuggled (and at times still do) with dizziness for years. I went to about 6 doctors, including some specialists. There are so many things it could be-- from the more manageable things krista mentioned, to some serious stuff like nerve damage or inner ear problems. I even got tested for syphilis and had an MRI to check for brain tumors!

I agree with everyone that you should see your doctor asap. If lab work doesn't reveal anything, they will probably send you to an ear/nose/throat doc or a neurologist. In the end, the best theory they could come up with for me was that my dizziness was related to migraines. I tried some meds that I didn't like, and the past year or so (without meds) the situation has really improved.

Here's an article geared toward women, but it talks a lot about different reasons for dizziness.

http://magazines.ivillage.com/goodho...0500-1,00.html
 

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Get your head examined Max...
If I had a nickel for every time I have heard that, I could afford to, well, I could afford to get my head examined!

I will see what the campus doc can do for me, but other than that, I'm unemployed and sans health insurance, so we'll see...
 

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I've also heard of things happening like that with vertigo. Its the fluid in your ears becoming unbalanced which causes the dizziness/lightheadedness. *shrug*
 

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I (almost) faint sometimes, because I have low blood pressure and when I "forget" to eat (low blood sugar) I get dizzy easily. It happens usually when I stand up quickly in those situations. But sometimes (although rarely) it happens even when I sit still.

If it's low blood pressure (it you're long and thin like me it could be it) + low blood sugar, then sit back down, or lay down so that your head fills with blood again. Then go eat something.

Also, when getting dizzy you can try to flex your lower body muscles (leg muscles, abs) to pump some of the blood back into your brain.

I used to be scared when it happened, then did a lot of research and came to the conclusion that I have low BP and it is harmless. The only "danger" is to really faint and fall (I once bruised my head on the wall). And I always see it that my blood sugar is high enough (= I have something in my stomach).

But your mileage may vary!
 

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i'd have to guess low blood sugar as well. what do you take while working out besides water?

have gatorade instead, or failing that some high-sugar flavoured drinks (Koolaid or a cheap knock off) and add a pinch of salt to replace some of the sodium lost in sweat.

i saw something at the health food store today that is a powder you add to water/juice and it raises your blood sugar but also helps your body transport creatine (the natural creatine made by your body, the powder doesn't have creatine in it). it also has other things you need while working out, like potassium.

seriously this big huge container was only about 15 bucks canadian, but this particular store overcharges so i bet it's cheaper elsewhere. i'd look into it if i were you. it was called insu- something. i can check the name of it again tomorrow and post it if you want.

in the meantime eat fruit or supplement bars while working out

as for sitting still, before i got on my thyroid medication i was getting dizzy spells a lot, most of them were while i was sitting still and focusing on something. like in class, reading the blackboard suddenly i'd feel like the room was spinning and i'd almost fall out of my seat. for no apparant reason. having low thyroxin means low everything else as well, so i'm sure it was a side effect and was likely low blood sugar and blood pressure.

if it keeps happening get tested though, you could be hypoglycemic or something. (which is what i thought i was before i knew it was my thyroid)
 

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Is it vertigo?

This can be caused by an inner ear problem (infection or some other problem). One of my profs just had occasional vertigo.

btw, I'm not referring to hitchcock. The few times I had it do to inner rear, the room seems to literally go flying around (things can feel upside down).

Don't know if it's this, jsut thought I'd offer it.

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I agreewith bethanie and Rayne that it may be an inner ear problem. When one's equilibrium is off, it could cause those symptoms. I'd mention "inner ear" to whoever is doing the examining or taking notes on your symptoms.

It could be a lot of things, I guess.
 

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Does your vision change? When I get dizzy from a change in blood pressure, I sort of see spots for a little bit.

Do you feel at all nauseated? That might signify low blood sugar.

You probably don't want to list all your meds if you are taking any, but that also sounds like a side effect of various psychiatric meds, or an effect of weaning one's self from an SSRI.

I have experience dizziness from fluid build up in my head from allergies, so everything that has been suggested sounds good.
 
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