I’m new to the forum and would like to ask advise please? I’m sorry if this is all quite long winded but if finally think I’ve found a site where I feel as though I’m not cracking up! Around 6 weeks ago I woke to feeling as though I had been drip fed a bottle of vodka during my sleep. The room spinning around me like I can’t explain. Feeling extremely nauseous and extremely hot and shakey. The feeling was so intense that it took me three days to be able to get to the emergency doctors, (it was a Sunday) and I had to be driven there by my mum. The doctor checked me over quickly and said it could possibly be a virus called Labrynthitus and sent me home with some beta-histamine tablets.
The thing is I’ve had this feeling before, many times although not that bad. I’ve often described it to my husband as like I’m feeling drunk, along with an overwhelming tiredness. The only way I describe it is it’s like the kind of tiredness that you get when you’re in your early pregnancy time. When you’re that tired you could cry because you don’t know what to do with yourself.
There are so many things that I want to go to the doctors with over time but have felt like I would appear to be a hypochondriac. For years I’ve had an extremely painful left hip. I once went to hospital after a small bump in my car. It wasn’t bad enough to cause injury but I went as a precaution because the pain in my hip was really bad and my hip area felt numb, as though I had slept funny on it, it felt like putty. I can’t sleep on that side, can’t lie on it for more than 10 mins at a time before it gets too painful. A lot of things I’ve never even given much of a thought to, just thought they were things I had to put up with, things like my neck and shoulders that often go in to spasm, the pain is excruciating, again sometimes I’ve ended up in A&E the pain has been that bad. The very hot sensation that I get in my buttock area that just suddenly comes, that feels as though I’m sat on a heated seat like you get in a posh car;)…a few months back I remember sitting on the sofa watching tv and I thought I’d wet myself!! I was horrified, I had to feel to check just to be sure, the warm sensation was that ‘real’! The intense sudden sharp and very scary pains I get in my head that almost bring me to my knees, along with the migraines that I get, that are always pre-empted by a total blind spot or flashing lights etc. Then there’s the intense pains I sometimes get in my ‘nether regions’…they come from nowhere and feel like someone has shoved a red hot poker up there, they last for a minute or two and then disappear? The tinnitus I have constantly. It’s not too noticeable during the day but the second it’s quiet it’s there, a high pitched ringing noise or occasionally like a fire alarm noise…The cystitis I often get, the constant diarrhoea/constipation and IBS I suffer from…not being able to get a proper nights sleep for either waking up for a wee or my brain just going in to over drive the second my head hits the pillow, no matter how exhausted I feel…the list seems endless (now you see why I feel like a hypochondriac!!)
The past few months I’ve been worrying myself because of my poor memory. My short term memory is really concerning, I can literally forgot what I’ve gone in to a room for. I’m getting really confused about the simplest of things and a lot of the time can’t think of the words I want to say. My husband says I’m slurring my words, I don’t think I am but he gets a bit wound up and impatient with me. I feel as though I’ve aged 30 years in the last 12 months…when I go to stand up from sitting the aches and pains are awful, my legs feel weak and I feel like I’m hobbling for a few minutes until I stand up straight, to be honest it feels pathetic.
A while ago I was really worried that I may be getting shingles. Again I was feeling really tired and I had a strange feeling around my hip area, a tingling sensation not unlike pins and needles but slightly more painful.
As I speak for the past few days I’ve had a feeling in my right arm, as though I’ve got a trapped nerve. It’s a constant throbbing pain, my arms feels slightly numb and tingly and a bit cold. When I go to raise it there’s a sharp pain that makes it comes straight back down again.
Since this his last bout of ‘dizziness’ that the doctor said could be Labrynthitus I’ve never really come round fully. Some days I’m ok, I feel ok, just tired but then from nowhere the dizziness returns. Trying to do some Christmas shopping is making me so sad as it’s almost impossible. I feel as though I’m walking in slow motion, on marshmallow…my eyes feel as thought they’re taking a few seconds to focus on things as I turn my head to look around. I had the weirdest experience the other day, I thought there was an earthquake or something, I swear the floor in the shop I was in was shaking, vibrating really fast, I had to hold on to the shelf for a minute until it stopped. I fell over the other day too, the floor in front of me suddenly looked like a slide and down I went on to my knees. Anyway, I’m sorry for going on…back to my initial question, I’ve been back to the do tors last week to ask when I’m likely to feel better from this ‘Labrynthitus’ if that’s what it is…he said it could take months and told me to carry on taking the pills. I’m now not convinced it’s that at all and want o ask to see a neurologist, can I do that, just demand to see one or does that Doctor have to suggest it? Or am I simply just cracking up and need to accept it’s all part of getting old and stop moaning:)
Thanks so much for reading all of this!!!