Friday Free-For-All

Happy Friday, all!

This is going to be a short post today. I have had one helluva week.

I am the kind of person who will go the extra mile to meet my obligations, and thankfully, I met all my obligations but one this week. I could not go to work on Wednesday at all.

Wednesday morning, I had an episode that, to be honest, frightened me. I was standing at the bathroom sink, drying my hair, when a wave of dizziness washed over me. I gripped the edge of the sink and tried to breathe it away, but it only got worse. So, I dropped into a nearby chair and lay my head on the bathroom counter, hoping it would pass. It didn’t. I was drenched in sweat. I never knew so much liquid could pour out of a body, but it did. I didn’t trust myself to walk, but I needed air, so crawled to my bedroom, where the ceiling fan was going, and lay on the floor.

Then nausea hit, and I had to crawl back to the bathroom, where I proceeded to throw up. After that, I knew I was in trouble. I desperately needed water, and the dizziness had pretty much subsided, so I went to the kitchen for a bottle of water, then to the couch, where I texted my daughters.

My oldest daughter came right away and gave me Meclizine and Zofran. If you don’t know, Meclizine is for dizziness, and Zofran is for nausea.

She stayed with me until I was sure I could function again, but I was shot for the rest of the day. After the sweating went away, I was super cold; goosebumps cold, even though I was wrapped in a blanket. I stayed either in bed or on the couch for the remainder of the day. Went to bed around 9 pm and slept until 7 the next morning, which is highly unusual for me.

I felt okay yesterday. I was still a little lightheaded (which could have been from not eating the day before), and I had a headache. I had an appointment with my Chiropractor, and he took my blood pressure and listened to my heart, then said he didn’t hear or see anything out of the ordinary. I do have an appointment with my primary care doctor next week for a thorough check.

I don’t know what caused it, but it scared me. I was completely incapacitated. I am hoping it’s a one-time thing, never to occur again, but I need to rule out any heart or other issues.

So, it’s been a strange week. I feel like, for my age, I am very healthy and take only one medication. But this episode has me second-guessing everything.

As I said before, hopefully, it was a one-time incident, never to repeat itself again.

Has anything like this ever happened to you? Did you find out what caused it, if it did?

For now, I’m being cautious.

I hope I have something fun to share next Friday and not something so horrible.

41 thoughts on “Friday Free-For-All

  1. Sorry to hear of your unexplained mishap. I haven’t had an event similar to yours. The nearest was the racing and odd heart beat five years ago while exercising on the treadmill. It was notification that I needed to see a cardiologist and after many tests, learned that I have AFib. It happens now and then. A few times since then. I take Eliquis to avoid the risk of strokes. I don’t take any other meds to keep at bay and need no treatment for it. Just another annoyance when it happens. There is a drug I’ve taken only once to stop it–that came last fall.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your experience, John. It’s so hard to correct a mishap when the reason for it remains hidden. But I’m working on it. Best wishes for good health in days ahead!

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  2. Jan! That is frightening. You should have called 911. Those symptoms are similar to a women’s heart attack. Seriously, I hope your doctor will do a heart scan or better, an Echo Doppler to see that everything is right. Please do take it easy until you know more. ❤

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    1. Thanks, Debby. Yes, the doctor did an EKG and scheduled a CT scan of the carotid arteries. I agree the symptoms were similar to a heart attack, minus the chest pains. I’m doing all I can to make sure I stay healthy. Hugs!

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  3. What a frightening experience, Jan, and I’m so glad you’re feeling better. I’m also glad you are taking it seriously and looking into what might have caused the problem.

    Dizzy spells have been one of the main symptoms I’ve been dealing with for over a year now, though discovering my heart issues last October has helped tremendously. I’m now on medication for that, and the dizzy spells are few and far between, AND much less severe. The trick is to find out (if possible) what really happened and why, so that you know what to do going forward. This isn’t always easy, but hopefully your primary care doctor will be able to give you some answers.

    Sending you loads of positive thoughts and hoping you get those answers and never have to deal with such a frightening experience again. 🤗❤️🤗

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  4. It’s hard to know how much of your experience was physical. I’ve had a couple of episodes that escalated because of a panic attack. I once thought I had a heart attack, including the classic pain down the left arm. I didn’t realize at the time (my heart was fine) that my mind likely had escalated whatever had happened to me physically.

    I am a migraine sufferer 1-2 times per year, and they don’t always show themselves with debilitating headaches but in other odd ways. This sounds something like that. I was responsible for my mom’s care for a decade after my dad passed, and many of her medical issues were tied to dehydration.

    I’m so sorry for what sounds like a very scary situation.

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    1. It’s interesting that dehydration was the cause of many of your mom’s medical issues. I always think I drink plenty of water, but you never know. I’ve never had a panic attack and wasn’t particularly stressed about anything at the time the incident happened. I am hoping the doctor might shed some light on it, or else it will remain a mysterious and frightening episode. Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment!

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  5. I had something like that in the early hours of a morning. It seemed to be down to some sort of spasm of the large intestine, which had me nearly passing out and all the other symptoms you describe. Scary as anything. I never did get to the bottom of what caused that random spasm and accompanying symptoms.

    I hope your check-up shows all is well, Jan. sending hugs and love across the miles 🤗💕🙂

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    1. These bodies are so complex, Harmony, it’s often hard to figure out what’s going on at any given time. I am leaning more toward something viral than a heart condition, but still going to get checked out, just in case. Thank you for the hugs and love, and I return it to you ten-fold!

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  6. That must have been very scary. I haven’t experienced anything like that but have suffered from panic attacks in the past. (I thought I was having a heart attack) Glad you are going to see your doctor soon. Sending hugs. xo

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  7. Oh, Jan, how awful! It’s good you’re seeing your primary care doctor. I’ve had several similar episodes and they are continuing to run tests on my heart. It’s definitely scary and you’re blessed your daughter came over right away. Sending you healing prayers. Big hugs!

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    1. Thank you, Mary. I appreciate the healing prayers and big hugs. I’m sorry to hear that you’ve had similar episodes. I do hope they find the root cause of the problems. Sending return prayers and hugs to you!

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  8. That is scary, Jan! So glad your daughter was able to help you right away. I have had vertigo attacks which is unnerving and due to some ear damage. I have also had other unexplained attacks that I can control with diet and stress reduction. Yet, it pays to make sure everything is in working order. Glad you saw your chiropractor and going to doc too. Sending a ton of healing hugs your way.

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  9. Episodes that come on quickly can be scary. I’ve experienced something similar (no vomiting) when my heart rate elevates, usually due to stress and anxiety. You might want to have the doctor check your thyroid levels, particularly your TSH and T4. Just a suggestion, of course. I’m glad you’ve got an appointment next week. Take care of yourself, Jan. xo

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  10. That is super scary, Jan. I used to have severe vertigo that would last 2-3 days. It was often accompanied by nausea, but I never had the sweats or chills. I had those episodes from as early as I can remember up until I was around fifteen. I’m glad you’re getting it checked out with your PCP. Better safe than sorry.

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    1. You and me both, Staci. I do have an appointment with my primary care doctor next week. I’m willing to bet they won’t find anything, but still I need to be checked. Thank you for your comment.

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  11. This must have scared you to death when out of the blue you have no control over your body anymore and no idea what happened, why it happened, and what could come next. I am glad, you are better again. Take care, Jan!

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    1. It was horribly frightening, Erika. And even now, not knowing what caused it, leaves me to wonder if it will happen again. I am pretty much back to normal at this point, but still left to wonder what caused it. Thank you for your comment!

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