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User Topic: Dizziness on standing?
norabird
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Question  Posted: 9:56 AM, April 20th (Sunday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Hello all medical practitioners!

Thought I'd come here to ask about a recent increase in my dizziness when getting up from standing/sitting. It probably happens three times a week--much more than in the past. I don't lose my orientation, I just get light-headed when I get up. It happened most intensely when I was at a spa recently, but that didn't phase me because I figured I was just dehydrated/over-heated from the saunas and hot pools. But now it's beginning to happen when I stand up at work on occasion and when I get out of bed on occasion. This has really only been ongoing the last two months.

I don't skip meals, though maybe it happens when my blood sugar is low from dinner the night before being hours gone by or from delaying lunch? I do have low blood pressure and have been anemic in the past (I mostly am only aware of those factors from when I am turned away from giving blood). I'm not aware of any other health issues, and haven't made any big lifestyle changes lately.

I'm thinking maybe I should go see my doctor about it, just not sure if I need to be worrying about it. The internet research I did didn't turn up any big alarm bells.

Happy Easter!


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DixieD
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Default  Posted: 10:31 AM, April 20th (Sunday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Not a medical practitioner but have some experience with the dizziness upon standing and low blood pressure aspect. Mine was related to Neurally Mediate Hypotension, Orthostatic Intolerance and POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome). A problem with autonomic nervous system regulation.

Because diabetes is in my family, I thought it was likely related to low blood sugar and not the blood pressure. I'm suppose to drink more water and eat more salt.

Get it checked out, especially if it's happening more often.

Happy Easter!

[This message edited by DixieD at 10:34 AM, April 20th (Sunday)]


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scaredyKat
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Default  Posted: 11:21 AM, April 20th (Sunday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I had the same thing and a thorough checkup including cardio. The same diagnosis as Dixie. It's odd. If I have a bit of extra weight, I don't have the symptoms as frequently. I was lots of salt, drink tons of water, low BP but high heart rate that changes little with exercise. Cardio doc said I'd live forever but not move quickly, lol.

If my weight is 105 or less I have a problem, even passing out on ocassion. Anything over that, I'm fine.

But I'd definitely get checked out.


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Dreamboat
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Default  Posted: 1:08 PM, April 20th (Sunday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Go to the Doctor before it gets worse!

My brother suffered from this and put off going to the Dr and put off going to the Dr and put it off some more. He ended up passing out in his living room and hitting his head. Thankfully it was not serious, but he lives alone so if it was serious then no one would have found him for days. So we finally convince him to go to the Dr, and he then passes out in the Dr waiting room.

He was suffering from severe anemia from an undiagnosed bleeding ulcer.

There may be several causes for your dizziness, but whatever is the cause getting dizzy when standing is not normal. Get it checked out.


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TattoodChinaDoll
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Default  Posted: 2:18 PM, April 20th (Sunday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

My guess is anemia. But obviously I ain't been to no doctoring school.


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sunsetslost
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Default  Posted: 4:25 PM, April 20th (Sunday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Walk it off. Or rub some dirt on it..


Wait. That never works.

Get it checked out.

Happy Easter to you norabird


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tushnurse
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Default  Posted: 8:04 PM, April 20th (Sunday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

History of anemia. Low blood pressure. I'm guessing there's your answer.
Still having periods? Have a few heavier ones? Not eating well because of all the stress in your life?
Think you have your answer.
Up your red meat Take iron supplements. Add spinach either raw or cooked 3 times a week.
Get a blood pressure cuff check your BP while sitting then stand. If you have a 50 point difference in either the systolic or diastolic then you need to increas your fluid intake. If that doesn't do it and you have a healthy heart increase your salt.
You can see your Dr and get BP checked and get your blood levels checked.


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purplejacket4
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Default  Posted: 10:54 PM, April 20th (Sunday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Usually this is ortho static hypotension. That can be due to, ahem, age or medications. Anemia , hypoglycemia and dehydration can also do this.


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norabird
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Default  Posted: 11:20 PM, April 20th (Sunday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Going to up my iron and try drinking more water and then we shall see, thanks all!! I quite hope age or meds aren't the issue at 30! especially as my only medicine is my daily glass of wine and I'm loathe to give that up

But I will take all this advice to heart and see my doctor soon if some dietary changes don't solve the issue.


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hathnofury
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Default  Posted: 8:33 PM, April 21st (Monday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Nora, I am a POTSie as well. Same symptoms, etc. This is what works for me:

LOTS of water/gatorade. Twice what you think you need. Sometimes it's just the kidneys are not as effective as they are supposed to be due to the nerve issues of the POTS

LOTS more salt. I would chug a regular V8 (not the low sodium ones) and canned soup (again not heart healthy low sodium ones) as opposed to eat more chips and whatnot. Makes a big difference. Diagnosed POTS people are supposed to eat 3-5x the sodium RDA.

Don't carb load, always eat some protein with any carbs. This is where the fake diabetes comes in. I can't explain it, it's not diabetes but POTS can make you faint if you eat too many carbs without protein too. I like to say, I can still eat a bunch of M&Ms, but they have to be peanut M&Ms.

Exercise. It makes you want to rest and not do much until you feel better. But the truth is the less you move the worse it gets. Even walking for ten minutes when you feel bad helps.

The real danger of the frequent faintness is that you will pass and and get a head injury. It is imperative you find out why you feel faint so often. The standing up is a huge POTS flag. The easiest quick test is to monitor your heart rate sitting, then again immediately after standing. If it jumps up 20 or more points and takes a while to go down, you probably have POTS. They can verify this with a tilt table test, but no one will even think of that unless you show you have a crazy heart rate change upon standing.


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nowiknow23
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Default  Posted: 12:48 AM, April 22nd (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I was diagnosed similarly in my late teens after a fainting episode that landed me in the hospital with multiple stitches in my scalp and lip and a neck brace to boot.

Sounds like you're on the right path. Please do keep a close eye on it. Good luck, honey. ((((nora))))


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Default  Posted: 8:00 AM, April 22nd (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I have low blood pressure too and also a history of vasovagal syncope (fainting due to blood pressure drop which can be caused by a number of triggers). I am light-headed almost always when I stand up fast. I'd imagine it's your blood pressure. I'd go get a check-up if I were you just to make sure you're not anemic! I'm definitely not anemic and still have those symptoms, but I know that can contribute.


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DixieD
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Default  Posted: 9:44 AM, April 22nd (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Salt Eaters UNITE.

At it's worst, my POTS symptoms were very debilitating, so I wouldn't wish that sort of thing on my worst enemy -- but it's interesting to see there are others with the same problem right here on SI.

A short t/j vent, prior to the POTS diagnosis every doctor I went to was impressed with my low blood pressure. It was either ignored or portrayed as a good thing. I mean, it's awesome in the world so focused on hypertension. Well, it's not great if you feel like a worn out dishrag all the time. And then put anemia on top of that and you feel even worse.

I wanted to point out if you have low blood pressure to remember that foods can lower it too. Like garlic, which I love. It can affect bp and make you feel worse.

Norabird, it's great you are going to get checked out. So many different things could be the cause and it may be a simple fix and you will feel better. Good luck with everything.


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norabird
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Default  Posted: 9:48 AM, April 22nd (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Actually just last night my roommate was telling me her blood pressure has jumped and that she has to go on a no fun low-sodium diet! I kept mum about the possibility that I will be salting it up for the opposite reason. It's definitely not the type of blood pressure that gets most of the focus.


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Nothanks
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Default  Posted: 1:13 AM, April 29th (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Make sure you hydrated and your blood sugar is levelled. I find bee pollen capsules to help as i am behind the wheel frequently and tend to get "dizzy spells". please be careful!

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Default  Posted: 8:04 AM, April 29th (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Hi, wanted to chip in here.

My son suffers from this on a regular basis. When it was at its worst, he had ECG, Blood Tests etc. All came back ok but but they did recommend that he upped his salt intake and drank more fluids.

He still suffers the odd one now and again, but on the whole they are not as frequent as they used to be.

Hope this helps a bit x


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tushnurse
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Default  Posted: 8:57 AM, April 29th (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

hey Gulible, my DS too was dealing with this, of course he is 6'2" and still going, and only weighs about 155 lb. I had him start taking 2000 mg of Vitamin D daily, and it magically went away. He knows when he misses it as well, so do I because when he stands he has to wait about 5-10 seconds before moving.


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norabird
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Default  Posted: 10:28 AM, May 7th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I had my blood work done and all my levels are normal except for my vitamin D, which is apparently really low. So since that worked for TN's son I'm going to try some vitamin D supplements. My nurse practitioner is kind of scratching her head, but we'll see.


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