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Starting to worry about myself

Posted by NikkiT2 on October 21, 2003, at 8:16:45

Over the past 6 weeks I have felt gradually worse and worse. Mentally and physically.

My mood has plummeted lower than it has been in a very long time. But its the physical side that is owrrying me.. I am sweating very very heavily (soaking through my clothes and hair about 5 times a day), feeling sick all the time, unable to eat (putting food in my mouth makes me retch).. now things are smelling strange and tasting wierd (water has a very strange bitter taste for example, and I've tried tap and two brands of bottled) and about 45 mins ago I passed out in the pharmacists. My sleep is very bad - either awake till 4am then sleep till 7, or asleep by 1:30 but awake by 4am again.. a nd when I am sleeping its a very light sleep, like a doze where I'm still aware of my surroundings, and am having nightmare after nightmare. And my blood pressure has gone from 90/70 to 140/110.

I really don't think this is med related as I was med free for 3 months, and only been on reboxetine for 13 days - these symptoms have been going on much longer.

I'm going to go see GP tomorrow.. but its a mile and half a walk and I can't face that with the dizzy headedness.

Any thoughts on what these symptoms could point to?? Is it all head related do you think??

Thanks

Nikki

 

Re: Starting to worry about myself NikkiT2

Posted by Dinah on October 21, 2003, at 8:44:42

In reply to Starting to worry about myself, posted by NikkiT2 on October 21, 2003, at 8:16:45

Don't assume it's all mental illness related. I think we have a tendency to do that (and so do docs darn it). Have everything checked out thoroughly. Take a cab if you need to.

It would be a shame to suffer so if there were a treatable medical condition behind your symptoms.

(((Nikki)))

Take care of yourself.

 

Re: Starting to worry about myself NikkiT2

Posted by Penny on October 21, 2003, at 9:23:15

In reply to Starting to worry about myself, posted by NikkiT2 on October 21, 2003, at 8:16:45

Nicki,

I'm sorry to hear that you're having so many health troubles. I agree with Dinah - there is a good chance that they are not psychological, though you may have a hard time getting your doc to see that. I hope you have a beneficial doctor visit.

You don't have a fever, do you?

P

 

Re: Starting to worry about myself

Posted by KellyD on October 21, 2003, at 9:33:34

In reply to Re: Starting to worry about myself NikkiT2, posted by Penny on October 21, 2003, at 9:23:15

I too, am very sorry for your difficulties. I think it sounds like a physical problem. I know I have tended to think everything that comes up with me is mental/emotional related. One such problem turned out to be arthritis for me - my pain and discomfort had a cause other than (or in addition to) my emotional diagnosis.
I hope you find something out and feel better soon. Keep us posted on how things go.

 

Re: Starting to worry about myself Dinah

Posted by NikkiT2 on October 21, 2003, at 9:37:07

In reply to Re: Starting to worry about myself NikkiT2, posted by Dinah on October 21, 2003, at 8:44:42

Thanks Dinah.. I'm going to see gp tomorrow. It all seems to have started since having my general aneasthetic.. but its just getitng worse and worse every day. And I've never passed out before, so that scared me.

And feeling so sick, and everything smelling so much stronger than normal, is doing my head in!!!

Thanks

Nikki xx

 

Re: Starting to worry about myself Penny

Posted by NikkiT2 on October 21, 2003, at 9:37:46

In reply to Re: Starting to worry about myself NikkiT2, posted by Penny on October 21, 2003, at 9:23:15

I just took my temperature, as I do feel kind of fevrish I suppose. It was 35.2c (meant to be 37c).. so god knows what that means!!

Nikki x

 

Re: Starting to worry about myself NikkiT2

Posted by Dinah on October 21, 2003, at 9:52:24

In reply to Re: Starting to worry about myself Dinah, posted by NikkiT2 on October 21, 2003, at 9:37:07

Ummm.... Don't suppose you could be.... ??

 

Re: Starting to worry about myself NikkiT2

Posted by Penny on October 21, 2003, at 10:06:19

In reply to Re: Starting to worry about myself Penny, posted by NikkiT2 on October 21, 2003, at 9:37:46

I was thinking maybe a virus - mono perhaps? That one hangs on for quite a while.

Perhaps you should ask for bloodwork.

P

 

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning? NikkiT2

Posted by Susan J on October 21, 2003, at 10:18:06

In reply to Starting to worry about myself, posted by NikkiT2 on October 21, 2003, at 8:16:45

Hi,

Some of your symptoms sound to me like very low-grade carbon monoxide poisoning. Around here, people have gas or oil furnaces, and CO can build up in houses. A significant buildup can be deadly, but I've had friends who suffer much less severe symptoms because their houses are not air tight -- they get head aches, flu like symptoms, nausea, sore throats, cold-like symptoms....

May not be probable, but could be possible. Do you have a furnace like that? Doesn't even have to be running if there's a pilot light going.

Hope you feel better. *Nothing* bugs me as much as unknown physical ailments...

Susan

 

Re: Could it be Lyme Disease?

Posted by DanielJ on October 21, 2003, at 10:59:16

In reply to Carbon Monoxide Poisoning? NikkiT2, posted by Susan J on October 21, 2003, at 10:18:06

Lyme disease is spread by a tick bite. Profuse sweating, upset stomach headaches. There are a good
many symptoms that match up with yours. Passing out is not on the list, but that could be because of blood pressure, stress caused by worry and anxiety. Lyme disease runs a long course. My sister in law had it. She wore some kind of IV medication for a while and it cured her. If the doc is mystified, mention Lyme disease, it may cause him to perform a little more diagnostic work but at least it can be rule it out anyway

 

Re: Starting to worry about myself Dinah

Posted by NikkiT2 on October 21, 2003, at 11:43:17

In reply to Re: Starting to worry about myself NikkiT2, posted by Dinah on October 21, 2003, at 9:52:24

Well.. I'm pretty sure its not *that*! I did have sex in May, and would have thought I'd have noticed by now.. and I'm on the pill.. maybe I'll do a test tomorrow just to be on safe side!!

 

and thanks everyone else

Posted by NikkiT2 on October 21, 2003, at 11:55:45

In reply to Re: Starting to worry about myself Dinah, posted by NikkiT2 on October 21, 2003, at 11:43:17

I doubt its Lyme disease as I don't live in an area with ticks.. middle of London!!

Could be CO poisoning as we do have a Gas boiler with a pilot light which heats our water and radiators. But husband has no symptoms though he is out during the day. No hdeadache though.

And mono.. hmm.. thats a good thought. I don't have swollen glands in my neck, which was what showed I had it when I was 15, and then I was sleeping 18-20 hours a day.

I think the fact that my husband just won't take me seriously isn't helping.. he tells e its because I am a "lazy cow" (his words) and the fact I stay in bed too late during the day thats causing it all. And that I'm acting stupid by not eating and bringing it on myself... he won't realise that I *can't* eat as I feel too sick to do so.. its not like I have a eating disorder history - quite the opposite infact, food is my first love!!!

Will let you know how I get on with gp tomorrow morning.

Nikki x

 

Re: Could it be Lyme Disease?

Posted by sadmom on October 21, 2003, at 12:34:44

In reply to Re: Could it be Lyme Disease?, posted by DanielJ on October 21, 2003, at 10:59:16

There was an article in the Good Housekeeping about Lyme disease where it went into the brain then the patient had severe psychiatric symptoms. I thought Lyme when you described the symptoms.

 

Re: Starting to worry about myself NikkiT2

Posted by Dinah on October 21, 2003, at 16:28:37

In reply to Re: Starting to worry about myself Dinah, posted by NikkiT2 on October 21, 2003, at 11:43:17

Yeah, I suppose you would have noticed. Oh well. That was the main time I had that problem with smell. Oh, and when I was on Effexor was it? something like that.

 

May be Reboxetine-related... NikkiT2

Posted by jay on October 21, 2003, at 18:33:34

In reply to Starting to worry about myself, posted by NikkiT2 on October 21, 2003, at 8:16:45

Sounds like it may be Reboxetine-related. I had similar symptoms on two meds, once with Wellbutrin and the other with high dose Effexor. (About 450mg XR) It (Reboxetine) is also a Norepinephrine reuptake blocker, and my doctor and pdoc said those symptoms where related to the Norepinephrine effects. What worked excellent to reverse it all was an anti-nausea med (called Gravol in Canada and Dramamine in the U.S.) and a benzo (any should do.) . You may either do better starting with a smaller dose, or may have to try another med.

Best,
Jay

 

Re: May be Reboxetine-related... jay

Posted by NikkiT2 on October 21, 2003, at 22:51:43

In reply to May be Reboxetine-related... NikkiT2, posted by jay on October 21, 2003, at 18:33:34

Hi Jay,

this has been going on for 3 weeks longer than I have been on reboxetine though.. Thats why I am sure its not med related.

And theres no more meds for me to try now.. reboxetine is my last chance!

Thanks though

Nikki

 

Re: May be Reboxetine-related... NikkiT2

Posted by ace on October 21, 2003, at 22:59:46

In reply to Re: May be Reboxetine-related... jay, posted by NikkiT2 on October 21, 2003, at 22:51:43

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>
> And theres no more meds for me to try now.. reboxetine is my last chance!

You have tried the mighty MAOIs, esp Nardil? I'm a fan of Nardil actually! (like you didn't know that!)

>
> Nikki

Ace.

 

Re: Starting to worry about myself NikkiT2

Posted by Elle2021 on October 22, 2003, at 4:12:56

In reply to Starting to worry about myself, posted by NikkiT2 on October 21, 2003, at 8:16:45

You poor thing! I don't really know what to tell you as far as advice, maybe see a neurologist. Hopefully your GP will have some answers for you. I really hope everything turns out well for you. Bless you, Elle

 

Re: May be Reboxetine-related... ace

Posted by NikkiT2 on October 22, 2003, at 8:29:20

In reply to Re: May be Reboxetine-related... NikkiT2, posted by ace on October 21, 2003, at 22:59:46

Not tried MAOI's, but I'm not willing to either.. My diet is such that it really wouldn'd work with MAOI's, (lots of soy and mature cheese).. and My psych agree's with me too.. Plus he won't prescribe me anything that is too dangerous in overdose.

Nikki

 

Been to docs

Posted by NikkiT2 on October 22, 2003, at 8:33:52

In reply to Re: Starting to worry about myself NikkiT2, posted by Elle2021 on October 22, 2003, at 4:12:56

Well, she's not sure whats going on either.. My blood pressure was slightly down, my temperature is ok, glands in my neck ok, and she couldn't feel anthing wrong with my stomach.

She did a pregnancy test - negative (phew!!), and my urine sugars were a little out, but she that is probably because I am barely eating.

She took a load of blood (5 vials!) and said they'd be checking for lots of stuff.. I have to go back next tuesday for the results.

In the mean time she has given me some Lasoprazole (30mg) incase its a gastro problem, and some Prochlorperazine for the nausea.

So we'll see what the blood show up I guess.

Thanks all

Nikki x

 

Re: Been to docs

Posted by KellyD on October 22, 2003, at 8:57:51

In reply to Been to docs, posted by NikkiT2 on October 22, 2003, at 8:33:52

Thank you for posting the update. I am thinking of you and hoping you get to the bottom of this quickly and feel better soon.
Try and eat a little something - small amounts, frequent timing. I think that would make you feel a bit better, can't run on no fuel.

 

Re: Been to docs NikkiT2

Posted by Dinah on October 22, 2003, at 12:04:44

In reply to Been to docs, posted by NikkiT2 on October 22, 2003, at 8:33:52

Nikki, I'm so glad your gp is taking your problems seriously. Hopefully the bloodwork will turn up something easily correctable. And I forgot to mention it yesterday, but can I give your husband a verbal lashing? What a mean thing to say!

Let us know what they find out, and I hope you feel better soon. And eat what you can. I stick to bread and pudding when I'm not feeling well.

 

Re: Been to docs Dinah

Posted by NikkiT2 on October 22, 2003, at 14:00:42

In reply to Re: Been to docs NikkiT2, posted by Dinah on October 22, 2003, at 12:04:44

I've just eaten a whole head of steamed broccoli!! *l* My doc said to eat what ever I fancy, but I wandered round supermarket looking for stuff but the smells and everything were too much for me, so once my prescription was ready I left!
Had to cook my husband dinner, and when I steamed his broccoli I just had a real fancy for it *lol* So ate it all!

I'm also going to drink some milk, as I htink that would be good for me.. Not feeling as nauseas though which is good, but still very dizzy headed.. It feels like sea sickness actually!

Thanks for the thoughts.. you really are a special woman Dinah

Nikki x

 

Re: Been to docs

Posted by Ramon Paz on October 22, 2003, at 21:18:38

In reply to Re: Been to docs Dinah, posted by NikkiT2 on October 22, 2003, at 14:00:42

Reboxetine ca be good, but not alone...no way!
Max I can say is you add an SSRI or even best Effexor beggining 75mg/day an rise more fast you can, depending in your side effects. Do you know what you read in inser papers? no more than 225mg of XR and 300 mg of the normal.(I think is this). But you could rise as much as 400mg of SR(I already saw pDocs prescribing 600mg). In the beggining of treathment take some ritalin, about 40 mg, and as you go rising the effexor, reduce thr ritalin till stop it. About reboxetine, if the side effects are getting too strong, go lowering it as necessary. And if someday you beggin to feel a little bad, change rebox to bupropion till 300mg, than low the effexor a little, if necessary, go on Lamictal... Talk with you med!!! say you are tired of this mycroscopic dosages of AD-s. You want a strong and efficient result. The ritalin will make you fine till effexor hit his point.
Whel, it is just my thoughts to you stand up and grow up some inches!!!! LETS GO!!!

 

Re: Your liver?

Posted by Liligoth on October 22, 2003, at 21:33:36

In reply to Re: Starting to worry about myself NikkiT2, posted by Elle2021 on October 22, 2003, at 4:12:56

it sounds like liver inflammation which can occur due to a number of different things: meds, virus. All the symptoms you are having: sweating, nausea, taste & smell of things having that kind of effect. Is your urine dark/smelly?
I agree you should get some blood tests to look for this.


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