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06 January 2006 @ 04:21 pm
Theories  
Since I've been getting more of these lately (though, thankfully, not as severe), and am still at a loss to explain them, I'll probably, finally drag my arse to a doctor and ask.

I have been looking into some theories, though, because I'd really like to know what's going on in my head. Low blood sugar and panic attacks have been two, but I don't think they really cut it. Low blood sugar is almost always associated with diabetes, which I don't have. In cases where one has low blood sugar but not diabetes, it's often an indicator of something really nasty, like liver/kidney failure or cancer (which I really hope I don't have). Anyway, the reason I doubt low blood sugar the most is that I don't get any of the phsyical symptoms usually associated with it- no shakiness, no heart palpitations, nothing like that. Also, my eating habits don't really fluctuate- I always eat three meals and several snacks throughout the day- so it's hard to see where a dip in blood sugar could possibly be coming from.

The same goes for panic attacks. I don't get any of the physical symptoms, and my little spells don't always occur during times of stress.

These episodes seem to happen at random. Just, wham- I slip into this state where my head runs through a slew of old memories, and then I'm dizzy, sleepy, overwhelmed, confused, sometimes nauseated. I know it's happening, I can't stop it from happening, I'm conscious throughout the episode, but during the more severe ones, I'm not always aware of what I'm saying or what's going on around me. I keep feeling a lot of thoughts- usually memories- coursing through my head, but I can't concentrate on any one in particular, or tell you what it is I'm remembering. And when I'm back to normal- the episodes themselves never last more than a few minutes, but sometimes I don't actually feel better for several hours- I can't remember what the memories were at all (kind of like a dream that's forgotten).

Based on all that, my best theory so far is that I'm having simple partial seizures, most likely of the temporal lobe. For most epileptics, these are the "auras" or "little warning seizures" they get before the real seizure hits, but some people (like me, if this is actually what's happening) don't have the full-blown, unconscious seizures afterward. As far as seizures go, they could definitely be worse. And there's several different kinds of simple partial seizures, some of which are actually pleasant to experience. Some lucky bastards feel an overwhelming happiness, or even orgasm whenever they have theirs. Why don't I get those seizures? ; )

Anyway, that's still theory 'til I have my head examined- and we can all agree that I should've had that done years ago! If I find any better theory, or if the doc tells me it's something else, I'll be sure to mention it. Don't have an appointment set yet, but I'll get to that... if I can remember who the hell I designated as my PCP (I more or less picked someone at random)...
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Aikidoka, dreamer, seeker, general purpose geekmanycolored on January 6th, 2006 10:00 pm (UTC)
(hugs) That's scary! I hope it turns out to be something completely innocuous. If you need to choose another PCP, Albany Med Internal Medicine Group has been very good to Dennis and me, both in terms of medical care and customer service. And they have direct access to the teaching hospital's snazzy equipment in case they want to take pictures of your brain.
Miusherimiusheri on January 6th, 2006 10:08 pm (UTC)
*hugs* Thanks- me too, heh! And I'll keep your suggestion in mind. Never been in an MRI machine, it looks like it'd be neat ^_^
skyibesky on January 6th, 2006 11:03 pm (UTC)
Too bad they aren't the orgasmic type, eh? ;)

Hope you get it all figured out....it could be something as simple as a vitamin deficiency. (((((((hugs))))))))
Miusherimiusheri on January 6th, 2006 11:40 pm (UTC)
*hugs* Thanks! Yes, that's also possible. I grew up in a Bayer family, so it's always been impressed upon me to take multivitamins, but despite that, I used to have trouble getting my iron count up. It's possible something else is low despite my vitaminy habits. ;)
Ellieellie on January 6th, 2006 10:24 pm (UTC)
*hugs*
It does seem really scary. Hopefully it won't be serious. And definately see that doctor. If you don't know who your PCP is, chances are your HR office can give you the number for that HMO you chose and they can tell you. HMO's know things. Occassionally.
How Random Babbling Becomes Corporate Policyt3knomanser on January 6th, 2006 10:36 pm (UTC)
HR office? *snicker*

We don't even have an HR person. We have an accountant.
Ellieellie on January 6th, 2006 10:38 pm (UTC)
You could uh... hire me as HR? Yeah! I'm good with that stuff. I don't say anything remotely offensive ever.
Purrsia Kat: whoapurrsia on January 7th, 2006 03:08 am (UTC)
Some lucky bastards feel an overwhelming happiness, or even orgasm whenever they have theirs. Why don't I get those seizures? ; )


heh heh, yeah - no doubt!

In all seriousness, I'm glad you're looking into it and I hope the news is favorable. Do keep us posted *hugs*

steelerbabe777steelerbabe777 on January 8th, 2006 01:35 am (UTC)
=( That is scary. Seriously, I'm sure it's nothing (could just be low blood pressure, too, ya know...)...I am rootin' for ya, sis...let me know as soon as you hear something... :::HUGS AND LOVE:::
Miusherimiusheri on January 8th, 2006 01:58 am (UTC)
*hugs* Could very well be! Though I've had lightheaded spells before, and they feel different. Like that one time I gave blood... I was all giggly and giddy afterward, and I almost keeled over at one point- but yeah, that felt different. I usually see "stars" with something like that. But hell, I'm no doctor! ^_^

Anyway, I'm not worried about it! I'll definitely keep you posted, sis! =)