I Have A Health Problem

By Richard157 Latest Reply 2009-04-29 09:09:58 -0500
Started 2008-11-20 12:25:29 -0600

I am having a health issue. Most unusual for me. I am having bad headaches, dizziness and near black out spells. I am having an MRI of my brain done tomorrow. The doctor thinks I may have nerve damage in my brain. Makes sense, I have nerve damage in several other parts of my body, probably caused by diabetes. I am very concerned about this. If I do have nerve damage in my brain and it progresses in the years to come then what is the prognosis? I wonder if it could lead to a stroke???

I have had dizziness for many years but it was not so bad until a few months ago. My doctor had me get an MRI of my neck arteries, they were clear. He has taken ny blood pressure several times recently, both standing and seated. It was the same both positions. My blood pressure runs 120+/60+ which is good for a man of my age. He examined my ears for obstruction, no problem there. He does not think it is my medications. ( I am taking Avandia, Altace, Vytorin, water pills and a med for gout). The last resort is, in his opinion, nerve damage in the brain. The MRI is tomorrow (11/21) but I will not see my neurologist for a follow-up until Dec 19. How can I wait that long??? I have not been this worried about my health for many years. I have been so very healthy, but now I'm not so sure.


31 replies

psteinke 2009-04-29 04:40:12 -0500 Report

my husband has black out spells too. His last episode this weekend he had walked uptown and never came home the entire night. I called his work and he was not there either. called and made a missing persons report and he finally came home full of dirt and not making much sense. I guess he passed out around 2 am in the morning and did not find his way home till 11am. he does not remember a thing except leaving a bar and waking up in the rocks by the side of the rail road tracks. im so scared im going to loose him. he refuses to see the dr all the time. he was diagnosed dec 2006 and has only seen a health care provider on 2 occassions since diabetic coma in 2006 when they discovered he had diabetes. We had no health care. Now he finally has health care and still has not seen a dr. i dont know what to do to make him go.

2009-04-29 09:09:58 -0500 Report

You say he remembers leaving a bar. I don't mean to insinuate anything here but was he drinking? Diabetes and alcohol aren't always good friends. The liver is trying so hard to rid itself of the alcohol that it doesn't send out glucagon to stabilize the blood sugar thus causing a low which could lead to the black outs you describe. I knew a woman years ago that refused to give up drinking and ended up in a rescue squad every weekend because of it.
If he's drinking heavily or even moderately this could be the cause of his black outs. Just a thought as this jogged my memory of the woman I knew years ago.

Good Luck

2catty 2008-11-23 15:38:47 -0600 Report

Hey Richard. Glad the MRI went well, I hope mine goes smoothly too. Have you got the results back yet. Hopefully it will be all good. I've had vertigo before too. It is a weird feeling isn't it? Kind of scary at first, til you find out what it is. Be careful driving. Be well and let us know how things go.

Richard157 2008-11-21 17:05:35 -0600 Report

The MRI went smoothly today. I have never had claustrophobia, fitting into that tube does not bother me. We were told at the front desk that if anything bad turned up during the MRI, we would be told to stay while they called my doctor. They gave us the CD with the results and we went home. I feel satisfied that nothing is wrong. I will take the CD with me for my appointment with my neurologist in mid Dec. He will be sent a written report in the meantime. I am very content that I am OK. I suspect that my dizziness is due to simple vertigo. We have ruled out everything else.

Nothing is going to get ole Richard down! I'm going to live forever! I'm going to stay healthy too!!!


morris.js 2008-11-21 17:09:21 -0600 Report

I am so glad everything worked out fine for you!
And I do believe that you will be around for a long time and in great health! You have all these people on this site praying for you… :)
Thanks for updating us on your results. John

2008-11-21 17:17:17 -0600 Report

I'm glad to hear the good news!!! Keep us up to date on your appt. in Dec. I know you are relieved about what you were told. We are still thinking of you.

NormaJean 2008-11-23 14:52:43 -0600 Report

Richard,I am happy to hear everything went well with your MRI,no more worrying about that .God bless you.

caspersmama 2008-11-21 09:27:42 -0600 Report

I will tell you what I do after an MRI. I wait 2 days and then go get the written report. Tell them you need it for your records. They have to give it to you because it is yours. then at least you can read it for yourself. and if it sounds serious you call the doctor and say you need an appointment ASAP. I did this after my last one because it showed I had had an ovary enlarged. Doctor saw me the same day and I had surgery the following week. You have to be firm and reactive when you talking about your health. I will keep you in my prayers.

2008-11-20 21:11:57 -0600 Report

I'm glad to hear you are feeling better and aren't so worried. Keep us informed. I am interested in knowing the outcome of your tests and how things turn out. Alot of people are thinking of you!!!!

Richard157 2008-11-20 20:50:22 -0600 Report

Thanks to all of you nice folks, I am feeling better about this now. I needed to get it off my chest. I am not so worried now. I have weathered worse storms than this. I will be just fine!

2008-11-24 07:46:26 -0600 Report

Richard; My husband is the diabetic, but I am also having difficulties, and it has been over a year now that I have been seeing a neurologist and this week will finally hear from ms specialist. It is so frustrating as the days go by without an answer, and I truly relate to this, but, I have found out that you can call around 5 days after MRI is done, and your doctor should have the radiolists report on what he saw. You can get that and take it from there, but I would not wait until the third week of December, esp. cause of doctors being off and things like that you may hear after all. Find out as soon as you can, something, so it does not delay further treatment you may need. I know the things that can happen to you while you are waiting for results for some conditions, and if I knew sooner, maybe I would have a better quality of life sooner. lilmarm

NormaJean 2008-11-20 18:35:50 -0600 Report

Hey Richard I sympathise with you, did you know there is a recall on the drug Avandia because of the side effects… you should look into it maybe it's the drug,you should stop taking it and ask your doctor about an alternative medication.Am sure if you express your concerns to your doctor he should be able to communicate the results to you before your visit .

Richard157 2008-11-20 20:48:07 -0600 Report

Thanks Norma Jean. I have taken Avandia for 9 years for my insulin resistance. I am a Type 1 with that added problem, a "double diabetic". Avandia has been a wonder drug for me. The increased dizziness/headaches is very recent so I don't think it is the Avandia.

Goddess 2008-11-20 17:21:52 -0600 Report

As far as the waiting goes I have been there. It wears you worring. The only thing I can say is there is someone else on here that has been there as far as the waiting. You are in my prayers.

2catty 2008-11-20 16:56:05 -0600 Report

I sympathize with you. I too am having severe headaches. For about 8 years now. Finally I am suppose to have a head scan on the 24th of this month. They called this morning to cancel and said their mri machine was down. What to do now but wait til it's up again. Everyday severe headaches. Good luck on your mri keep us posted. Be well.

Leigh Marsden
Leigh Marsden 2008-11-20 21:30:46 -0600 Report

I have major headaches daily also. Sometimes they are so severe that even movement hurts. Is this something that happens to diabetics? I am also going to contact my doctor about a scan because the headaches are getting so bad.

2008-11-21 09:29:06 -0600 Report

If I would you, I would definately be getting to my doctor to find out the cause of the headaches. It could be any number of things. My headaches were being caused by small seizures. I was also diagnosed as having brain atrophy. I'm doing fine on meds. The cause of the headaches could be any number of things, from something minor, to something more severe. Get checked just to be on the safe side.

SkipT 2008-11-20 16:43:53 -0600 Report

Remember that the squeaky wheel gets the grease. As soon a you get the test done, call the doctor and TELL him that you would like to know the results as soon as possible. When I was first diagnosed with diabetes they called me and told me the Doctor would see me in a month. I simply told them that this was unacceptable and that I would find a doctor that would see me sooner. They gave me an appointment the next day.

fun2u2007 2008-11-20 17:49:38 -0600 Report

I agree. I would absolutely not be waiting a month for results as serious as that. I wish you all the best and hope the results are good, when you get them. Hugs

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2008-11-20 16:11:30 -0600 Report

Richard, I am also sorry to hear of your difficulties. I hope and pray there's a simple explanation. I wish you all the best.


2008-11-20 12:38:41 -0600 Report

I too have had problems with headaches, slurred speech, and such. I am seeing a neurologist after being hospitalized to find out what was causing my problems.

As it turned out, I have a brain atrophy, and have been diagnosed as having small brain seizures, which I have evidently had all my life. I have also had all the tests, MRI, CT scan, etc. I am now under medication and am doing fine.

This is not to say however, that our conditions are the same. If you feel you cannot wait until the 16th for your visit to the neurologist, after the MRI is done, I would find out if there is any way I could get in sooner. If worse comes to worse, I would go to the er. I would be pushing my way in to the drs office!!! This is no time to be sitting around!!!

2008-11-20 16:08:03 -0600 Report

I am so sorry to hear about your
health problem. You will be in my thoughts and Prayers. I feel like I know
you and I can feel your Pain and worried thoughts. That is how we at Diabetic Connect Family feels about each other.
Your Friend,Nancu ((((HUGS)))

highlandcitygirl 2008-11-20 12:36:46 -0600 Report

i wish there was some way for me to help! i will pray for you and keep you in my thoughts. i pray that the doctor would get back to you quicker than you think.

2008-11-20 12:33:26 -0600 Report

I wish there were some words I could type here to ease your worries but I'm at a loss. Waiting almost a month to get the results of the MRI seems cruel to me but perhaps they will call you earlier with some news. Good luck and I'll keep you in my thoughts.

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