What is causing my dizzyness? The first doctor's visit


After almost a week of being dizzy every morning once again, I finally gave in and made myself a doctor’s appointment. Back in March, I had decided to find a doctor and go after my in-laws visit at the beginning of April. But of course, I had been fine since then and forgot all about it. How discouraging to be dizzy again this week. As I said earlier, it has probably been close to 15 years since I saw a general practitioner and that didn’t go well. After asking around, I finally found a friend who could recommend someone close by. Apparently I am not the only one who ignores my personal health. So on Thursday I made an appointment with Dr. Izabella Musial who is only about 10 minutes from my house.

Of course I was perfectly normal on Friday…and Saturday. I considered cancelling the appointment, figuring I had imagined the whole thing. Then Sunday morning it hit me again, this time waking me out of a deep sleep. As the waves washed over me and the room kept spinning for a few minutes, I knew I had made the right decision. It was time to find out if I had low blood pressure or something worse, and get it fixed. Monday morning wasn’t disappointing as I had a spell or two before the boys got up.

So off to the doctors it was. The office wasn’t hard to find and even the people in the waiting area with me seemed pleasant. I didn’t wait too long, which was nice, before the nurse came to get me for my vitals. She asked a lot of questions and didn’t comment on my blood pressure. (my first clue that this wasn’t the problem) While I waited in my room, which was warmly decorated, I noticed a couple of interesting books in the cabinet. In addition to a rather large physicians reference book there was also a guide to whole foods for healing, a book on natural medicine and a Purpose Driven Life devotional. Now I am not as excited about homeopathic medicine as some of my friends are, but I did find it oddly comforting to think that this doctor seemed willing to consider more than just conventional avenues of healing. What I understand from my naturalist friends is that this is not the norm. I was also surprised to find myself cheered to find a doctor who might have an understanding of the power of prayer in healing.

Dr. Musial soon arrived. She was petite and cheerful and I immediately felt comfortable with her. I was as thorough as I can be in describing my symptoms and she turned out to be a good listener. Her diagnosis surprised me. She suspects that I might be having seizures. In all the scenarios that had crossed my mind, this was not one of them. She did say it might be something else causing my dizzy spells, but she felt my symptoms told a story and she wanted me to see a neurologist to confirm her theory. In the meantime, she took some blood work to check my thyroid, organ function and to see if I might have anemia and asked me to make an appointment for a full physical and more blood work after fasting.

Now I was feeling pretty good at the time, and nothing she could do would bring on a dizzy spell so please don’t judge me too harshly when I say that I found “seizures” to be a delightfully dramatic word. To begin with, it legitimized my visit. I hate the idea of spending money on a doctor’s visit just to find out nothing is really wrong and it’s all in my head. (which it literally might be this time, but I’m talking about my imagination, which can be very active)

I didn’t even bother to ask what she suspected was causing these seizures. There didn’t seem much point in having something to worry about before we knew anything for sure. There are a couple of people in my family who are expert worriers, and while I am not one of them, it would be better if I didn’t have anything to tell them at this time. My mom has told me that I will live to a ripe old age because I don’t worry about anything, and those around me will die early worrying about me in my place. I just don’t see the point in it. Not only do I still think I’m indestructible and absolutely everything will turn out ok in the end, but I really do believe that God is in control of my life and nothing will happen to me that he can’t see me through. So at this point in time I was feeling pretty prepared to deal with whatever might come my way. Of course, this positive feeling didn’t last too long, but that is a story for another day.

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Rayne123 3 years ago

Hi April,

You were saying that the nurse didn't ask questions about your blood pressure so you were sure that wasn't the problem.

However should a nurse not automatically take your blood pressure when you are sitting there. I know the nurse here always does when I have an appointment with my doctor.

Anyway I keep you in my prayers and still feel that the problem is very simple and nothing to be real worried about.

I know that may not be comfort right now, however I have to go with the feeling I am getting and the answer. I have asked God enough times and I think that if there was something wrong you would know by now or my answer would be entirely different.

So with that said, I wish you the best and hope you find your answer.

I am not sure the reasoning behind this to be honest, however I feel it is for the mere fact that God is setting you up to meet someone/do something big.

That came to me as I was writing this or should I say typing this reply.

So keep the faith.

God bless


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April Reynolds 3 years ago from Arizona Author

I agree. I did ask the doc if my pressure was normal, she said it was. I often have a reading that is on the lowest side of normal and it usually produces a comment about it from whoever is taking the reading, which is why I thought about it. All vitals were really good and there were no infections. This has been a pretty good week, I finally see the neurologist on Thursday.

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Rayne123 3 years ago

Well good news leads to more good news.

This is what the biblical number 3 means and why I pick that number for you is because this is the third time you speak of or mention this dizziness.

This may be your last time and will end great. I seem to be picking up vibrations from you through the Holy Spirit, it seems every time I reply another message comes to me.

I asked God to visit me to day and he has, he has shown me signs.

anyway here is what I get, this is the biblical meaning of three

Three in the Bible is divine fullness or completion as in the Godhead of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. We know this concept as the Trinity even though the word “trinity” is not in the Bible

Three is the minimum number necessary to establish a pattern. Something can happen once by chance; twice by coincidence; but three consecutive times usually indicate a pattern. For example, Samuel heard his name called three times before Eli confirmed that it was God calling Samuel (I Samuel 3:8).

When we are expecting confirmation concerning a certain act, it is good news to know that when something happens three times, it points to greater fulfillment yet to unfold.

I have been getting so many numbers in my life that complete the work our Lord has done for me.

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April Reynolds 3 years ago from Arizona Author

hmm, I have written several more that I haven't published yet. Maybe I should see if it works out to post them in groups of three.

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cloverleaffarm 3 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

Your symptoms could be Meniere's. With Meniere's, you have bouts of vertigo (dizzy), and room spinning, followed by good days. I am surprised you doctor did not send you to an ENT, as it is usually the ears that cause vertigo. Best of luck to you. Be Well.

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justateacher 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

I had a bout with dizziness that wouldn't go away for over a month. After a hospital stay, MRI's and CT scans and a visit with an ENT, it was discovered that I had BPPV - benign paroxymal positional vertigo. Basically, I am getting old and my right inner ear was deteriorating causing the crystals that belong there to fall out of place. After a few rounds with a vestibular therapist, all is right again in my world. (I have a hub about it if you care to read it.) I hope you find the cause of your dizziness soon! I know how scary - and annoying - it can be! Prayers being sent!

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April Reynolds 3 years ago from Arizona Author

Thank you cloverleaf! Yes, Meniere"s is a possibility. Although I hope not, I would hate to lose my hearing :(

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April Reynolds 3 years ago from Arizona Author

Oh no, that sounds terrible teacher! I am glad you are doing better. That is really encouraging to hear. Thank you for the prayers, I really appreciate them.

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cloverleaffarm 3 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

I hope it is not Meniere's too. I will add to not let the doctors be too quick with labeling you with any diagnosis. Vertigo is a hard one to pin point. It can be cause by so many things, including cervical spine (neck) issues. I've had vertigo for 10 years, and one doc said it was Meniere's. I told him to go back to medical school, because one of the criteria is hearing loss, and I've had NONE. With Meniere's, you also have to have tinnitus along with the vertigo.

Be well, and blessings on finding out what is truly wrong with you. It is horrible to live with.

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