I had a scary dizzy spell the other day. Would like to hear from anyone else this has happened to

tabby9146
By tabby9146 Latest Reply 2014-08-24 23:12:06 -0500
Started 2009-01-01 13:41:03 -0600

background: newly diagnosed (type2)in November, on Metformin(it was caught early 500 mgs once a day) and have been watching diet very carefully and exercising. I never go without eating for many hours, I try to eat every two hours during the day and the last time I had this same dizzy spell was 'before' I was diagnosed, only that day was much scarier, as it lasted longer and my neighbor said I was pale. Okay, I was in the store and luckily my husband was with me. I felt like I might faint and he had to escort me to the restroom door! A couple of minutes or so after it began, but it was getting better, my sugar was 92 which I know is very normal. I do not think this had anything to do with blood sugar, because a 'low' does not correct itself right? you have to eat or drink something that will bring it up. I didn't. I was getting ready to, as I had things in my purse, like I do at all times. So whatever this was corrected itself. Also, I was not pale this time my husband said. Now, the last one I had, before diagnosis, made me pale my neighbor said but hubby says I was not pale this time. What in the world do you all think it was? I only would like responses if you have had this happen and you found out what it was and when it happened to you, your sugar always checked out normal. I'm so worried now that it might happen again and it takes weeks for me to see the doctor, unless it is an emergency but when I go to my next class later this month, I will definitely tell them about this and see what they think. ALso, I plan to make an appt. Monday with an endocrinologist because I have had more tingling in one of my feet, actually everyday off and on for a while. thanks!!


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debijane
debijane 2014-08-24 23:12:06 -0500 Report

Sugar dropping or going real high does that to me. I feel like I am in a tunnel n trying to keep my eyes open. Then I believe I would pass out if I didn't get some sugar. Scary. Your not alone!!
I am in a very stressful life right now. I have noticed when I'm in my van it happens almost always. But guess what it is when I am "venting" my stresses. So now I catch myself not breathing properly. So I take deep breaths. Helps so much

NormaJean
NormaJean 2009-01-06 20:57:52 -0600 Report

I used to have the dizzy spells very often before I was diagnosed,I thought it was the stress from my job,then one day it was really bad and I had to leave work and see the doctor,then we hadt to have tests etc.catscan and the whole works then when I started taking my meds it it still happened but not as often.My Doc thought it might have been a brain tumor…lol

PAT L
PAT L 2009-01-05 17:59:55 -0600 Report

I WOULD BE LOOKING FOR SIDE AFFECTS OF YOUR MEDS… WHEN YOU GOT YOUR MEDS THEY GIVE YOU A PAPER THAT TELLS YOU OF YOUR SIDE AFFECTS THAT YOU NEED TO WATCH FOR.. I KNOW THAT THEY HAVE GIVEN ME 3 OR 4 MEDS THAT I CANT TAKE BECAUSE OF THE SIDE AFFECT… CHECK THEM OUT AN IT MIGHT SOLVE YOUR PROBLEM…

2catty
2catty 2009-01-03 20:17:59 -0600 Report

It could be your meds. Or your body getting adjusted to them. Could also be a panic attack or an inner ear thing. I get them quite often. Sometimes people with high blood pressure has this happen to. I have had vertigo 2 times and that makes you really dizzy. They just simply put you on medicine and it clears it up.

mayann
mayann 2009-01-03 20:06:05 -0600 Report

I too had dizzy spells as you have discribed. What I learned was "Don't panic" it only makes it worse. I took deep breaths and let the breath out slowly and mostly stayed calm and that helped me. It quickly passed. I too turned pale and when I was standing in one place like the grocery line for too long is when it happened. I was troubled with rapid heartbeat at that time.

Richard157
Richard157 2009-01-01 14:25:13 -0600 Report

Hello Tabby. I have been having dizzy spells for several months and it is definitely not my diabetes. There are times I feel like I am going to feint but I never have. I have to sit down and rest a few minutes and it gets better. I always have a bad headache after one of these spells and that can last a few hours even though the dizziness is gone. Since I am 69 my doctor was especially concerned. He has had me get many tests and is trying to discover the source of my problem by trying one thing at a time.

These are the things that have been tested/considered. Blood pressure change when going from sitting to standing positions, reaction to medication, sinus problems, inner ear problems, blockage in the neck arteries, neuropathy which restricts blood flow, and nerve damage in the brain. I have had MRIs and an EMG and a thorough physical exam by a neurologist. All of the above items have been ruled out, they are not my problem. I have passed all tests with flying colors. I had an EEG on Tuesday to test my brain activity. I will not hear the result of that test until Jan 29. My next tests later this month are an MRI of the arteries in my chest and a tilt table test by a cardiologist. I will get those results later this month. I cannot imagine what they will try next if it is none of the above. I am not especially concerned. I never have the problem while sitting so I can drive my car with no difficulty. The spell is always a few minutes in duration and then dies away slowly.

I don't know if this helps. Any questions?

Richard

tabby9146
tabby9146 2009-01-01 17:28:22 -0600 Report

Thank you for your reply. Now at least I know what some of the tests my doctor will want, are. I was thinking more heart tests, though an ultrasound I had a few months ago came back fine. I have thought of inner ear problems too and vertigo. Like you, it only happens when I am standing never sitting. Well only twice now, have I had it, but it is brief. The first time it happened, it probably was due to low blood sugar, as it was before I was on medication, before I knew I had diabetes, and it lasted longer, plus my lips were turning very pale and my face was pale and that spell is what sent me to the doctor and all those tests were done, including complete blood workup, EKG, and for some reason, the glucose tolerance test was farther on the list.So what I did the other day, was just take slow, deep breaths, because I noticed my breathing was rapid but that was probably due to nerves. I sure hope you find out real soon and it sounds like it isn't serious in your case, so perhaps it isn't in mine either.