Can Lack Of Sleep Cause Dizziness

Many people think that a lack of sleep isn't a big deal. They believe that just because they aren't getting a lot of rest at night, they aren't in any danger of future health problems. Unfortunately, this is 100% false, as a constant lack of sleep translates to having insomnia, which then translates to possible health problems in the future. Does lack of sleep guarantee health problems for an individual? No, but that person will become more susceptible to infections over time.

"Why does a lack of sleep, or insomnia, cause a person's health to deteriorate?" Simply because of the effects it has on the immune system. When the immune system is in tip top shape -- meaning you're sleeping well and living healthy -- it quickly eliminates almost all bacteria and viruses which enter your body. If this "defense system" falters, your body won't be nearly as effective at eliminating these harmful organisms, which will therefore lead to infections; some of which could be life threatening.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can lack of sleep cause dizziness?
    I have been feeling, well not dizzy exactly, but sometimes like im gonna fall or my head is being weighed down, just something doesnt feel right. could a fall back in hours of sleep cause that?

    • ANSWER:
      Some people have to get enough sleep or they do get dizzy or lethargic. I cannot get less than 8 hours or I am dizzy, lethargic and feel like I can't walk straight. My memory is also effected and I can't remember things if I don't get enough sleep.

      You could be anemic also and that will cause dizziness.

      You could have high blood pressure and that can cause dizziness.

      You could have low blood pressure and that can cause dizziness.

      You could have low blood sugar and that will cause dizziness.

      You could have an equilibrium problem that will cause dizziness.

      You could have allergies or sinus problems that can cause dizziness.

      As you can see there could be many reasons.

      Try to get a full 8-10 hours of sleep tonight and if you still have the same problem then you really need to see a Physician to find out what is wrong with you.

  2. QUESTION:
    Can a lack of sleep cause dizziness?
    I sleep 6 hrs or less a night... I had 2 ct scans done and 3 doctors tell me nothing is wrong with my head. It started around the same time I got food poisoning and sinusitis at the end of July. I have bad anxiety so I'm afraid that it might be something serious... It starts shortly after I wake up and doesn't go away. It isn't an every day thing,, in fact some days it isn't bad at all. Could it be from not sleeping enough or something else?

    • ANSWER:
      the first thing i would do is realize that there is probably nothing wrong if you've gone to three different doctors. you can very easily get dizzy from not sleeping enough. you are supposed to get 7-9 hours of sleep a night.. so you are under what you should be getting. also you might want to try waking up and getting out of bed slower, as that can sometimes make you feel dizzy.

      Good Luck and God Bless

      Kellie

  3. QUESTION:
    can lack of sleep cause dizziness?

    • ANSWER:
      yeah .. it`s kind of like being drunk, but not THAT drunk, maybe a little buzzed or tipsy. you`ll start halluncinating, not to mention, you can`t concentrate on anything.

  4. QUESTION:
    Can lack of sleep cause periods of dizziness?

    • ANSWER:
      One night of missed sleep - probably not, (unless you were exhausted already) but getting not enough sleep (like 2 hours here, 3 hours there) for a couple of days can do a lot of things. It can cause dizziness, loss of focus, sickness, a tendency toward delusional thinking, anger or sadness, a disconnected feeling as if you're not actually doing what you're doing (hard to describe...) But yes, lack of sleep (either by complete deprevation or just by not getting enough over a period of time) can do a lot of damage. Luckily, a nice, long, sleep can often fix it all. :D

  5. QUESTION:
    What can cause dizziness, losing appetite, and lack of sleep?

    I am aware that one must have caused the other, but what's the main cause? Could it be stress?
    @ 11:11: The room spins around when I change positions, even when I have just eaten..

    • ANSWER:
      Dizziness can be caused by a lot of different things. Is it true dizziness? Does the room spin around when you change positions? Or is it lightheadedness? If you have lost your appetite this could make you dizzy or lightheaded as not eating will cause either one of those symptoms.

      Stress or depression can cause a lack of appetite as well as insomnia. Insomnia itself can cause loss of appetite and contribute to lightheadedness or dizziness.

      Here is a link to mayo clinics website with much more comprehensive information.

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/dizziness/DS00435/DSECTION=causes

      Try deep breathing exercises to help you sleep after a warm (not hot) bath before bedtime.

      Try to eat small meals to give you some nutrition and keep your blood sugar levels up throughout the day. A drop in blood sugar can also cause the dizziness.

      I hope this helps, good luck.

      Edit: What you describe is vertigo. You need to see a doctor for this symptom. I believe it is exacerbated by the insomnia and lack of appetite. Make an appointment for a physical. Write down your symptoms, questions and concerns. Between now and the time of your visit, keep a log of when these symptoms occur. After meals, change of position what you ate, and so on. This can be helpful to the doctor.

      It is quite possible that even after all tests are completed, that they still will be unable to tell you what has caused your vertigo.

      Work on reducing stress. Try meditation and taking walks. Exercise of this kind will help reduce stress and also will help make you tired.

      I hope this has helped. Good luck to you.

  6. QUESTION:
    Lack of sleep, stress and poor eating habits?
    It isn't about me, so details are limited. I don't want to put his whole life out there if you know what I mean.

    Male / 17 years old / Senior in high school
    Ok so he doesn't sleep as much as he is suppose to, he doesn't eat breakfast and he is under a crap load of stress.

    Question 1
    Can the three cause depression?

    Question 2
    Can lack of sleep cause dizziness and eye sight fading in and out?
    [Fainting?]

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it causes depression.

      Lack of sleep causes poor concentration, strained eyesight, headaches and anger management problems, so = more stress.

      It also lowers the immunity. You must watch for that, it has an enormous impact. I think he has either high BP or low BP, hypotension right now.

      More and more young people are suffering from a previously rare condition, calcium growth in the brain. It is taking away their eyesight, off & on, causing nausea and headaches, passing out.

  7. QUESTION:
    can lack of sleep, cause bad headache'?
    can 6 hours of sleep cause bad headaches?
    and a flash of dizziness?
    because the past few months, i have been sleeping at the hour of 11, sometimes twelve,
    and wake up at 6 or 7.

    can lack of sleep cause me those troubles?

    • ANSWER:

  8. QUESTION:
    Do you know what could cause dizziness, lack of hunger and lack of effect of eating?
    Someone I know is having the following conditions and this is the first time I hear of them, so I thought I'd ask if anyone knows what this is all about.

    The conditions are as follows:
    Lack of energy (Extremely tired - can sleep for hours)
    Lack of hunger (Did not feel hungry for the whole day)
    Dizziness
    No change after eating

    Can anyone tell me what's happening here?

    Also if you have a remedy that would be great.

    Thanks.
    Please note the person having those conditions is of the female gender. Don't know if it has anything to do but just thought it might.
    I thought it might be the winter blues but she said she's not feeling sad or anything.

    • ANSWER:

  9. QUESTION:
    Can lack of sleep cause heart palpitations?
    For about a week straight now ive been having heart palpitations. They almst seem to be constant but get worse at certain times. If i stand to fast i get bad head rushes (dizziness, fainty feeling, palpitations) but i can just be laying there and my heart is pounding. I have indegestion but its not just after i eat, they're all the time. Its only been this way for a week. Im not the fittess person and i have high stress levls but even if im not stressed, it still does it. Ive been thinking maybe the head rushes and palpitations have been lack of good sleep. I havent gotten a good beneficial sleep in a week or more and ive bene very very tired, hard to get out of bed. Could the palpitations just be from lack of energy? fatigue and insomnia? (im only eighteen and when i was little i was told that my heart speeds up faster then the average person but that doesnt explain why i get palpitations just laying there. I had blood tests done my late sixteenth year and i came out healthy.)
    Ive had stages like this before but they didnt last longer then a few days and i dont remember the palpitations being so constant. On the other hand when i went through these stages i was going through depression and didnt much try to get out of bed. Now that im trying to be more active it seems ive ntoiced them alot more.

    • ANSWER:
      I developed severe insomnia in 1997 about sustaining a severe work related injury. I developed a neurological condition called reflex sympathetic dystrophy. Insomnia is one of the symptoms of this disorder. I might fall asleep for 1-2 hrs then I was wide awake. Sleeping pills did not work at all. I returned on modified work and my employer insisted that I had to start at 7:30 AM every day. I was still awake at 03:00AM..Two weeks later the palpitations started, increasing every day. I wore a holter and it showed thousands on VPB'S. Nothing helped to decrease them but sleep. Once I
      was able to sleep properly they completely stopped, but I had them for 8 months.

  10. QUESTION:
    Are there any long term symptoms of severe lack of sleep?
    For the whole past year every night I only got about 5 or 6 hours of sleep a night and I'm young and usually don't do so well on low amounts of sleep. I've been having a lot of mental issues such as dizziness, loss of memory, lack of concentration, etc. It sort of feels like I'm in another world all the time. I've been getting more sleep recently, and things are a bit better i suppose, but I still can't say whether or not lack of sleep has been the cause of my problems, and I'm not sure if my problems will even go away with sleep. I don't know, just need some feedback ..Thanks!!

    • ANSWER:
      Dear Jen,
      It is certainly possible that your symptoms are related to sleep deprivation. Each of us is unique in our need for sleep and just because you are young doesn't necessarily mean you need less.

      Sometimes we have to take a look at what is getting in the way of sleep. That can be too heavy a schedule, too many demands on our time, too many worries, etc.

      There are other causes that should be ruled out, though. Anxiety, depression, and a variety of other mental and physical problems can also cause the symptoms you describe.

      Do you or others put a lot of pressure on you to be, do, think, feel ?
      Are you trying to accomplish something that you have no control over? (changing the thoughts or behavior of someone else?)

      It never hurts to talk to your Health Care Provider. Often the answer can be a simple change in routine. Rest and sleep, physical activity, good nutrition and minimizing stress go a long way to maintaining mental health.

      Be sure to take some time to care for yourself.

      Karen G. http://www.comfortyourheart.com

  11. QUESTION:
    Can dizziness be caused by stress and lack of sleep?
    I was really dizzy today in my Physics exam. I've been doing exams for two weeks now so could it be stress and because I'm not sleeping well?
    No I'm not over eating. I've been surviving on some almonds and water and my dinner every day because I have a stomach condition that gets bad when I eat.
    No energy drinks for me because the sugar upsets my stomach and they are also 80c dearer than water :) lol
    I don't have diabetes :) I can't have sugar because of a stomach condition, not diabetes.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes you can get dizziness from stress plus you were in an exam.
      When you feel like this stand up slowly and breathe through your nose and out of your mouth, make sure you have plenty to drink to.
      For the sleep go to your chemists and they might have some sort of herbal remedy it isn't medication it is sometimes just stuff you can spray on your pillow before you go to sleep.

      If you need anymore stress relieving tips email me and I will tell you some (I am a total stress head!)

  12. QUESTION:
    can this cause dizziness?
    sleep about 4 1/2 hours a night. to compensate for the lack of sleep I drink very strong coffee to stay away thought the day.

    I have been feeling a bit dizzy and wondered if this can cause it? the lack of sleep and strong coffee?
    I ment to say, I sleep about 4 1/2 t 5 hours and drink very strong coffee to stay awake. sorry for the misspellings

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it can. Eat some protien and drink alot of water.

  13. QUESTION:
    What can cause chest pain and dizziness upon standing.?
    I am 15 and this is happening to me. I slept 4 hours the past two nights. Also when I stand I get pains on both sides of my neck. Please help. Could this be from lack of sleep. About 3 months ago I had an EKG and chest x-ray done at the ER when I had a panic attack and everything was fine.

    • ANSWER:
      maybe a few blood test can address your situation have your blood pressure and blood sugar as well as your cholesterol checked. also checkout your c-reactive protein in your blood, it could'nt hurt. let me know how it turns out, will you, good luck.

  14. QUESTION:
    Does serious bruising cause dizziness/headaches?
    I was beaten up in a play fight and i was kind of seriously bruised. My right arm is swollen and the bruise is very big and purple. There seems to be purple/red dots on the bruise, and my arm feels very heavy and i'm in pain. Its been about 3.5hours since i was 'beaten up' and i've been feeling a little dizzy and my head is hurting a little. I don't know if this is due to lack of sleep, or because of the bruise. Can anyone help? Thanks

    Oh and btw, if it helps, im 17 and female.

    • ANSWER:
      The bruise on your arm shouldn't be causing dizziness. Did you bump your head? I would advise you to see a doctor to have a check up.

  15. QUESTION:
    Anti-depressant side effect ?
    My Dad is suffering from depression. Doctor has given him anti-depressant, but since he started taking them He cannot sleep and is feeling Dizziness ?

    Can anti-depressant cause lack of sleep ?

    • ANSWER:
      Wikipedia it. Anti-depressants have a large range of side-effects as I understand it, the treatment and the chemical being acted on (serotonin) can cause changes in mood which can offset your normal sleeping time, cause psychosomatic disturbances (itching, headache, sweating, anxiety), stomach and digestion problems, etc.

      As your father gets more used to the drugs the side-effects should subside, however if they do not you need to tell the Psychiatrist openly and truthfully so they can change his medicine or take him off it.

  16. QUESTION:
    Can you tell me whats wrong with me? i'm 16, and a girl..?
    What causes dizziness, random panic feelings, extreme confusion, lack of sleep, loss of appetite, constant nausea, light headedness, fatigue, aching joints, constant headaches, and stomache pains, shakes, cold-chills all at once?
    I.... can i really be pregnant??

    • ANSWER:
      Doctor deficiency. You need to see one.

  17. QUESTION:
    lack of energy, headaches, dizziness, blackouts and muscle aches ?
    Can someone please tell me whats wrong, i've been feeling dizzy, tired, and all that is mentioned above for a while now and i need to fix this problem !
    When i finish showering i just stand their because i dont have the energy to dry myself and i dont feel like brushing, face wash, clean ears, none of that i just want to run to the bed and pass out ..
    All day everyday i would have a headache and feel dizzy, and when i get up too quickly id blackout.
    I just read that infections can cause these symptoms, and i know for sure i have plenty of infections every now and then .
    I have an infection under my armpit, a really REALLY massive cystboil, idk what it is.
    It's actually bigger then the size of a ping pong ball.
    There recently was a cyst under th current one, and it felt lumpy and weird and hurt alot so i kept squeezing it and went away the next day. ( i think it popped inside of my body )
    and the day after that, this massive one came along.

    So yea, im sick of not having any energy and i cant be bothered for anything !
    I also have a bad sleeping routine ....
    oh and i drink PLENTY of water ( 4 - 5 bottles a day ) but i pee it all out in a few hours and i feel dehydrated !!! and i cant go toilet for a few days now, ive got ( IBS - diarreah and constipation )

    I get these really bad pains in my shoulder blaids, the skin near the shoulder blades feels rough and has pimples on it, and it just burns and burns at times and i have no idea whats causing it ?

    and im only 16 years old and a male, and its really hard to stay focused in school and catch up on work and attend with an upset stomach, or feeling tired and having no energy, i also have anxieties if that helps ? ( social is the main anxiety ).

    thx and pls help.. im going doctors tonight just to make sure.

    • ANSWER:

  18. QUESTION:
    Medical help? I'm worried 'cause my symptoms...?
    I've been depressed for a while, but lately it's worse and my moods have been drastic. I get really low for a long time, and occasionally will have highs when i have energy, enthusiasm, im happy, but then I go back to low for a while. Also, my vision has been getting worse for a few years though I don't think that has anything to do with it, and I barely sleep anymore because I never get tired. My main concern is my severe loss of appetite...I am never hungry and can barely even make myself eat. Also, *I get light-headed and dizzy anywhere between 25 and 50 times a day.* My vision clouds over once or twice a day, which only happens sometimes after i get light-headed/dizzy. I don't go to the doctor's because I have a very low income and I want some advice before I get any tests. This is getting worse for me every week however, and I'm starting to get nervous about the dizziness and lack of appetite and sleep.

    • ANSWER:

  19. QUESTION:
    can stress cause all these things?
    ok im 19 yrs odl an a hypercondriac and been through alot of changes recently i had a baby boy 10 months ago and moved out of my parents house , far away i had very bad anxiety attack while i was living in NH and decided to move back to MA. after my anxiety i started getting light headed every day , i find my self hunching over all the time, holding my breath with out realizing, i run out of breath so easily, i feel like im a old lady! my pinky finger feels weird cuz my hands tighten all the tiime, and my hands get cold all the time, i had stress cuz i ditn have a car, i dint know how i was gonna get back to school and my bf wasnt helping me take care of our son!

    ontop of that i have son sinus issue post nasal drip, pressure under the eye, and i get pressure because i grind my teeth none stop, and my face like tightens from stress

    if the dizziness is from stress, and is zoning out ( things are so unreal and foggy to me) is that from stress??? i no what i wrote is confusing..i just keep thinking that im really ill and am dying from somthing...cuz its like every day ...but evey 1 tells me its stress

    ( i moved out of my home where everything was going right, school 4 me, day care, nice bed, money , nice family, good friends ) to ( try n start a family with my boyfriend ..which when down hill)

    my symptoms

    constipated
    feel like i ahve to pee all the time
    anxious
    lack of sleep ( baby)'
    light headed
    sinus and post nasal drip ( sinus congestion)
    pressure under eye
    zoned otu all the time ( feel liek zomby)
    body tired, sore all over
    tense ( face )
    late period
    pimples!!!!
    so negative and wine alot : ( : (

    grind teeth 24
    grumpy
    tingly feeling in hand

    possible cause...already stressed ..anxiety attack ..put me over edge
    im sorry to wine

    but i wake up every morning feeling refreshed ...i pray that i wont feel dizzy and wont feel out of it ..but it doesnt go away
    i cry because when i was living at home i was doing fine no issues i was happy ...u have no idea how bad i want to just go on in life with out having somthing to worry about ..i worried bout my son and taht was it ( but thats what mothers do)..im just sad because moving back home wont be as easy as it was moving out
    im a very good mother, i dont have my anxiety around my son, i feel the most calm around him, just when im doing other things

    • ANSWER:
      OMG!! I have had panic attacks and generalized anxiety for years (since 1991 to be exact). It's horrible. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. Everything you described.. I have had. The feeling "weird and disoriented" is from hyperventilation. It's your minds way of taking care of itself. Your brain has gone into overload and it's just a way for your mind to shut out everything that it doesn't need to be concerned with right then. The feelings in your fingers is also from hyperventilation. Sometimes your hands and feet and mouth can go numb also. Anxiety keeps you a nervous wreck and that's why you can't sleep (it could also be depression which has some of the same symptoms and masks itself w/ anxiety). Stress sends your body into overload. All of your normal body functions speed up, i.e. the urge to pee often. Tense muscles causes sore tired muscles. Honey you are just simply stressed out. Look on the internet under generalized anxiety and panic attacks and see if every symptom you have isn't described there. Try to get regular exercise and eat well. Avoid caffeine and other stimulants such as cigarettes. Take care of yourself because you can't take of someone else until you tend to your own needs. Most of us who have anxiety like that are good mothers. We are the best mothers!! We are the best at everything we do. We take life and what it holds too seriously. Try to loosen up. I know that's easier said than done but you should at least try. Take walks. Talk to friends about something other than your stress. Don't listen to their problems right now because we tend to take on others problems in addition to ours. Pray. Hope this helps you.

  20. QUESTION:
    Do I have a concussion or cerebral contusion, or is my skull just bruised?
    While entering my truck on Tuesday, I accidentally smashed the crown of my head directly up into the interior/roll cage area. It was a direct, forward impact - and although /very/ hard, angled as such that my neck stabilized and braced my head from undergoing any whiplash effect whatsoever. The impact was a completely blunt one.

    Afterwards, I wasn't dizzy or nauseous at all, although I was somewhat tired and sleepy (accredited to the lack of sleep the night before). There was no disturbance of conscious, but all throughout the day I had a chronic headache in the region of impact which is still there even now, several days later. It's like a rainbow of pain across where the imprint of the impact site. Is this simply because I bruised the skull in that area? I am very sensitive and predisposed to migraine headaches, so this isn't a very major anomaly. If there's bruising on my skull, an accompanying headache seems only natural.

    Any brain damage, or no? For brain damage, wouldn't a jarring motion have had to occur? Otherwise, unless the skull was actually fractured or broken through, then the damage is isolated to the exterior of my cranium, correct? Given the lack of neurological symptoms, the fact that there was no whiplash or shearing motions, and that cognitively I seem to be functioning fine in spite of the persistent headache, can it be concluded that the extent of the damage is simply a bruised scalp, and nothing more? Or, could the crown of my skull have been caused to dip in beneath the pressure of impact for a brief moment, thereby causing a cerebral contusion on the top of my brain? I don't seem to have any of the symptoms commonly associated with a concussion, or any other form of brain damage -- my memory is as infallible as ever - my coordination, reflexes, and balance are all in absolute check (slight vertigo, but I think this is from sinuses, and besides that can't the disruption of blood flow from a mere skull contusion (bruise) cause dizziness?) - appetite is fine, energy levels are regular, etc.

    Lastly, when I rub my scalp or apply pressure, the pain does not exacerbate. It doesn't seem sensitive to stimulas, as though it's more internalized -- it feels kind of like a chronic headache.

    Has my brain been harmed, or just my skull? Is there anyway to concisively tell, short of X-Rays or an MRI?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, I'm not a doctor...except maybe Dr. Mom. But my friend's daughter did have a diagnosed concussion and her symptoms were vomiting, sleepiness and a large swollen 'egg' on the back of her head.

      Knowing this limited knowledge, and the fact that it is a few days since your accident, I would say that you are recovering from a bruised scalp. If you had a more severe injury, I believe you would have been plagued by many more serious symptoms such as loss of consciousness, nausea, vomiting, blurry vision, swelling, dizziness, etc. Seriously, I think you are fine and just need time for your scalp to recover. Remember, the skull is a pretty hard casing, it takes a pretty severe blow to do damage to your brain. My personal opinion is that you are really OK.

  21. QUESTION:
    Do I have a cerebral contusion, or just a skull contusion?
    While entering my truck yesterday, I accidentally smashed the crown of my head directly up into the interior/roll cage w/e area. It was a direct, forward impact - and although /very/ hard, angled as such that my neck stabilized and braced my head from undergoing any whiplash effect whatsoever. The impact was a completely blunt one.

    Afterwards, I wasn't dizzy or nauseous at all, although I was somewhat tired and sleepy (accredited to the lack of sleep the night before). There was no disturbance of conscious, but all throughout the day I had a chronic headache in the region of impact which is still there even now, several days later. It's like a rainbow of pain across where the imprint of the impact site. Is this simply because I bruised the skull in that area? I am very sensitive and predisposed to migraine headaches, so this isn't a very major anomaly. If there's bruising on my skull, an accompanying headache seems only natural.

    Any brain damage, or no? For brain damage, wouldn't a jarring motion have had to occur? Otherwise, unless the skull was actually fractured or broken through, then the damage is isolated to the exterior of my cranium, correct? Given the lack of neurological symptoms, the fact that there was no whiplash or shearing motions, and that cognitively I seem to be functioning fine in spite of the persistent headache, can it be concluded that the extent of the damage is simply a bruised scalp, and nothing more? Or, could the crown of my skull have been caused to dip in beneath the pressure of impact for a brief moment, thereby causing a cerebral contusion on the top of my brain? I don't seem to have any of the symptoms commonly associated with a concussion, or any other form of brain damage -- my memory is as infallible as ever - my coordination, reflexes, and balance are all in absolute check (slight vertigo, but I think this is from sinuses, and besides that can't the disruption of blood flow from a mere skull contusion cause dizziness?) - appetite is fine, energy levels are regular, etc.

    Lastly, when I rub my scalp or apply pressure, the pain does not exacerbate. It doesn't seem sensitive to stimulas, as though it's more internalized -- it feels kind of like a chronic headache.

    So? Do I have a concussion, a cerebral contusion, or a simple cranial contusion (aka, a bruise on my skull)?

    • ANSWER:
      We're not neurosurgeons, why don't you ask someone qualified instead of prodding a bunch of idiot strangers?

  22. QUESTION:
    Can anyone please help? My friend has been having these symptoms that I have no idea what could be causing it.?
    So my best friend who is female and 17 years old, has been suffering these symptoms of dizziness, diarrhea, lack of sleep, and hair loss. And has had this mild fever from about 2-3 weeks ago. She has mentioned to me recently or last year (can't really remember) about recieving an injection. I have never asked her what type of injection she got because being teenager I would think any injections would be safe.(stupid i know) I have yet to know what her injections were, but will be posting additional details as soon as i can. If anyone knows what causes these symptoms please reply ASAP. I have ruled out her having a regular flu since, when she does have the flu its only for about 2-3 days or so, not this long. I have a feeling that what caused her illness is this injection. I tried researching what type vaccine gives these symptoms and have come across this thing called GARDASIL. I really hope that I am wrong about all of this and hoping that this is just one case of the flu...so please can anyone help? My friend refuses to go to the doctors fearing to find some rare and uncurable disease. Me, trying to be more logical about this, is hoping that this is just strong flu virus that will pass eventually, but her constant talking of some weird diseases has me considering some...
    Either way this experience has been mind sobering and I will be really greatful for some suggestions or some help..

    • ANSWER:
      It would not be from an injection she got that long ago. Does your friend not have parents? She should really be made to see a doctor if she is that bad off. If your friend has only been sick 2-3 days when you previously thought she had the flu, she did not have the flu. The flu's worst symptoms last 3-10 days, but the feeling of being "off" can hang around for weeks.

      You've mentioned Gardasil, so kindly ignore Lisa if she posts her fear mongering website. She is an anti-vaxxer who will use any means to try and get people to be fearful of them.

  23. QUESTION:
    Symptoms might be wrong?
    One of my friends was commenting on how pale i was and how i looked alot thinner than i used to, so she said that i should search some of the things she said online, because she thought i could be anaemic.

    The characteristics i have and searched were:
    - Pale skin
    - lightheadedness (especially if i move to quickly, and when i get up in the mornings, which sometimes results in blind moments, where i can't really see properly)
    -dizziness
    -increased thirst
    -tiredness
    -weight loss
    -itchiness
    -decreased appetite

    When i looked them up, Anaemia did come up, but so did Diabetes. But it said that diabetes is mainly common in overweight or older people, and the weight loss involved in that happens due to an increased appetite, although i have a decreased appetite, and i'm still a teen.

    Is it possible that i could just have some of the symptoms of diabetes, and not actually have it? Like the symptoms could be caused by lack of sleep?

    What's the best way to be checked? My parents aren't keen on bringing my to the doctors, even though i told them i was worried that i was anaemic.

    Thanks :)
    I am aware not every member of YA is a doctor, but it's not like i'm forcing people to answer. It's just a question which i was hoping someone could help me with.

    • ANSWER:
      You may also want to be tested for food absorption issues (like celiac disease) where the nutrients you eat do not get absorbed in a normal fashion. You may also want to get your thyroid checked. You can still have diabetes even though your weight is lower or normal. How old are you? Also, know your family health history that might give you some clues--since many conditions you mentioned may be genetic.

  24. QUESTION:
    slight dizziness and nausea no headache but slight pressure in the back of the head?
    I am afraid this might be brain tumor. My name is Otto and I am almost 20 years old and I am Asian. Im a guy. I am slightly over weight and I do not smoke. The entire thing started when I was heading off to college in the summer of 2007. My mother and I were heading to Washington DC from LA. We were driving across country. one night when we stopped to grab dinner I suddenly experienced difficulty swallowing. Then my head felt really confused and just plain strange. I could not talk properly. I could only answer to simple questions and I was subtly shaking. We went back to the hotel and I just went to bed but even then I was feeling really weird. I do not know how to describe this well, but it feels like a gush of different thoughts rushing through my head and I cannot control them. My mom did not understand what was going on because I was normal and everything about me from the exterior was fine. Then I got to college, the same symptoms did not come back for about two months. One night when I was sleeping my room-mate flashed the lights really quickly when I was sleeping. Then several minutes later I experienced the same sensation I did when I was driving across country, this time only worse. I kept staring into the distance to try and control my thoughts. Then I got up and the trembling started all over my body but I could still walk and speak. I could only form small sentences however and I could not answer my room-mate properly. I was panicking but I never lost consciousness. After that night I became extremely alert and worried. The last time I had a seizure was when I was really small and my mom says it was because I had a high fever. At the time I thought I was just sitting too long from all that driving and I thought all the change from coming to college was causing me stress so I did not pay enough attention. My friend's mother is a nurse so I followed my friend to see her. She told me she had no idea and told me I should seek help. I did not because after that night it stopped completely for a while and I learned how to control my weird sensations in the head afterward when I do get smaller versions of the attack. It has been a year since the first event happened and right now those small sensations are coming back. Not as often as when I went to college but I am extremely worried this might be something serious. I do not get headaches....but this morning I started noticing subtle sharp pains on the right side of my head. they are like bolts of pain but very small and happened very little this morning. probably once every thirty minutes. They were gone after I woke up about an hour later. Right now my head feels heavy, maybe its psychological but I am terrified. I do not have an appetite which is unusual. I am not hungry because I feel a very slight nausea. I feel pressure in the back of my head. My neck is sore because I fell off a Banana Boat before the dizziness and slight nausea happened. I have read all over the internet and they are only making me even more worried. Before the banana boat fall I was perfectly fine but I started experiencing dizziness afterward. I went banana boating sunday, right now it is thursday. its still here. the lack of appetite is making my mother worried. I am going to Japan to see my father. I will arrange for an MRI scan of my head. Hopefully its nothing serious. can a whiplash cause such nausea and lack of appetite for days? Since the partial seizures started from a year back, even if its a brain tumor, should it be benign? I do not know. I am trying not to freak out but this is making me worried.

    • ANSWER:
      its normal to freak out when you experience things in your body that are not usual. Based on your story, you are heading for the right decision to take steps to have a comprehensive check up. They are several things that you might be suffering from ( like a high blood pressure, a head injury or a seizure). Fortunately, all of them can be treated as long as you are compliant with what the doctors ask you to do. Dude, be brave to have a comprehensive physical exam and tests. The doctor will base the diagnosis on these. And you'll know for sure what is happening .

  25. QUESTION:
    suggestion with my opening paragraph?
    Hello, basically I have been requested to send the full hard copy of my manuscript to two literary agents. They read my query, synopsis and sample chapters and now want my full story in paper form. However, I think the opening paragraph is perhaps to wordy, and far to slow paced. People have said it is extremely deep and emotional, hence I might want to decrease the emotional aspect of it to. Any suggestions or approvals will be read with great appreciation. Thank you for your time.
    Opening chapter of my supernatural fantasy:

    Could it be that I am the last person left on Earth? Me, a nameless man struggling with life is the destined hermit of Earth, forced to dwell among its ravished lands and roam free for the remainder of my life in sorrow and regret, abandoned of any love that may have once accompanied me. Memories and emotions, these are things I can’t quite grasp, and don’t understand. I have already surpassed every major emotion throughout the last four weeks.
    I am on a new, inexperienced level. I feel like a useless zombie, drained of all understanding and intellect, left emotionless with this lifeless pit of Earth being my sandy grave. I only remember waking up here one random day four weeks ago and surviving in these harsh conditions up until now, and the rest is a lifelong blackout. The cause for my lack of knowledge or expected human traits is unknown, and quite frankly irretrievable. A mere day out here with no clue as to the seriousness of my current wellbeing seems like a millennia, each day as wicked as the last. I feel no good or bad, happiness or sadness, kindness or evil, all I feel is the desperate hypothetical dagger of depression and loneliness, cascading to bigger and terrible things, spreading through my body like a cancer and latching onto my every thought and feeling.
    An acrid, suffocating stench of burnt rubber awoke me from a fitful sleep, making its way up my nose and burned its way up into my foggy mind, alerting all of my senses. No glimmering shards of memory have come from this shaky sleep, I remain alone and disconcerted in a self made prison of a salvaged junk yard. I rub the clammy sleep away from my puffy, lifeless eyes, and I yawn to the heavens, longing for some much important companionship.
    A dozen car tires are burning bright causing an incendiary luminous glow, polluting the already mephitic air and adding to a veil of black smoke in the distant atmosphere which is blocking out the horizon. The sky is eclipsed by total darkness in an everlasting twilight state. There is nothing other than dusk clouds and bleak views as far as the eye can see.
    The Junk yard is not spacious, it is very one dimensional and narrow. It causes great claustrophobia, and along with the cabin fever, it is a truly dangerous combination. The view is not inherently nice, no beautiful green grass, crystal clear water, open blue skies, trees with leaves or cities of any kind; it is just an oblique, dull junk yard with no scenery other than the odd dead bush, car tires and scrap metal on top of each other, creating a pointless, scruffy pile of rubbish in the middle of a desert. It beggars belief, a complete eye sore.
    Weeks living on a disgusting river with no transparency and small rations of expired, revolting food that even a rat would despise are all that has kept me alive, I am severely malnourished. It seems the death of the Earth has occurred but the Earth has spared me for some strange reason. The constant qualm smell throughout the area causes dizziness, nausea and inebriation which no human could seemingly be immune to, and the terrestrial sphere is ravished by its poisonous essence in the air. My eyes are forever watering and red due to the constant toxic smoke in the vicinity. My nasal hairs are malting and being withered away before reaching the ground by cause of the vile stench piercing my nose. My skin is as pale as milk because there has been zero sunlight for the past month; the overcastted bleakness drowns out every shred of sunlight yet keeps the terrain humid. I burn the rubber tires in hope that if anybody is airborne they will come and save me from this Hell on Earth as I feel a dark horse trapped out here in this uncharted, desolate landscape.
    I don’t think the yard would pass a health and safety inspection, or any kind of inspection for that matter. There isn’t any other human life as far as I know, come to think of it, I have not seen any form of wildlife this month either. No fish in the water, no animals on land and no birds in the sky. Am I really the last surviving member of life on Earth? Or is this all just a nightmare waiting to end?
    It is like my mind has just been wiped blank and I am left stranded in unknown territory to rot just like the scrap at the junk yard, entrapped in all of its misery till blue in the face. Last night I had the same dream I have had for four weeks every night without fail; I awake dripping
    oops... the paragraphs are indented but it must not have pasted into YA correctly. Sorry

    • ANSWER:
      Your very descriptive, possibly a bit too much although it makes sense and put me into a sort of trance, good one though!

  26. QUESTION:
    Why am I becoming dizzy all the time?
    Lately, or for the last 3-4 days I've been really dizzy, and it's difficult to focus or do much. It begins small, but then it develops into something more, and it gets to the point where I can't see things straight. When I wake up, I'm usually fine for an hour or so, but then it begins. I don't have a headache, but it seems like when I move my eyes my brain can't follow the images. There are a few things I was concerned about. When I was a few weeks old, I had heart problems, and a valve to my heart broke. I had that valve repaired and went back home. A few weeks later another valve broke, and I was rushed to the hospital via helicopter. I'm supposed to get a checkup once every other year, but it's been three years since my last one. I'm working full time, living on my own, going to school, and competing in chess tournament and such, so I don't have much time for other things. Anyway, my question is, what do you think is causing is? I've also been losing sleep, and such lately, but the dizziness is too strong and constant to be from a mild lack of sleep.

    • ANSWER:
      Well obviously you work very hard,so it could be that your not eating well,because i am a diabetic and i have had all of these symptoms before when my blood sugar is either too high or too low(mostly with the whole brain can't follow eyes thing).but it's quite strange that you're constantly having them,so,defiantly try to make a quick visit to doctor,because if you don't these simple things can grow into more serious symptoms and become a serious problem god forbid.hope u get well soon!

  27. QUESTION:
    Anxiety Consuming Me?
    Lets see...I have gone to PCP, Neurologist, Psychaitrist, Nutritionist, Endocrinologist and a Gastroenterologist. My symptoms started after a vigorous workout. All tests (Head MRI, CT, neck and head MRA) and blood work negative, except for a slightly elevated TSH. However, the detailed #s are in range. They say its not the problem. I started getting headaches, dizziness, anxiety and loss of appetite 3 weeks ago. I also have increasing insomnia. Now I still have problems sleeping and loss of appetite (I force myself), headaches and anxiety I believe is the cause of it. I never had anxiety before the workout. The anxiety comes in varying degrees and affects my positive thinking. It happened after using a machine squatting which has shoulder pads. I felt something tighten in my neck during that routine. The more intense, the less I can function and the more I withdraw. The less intense, the more normal I feel and my other senses like sleep and appetite seem to come back a bit. It seems like the symptoms are elevated when a headache or sensation is present between the back of head/neck region. My neck still gets stiff but mobile. The Psych thinks its depression, the Neurologist, PCP, Gastro and Endocrine people think its anxiety perhaps due to lack of sleep. They are all dismissing exercise as the cause of my symptoms. I think if I can shake the anxiety then I can get my sleeping pattern back and appetite too. I hate being dismissed as a quack, when I don't feel like my personality has changed, except I cannot show happiness due to the illness. I feel like my mind is being screwed with to make me think I am depressed so I can be a permanent patient.

    I am going to an accupuncture specialist to concentrate on the neck and lower back of my head region.

    • ANSWER:
      Both anxiety and depression like you are describing are conditions that do not have to be permanent and can be dealt with with therapy.

      Therapy does not involve medication (you can combine them if you want) and it seems that it would work best in your case, which is related to something specific. You have the following options:

      Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (best)
      or Councelling

      These two therapies are different in that the councellor will talk with you (lead you with questions and let you do the main talking) and try to get you to see not only what caused the problem (like psychoanalysts), but also how you can solve it.

      CBT is more hands-on, they give you some questionnaires to fill in between therapies and suggest how you can learn specific techniques to tackle the sense of anxiety when it comes. Gives you a sense of control. I think it would be really beneficial for you.

      CBT and Councelling take ideally just a few months, and you can repeat them at times where you feel you may need them again.

      don't worry about the doctors contradicting each other: depression can be caused by anxiety, and I think this is the case here.

      Acupuncture is ok to use in conjunction with therapy, talk about it and other measures you are taking with your therapist.

      It is a major misconception to think that if you suffer from anxiety or depression means you are nuts. In fact, more than 70% of the people experience at some time in their lives. It is/would be very wise of you to consider treating these with therapy - after all you are doing what's best for yourself, to make yourself feel better.

      Good luck and I hope CBT or Councelling will make you feel better! Be optimistic!

  28. QUESTION:
    health question: is there anything wrong with me? here's a list of my symptons:?
    1. i get a headaches and dizzy atleast once a day. it normally lasts from 10 minutes to an hour. they come and go. i dont take any meds though cause they go away.

    2. i get nauscious followed by dizziness about once a day. whether after i eat or during a workout session. i sometimes throw up a little in my mouth. or burp up nasty tastes, like food or a bileish taste.

    3. i never throwup cause i like cant, i havent thrown up in over 5 years.

    4. i get claustrophobic and very dizzy after elevator rides.

    5. my nails have those rigid things in them, theyre brittle, my thumbs are yellow, and they often split and break. ( i wear nail polish tho )

    6. i hiccup very often during the day. like not hiccups, but just like a random hiccup.

    7. i can eat whenever i want, how much i want, and what i want. as i said before, i dont get sick. also, im never really hungry, but eat anyways and over eat.

    8. i have an alright diet with meat, veggies, lots of dairy, fruit, but many baked goods and chocolate. i eat a lot of bars like fiber one special k, etc. i dont eat chips, processed foods, pretzels, popcorn, etc. i feel like i dont get enough water, but i dont drink too much since i have school.

    9. i get a half hour of excercise during the week days. i get about an hour of extra exercise 2-3 times per week.

    10. i sleep for on average about 6-8 1/2 hours on the weekdays and 10-12 on the weekends.

    11. my eyes constantly twitch, its weird

    12. i take multivitamins and e vitamins for my pimply and scarring skin.

    13. as my symptons have gotten worse over the last week, i have gotten less sleep. like one day 4, 5, 6, and 8.

    14. in cars, i get extremely nauscious especially if i didnt just eat then got in a car. im fine on all other transportations though.

    i dont know if this is from poor diet, lack of sleep, lack of water/dehydration, malnutrition from excess baked goods, just growing(since im still a teen), a virus, or stress (but from what?). please help me out and thanks for caring! thanks for reading this long thing too!. thanks so much! :)

    • ANSWER:
      Go to a doctor.

  29. QUESTION:
    can anyone tell the difference between menstruation and early signs of pregnancy?
    I'm not sure but it's getting pretty close to my girlfriend's period... and like a week before, we kind of did it with both our underwear on... I slightly went in... like 1/2 an inch and pulled it out... I'm just not sure if she actually got pregnant or not... and she's been having some symptoms that are different than before when she had her periods

    Here's a list of all the symptoms:
    cramps in the stomach
    hard to take a dump
    more acne
    dizziness
    back pain (we're not sure but it might be from sleeping on the really soft couch)
    lack of sleep (could be from her dog waking her up in the middle of the night and cause she's been stressing about actually being pregnant)
    it's hard for her to take a really deep breathe... it hurts her stomach
    we don't think there has been any change with her chest...
    she hasn't had the morning sickness
    she doesn't feel nauseous
    the fluid inside her private area is more solidified than before kinda looks like it's chunkier instead of a liquid

    If anyone could give me any information at all about what they think my girlfriend is going through it'd help so much... I really need help with this problem and if anyone could give me any hints it would further help what we think is happening... Thank you everyone for trying to help
    I'm not sure about her last period but her period is supposed to happen on Monday... according to her, she never has a late period just might have early periods... and we kinda did it last Friday with both our underwear on... I didn't go in far at all... but her symptoms are telling me something else...
    This is the first time the symptoms have been a little unexpected... could it be just cause she's paranoid? Her stomach constantly hurts and she's grown a small bump that kinda hurts too... I'm not sure if her stomach hurts just cause she's paranoid... and some of the other symptoms could relate to her stress... I don't know....

    • ANSWER:
      period symptoms are very much like pregnancy symptoms so it is hard to tell the difference just by going by the symptoms alone.

  30. QUESTION:
    I feel a bit dizzy and weak, why?
    For the last few weeks I've been feeling really light. I dont feel heavy or normal. Basically weak. sometimes my body shakes a bit. I defitnitley get dizzy sometimes. The dizziness can be not that bad and sometimes I get really, really dizzy. Im going to be honest I sleep at 4am and wake up at 9am. I drink more Coke then I drink water. I dont eat all that much. maybe one big meal a night and if I do eat a snack its usually chips. Im a girl, 5'1 and I weigh 95 pounds. I dont eat meat, Im a vegeterian. I dont take vitamins. about a week and a half ago I felt so dizzy and lightheaded, everything was moving around me and wouldnt stop that i freaked out and started crying and shaking and was rushed to the hospital and the doctor said I had vertigo. Maybe that night I had vertigo, but I dont believe thats the cause of me feeling weak and sorta dizzy.
    What do u guys think? maybe lack of sleep? not eating enough? should i drink more water and take vitamins? what should I do! Im going insane!

    • ANSWER:
      You probably have low blood pressure. Getting more sleep and eating/drinking better is a good place to start!

  31. QUESTION:
    Are these the symptoms of mild or severe Lupus?
    it doesn't all attack me at once, but they vary from time to time. I always feel these symptoms can be attributed to something else...
    I have already been diagnosed with SLE but I havent gone to my rheumatologist for 1/2 year now. I am also not taking any meds at this time. I dont have any rashes so I was wondering if I should just rest and take it easy, after all, the doc will probably prescribe prednisone and send me home.

    memory loss -----I am just plain forgetful and always have been though
    headaches---------don't everyone get them from time to time?
    fatigue---------------I am in college, so stress?
    dizziness/lightheaded-------------i guess can be from stress, lack of sleep?
    vertigo (nausea)----------------------happens sometimes
    eye infections---------------------------- (eyelids swollen, but i think it was caused by dirty fingers) happened 4 times in 5 months
    mouth sores/ulcers----------------happening just now
    hair loss---------------------------I have thin hair, since HS
    loss of appetite-----------------on and off, could be due to relationships+ school
    memory loss-----sometimes i want something and go to another room to get it, and then come back empty handed. but it will take me a while to realize i forgot something.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Jayne.
      As you have already been diagnosed with SLE I am sure you know that your rheumatologist can best answer this .... however of the many issues you describe I can tell you that the hair loss and fatigue are common signs for lupus . The rest of your ailments could have any of a plethora of causes not necessarily attributed to your lupus itself but could be an underlying factor . I would schedule an appointment with your rheumatologist for a better idea of what may or may not be causing your ailments and what there relevance to your lupus could be...

      take care

  32. QUESTION:
    Strep throat but don't want to miss school?
    I didn't wanna go to school today, but went on ahead anyway.
    I've had it for probably 24 hours (now).

    I ran the mile in first period in coldness and find some discomfort in lungs. Had asthma as a kid. Running, I felt dizzyish. I felt dizzy all day.

    I found myself not totally sleepy, but almost fell asleep 2nd period due to being tired, I suppose, not because of lack of sleep.

    I found concentrating challenging.
    Took a math test 4th period and skipped over alot of problems due to the dizziness and concentration thing.

    I napped about two hours already. & typically,
    would just wait it out and fight the pain.

    - What kind of non-prescription kind can I get for strep?
    I don't want to go to a doctor because that takes time.

    In high school, don't wanna miss school, but I feel it might just be the right thing to stay home to recover and not spread the sickness. BUT I also don't wanna miss any lessons.

    - What should i do?

    I'm willing to fight the symptoms in school as long as my head clears up enough tomorrow (and doesn't get worse) and in the meantime, need to treat it. as I read it can cause damage to heart if I don't.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to get an antibiotic at the doctor.
      Going to school won't help. You need to get rest.
      And throw away your toothbrushes when your done
      b/c the bacteria will build up. Strep throat is really bad.

  33. QUESTION:
    What do I constantly feel like this? Please help?
    I've asked this several times before and no one has answered. I figured maybe it was too long, so all I am going to do this time is just list my symptoms and if you have questions I will type the answer in the details box.

    *Some nights I sleep for about an hour or two and then wake up, which causes me to be tired throughout the day
    *Always tired (kind of the same as #1 except it is basically every day)
    *Trouble breathing (I walk for about 2 minutes or less and I have trouble breathing)
    *Dizziness (Almost constantly/every day)
    *Feel like I'm always in a dream (I feel more alive during the summer/aware.. I feel this feeling kicking in when it gets colder.. or maybe just because of lack of sleep?)
    *Loss of Appetite/Gain in Appetite(one week I can't even look at food and the next I eat everything in sight)
    *Nausea (this is of late. Sunday night I stayed up until 3 in the morning with horrible stomach pains/nausea, but couldn't throw up.. same thing this morning except not as long/severe)
    *Dry eyes
    *Extremely dry skin (I think I have psoriasis/eczema)
    *Constantly cold
    *Frequent urination (this is of late as well. I feel like I need to go more often, but when I do I hardly go at all)

    That's all I can think of for now. I would go to a doctor/dermatologist (for the skin), but my mom won't take me. I've told her about my breathing troubles and she laughed at me... when my skin was really bad (if you look up psoriasis, you'll understand) she said if I went to a dermatologist, they would laugh at me (but I had it on my chin, cheek, hand, and fingers. It's extremely painful, itchy, and uncomfortable). I just need some help on what I need to worry about/what I don't.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      YOU SERIOUSLY NEED TO SEE A DOCTOR.
      i dont know which,start with a pathologist,you might suffer from something physical or some sort of depression,but you do suffer from something,Your mom should only laugh about herself,and how irresponsible she is.

  34. QUESTION:
    Are these heart problems a condition?
    Im having heart palpitations again..I have them often but heres why Im wondering if its because of a condition
    When I was ten I went to the doctor for heart problems. I would get really weak and have low stamina during physical activities. SO i went to the doctor and they did a few tests on me. The ultrasound came out clear, and the treadmill test showed my heart sped up faster then normal. I had white coat syndrome so the experience scared me and I didn't go back for my second appointment which would have been the diagnosis.
    I dealt with it throughout the years because it never really bothered me to bad, i would just get out of breath and over heated easier then most people.
    Well last year i dealth with mild anorexia. I lost twenty pounds in less then a month and i got over it but during recovery I noticed I would have episodes where for weeks at a time I would have constant heart palpitations all day everyday, usually worse after eating. I would get head rushes and a pounding heart if i stood to fast and I get really really dizzy to the point where when im walking everything starts tilting and spinning and i feel like im going to fall over.
    The episodes last anywhere from a week to a couple months Ive had it now for a month again and Its ruining my life. I can barely get out of bed or walk anywhere cause Im so dizzy. Ive noticed its worse after I eat so I didnt know if it was a symptom recovering from anorexia. I can feel my heart pounding now and its awful. I want to walk around but I start getting vertigo which makes me nervous and makes it all worse.

    Things you might need to know
    I have IBS ive heard dizziness is associated with it but the dizziness is more caused from the heart palpitations.
    It happens at stressful times but lasts even after the stress is over and gone
    I have estrogen defiency which ive had since thirteen. i was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and was on medicine for it for a year that didnt help. I went to a specialist and he said it wasnt hyperthyroidism most likely it was an estrogen or hormone defiency. I notice the palpitations also occure during hormone fluctuations like menstruation or ovulation but again it lasts way after those times are gone.

    Should i go back to the doctor and get more tests done again?
    Does it sound serious?
    Im still able to eat drink sleep and everything, but im stuck in bed from the dizziness.
    IS there any vitamins i can take to help my heart and stop the palpitations until I find a more permanant solution?

    BTW im only eighteen i hardly exercise because the condition and my diet is average its not immaculate but i dont live on junk food. It also might be lack of water I have a bad habit of not drinking enough water, could this worsen it?

    • ANSWER:
      You should consult an Endocrinologist. Orthostatic hypotension can cause fatigue, dizziness, light headedness or fainting. Hyperthyroidism and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome can cause heart palpitations.

  35. QUESTION:
    Is our drug industry out of control?
    If you can't sleep you can take Ambien, here are the side effects for that:
    Ambien may cause a severe allergic reaction. Stop taking Ambien and get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Stop using Ambien and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

    depressed mood, thoughts of hurting yourself;

    unusual thoughts, risk-taking behavior, decreased inhibitions, no fear of danger;

    anxiety, aggression, feeling restless or agitated;

    hallucinations, confusion, loss of personality.

    Less serious Ambien side effects may include:

    daytime drowsiness, dizziness, weakness, feeling "drugged" or light-headed;

    lack of coordination;

    amnesia, forgetfulness;

    vivid or abnormal dreams;

    nausea, constipation;

    stuffy nose, sore throat;

    headache, muscle pain; or

    blurred vision.

    This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect.

    Isn't that crazy?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes they are. The Medicare prescrioption drug program is evidence of that. How is it that we continue pay list price for medications when no other large purchaser does. Not the VA, not the Insurance companies...

      What surprises will these dirtbags place in the universal health care legislation?

      edit

      My favorite warning.

      Contact your physician if you have an erection lasting longer than 4 hours!!

  36. QUESTION:
    Serious emergency. I collapsed before and I need help!?
    I'm sorry this is gonna be really long :
    This morning I woke up for school. The first thing I did was go and use the bathroom as I do every since morning. I decided to clean out my new piercing on my cartilage. I took it out to clean the inside (it's about 3 weeks old and I know I wasn't suppose to take it out but I've done it before and been fine). When I was putting it in it didn't hurt at all but I was getting light headed, dizzy and reallllllly hot. I took off my sweater so I was just in pajama pants (I wasn't wearing a shirt or bra underneath cause I do get warm or freezing in my sleep). I sat on the floor for a bit trying to catch my breath. But nothing was improving so I started walking towards my room. After I took 4 steps out of the bathroom everything was spinning then all I saw was black. I fell. I heard someone asking me if I was ok or needed help. I don't remember if I just said "No I need help" or if I whispered it or if I yelled it. I could have been crying I don't know. I thought I fell in the hallway and my mom was talking to me but I fell in my brothers room and he was talking to me. I don't know if I opened his door or if it was open or I fell into it hard enough or anything. Then the first thing I see was my brother sprint out of the room faster than I've ever seen him move. Besides the fact I was on his floor not knowing where I am without a shirt on, I hit my lip on his garbage can and it got swollen. My mom comes in and tries talking to me and I slowly snap back to what happened. She got me some water and about ten minutes later took my blood pressure (she has a machine thing since she has high blood pressure) and I was 91/70. My dad wasn't home from work yet and my mom wanted to take me to the ER. That happened at about 6:00 this morning. I feel better now just a bit light headed and I'm going to the doctors in half an hour.
    There are 3 possible causes for this. The fact that I'm a vegetarian and haven't eaten meat in 11 months. The low blood pressure, which I don't know if it was low before it happened or if it dropped while it was happening. Or my piercing because when I pierced my nose I felt the same light headed, dizziness that just passed by. My mom things is the blood pressure, my dad thinks it the lack of meat, and I think it's the piercing. What can it be? I kinda want an idea for the doctors :(
    Sorry it's so long.

    • ANSWER:
      Pain and shock can cause the blood pressure to drop and this is what causes the fainting/passing out and it suggests to me that fiddling with your piercing caused a certain kind of pain/shock which made you faint.
      It's not so much your usual blood pressure as the speed at which is drops that causes the problem.

  37. QUESTION:
    Am I going crazy or is it just me? (ignore bad grammar)?
    I'm only 16 and lately I've started to hear voices and see things again, except way worser than usual. There's this whispering voice that keeps on repeating the word "die." and a louder voice that screams "kill!" The rest I can't make out though it seems like mumbling. As for seeing things, everywhere i look I see dark shadow figures either reaching out to me or staring at me. A couple of days ago was my bday and it felt horrible so I cut my legs. It's like another year of failure passed by so quickly. To make things worse school just started and a missed a lot of days already. I'm behind in everything just like last year. Back in May I was hospitalized for mainly severe depression after my third suicide attempt. I also have selective mutism, social anxiety and ocd (for perfectionism?). Long hours alone in a straitjacket was just plain awesome. I was discharged this summer and am now back in school. So I was given meds (prozac) and things started to get better till a couple of weeks ago. I keep on having nightmares about my other self killing myself by stabbing me in the heart, cutting it open and ripping it out of my chest. But before that she went on a killing spree and sliced and chopped everyone who I thought hated me or treated me like crap (which is a lot) up. It was gory yet somewhat amusing to me. I've always wanted to kill happy people I see walking down the street. Two day ago on my bday, I was sent home early cause my teachers thought it wasn't safe for me to be in class. I was using one of those bulletin board pins to scratch myself, like that was such a big deal. I went home crying for no reason and as soon as I got home, I went to the little dark corner in corner in my room, sobbing and scratching my arms with my nails until they bleed. Then I went to sleep and had the exact same nightmare as my previous ones. I woke up, walked to my closet and began choking myself with a belt. My mom saw me and slapped my cheeks. Now she hides all the knifes, ropes, belts, pins and even the pencils in our home from me. They're and a lot of other things are locked up somewhere where I cant get it. what's the point of doing that?? if i'm gonna commit suicide, mind as well do it now. The headaches, the dizziness, the voices, the nightmares, the people, my failures, my new teachers already hating me, my lack of talent/intelligence/looks/personality, my family thinking I'm unstable nutcase, the load of schoolwork I'll never catch up with cause i can’t concentrate, my new classmates not talking to me cause something's wrong with me, and a bunch of other stuff. Look at me rambling on, I sound just like those selfish, self-centered girls I hate so much. I'm such a lunatical freak. Nobody likes me and ever will.

    But there's a side of my that wants to change that. I just don't know how. So please, help??? Before she takes over me!! I know I sound crazy, but please…she appears in my mind and tells me horrible stuff I’m starting to believe. Soon I’ll actually do something I’ll terribly regret. Can somebody help me?
    yes, i reasked my question several times again today. old one:http://ca.answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AijKfP0E81ZosI01.o8h4mHAFQx.;_ylv=3?qid=20091009134722AArV0SM
    im really scared, you've got to believe me. thanks to all that answered helpfully. im trying to call and email for help but no one's picking up or replying. my mother is not home to drive me and im sure the outside world against me. uhh... pastor ken, who is peggy?? why are you calling me that? so youre against me too, are you?? are you? what did i do to you?? why do you hate me? what's wrong with asking for help?? i shouldve known!!
    curious ღ qt, thank you, im sooo glad to meet someone like me. but im afraid to go to the er without my mother and umm...i dont know any help lines..can you or anyone recommend me one? i kinda destroyed my room and went crying again...you helped calm me down but that other girl in me is speaking again...what can i do to shut her up??

    • ANSWER:
      Go to the emergency room immediately and ask them to call your psychiatrist after they admit you. Tell them you are a danger to yourself and others. They will help you.

  38. QUESTION:
    Help?? What's wrong with me? Am I going crazy?
    I'm 16 and lately I've started to hear voices and see things again, except way worser than usual. There's this whispering voice that keeps on repeating the word "die." and a louder voice that screams "kill!" The rest I can't make out though it seems like mumbling. As for seeing things, everywhere i look I see dark shadow figures either reaching out to me or staring at me. A couple of days ago was my bday and it felt horrible so I cut my legs. It's like another year of failure passed by so quickly. To make things worse school just started and a missed a lot of days already. I'm behind in everything just like last year. Back in May I was hospitalized for mainly severe depression after my third suicide attempt. I also have selective mutism, social anxiety and ocd (for perfectionism?). Long hours alone in a straitjacket was just plain awesome. I was discharged this summer and am now back in school. So I was given meds (prozac) and things started to get better till a couple of weeks ago. I keep on having nightmares about my other self killing myself by stabbing me in the heart, cutting it open and ripping it out of my chest. But before that she went on a killing spree and sliced and chopped everyone who I thought hated me or treated me like crap (which is a lot) up. It was gory yet somewhat amusing to me. I've always wanted to kill happy people I see walking down the street. Two day ago on my bday, I was sent home early cause my teachers thought it wasn't safe for me to be in class. I was using one of those bulletin board pins to scratch myself, like that was such a big deal. I went home crying for no reason and as soon as I got home, I went to the little dark corner in corner in my room, sobbing and scratching my arms with my nails until they bleed. Then I went to sleep and had the exact same nightmare as my previous ones. I woke up, walked to my closet and began choking myself with a belt. My mom saw me and slapped my cheeks. Now she hides all the knifes, ropes, belts, pins and even the pencils in our home from me. They're and a lot of other things are locked up somewhere where I cant get it. what's the point of doing that?? if i'm gonna commit suicide, mind as well do it now. The headaches, the dizziness, the voices, the nightmares, the people, my failures, my new teachers already hating me, my lack of talent/intellience/looks/personality, my family thinking I'm unstable nutcase, the load of schoolwork I'll never catch up with cause i cant concentrate, my new classmates not talking to me cause something's wrong with me, and a bunch of other stuff. Look at me rambling on, I sound just like those selfish, self-centered girls I hate so much. I'm such a lunatical freak. Nobody likes me and ever will.

    But there's a side of my that wants to change that. I just don't know how. So please, help???

    • ANSWER:
      first u shouldnt be on prozac, prozac helped me but it also made me sucidal and want to hurt my self. i was a little older than yourself, was 18 when i got told i had depression and now im 21 nearly 22
      i also heard things too, telling me to hurt myself. i now take antipsychotics [sequel] which i have to say are working really well for me.
      i used to have nightmares about being kill and me killing other people.
      i have also been in hospital 5 times last year because i overdosed.
      i think prozac is the wrong meds for you. you are not a freak always remember that. when someone has amental illness alot of people freak out and dont know how to handle it and they think well if i cant see it then it isnt there. but it is.

      my parents had a hard time understand what i have [mood disorder now] your parents just dont know what to do.
      you need to go back to your doctor and explain everything, if they dont listen ask to see another one untill u get the help you need.

      suicide is not the way ive learnt that, i know its hard with the voices and nightmare and people no understanding, ive been on meds for 4 years and i can tell you it gets better.

      it will get better my heart goes out to you.

  39. QUESTION:
    This person has anaemia and cardiomegaly. What should she do to get herself back on track?
    I am writing on behalf of someone else who doesn't have an Internet connection.

    She was diagnosed with anaemia a long time ago, and has been on and off her prescribed iron supplements. Only recently, she found out she was also apparently diagnosed with cardiomegaly, which I believe is an enlarged heart muscle and thicker arteries which makes it harder to pump blood around the body, especially with the extra lack of oxygen (please correct me if I'm wrong).

    She has all the classic symptoms of anaemia and cardiomegaly, which include dizziness, tiredness, occasional fast heart beating, and she also frequently complains almost every day that her chest feels like it is about to 'cave in' - most of the time this leads to her having to have a nap for an hour or two.

    Admittedly, she also doesn't eat too well as many things don't agree with her stomach, which I also believe is the main cause and also side effect of the anaemia, with her metabolism not having enough energy to properly process the food. Many things can also make her easily stressed and obviously this doesn't help either.

    Additionally, she doesn't sleep for long, only between 4 and 6 hours and frequently has to urinate.

    I have read that cardiomegaly can also be caused by too much iron as well, so I have told her this and we are unsure as whether she should start taking her iron supplements again.

    I am worried for her and we don't know where to start to get her back on track. Obviously, we have seeked medical attention concerning these problems, but no doctors seem to really understand what is going on. What should she do to recover herself?

    Thank you,

    David

    • ANSWER:
      Control the acute phase, with a couple of RBC pack fraction. Next find out the cause of anemia.
      When she must pay attention to her diet in rich iron diet, might be she is suffering from "Anorexia Nervosa"[ rare nowadays ] also see that her kidneys are working fine as in renal diseases you can get anemia ,+ frquency of micturation.
      Do discuss with her doctor on the above lines Good Luck.

  40. QUESTION:
    Traumatic brain injury!?
    I was shaking my head violently as fast I could for about 20 minutes one day and about 20 minutes the next day (don't ask me why because it is a long and unneccersary story). the first day I shook my head violently, I became dizzy/light-headed hours afterwards and the second day i shook my head violently I felt dizzy/light-headed immediately afterwards but it reappeared again at supper. I also kept picking on my head which caused my head to hurt but I am not sure if it came from my brain or my skull or my scalp (again, there is no need to ask why I did this).

    So those incidents compounded perhaps caused me to have the following symptons in the weeks that followed (please carefully read):

    repeated headaches (it is almost the fourth week and this still reappears sometimes), vomiting (vomitted only once but could have been for another good reason), nausea (a few times in the second week), lack of motor coordination (strongly evident only in basketball shooting), dizziness/lightheadedness (constantly light-headed in the first two weeks then in the third week it was just sometimes), blurred vision or tired eyes (i never had a problem with seeing in everyday but struggle in seeing clearly fast-motion computer games (the fast moving characters have quite blurred legs when running), and changes in sleep patterns (many clear,vivid and complicated dreams that all make perfect realistic sense for some reason), behavioral or mood changes (depression and mood swings), confusion (i dont know about confusion, but my mind is just simpler and not fast or analytical anymore for 3 weeks and is still a like that now and it is already the third to fourth week and could still persist), and trouble with memory (detectable in the first three weeks where I could not remember much after reading a page), concentration (still struggle with concentration now being the third-to fouth week but only for writing creative academic writings) attention (less awareness to the surroundings even now being the third to fourth week because I sometimes do things during inappropiate times but even if i am sure of this it is still difficult to judge by others), or thinking (i certainly naturally think less when im not forced to). In addition I also struggle even now a little bit to understand abstract meanings which is why sometimes I cant fully understand essay questions that sound abstract.

    So far I have only taken daily chinese medicine(because im on holiday in china) and some sort of punctures into my spinal cord. I have not stayed at hospital except to collect medicine. I have taken an MRI test which said they could not detect anything wrong (no clues or anything) but then again mild traumatic brain injuries can't all be detected by MRI. The doctor said it was mild but this is China so it maybe different to UK in measuring severity.

    So my real question is:

    from everything I have just said can you please use your instincts as a doctor to judge the severity of my traumatic brain injury?

    (if your not a doctor or not someone whose field is related to this then please do not answer)

    and also please do not say something like "but I need more evidence as a doctor" because I am just asking you to use the best of your medical abilities/instincts to judge my scenario based on all the information I provided. and if you need more information about my scenario please specify so I can add that on for you.

    also, what are the chances of permanent brain damage? and what is the best thing I should do now because I am still healing and it is better to aid it or prevent damaging further but i dont know much because i am not a doctor. also what additional adive would you give as a doctor?

    i am terribly sorry about all this writing but it just shows my desperation because the issue of permanent brain damage is just a big thing for me and thinking that it could affect my career and everything i do (because everything is controlled by the brain) is just freaking me out! thank you for your help!
    i also have not had more but not less than 7 hours of sleep during the first week post brain injury. I have had at least 10 hours of sleep in week 2 and 3 but recently it is swaying around 7 and 10 hours. the doctor told me to sleep at least 10 hours per day for 3 months and said lack of sleep or drinking beer or smoking cigarettes will increase chances of prolongued or permanent disabilities.

    also if you need anymore info please ask, i will definately reply fully asap... afterall, it concerns me
    of course i would not want to get brain injury on purpose. please dont jump to conclusions. i know it sounds like it which is precisely why i dont want to explain it. if i explain it all in one sentence then it would create more misunderstandings so i can only explain all of it and it is long enough as it already is and it has no medical relevance. and anyway, judging from your answer, i assume you havent fully read my question. and no im not thinking too much because the doctor said it was mild tbi
    actually i felt dizzy after shaking head which is a concussion the shaking of the brain inside the skull. although douglas, your theory is good about the musles in the back of the neck because it did hurt at the time and that is probably the case but i think there were two things that happened. the picking of the head caused muscle problems like u said and the shaking of the head caused concussion because you cant deny all of the symptoms as not being those of a traumatic brain injury. muscles does not cause reading and writing difficulties nor sleep deprivation. or its the scalp nerve cells?// well im not sure but my doctor said it was a concussion.
    linda, I am sorry to hear you also had a brain injury. Did you also feel extremely light-headed after the incident? how long did it last? also, how long did the headache last. its been four weeks and i am still getting headaches at times and I still feel light-headed if I run too fast or I suddenly get up. The most the brain injury has done to me was inability to concentrate and strong dizziness and inability to understand abstract ideas and answer questions that require some thinking at school. somehow i could do maths but not history because it is more abstract and not just exact number figures. also, in the first three weeks when i read from a page of writing, my mind just plays like a vivid dream-like video. and afterwards i would not remember any of the words but that video in my head. it sounds weird but you probably know what i am talking about since you had the same experience. is this normal for mild? and also what would UK doctors have treated me if i was still in UK?

    • ANSWER:
      Because of the time lapse from the time of your concussion till now, you are dealing with what they call post concussive syndrome. They can only treat the symptoms on this.

      You need to be treated by a neurologist.

      And as my family says to me - quit doing that!!!

      You didn't tell us why, and it certainly doesn't sound like a normal thing to do - but do me a favor and don't do it anymore.

      I know how it feels when you think you should be better and you aren't, you tend to get panicky and over analyze things.

      I responded on your other post. The diagnosis was correct. You are just dealing with ongoing symptoms.

      Please be careful with your head. I suffer symptoms 5 years after the fact. In the beginning I had to relearn how to get dressed. Mine too was diagnosed as a mild traumatic brain injury.

      Take care of yourself - no more self induced shaken baby syndrome - you are too old for that:)

      Good luck to you.

      Friend,

      To reply to your question... everybody's brain is different, therefore everyone who gets a brain injury's symptoms will be different. There is no way that any two person's will experience exactly the same thing. That being said there are many similarities in the population that doctor's can say yep people who suffer brain injuries to this section of the brain will do XYZ. I do not live in the UK. I live in the good old USA. So with the socialized medicine in the UK I have no idea what type of treatment you would receive there or how quickly you would receive treatment. I do know that Chinese medicine is different in a lot of ways. Since I have been known to use a lot of homeopathic remedies etc. I am not a person who says it has to be a normal Western drug or procedure to help. So, I don't know that I could judge that part. I know that acupuncture helps some and not others.

      However, the issues you are dealing with are stemming from your brain not your spine. So it would seem that the healing of the problem would need to start there too. That does not mean you could not get symptom relief from acupuncture, nor does it mean that their theories about it are incorrect. It just means that I have no experience with it and I am looking it at it from a Western perspective.

      In the first month or so I was traumatized that there was no way I could be in a crowd. So I don't know how I would have dealt with trying to learn. To this day I can try to look at a page that has legalese (which previously wouldn't have been a problem) and I can not read or comprehend it. I spent the first 3 months in a dark room with round the clock headaches and migraines. I forgot all habitual things like hygiene routines and dressing routines. For days I could not remember that 8 + 5 = 13. I redid that problem so many times it wasn't funny.

      But my experience is really irrelevant to your recovery. What is important to you is what areas of the brain where damaged. There are several good books by Dr. Daniel Amen that I would recommend for you or for someone who can help you. One is called Making a Good Brain Great: The Amen Clinic Program for Achieving and Sustaining Optimal Mental Performance and the other is called Magnificent Mind at Any Age: Natural Ways to Unleash Your Brain's Maximum Potential. These books are not written in medical terms but in layman's terms and they are easy to read.

      One of them has a section in it where you can take a self-evaluation. It will help you understand what areas of your brain were effected and what types of things you can do to make it better. I took the evaluation and it helped me understand why I was having certain symptoms. My daughter read it and in areas of the brain where I was effected, she said "Hey, That's you Mom!!!"

      What I learned was that I had indeed suffered a whiplash effect in my brain even though I just fell and hit my head on concrete stairs(with steel coping on them.) Not only did I suffer symptoms in the executive functioning section of the brain, the part that makes decisions, does math etc., but also the limbic section (controls emotions), and the section at the back base of your brain that controls sensitivity to light sound and other things. These books might be something for a little later on.

      You will or if you are incapable of making a decision (I had that problem after the accident as well. I had to hire some one to teach me how to make a decision!!!) someone else will need to decide whether or not it makes sense for you to continue your education at the moment, or whether you need to take a break and work on recovery. At the beginning I couldn't even think for 30 minutes while talking without needing to go to sleep.

      So perhaps you need to talk to someone (a close friend who knows you and your capabilities from before your injury - or a wise respected family member) to help you make some decisions about your treatment.

  41. QUESTION:
    why does sugar make me ill?
    I am 18 years old and has had a problem with eating for a couple of years. I cant eat when im not hungry, which rules out trying to slowly eat. Recently, I have discovered that when I eat or drink anything sugary I start to feel sick and ill with nausea, dizziness, feeling exhausted and just wanting to rest.
    A few days ago I did go to the doctors about my eating problem, then my sugar scenario happened. The doctor is also checking me for my electrolytes levels, seeing if im anemic or diabetic and they are checking my congenital hypothyroidism as my BMI is almost underweight.
    I have also recently developed a rash on my belly, between my hips and I have started to have joint pain. Its causing so much pain its hard to move.
    The symptoms I originally went to the doctors for was my lack of appetite, feeling sick, having ''blackouts'', having dizzy spells, always exhausted and needing to sleep all the time. 0
    This is worrying me, can anyone help?

    • ANSWER:
      then stop eating it.

  42. QUESTION:
    Can lack of sleep cause dizziness?

    • ANSWER:
      yes

  43. QUESTION:
    What can cause chest pain and dizziness upon standing.?
    I am 15 and this is happening to me. I slept 4 hours the past two nights. Also when I stand I get pains on both sides of my neck. Please help. Could this be from lack of sleep. About 3 months ago I had an EKG and chest x-ray done at the ER when I had a panic attack and everything was fine.

    • ANSWER:
      it is called orthostatic hypotension, it usually happens when you lay down for a long period of time and then try to get up. you see, when you get up, your blood pulls to your lower extremities and causes for u to become dizzy. i recommend you for next time, to try to get up slowly and dangle you feet for a minute on your bedside prior to getting up, in order to get you blood circulation going and to prevent these episodes of dizziness. In addition, you might also want to monitor you blood pressure and drink plenty of water. Sometimes it happens, because of lack of blood volume due to dehydration. i think your fine, and according to you, the EKG and CXR came out good. try to relax, and get some good sleep.

  44. QUESTION:
    Anti-depressant side effect ?

    My Dad is suffering from depression. Doctor has given him anti-depressant, but since he started taking them He cannot sleep and is feeling Dizziness ?

    Can anti-depressant cause lack of sleep ?

    • ANSWER:
      sorry to hear your dad isnt well!is it citalopram by any chance?if so yes this does happen!one can also feel nauseus and tired during the day,most anti depressants take a couple of weeks to kick in and side effects can diminish after this tiem,if not go and see doctor and have meds changed,hope he feels better soon

  45. QUESTION:
    Do I have a concussion or cerebral contusion, or is my skull just bruised?
    While entering my truck on Tuesday, I accidentally smashed the crown of my head directly up into the interior/roll cage area. It was a direct, forward impact - and although /very/ hard, angled as such that my neck stabilized and braced my head from undergoing any whiplash effect whatsoever. The impact was a completely blunt one.

    Afterwards, I wasn't dizzy or nauseous at all, although I was somewhat tired and sleepy (accredited to the lack of sleep the night before). There was no disturbance of conscious, but all throughout the day I had a chronic headache in the region of impact which is still there even now, several days later. It's like a rainbow of pain across where the imprint of the impact site. Is this simply because I bruised the skull in that area? I am very sensitive and predisposed to migraine headaches, so this isn't a very major anomaly. If there's bruising on my skull, an accompanying headache seems only natural.

    Any brain damage, or no? For brain damage, wouldn't a jarring motion have had to occur? Otherwise, unless the skull was actually fractured or broken through, then the damage is isolated to the exterior of my cranium, correct? Given the lack of neurological symptoms, the fact that there was no whiplash or shearing motions, and that cognitively I seem to be functioning fine in spite of the persistent headache, can it be concluded that the extent of the damage is simply a bruised scalp, and nothing more? Or, could the crown of my skull have been caused to dip in beneath the pressure of impact for a brief moment, thereby causing a cerebral contusion on the top of my brain? I don't seem to have any of the symptoms commonly associated with a concussion, or any other form of brain damage -- my memory is as infallible as ever - my coordination, reflexes, and balance are all in absolute check (slight vertigo, but I think this is from sinuses, and besides that can't the disruption of blood flow from a mere skull contusion (bruise) cause dizziness?) - appetite is fine, energy levels are regular, etc.

    Lastly, when I rub my scalp or apply pressure, the pain does not exacerbate. It doesn't seem sensitive to stimulas, as though it's more internalized -- it feels kind of like a chronic headache.

    Has my brain been harmed, or just my skull? Is there anyway to concisively tell, short of X-Rays or an MRI?
    ^
    Would like that question answered, too.

    • ANSWER:
      If you became dizzy, it is possible to have a slight concussion.
      If your vision, balance, appetite, and alertness is intact, you are most likely fine.
      Of course, you will have pain where you felt the impact.
      Sleepiness is common after a head injury, the main thing is that you can awaken easily.
      Most of the people I have seen with head injuries will develop extreme nausea, excessive sleepiness, and unsteadiness.
      If symptoms increase even up to six weeks, later, it is important to
      relay that to your physician.
      But my philosophy is see a doctor if you are concerned.
      Your pupils should be equal and react to light.
      I think that since you wrote in such detail, you are fine.

  46. QUESTION:
    Do I have a concussion or cerebral contusion, or is my skull just bruised?
    While entering my truck on Tuesday, I accidentally smashed the crown of my head directly up into the interior/roll cage area. It was a direct, forward impact - and although /very/ hard, angled as such that my neck stabilized and braced my head from undergoing any whiplash effect whatsoever. The impact was a completely blunt one.

    Afterwards, I wasn't dizzy or nauseous at all, although I was somewhat tired and sleepy (accredited to the lack of sleep the night before). There was no disturbance of conscious, but all throughout the day I had a chronic headache in the region of impact which is still there even now, several days later. It's like a rainbow of pain across where the imprint of the impact site. Is this simply because I bruised the skull in that area? I am very sensitive and predisposed to migraine headaches, so this isn't a very major anomaly. If there's bruising on my skull, an accompanying headache seems only natural.

    Any brain damage, or no? For brain damage, wouldn't a jarring motion have had to occur? Otherwise, unless the skull was actually fractured or broken through, then the damage is isolated to the exterior of my cranium, correct? Given the lack of neurological symptoms, the fact that there was no whiplash or shearing motions, and that cognitively I seem to be functioning fine in spite of the persistent headache, can it be concluded that the extent of the damage is simply a bruised scalp, and nothing more? Or, could the crown of my skull have been caused to dip in beneath the pressure of impact for a brief moment, thereby causing a cerebral contusion on the top of my brain? I don't seem to have any of the symptoms commonly associated with a concussion, or any other form of brain damage -- my memory is as infallible as ever - my coordination, reflexes, and balance are all in absolute check (slight vertigo, but I think this is from sinuses, and besides that can't the disruption of blood flow from a mere skull contusion (bruise) cause dizziness?) - appetite is fine, energy levels are regular, etc.

    Lastly, when I rub my scalp or apply pressure, the pain does not exacerbate. It doesn't seem sensitive to stimulas, as though it's more internalized -- it feels kind of like a chronic headache.

    Has my brain been harmed, or just my skull? Is there anyway to concisively tell, short of X-Rays or an MRI?

    • ANSWER:
      you have diagnosed yourself pretty well, and from a bump like that you can have headaches for a couple of months. Suggest that if the headache is your only symptom, you will likely be fine with time, but if any other changes occur, you should see your doctor.