I'll try to make this short. For over a year now, I've noticed a decrease in what I'd call cognitive function......I get confused easily, I can't remember important conversations I've had with people even the day before, I have trouble placing words (for example, if ordering at a restaurant and asked if I want soup or salad, I'll say soup with ranch dressing, but I really meant salad.....or I'll just be talking to DH and just can't find the word, like it's on the tip of my tongue, but it's an average word that won't come to me).
I've also had extreme vertigo. I feel like I'm always on an elevator if that makes any sense at all....you know, how when it stops or starts suddenly. Like when I turn my head to drive or talk to someone in the room, it's like everything is spinning.
I just feel OFF!!!!
But not ALWAYS......I have what I call spells where it's really bad, then gets better, etc.
And then the over the last few months, I get these tremors in my hands. You can see the muscles twitching in my hands and sometimes it's really bad, other times it's just a small bother (I'm a court reporter so I use my hands for work and it can be bad).
This is my 7th week on a running/dieting program. A friend and I just finished Couch 25K and started yesterday with a new app, 5K to 10K. (I've lost 18 lbs but not that that matters, lol) Before I even started running, during our 5-minute warm-up walk, my face started feeling tingly, my eyes felt twitchy and I could feel when I talked it was different. My hands did their normal thing, only worse, they ceased up as if my fingers were glued together. My face was bilaterally tightened almost like you see in people with Bell's palsy or a stroke, only BOTH sides were like this.
DH took me to the ER and they hooked me up to hear monitors and told me it was stress, gave me an Ativan shot and sent me home. My blood pressure was 149/101 while there and I will say I have NEVER had high blood pressure. Even during both pregnancies, my BP was almost always 110/70....sometimes even low like 105/58. I have even stopped trying to give blood because when I'd go, they'd tell me it was too low, have me walk around a little to get it up, then do it and I'd just feel icky all day.
Anyway, I just don't believe this is stress related!!!! DH and I tried to get in to see my doctor, but they told me she was completely booked up, to go to the urgent care. I went to a different urgent care with a better doctor than what is connected to my doctor's office and when he saw me, my symptoms in my face had gone away, but my hands were still very spasming. He told me I was NOT going crazy, that he only blames stress when there's no other cause and sent me for an MRI to rule out MS and any other abnormalities of my brain/spine. He did blood work as well, even checking for Lyme's Disease, vitamin deficiencies, etc.
We got the MRI results back yesterday, blood work won't be back for a week. After looking at the MRI's, he told me it was stress and that I was going to have to basically chill out. Here's the thing, I have had NO stressors recently. I was definitely not stressed when I was going to run.....it's become something I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to do!!!!! I just don't think this is stress at all....and I'm scared of WHY my body is doing this!
The doctor told me since it is stress related, if it happens again, to go ahead and continue to finish my exercise. We went today and it happened again! We had done a 5-minute walk and were on our third 8-minute run with 1-minute walks in between when it happened. I could feel it. We stopped after that 8-minute run and just walked the rest instead of doing the last two 8-minute runs because, honestly, it scares me to death AND I just don't feel "right" when it happens.
Has anyone experienced anything like this? Any nurses or other professionals have any ideas? I've seen two doctors, plus my primary doctor has known of the past symptoms other than what happened today.....all are saying stress. I will admit I have anxiety and in the past it has been BAD, but over the last couple years, I have managed well (I think) and I just don't see how my body could react like this to everyday stressors, kwim?
I'm at a loss and I'm scared and I'm just wanting to know WHAT is causing this so I can fix it!!!!
I'm going on Day 4 of the vertigo and I feel like I could cry!!!!! I haven't slept because of it. Driving is EXTREMELY hard because just turning my head to check traffic -- just mostly the left to right head motion -- makes my vertigo almost unbearable!!!!
Help me, have any of you dealt with anything similar?