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Light headedness

Posted by
Lauren Haney on May 15, 2002 at 15:03:05:

Any time I'm standing still for more than 5 or 10 minutes, I become very light headed, I start to perspire, my lower back hurts, and I have to sit down or lower my head between my legs. I have passed out once and come close 2 or 3 other times. My physician ran my CBC, TSH, and Glucose which all came back normal. He had me wear a Holter monitor which also came back normal. My physician has basically said, "Well, if it gets worse, call me." Is there anything else this could be related to?
Thanks,
Lauren



Re: Light headedness

Posted by Elisa on May 15, 2002 at 17:03:18:

In Reply to: Light headedness posted by Lauren Haney on May 15, 2002 at 15:03:05:

The "name" for this is Orthostatic Hypotension, which is
a fancy way of saying your blood pressure drops when
you stand up or remain standing for a period of time.
Your body is designed to notice changes in posture
(sitting standing lying) and adjust blood pressure,
heartrate etc according to its needs at any given
moment. When you are healthy your body does this
without your even being aware of it. But when things
get out of balance your circulation, BP, and heartrate do
not work properly and this type of thing happens. I
believe it has something to do with the Central Nervous
System (imbalance of the Sympathetic and
Parasympathetic systems) not working properly.

If you get a BP monitor at the drug store you can verify it.
Take your BP while lying flat, then sit up and take it, then
stand and wait until you start to feel the signs you
described. Chances are your BP will have dropped
noticeably. In fact it might do it right when you stand.
Then if you sit or lie down again it will rebalance itself
by going back up.

My guess is that Doctor Stoll will send you to the
archives on this website to look up Dysautonomia
(orthostatic hypotension is a classic sign of this) to
learn more about what it is and more importantly why it
is happening and what can be done about it. And of
course he will suggest wellness (look under "How To
Be Healthy" on this site) and also suggest serious
Skilled Relaxation. At least twice a day or perhaps three
times a day to get started.

BTW, I has this big time when I first discovered this
website. It was one of the things that bothered me the
most about my ill health. I would feel really dizzy while
standing on line in stores and have to leave to go sit
down. My hands would become sweaty and sometimes
I would feel sick to my stomach too. I do not have this
anymore at all after following the health advice of Doctor
Stoll on this site. You can be "cured" of this
unpleasantness!

Hope you find this helpful.


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Re: Light headedness (Archive in dysautonomia.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on May 16, 2002 at 09:56:57:

In Reply to: Light headedness posted by Lauren Haney on May 15, 2002 at 15:03:05:

Hi, Lauren.

Listen to Elisa! (Thanks, Elisa. I could not have said it as well as you did.)

When you are normal you might try to educate your physician. I wouldn't hold my breath though. He is likely to say something like: "Well, these things happen and tend to go away by themselves. It couldn't be because you practiced "wellness" (whatever THAT is). :>)

Walt

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