I’m puzzled about two “episodes” that I have had recently and wondered if they rang a bell with anyone.
In mid-august I’d just had lunch with a friend and was walking back to the railway station when I came to a small flight of steps with no handrail which I’ve walked up and down with no problems before but this time I felt faint and dizzy looking down them, my legs went weak and I felt as though I would fall if I tried to go down them.I walked down a slope instead but had to stop and rest as the feeling of dizziness continued and I felt breathless.I managed to get to the railway station but I felt mentally “detached” and dizzy the weakness in my thigh muscles continued and my feet felt as though they were not part of me! I had to get my husband to meet me on the platform and help me to walk to the car at the other end of my journey.I had to rest for a few days before I felt better but wasn’t able to walk as far as I could before (about 15 minutes max.).
At the end of september I had a similar “turn” but felt much worse afterwards. I spent most of my time resting on the settee as the weakness in my thigh muscles remained and the poor sense of balance when walking.Luckily we live in a bungalow.I wasn’t able to stand for long and felt as though I was going to collapse when I had a shower and would easily get out of breath.I felt absolutely exhausted and struggled to keep my eyes open! My speech has also been a bit slurred and my brain was definitely fogged; can’t think of words,forget the end of sentences and have no memory; think I’ll do x and end up doing y!
The mobility has been improving week on week and I’ve been able to walk up and down stairs but I still can’t walk far or stand for a long time without feeling exhausted but I’m scared of going out on my own or driving in case it happens again.
I’m an 54 year-old woman and have had lots of “symptoms” for several years but put them down to the menopause but this time I went to my GP who has done blood tests; negative for thyroid,diabetes,vit.d def, anaemia; everything seems o.k! I’ve also been referred to a endocrinologist who has also ruled out thyroid but sent me for an ecg.I thought it could be thyroid because of hairloss, loss of sense of taste,constipation (worse than usual),sore runny eyes and having to pass water frequently.I’m a really bad sleeper as well and would love to have 6 hours of sleep for christmas! I’ve had periods of “non-flu” in the past which start with a sickly headache and aversion to light and noise, which have got better after two to three days if I rest but they did not seem to leave me weak afterwards like these last two bouts have.
P.S; my GP ruled out MS because he said that it would only affect one limb or one side of the body?
Sorry for the long post but I hope someone can shed some light for me!